10 December 2014 - On December 10 every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”. In our world today, in 2014, we see that in places where there had been progress in achieving human rights, this progress has been lost, in some places to some degree in others totally. The iERG welcomes and fully supports this year’s slogan: Human Rights 365. Like life itself it is never done and requires continues unwavering and daily, hourly, efforts. Every woman, every child, every adolescent, and every man should have equal access to quality health care.
1 December 2014 - Thirty years ago AIDS stole into our lives silently and ruthlessly. Today, the global outrage has declined considerably by several decibels. Unfortunately, AIDS is no longer considered urgent and is treated as a chronic illness in many countries. It is time that the global community collectively committed to ending the epidemic once and for all. The UNAIDS 2014 report calls for a global 90 90 90 goal by 2020 and 95 95 95 endgame by 2030. The iERG is calling for a robust independent accountability framework to be developed, to support the Global strategy and operational and financing plan that accompanies this 95 95 95 vision. An AIDS free generation is possible, and long overdue! This is not fast tracking, it is business unusual, and it must happen now!
25 November 2014 - Violence against women is common worldwide, a severe abuse of a woman's human rights, and a global health challenge of epidemic proportions. An effective response to violence against women needs to go beyond the health sector. The iERG believes that the elimination of violence against women must be a central objective of the post-2015 era of sustainable development. Indeed, prioritising action to protect women and girls from the global epidemic of violence that they face will be an important litmus test of the ongoing political rhetoric about the future of human development.
17 November 2014 - Preterm birth is the largest single cause of death among children under-5. And yet this largely preventable cause of childhood mortality is almost entirely ignored by the international community. This scandal of inaction must end.
Action by countries to save the lives of children born prematurely, some of the most vulnerable children in the societies today, is a measure of the commitment of that society to the future of its own people. World Prematurity Day is a moment for governments to recommit to a better future for their citizens.
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