World : Current Affairs – December 2018
UN Human Rights Prize 2018 announced:
The President of the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, recently announced the winners for the United Nations Prize 2018 in the field of Human Rights. The winners include Asma Jahangir – Pakistan’s late human rights activist, Rebeca Gyumi – a Tanzanian human rights activist, Joenia Wapichana – Brazil’s first indigenous lawyer and Front Line Defenders – a human rights organisation of Ireland.
The awards, which were first presented in 1968, are intended to “honour and commend people and organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in other United Nations human rights instruments.”
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Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, becomes first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe 2018:
Angela Ponce, representing Spain in Miss Universe 2018, created history by becoming the first transgender women to compete in this event. This indicates a sharp change in the perception towards transgenders in society as the Miss Universe pageant held in 2012 disqualified a transgender Canadian woman Jenna Talackova from competing because she was not “naturally born” a woman.
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Catriona Gray, Vanessa Ponce De Leon crowned Miss Universe 2018 and Miss World 2018 respectively:
In a fight between 94 contestants, Philippines’ Catriona Gray took home the Miss Universe 2018 crown. The 67th edition of the pageant was held in Thai capital Bangkok The Miss World 2018 title was been bagged by Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce De Leon in the coastal city of Sanya, China. The 26-year-old made history by becoming the first Mexican to win the title.
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