The Handmaid’s Tale: Where Fiction Meets Reality

By Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, Head of Global Communications at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

On my best and worst days, I listen to stories. I hear the stories of incredibly brave, often scarred, sometimes shy everyday heroes — people forced to flee. Mothers, teachers, children, brothers, dreamers, scientists, athletes, artists, survivors…

The Handmaid’s Tale: Where Fiction Meets Reality

By Nahla Valji, Senior Advisor, Gender, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

After an almost two-year pause, the newest season of The Handmaid’s Tale began airing last month. For those unfamiliar with Margaret Atwood’s gripping book or the Emmy award-winning TV series, Hulu’s own description succinctly summarizes the plot…

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

The 75th anniversary of the United Nations falls in the middle of a global pandemic. Our founding mission is more critical than ever.

To promote human dignity.

Protect human rights.

Respect international law.

And save humanity from war.

When the pandemic hit, I called for a global ceasefire.

In our…

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