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At UN, younger generation of gender equality activists say they are ready to play active role

13 March 2015 – Youth delegates such as Momal Mushtaq, a self-described “feminist” from Pakistan who was banned from riding a bicycle back home, and Tunisian women’s advocate Aya Chebbi, who declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders, engaged in a lively dialogue with their senior counterparts on the side lines of the annual Commission on the Status of Women underway at the United Nations.


At UN, Actress Geena Davis warns 700 years needed to reach gender parity in kids’ media

12 March 2015 – Actress Geena Davis today told a standing-room only event on gender and the media at the United Nations that the paucity of female characters in entertainment media for young children can be changed overnight, saying: “We don’t have to fix the ‘unconscious bias’ they are raised with later on. We can fix it from the very beginning.”


FEATURE: The journey is far from over, UN declares at women’s empowerment event

11 March 2015 – On a rainy evening in New York City yesterday, world leaders and grassroots activists packed the Hammerstein Ballroom to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing women’s conference and to declare that gender equality will be achieved by 2030 only if women are at the table making decisions alongside men.


At UN, Bollywood’s Farhan Akhtar leads push to involve more men to end violence against women

11 March 2015 – When the moderator of a panel discussion today at United Nations Headquarters in New York on how to end violence against women looked a little disappointedly at her virtually all-female audience, she called out: “Where are the men? Where are the men?”


Equality means business: UN urges private sector to help close gender gap

10 March 2015 – Although businesses were not part of the discussions at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference 20 years ago, it is now clear that achieving gender equality will require the concerted efforts of the private sector, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event at UN Headquarters.


Gender equality – Still a long way to go

09 March 2015 – Twenty years since the world signed on to the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action – a blueprint for gender equality – women of the world are still subject to sexual violence and lag behind men in an array of critical aspects of life, like health, education, wages, property ownership and political participation. Yet some gains have made, albeit slow and uneven, the UN says.


World must 'never relent' until gender equality becomes reality, UN women's commission told

09 March 2015 – As the Commission on the Status of Women opened its 59th session today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, delegates heard a keynote address calling for a revival of the “spirit of Beijing” to tackle problems that have persisted since the adopted in 1995 of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on gender equality and women's empowerment.


Adopting political declaration, UN urges world to 'step it up' to ensure gender equality by 2030

09 March 2015 – As women thrive, so will humanity but if girls are held back, the whole world will feel the pain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the high-level opening of the United Nations body tasked with the promotion of gender quality and the empowerment of women, which also saw the adoption of a political declaration reaffirming commitment to the outcome of the historic 1995 Beijing women's conference.


Gender equality vital for world to fulfill potential, Ban tells thousands at women's march in New York

08 March 2015 – Thousands of people gathered today in New York to march from United Nations headquarters to Times Square in commemoration of International Women's Day and to demand greater efforts by Governments to achieve gender equality worldwide.


On International Women's Day, UN urges more action to achieve gender equality

08 March 2015 – To mark International Women's Day today, senior United Nations officials highlighted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women's rights.