Across the world, millions of people are staying home to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As countries are shutting down, mounting evidence indicates a sharp rise in domestic violence.
Following the publication of the World Happiness Report, Finland has retained its place as the happiest country in the world for the third year in a row. The results are based on an annual survey which ranks world happiness based on measurements such as GDP, social support, health, generosity, personal freedom and levels of corruption. Out of the 153 countries featured in the report, the Nordic countries are all ranked within the top seven spots. Commonly, these countries are characterised by high levels of trust, robust social services, and strong state institutions. This year, the report also ranked cities for the first time. Based on city residents’ self-reports, Finland’s capital of Helsinki ranked as the happiest city, in line with the national results. “Arguably, this bottom-up approach gives a direct voice to the population as opposed to the more top-down approach of deciding ex-ante what ought to matter for the well-being of city residents,” say the authors behind the report. Read the full report here. Photo by: Carlos “Grury” Santos, Unsplash
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, which was first reported in China, and has now spread to 198 countries and territories, the UN chief urges countries to “put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives”.
China recently announced that it would expel US journalists working for three major news outlets, following a rapid escalation of diplomatic tension between Washington and Beijing.
My current research and my work at the moment as a caseworker, centres on women’s rights in South Asia, looking how judicial decision making can improve through viewing cases of human rights abuse from a glocal to global lens.