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Afghanistan: UN condemns brutal killing of mentally ill woman

20 March 2015 – United Nations officials in Afghanistan have strongly condemned the brutal killing of a 27-year-old mentally ill woman, who was attacked yesterday by an angry crowd accusing her of burning a copy of the Quran.


Ukraine crisis taking heaviest toll on women, children and elderly – UN officials

19 March 2015 – Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately bearing the devastating impact of the protracted conflict in Ukraine, which has left five million people in need of humanitarian assistance, senior United Nations officials said today, as they stressed the “grave and urgent need” to scale up international relief efforts.


UN officials say suffering in Nigeria ‘immense,’ warn of regional humanitarian crisis

19 March 2015 – Amid ongoing fighting between Government forces and Boko Haram insurgents, the effects of the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria are increasingly reverberating across the region, two senior United Nations humanitarian officials said today, as they urged international donors to ramp up financial support for relief efforts.


UN envoy outlines progress in DR Congo from ‘shattered’ country to ‘proud nation’

19 March 2015 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is unified with a “clear, shared and celebrated” identity, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today, as he briefed on the latest developments in the vast African nation.


Women’s participation in sports key to boosting gender equality – UN

16 March 2015 – The greater participation of women and girls in sports can help lift their involvement in society, fight gender stereotypes and accelerate progress towards gender parity, the head of the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment declared today.


INTERVIEW: Gender equality remains ‘humanity’s biggest project,’ declares UN official

16 March 2015 – Twenty years ago in Beijing, countries signed on to a comprehensive global blueprint for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and achieving that goal remains “humanity’s biggest project,” according to senior United Nations official Lakshmi Puri.