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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.


UN chief stresses collective responsibility to resolve Syria conflict, end nightmare for millions

12 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to bring to an end the conflict in Syria, which has been raging for four years, while United Nations humanitarian agencies urged greater support to help the millions of people caught up in a “nightmare of suffering.”


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?”


Society’s attitudes must change worldwide to stop gender-based violence, say UN officials

11 March 2015 – At an event held today on the fringe of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, panellists addressing the continuum of violence against women underlined the importance of making cultural changes in societies to eradicate the scourge of gender-based violence, with a particular focus on engaging men and boys in national efforts to tackle the problem.


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.


Deploring ongoing violence, UN rights expert urges Malian parties to work together towards lasting peace

10 March 2015 – Condemning the “reprehensible” attacks on civilians and United Nations peacekeepers and facilities in Mali, UN independent expert Suliman Baldo today expressed deep concern that massive violations of the most basic rights continue to plague populations in areas affected by fighting.


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.