Japan reacts to tennis star Naomi Osaka's protest in support of Black Lives Matter by Nevin Thompson 9/6/20
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Following Osaka's announcement, tournament organizers announced a pause in play on Thursday, August 27, with play to resume on Friday, August 28. Osaka then announced she would rejoin the tournament, returning to the tennis court wearing a Black Lives Matter T‐shirt.
In a statement to multiple news outlets, Osaka said:
“As you know, I pulled out of the tournament yesterday in support of racial injustice and continued police violence. […] I was (and am) ready and prepared to concede the match to my opponent. However, after my announcement and lengthy consultation with the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and USTA (United States Tennis Association), I have agreed at their request to play on Friday. They offered to postpone all matches until Friday and in my mind that brings more attention to the movement.”
Naomi Osaka, widely considered the top women’s tennis player in the world, is a Japanese citizen with both Japanese and Haitian heritage, who grew up in the United States speaking Japanese and Creole. In order to conform with Japanese citizenship requirements, which do not permit dual nationality, and represent Japan in the 2018 Olympics, Osaka relinquished American citizenship.
World Tourism Day 2020: Global community celebrates “Tourism and Rural Development”, 9/13/20
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For the first time in the 40year history of World Tourism Day, the official celebration will not be hosted by a single Member State of the United Nations specialized agency. Instead, nations from the Mercosur bloc (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Chile joining with observer status) will serve as joint hosts. This cohosting agreement exemplifies the spirit of international solidarity that runs through tourism and which UNWTO has recognized as essential for recovery.
World Tourism Day 2020 will once again be celebrated by UNWTO's Member States in all global regions as well as by cities and other destinations and by private sector organizations and individual tourists. It comes as communities in rural areas also struggle with the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. These communities are usually much lessprepared to deal with the short and longerterm impacts of the crisis. This is due to a number of factors, including their aging populations, lower income levels and the continuing ‘digital divide’.
Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933 – 2020 by Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte, 9/20/20
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Justice Ginsburg's legal opinions and powerful voice on the country's highest court made her a role model to women across the nation and globe. Her example compelled Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte to pursue her Juris Doctorate at Brooklyn Law School.
Justice Ginsburg's contributions to the court will be sorely missed. Her leadership, her wisdom and her brave fight against the illness that eventually took her life should inspire not only the Country in the days and years ahead, but the nation as it confronts extraordinary challenges. Justice Ginsburg's legacy must be carried on by the next justice to serve on the court.
Women of the Diaspora: A Global Virtual Summit On Gender and Racial Discrimination Starts Friday, September 18 at 11:00 AM
“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us that all people are equal in dignity and rights. However, we still live in a male-dominated world where men dictate, and women are expected to follow, even on matters that are fundamental to a women’s personhood,” said Dr. Djibril Diallo, President and CEO of ARDN, a New York-based global NGO. “Women of the diaspora are doubly burdened because they face discrimination and violence not only on account of their gender but also their ancestry. We hope this summit will amplify their voices and help open a path for women and girls, everywhere, to be able to make real choices in every aspect of their lives.”
In partnership with several other global organizations, including UNWOMEN, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the U.S. African Development Foundation, and the Global Partnerships Forum, a broad-base of women leaders, who bring an African diaspora and global perspective to the discussion, are panelists. They include Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, USG and Executive Director of UNWOMEN; Ms. Aya Chebbi, Special Youth Envoy for the African Union Commission; Ms. Dakota Gant. ARDN Youth Representative for the United States; and the Rt. Honorable Michaelle Jean, 3rd Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and 27th Governor-General of Canada.
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