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  • A girl helps prepare her family’s evening meal, outside their makeshift home, in the Majo camp for displaced people, in Mogadishu, the capital. UNICEF, in partnership with Somali Community Concern, is supporting two schools, collectively serving over 800 children, in the camp.



In July 2012, Somalia marked one year since famine was declared in parts of the country, amid the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in 60 years. While affected areas have since emerged from famine, conditions remain critical, and the country’s already decades-long conflict continues with no end in sight. A third of Somalis are currently in need of emergency assistance, and over one fifth of under-five children are suffering from malnutrition. By mid-June, over 992,000 Somalis had sought refuge in neighbouring countries, many of which are undergoing their own food crises, while 1.3 million had been internally displaced. Of these, over 127,000 have settled in war-torn Mogadishu, the capital. In the past year, UNICEF has treated over 455,000 acutely malnourished children under age 5; helped nearly 2.7 million people gain access to clean water and over 1.2 million to healthcare facilities; provided over 380,000 children with access to UNICEF-supported schools and over 37,000 to child-friendly spaces, where services include psychosocial assistance; and sent more than 27,000 tonnes of supplies to affected areas. UNICEF requires US$162.2 million for its ongoing work in Somalia throughout 2012, over 60 per cent of which remains unfunded.

    Girls spend 50% more time doing house work than boys

    New Delhi : Girls between the age of 5 and 14 years in South Asia spend 50 per cent more time on household chores compared to boys of their age, UNICEF said in new report, highlighting the uneven distribution of unpaid domestic work that reinforces gender stereotypes, reports PTI.

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    How dumb! Blondes are just as smart as others

    New York:  The jokes about “dumb blondes” are, well, just jokes! Researchers have found that the average IQ of blondes may actually be slightly higher than those with other hair colours. While jokes about blondes may seem harmless to some, they can have real-world implications, said study author Jay Zagorsky from The Ohio State University in the US.

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    Gender bender: Rajasthan gets first women Qazis

    Jaipur : Breaking down stereotypes, Afroz Begum and Jahan Aara have become the first women Qazis in Rajasthan after completing a two-year training course from Mumbai-based Darul Uloom-i-Nisawa.

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    Men better navigators than women

    Washington DC : Stereotypes are usually baseless, but a recent study has verified one generalization that we encounter in our daily lives: men tend to be better navigators than women, reports ANI.

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    True sexual freedom is to choose from array of options: Author Rachel Hills

    New  Delhi : At a time when several stereotypes associated with sex and pornography are being broken and the millennial generation (those born after 1980) is willing to exercise their sexual freedom more than ever, celebrity millennial author Rachel Hills believes that sexual freedom means getting  rid of the idea that some ways of being sexual are more moral or enlightened  than others.

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    Breaking stereotypes: Indian women going solo to explore world

    Mumbai:Even as there are various challenges faced by solo travellers, more and more women (70 per cent)in the country have either gone on a solo trip or are planning one, according to a recent survey. About 37 per cent of Indian women travellers have done a solo trip while 33 per cent are open to the idea of travelling solo, revealed a recent survey commissioned by global travel search engine Skyscanner.