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Despite all the progress made every day to improve the world, only the bad news seems to make the headlines. Impact Stories of International Geneva showcases the solutions, positive results and heart-warming stories, offering a window into the positive impact International Geneva has on everybody's lives.
February 2020

Indian health workers transform care for women survivors of violence

In the Indian state of Maharashtra, health professionals are pioneering a way to prevent and better respond to violence against women. Targeted guidelines and specific training empower them to raise awareness and support survivors with appropriate treatment and mental healthcare. Read more about the WHO partnership with the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT).
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Indian health workers transform care for women survivors of violence.
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Women scientists inspire young girls
“Expanding your Horizons - Geneva” is a bi-annual event that aims to promote activities or careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At the end of 2019, female employees at CERN contributed to this event, hoping to spark the interest of young girls aged 11-14 and encourage them to pursue a career in this field. To find out more about the workshops, read on. 
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25 women working at CERN contributed to the sixth bi-annual "Expanding your Horizons (EYH) - Geneva" event at the University of Geneva.
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“Finally, I can see some light”  
In 2013, Nafe Ahmad Khalifah and his family were forced to leave their home in Syria to live in Jordan. He was able to find out about a free barbering course through the Jordan Red Crescent, supported by the IFRC, and for the first time in years, is now living with a brighter, more hopeful future. Read on to find out more about his story. 
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“I came back to Syria with a small amount of money and a big dream to live there with my family for the rest of my days. I never thought I would have to leave again”, Nafe Ahmad Khalifah says.
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First drone and data academy in Africa to improve delivery services for children
The first drone and data academy in Africa opened in Malawi in January 2020. The academy will run a 12-week course to develop the skills needed to support humanitarian, development and commercial purposes. Find out more about how UNICEF and partners adapt modern technology to better serve children in Africa. 
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A drone takes off during a demonstration for residents in Thipa vllage, Kasungu District, Malawi.
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Lifting Venezuelan refugees out of poverty   
In November 2017, Osmar, Valeria and their children fled the ongoing crisis in Venezuela for sanctuary in Ecuador. The family was able to participate in the “Graduation Model”, a refugee integration and poverty prevention programme, which gives refugees the tools they need to make a living. Click below to read more about this entrepreneurship and vocational training programme.
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Venezuelans Osmar and Valeria at the ceremony marking the end of their participation in a training program aimed at giving them the skills to provide for themselves in their new home, Ecuador. 
© UNHCR/Ilaria Rapido Ragozzino
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Let us remember this as the Blue COP  
The UN Climate Change Conference was titled “Blue COP” by COP25 President Carolina Schmidt, Chile, as a way of increasing awareness of the impact of climate change on the oceans. At the conference, the IPCC-WMP Science Pavilion hosted at least 87 side events related to the oceans. Read further to see how the COP 25 President and others are harnessing ocean science to support climate action.
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“Let us remember this as a Blue COP,” said UN Ocean Envoy Peter Thomson of Fiji.
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Upping the tempo for green mobility 
In 2019, Sonika won the Young Champions of the Earth prize in Asia-Pacific. Since then, her Green Energy Mobility platform to combat climate change in Nepal has taken off. By helping women own and upgrade a three-wheeler electric minibus, she is helping decarbonize transport. Read more about her developments and next steps.
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Short journeys account for two thirds of transport emissions in urban areas, and electrifying vehicles can help lower pollution levels.
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