News by topic: Women, Children, Population


'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official

7 December – Returning from a mission to Aleppo, a senior United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) official in Syria described “haunting images” of children killed by mortars and malnourishment, and said that the terrible situation “continues to plummet to even greater lows.”


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham uses tattoos to show ‘brutal reality’ of child violence

5 December – Drawing attention to the physical and psychological abuse that leave an inedible mark on children’s lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a powerful new video illustrating the “all too common” forms of violence as tattoos on the body of the famous footballer and advocate for protection of children, David Beckham.


Nearly half of children in Mosul now cut off from clean water as conflict intensifies – UNICEF

30 November – Destruction of a major water pipeline has left nearly half of the children in the Iraqi battleground city of Mosul cut off from access to clean water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Violence against women ‘serious obstacle’ to sustainable development, Ban says on World Day

25 November – Underlining that violence against women and girls is not only a human rights violation but also a serious obstacle to sustainable development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “meaningful” action to prevent and respond to such violence.


Fundamentalism and populism pose deepening threat to women human rights defenders, UN experts warn

25 November – Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations experts has warned.


UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ kicks off 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence

21 November – The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior United Nations official said today, lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action – and more funding – to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all.


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


With continuous support, storm-hit Haiti can make real and tangible progress – UNICEF

18 November – In light of upcoming elections in Haiti – which recently suffered the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today expressed hope that the rights and needs of children would be a priority for those elected.


Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced, warns UNICEF

15 November – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries.


Myanmar: UN envoy urges investigation into alleged sexual assaults after violence flares in Rakhine state

11 November – Gravely concerned about allegations of rape and sexual assault of women and girls in Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar following recent border attacks, Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict called today on the Government to ensure that an impartial and effective investigation is conducted into the alleged incidents.