Jennifer Borland

‘Gender, Climate And Security’: UN Investigates The Link Between Gender Dynamics, Violence And Climate Change In Groundbreaking New Report

Gender dynamics play a significant role in crises across the globe, from armed conflicts to climate change. However, according to a new UN report entitled ‘Gender, Climate and Security’, not enough attention has been paid to the role of gender in shaping, and responding to, these crises. The report, authored […]

U.K. Exports Of Security Equipment To The U.S. Is Fueling Tensions On Both Sides Of The Atlantic

On 1 June, Oliver Feeley-Sprague, Amnesty International U.K.’s Military, Security and Police Programme Director, warned there is a risk of U.K.-manufactured tear gas or rubber bullets being used against anti-racist protesters in ‘dangerous and highly inappropriate ways’. After the killing of George Floyd in the U.S., thousands of protesters have […]

Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen Reaching Breaking Point As Aid Agencies Call for Urgent Funding Amid COVID-19 Threat

This week, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other aid agencies have warned that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is reaching a ‘breaking point’ as COVID-19 spreads, putting millions of vulnerable civilians at risk. The WFP stated on Tuesday that the health system in the country may not be able […]

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Exacerbating Attacks On Indigenous Territories 

On Monday 18 May, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic is not just posing a health threat to indigenous communities, but it is also exacerbating existing threats to their territories and resources. The report calls upon governments worldwide to block the escalating attack on indigenous lands.  Cali Tzay, himself an indigenous Mayan […]

Thousands Flee Their Homes In Sahel And Lake Chad After Military Crackdown On Armed Groups

On 23 April, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed that thousands of civilians in West Africa’s Sahel and Lake Chad regions have fled their homes following a surge in military activity in the area. At the end of March, security forces from Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon launched a military crackdown […]

Trump Ends U.S. Funding To The World Health Organization As Global Coronavirus Cases Rise To Almost Two Million

On Tuesday April 14th, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be cutting funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is in response to the WHO’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Wednesday, the pandemic has affected over 1.8 million people globally. The U.S. itself now has […]

Symptoms Of A Sick Society: How The Covid-19 Crisis Is Re-Igniting The Global Fight Against Gender Inequality

‘‘The 21st century must be the century of women’s equality,’’ U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres declared in his speech in February at The New School University in New York. The Secretary-General called on both men and women everywhere to join the fight against gender inequality, which he described as an ‘‘abuse […]

Human Rights Activist Detained And Tortured Upon Return To Egypt

On Friday, 7 February, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) researcher Patrick George Zaki was detained at Cairo airport on his return home from Bologna, Italy, where he was studying for a postgraduate degree in Gender and Human Rights. EIPR, one of Egypt’s leading human rights organizations, reported that Zaki […]