“The United Nations needs your support in ending one of the most pervasive and brutish challenges of our time, one that affects all people, everywhere,” Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka said of violence against women.He told advertising titans at a gathering in Moscow yesterday that up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.“This is not an abstract issue,” Mr. Akasaka stressed. “For women and girls, this is a struggle not to be assaulted, raped, molested or forced into the commercial sex trade.”Shortly after assuming the position of Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who has made ending violence against women one of his top priorities, launched the campaign known as UNiTE to End Violence against Women, which seeks to raise public awareness and generate political will.He also set up a Network of Men Leaders bringing together current and former politicians, activists, religious and community figures – including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho – to combat the global pandemic.“Violence against women is the most common, most shameful and least punished crime in the world,” and wiping out the scourge is vital for sustainable development, economic growth and peace, Mr. Akasaka underscored yesterday in the Russian capital.He pointed to studies which have shown that negative stereotyping, including the depiction of women as sex objects, exacerbates gender discrimination. Women have been portrayed in demeaning or damaging ways on billboards, magazines, television and magazines, he added.“We need to put an end to persistent negative assumptions about the role of men and women in society,” the UN official stressed at the International Advertising Association (IAA) gathering. “And we need to turn away from limited and one-dimensional gender portrayals in mass media.”He called on advertisers to harness their “immense power of persuasion” to act as a “driver of change for a better world.”Mr. Akasaka evoked the collaboration between the UN and the advertising industry on climate change, ahead of last year’s international conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.The IAA’s ‘Hopenhagen’ campaign showcased the industry’s vast ability and potential to promote critical global issues, he said.“Imagine what you could do by combining your ideas, technology and entrepreneurship to the mission of eliminating violence against women,” he told the meeting, which brought together representatives from the corporate sector, professional associations, academia and international organizations to exchange best practices and promote partnerships. 14 May 2010A top United Nations official has exhorted advertisers to join efforts to stamp out violence against women, calling on the industry to help defy destructive gender stereotypes, a root cause of the scourge.
St Jean de Brebeuf secondary school in Hamilton was put into a hold-and-secure this afternoon after a student was stabbed.Police say a fight broke out between two boys between periods, when one of them was stabbed. The student is expected to survive, and a youth has been arrested. The hold-and-secure was lifted at about 1:30. Four students were taken to police stations as witnesses. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is also investigating the incident, and are thanking school staff and police for their quick response.
Losses in oil and gas sector bite into Manulife’s fourth-quarter earnings TORONTO – Manulife Financial Corp. saw a 62 per cent drop in its fourth-quarter profit, which it blamed on losses in its oil and gas investments.The Toronto-based company reported net income of $246 million or 11 cents a share for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2015.This compared with a profit of $640 million or 33 cents per share for the same period a year earlier. Core earnings amounted to $859 million in the fourth quarter, up 28 per cent from $713 million year over year.Manulife (TSX:MFC) says a decline in its investments in energy resulted in a $250-million charge for the fourth quarter and a $876 million charge for 2015.The insurer says volatility in energy prices is a factor that could make it difficult for the company to meet its core profit goal of $4 billion this year.Manulife president and CEO Donald Guloien says despite the outlook, the company remains confident about the “underlying fundamentals” of its business. It announced that it has raised its dividend by nine per cent to 18.5 cents — the third increase in seven quarters.“This was a disappointing year in terms of net income, largely due to sharp mark-to-market declines in oil and gas prices, diminishing an otherwise great year,” he said in a statement.The insurer says it saw insurance sales grow by 20 per cent to US$416 million in Asia and increase by 76 per cent to US$303 million in Canada for the fourth quarter year over year. Insurance sales in the U.S. fell 17 per cent to US$127 million in the same period. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2016 7:32 am MDT Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email