Miss Peru contestants accuse country of not measuring up on gender violence 

Latin American beauty pageants are [criticized] as sexist and patriarchal in their portrayal of women. But the 23 Miss Peru contestants agreed with [a suggestion from] the pageant’s [organizer,] former beauty queen Jessica Newton, to dedicate the event to empowering women in a country with an appalling record for gender violence.

Miss Peru contestants accuse country of not measuring up on gender violence | Global development | The Guardian

Whoa… Nicely done, ladies.

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Venezuelan families scavenge for food to survive hunger 

Survey by top university says the average citizen has lost 9kg in the past year in what was once South America’s richest country.

…Venezuela’s prolonged and acute economic crisis – characterised by food shortages and hyperinflation – has seen infant mortality rise to almost 35 percent and maternal mortality to 65 percent in just the last year. Anemia is rampant.

The oil-rich country is now leading Latin America in what is called acute malnutrition, defined by experts as a rapid decline of nutrition that puts a child’s life at risk.

The Catholic Church and opposition leaders have called for the government to open a humanitarian corridor. But Constituent Assembly President Delsy Rodriguez flatly rejects such a plan.

Venezuelan families scavenge for food to survive hunger | Venezuela News | Al Jazeera

sigh….

Trudeau confronts Canada’s failure of indigenous people in U.N. speech

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday admitted Canada had failed its indigenous people and told the United Nations his government would do better to improve the lives of aboriginals and achieve reconciliation.

Trudeau used his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to frankly acknowledge the dark history of Canada’s colonization as one of “humiliation, neglect and abuse” and promised to do more to help the nation’s 1.4 million indigenous people.

…“Though this path is uncharted, I am confident that we will reach a place of reconciliation,” Trudeau later added.

…indigenous Canadians, who make up about 4 percent of the population and face higher levels of poverty and violence and shorter life expectancies.

Canada’s national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women has been hit by resignations and complaints it is progressing too slowly.

…Many aboriginal communities do not have access to safe drinking water, and suicides have plagued several isolated communities.

…Acknowledging Canada’s attempt to force assimilation through residential schooling and other repressive policies, Trudeau called the living conditions aboriginals face “the legacy of colonialism in Canada.”

Trudeau confronts Canada’s failure of indigenous people in U.N. speech

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