Human Rights and Poverty Agenda in the Media: November 1st – 7th 2021 – Deep Poverty Network
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Human Rights and Poverty Agenda in the Media: November 1st – 7th 2021

The weekly media scan, which is updated every Monday, has been prepared as a series where you can see the news published on online media channels about poverty and human rights violations caused by poverty.


SBS News, 01.11.2021
Disability pension applicants must be treated with dignity, rights commissioner says
The Senate inquiry on Monday was also told people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability find it particularly difficult to prove their condition and navigate the system.

9News, 02.11.2021
Musk offers to sell Tesla stock 'right now' if UN can show how $6 billion can solve world hunger
Posting on Twitter, the Tesla chief executive said: "If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it." As of Monday, Musk had a net worth of $311 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaire Index, making him the richest man in the world.

BROOKINGS, 03.11.2021 
The relationship between school closures and female labor force participation during the pandemic
The anticipation has been that with schools reopening, women with young children—who have disproportionately dropped out of and remained out of the labor force since the start of the pandemic—will return to the labor force.

From a policy perspective the reopening of schools will not be enough to return mothers’ labor force participation back to its pre-pandemic levels. Indeed, mothers, like women more generally, have faced many challenges since the onset of the pandemic. In particular, they were over-represented in the service occupations that were hardest hit when the economy shut down at the start of the pandemic

Common Dreams, 04.11.2021
A World Without Money
Sacred Economics, defining a transition in human existence that has finally begun to haunt us—haunting some of us more than others, of course, in particular, that segment of humanity that was never part of the transition: a.k.a, the indigenous . . . the uncolonized . . .people of Planet Earth. Now, as global warming and ecological collapse becomes more and more of a reality, those who had nothing to do with it are bearing most of the hit, at least so far.

daily sabah, 04.11.2021
Police rescues 43 migrants in concurrent ops in Istanbul, Zonguldak
Six suspects have been caught in simultaneous operations across Istanbul and Zonguldak against a network that transports foreign nationals brought to Turkey from different countries illegally to border provinces to take them abroad. In the raids, 43 irregular migrants, including 8 children, were rescued.

alijazeera, 04.11.2021
Inflation watch: Global food prices hit 10-year high
The FAO Food Price Index climbed for a third straight month in October, jumping 3 percent from the previous month to reach its highest level since July 2011. Higher food prices are felt by everyone, but are especially hard on poorer households that need to shell out a larger share of their income to keep themselves and their families fed.

eurostat, 05.11.2021
8% of EU population unable to keep home adequately warm 
An EU-wide survey concluded that in 2020, 8% of the EU population said that they were unable to keep their home adequately warm.

abc News, 05.11.2021
Japan labor leader vows to fight for stable, better work
The head of Japan’s largest labor federation says she is determined to listen to the voices of all workers in fighting for better wages and conditions. She said stable work has to be the top priority after the pandemic, which hit women and other vulnerable groups the hardest, in Japan and elsewhere.

AP News, 05.11.2021
China LGBT rights group shuts down in tightening environment
The member, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, declined to say why. LGBT Rights Advocacy China did work across the country, pushing for the rights of gay people and raising awareness about the community. It advocated for same-sex marriage and fought workplace discrimination by helping individuals sue their former employers.

BBC, 05.11.2021
Emissions of rich put climate goals at risk - study
The total carbon footprint of the richest 1% will grow while that of the poorest 50% stays small, a study says. This study also looked at the world's richest 10% - anyone earning over $55,000 - and found emissions were still high. The richest 10% will emit nine times more carbon than their share. "They need to tackle the emissions of the richest because they're hugely responsible for the climate crisis, and it's the poorest that are paying the highest price," she says.

BBC, 05.11.2021
Japan death row inmates sue over same-day executions
Prisoners on death row are only notified hours before they are to be executed. Capital punishment is conducted by hanging. Their lawyer has argued such short notice was "extremely inhumane", local media said. Rights groups have long criticised the practise saying it impacts the mental health of prisoners.

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