The Humanitarian Newsletter July 23, 2013 – August 5, 2013 Humanitarian Spotlight: Gradual But Significant Decline In Female Genital Mutilation U


The Humanitarian Newsletter

July 23, 2013 – August 5, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Gradual But Significant Decline In Female Genital Mutilation

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UNICEF released a new comprehensive statistical overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. The report found a gradual but significant decline in FGM/C.

‘Female genital mutilation,’ also known as ‘female genital cutting’ or female circumcision,’ refers to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”

In more than half of the countries studied teenage girls are now less likely to have been cut than older women. "In Egypt…where more women have been cut than in any other nation, survey data showed that 81 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds had undergone the practice, compared with 96 percent of women in their late 40s,” according to The New York Times.

However, shifting trends in attitudes and practices are not universal and the authors of the report point to the need for more research in order to illuminate disparities in the rate of decline and to identify best practices in its illumination moving forward.

For more information on Female Genital Mutilation, please refer to:
The New York Times

New York City Events

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 2013 Conference: Volunteers for a Global Future

This one day conference will host lectures on a variety of topics including mobilizing campuses, utilizing new media, and a panel discussion on the Responsibility to Protect. lecture titles include:

Get engaged: Campaigns and Opportunities
Building Community and Campus Networks
Putting the FUN in fundraising
Skill Building from Blogging to Social Sharing
Online Movement Building
The Future of the Responsibility to Protect

Location: 200 Hofstra University, Library 246, Hempstead, NY 11549

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Thursday, August 1, 6:30 PM
Special screening of “Displaced But Not Defeated” followed by discussion

UNA-NY presents Displaced But Not Defeated, a documentary by 16-year-old Maria Ceballos Paz revealing her community’s upheaval during Colombia’s ongoing civil war. Decades of fights and drug trafficking have forced nearly 4 million Colombians from their homes. Enduring violence and displacement, Maria presents the story of how her community has managed to overcome these circumstance and rebuild their lives. The screening will be followed by a discussion by producer and film mentor, Susan Hoenig, Holly Carter of BYKids, and a special guest by a representative from the Colombia Mission to the UN.

Location: SUNY Global Center at 116th East 55th Street

National Events

Thursday, July 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
On The Road To Elimination: The Haiti Neglected Tropical Disease Program

A panel discussion on the successful national Haiti NTD program. This program has overcome numerous challenges to reach more than 8 million Haitians per year and is close to eliminating disease throughout the country.

Panelists will include members of the Ministry of Health and Population, Ministry of Education, and implementing partners who will discuss the history of the program and best practices that have ensured the success of the program. Light refreshments and open discussion to follow panel presentation.

Location: 1400 16th St. NW #210, Washington, DC 20036

Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
Congressional Human Rights Summer Series: An Introduction to International Criminal Law

The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, in conjunction with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, is sponsoring this briefing as part of the Congressional Human Rights Summer Series on Capitol Hill. This finnal installment of the series which has been providing opportunities to learn about key human rights topics from experts in the field, will feature Professor Diane Orentlicher. Lunch will be provided.

Location: Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-200, Washington, DC

International Events

Thursday, August 1 - Wednesday, August 7
4th University Scholars Leadership SymposiumA Leadership Programme in Social Change

The Manila Symposium 2013 will bring 1,000 of the world’s dynamic student activists in the field of sustainable development together in August 2013. It offers a unique opportunity to network with young leaders from all over the world—those who share the same passion for alleviating the plight of the poor.

Humanitarian Affairs United Kingdom (HAUK) recognizes the importance to enhance delegates’ experiences beyond merely acquiring new knowledge on humanitarian services. Thus, nurturing creative thinkers and grooming aspiring leaders are two new niche activities for the Manila Symposium 2013. HAUK's goal is for every delegate to experience activities that contribute to their holistic development and empower them to become excellent global citizens dedicated to service leadership.

This Symposium provides delegates with an opportunity to enlarge their understanding of the state of poverty in the world and their own roles in making positive changes. Delegates will dialogue, propose and formulate sustainable development projects to improve the living conditions of the World Poor.

Location: The Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila


Thursday, August 8, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Joel Kahn Anthropology Lecture

This lecture discusses the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) project in Tari, Papua New Guinea which has been running for four years. There will be a focus on the paradoxes that emerge when an organization specializing in emergency medical humanitarianism in war and disaster zones, expands the scope of its influence and concern and sets up a project in a place like Tari where there is no war or disaster, but instead chronic, endemic interpersonal violence. This lecture will provide a gentle critique of the project and an exploration of the limits of the humanitarian vision.

Location: West Lecture Theatre 3, La Trobe University Bundoora Campus

Job and Internship Opportunities

Helen Keller International – Country Director, Indonesia

Helen Keller International works to save the sight and lives of individuals worldwide by combating the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition.

HKI is currently seeking a Country Director to represent their organization in Indonesia. Post holder will be responsible for managing project personnel, overseeing development and research designs and disseminating important project findings to the Asia Pacific Regional Director. Among these tasks, the Country Director must also be able to ensure the timely submission of financial reports, authorize expenditures, and identify funding opportunities from corporations, foundations, and agencies operating in Indonesia.

International Development Research Centre – Senior Program Specialist – Women’s Economic Empowerment & Growth in Low-Income Countries

The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian Crown corporation encouraging knowledge and communication between researchers, policymakers and global communities in order to generate effective solutions to global issues.

The IDRC is launching a new initiative on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Growth in Low-Income Countries. A Senior Program Specialist is needed to oversee the program, facilitate program learning, and participate in revenue generation and identification of donor partners. Post holder will also be responsible for managing, developing and evaluating research projects as well as serving as a liaison between program departments. A minimum of eight years of experience is required to hold this position.

International Rescue Committee – Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

The IRC seeks a Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator to assist the Deputy Director of Program. Coordinator will develop a clear monitoring and evaluation plan for all protection and governance programs and ensure a strategic direction for upcoming IRC South Sudan initiatives. This position requires an individual who will be able to timely implement grants, submission of reports and management of budgets. Applicant must be willing to travel internationally an average of 60 days per year.

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The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University, working with external humanitarian partners, offers programs throughout the world at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through these programs, IIHA trains students for careers in the humanitarian field by combining an academic approach with the shared practical experience of faculty, external speakers and students.