News by topic: Women, Children, Population


#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes

19 October – Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression.


Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

19 October – More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.


UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

18 October – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.


UN report outlines path towards closing gender gap, realizing reproductive health rights

17 October – Vast inequalities threaten economies, communities and nations, trapping people in a cycle of poverty and marginalization, the United Nations said on Tuesday in a new report that outlines 10 actions countries can take on the path towards equality.


'EmPOWER' girls before, during and after crises, UN says on International Day of the Girl Child

11 October – The world's 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception, the United Nations said on the International Day of the Girl Child, which kicks off a year-long effort to draw global attention to and action on the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.


UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

6 October – An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence—the most common form of violence against women in the Arab region—was spotlighted this week at the United Nations’ regional commission in Lebanon.


A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti's children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF

5 October – One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Expert meeting at UN aspires to create ‘space’ for women in science and technology

4 October – A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women’s involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off today under the leadership of two United Nations offices.


Pioneer of work in women’s reproductive health appointed head of UN Population Fund

3 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN’s women’s health agency.


As Rohingya crisis continues, UNICEF seeks funds to reach 720,000 children in need

2 October – Amid the deepening refugee crisis in Bangladesh and its attendant toll on children, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCEF) launched today an appeal for its emergency response to reach some 720,000 children – both in Rohingya refugee and host communities – with protection and assistance.