News by topic: Women, Children, Population


Gender equality, women's empowerment central to Colombian peace process – UN officials

26 July – Two senior United Nations officials today underscored that the centrality of women to the Colombian peace process, as shown by the 'historic commitment' by the Government and Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) at the Havana Peace Talks Table, must be reinforced in the final agreement and, more importantly, during the implementation phase.


Recent attacks on hospitals in Aleppo 'can amount to war crimes' – UNICEF

26 July – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reiterated today that attacks on health facilities are a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and can amount to war crimes, in response to the recent airstrikes on four hospitals and a blood bank in eastern Aleppo city in Syria.


Somalia: UN envoy calls for better protection of children affected by armed conflict

22 July – Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia, a United Nations child rights envoy has called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict, urging the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals.


Syria: After week of ‘horrific’ incidents, UNICEF calls for end to all violence against children

21 July – In a week marked by the brutal on-camera murder of a 12-year-old boy in Aleppo and the killing of more than 20 children killed during air strikes in Manbij, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for an immediate end to all forms of violence against children in Syria and urged all parties to the conflict there to make every effort to avoid the loss of civilian lives.


UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect girls, women from sexual violence

20 July – A key adviser to the United Nations children’s agency today decried the culture of impunity surrounding sexual violence against women and girls around the world, following a recent case of gang rape in India.


Children starving in parts of Nigeria held by Boko Haram, UN children’s agency warns

19 July – About a quarter of a million children in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, are suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations children’s agency today announced. Of those, about one in five will die if they do not receive treatment.


Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

18 July – An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.


South Sudan: UN agency urges stability ahead of planting season to thwart food insecurity

16 July – Millions of people facing hunger in South Sudan will be driven to the brink of catastrophe if renewed flashes of violence derail the fragile peace process, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, warning that the human costs of recent fighting in Juba will be compounded by deepening hunger across the entire country if peace does not hold.


Governments ‘largely responsible’ for ensuring youth engagement in political, economic and social life – UN report

15 July – The responsibility for finding solutions to the problems affecting young people – such as unemployment, low representation in political processes, and social exclusion – lies largely with Governments, according to a United Nations report on youth engagement released today.


Majority oppose female genital mutilation in countries where practice persists – UN agency

15 July – New data from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that about two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end.