Gender equality and women’s empowerment

1 11, 2017

Women are looking for opportunities in business, UN forum told

2017-11-16T15:30:15+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Economic growth, Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, “they are not helpless,” they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development.

30 10, 2017

Security Council debate on ‘women, peace and security’ spotlights prevention and gender equality links

2017-11-16T15:30:23+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

At the Security Council today, a senior United Nations official called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women’s participation at all levels and help ensure UN peace efforts are stronger and more sustainable.

25 10, 2017

Ending child marriage in West and Central Africa could take 100 years, warns UNICEF

2017-11-16T15:31:22+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Youth|

Unless progress is accelerated, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region's prosperity, the United Nations children's agency has said.

17 10, 2017

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

2017-11-16T15:31:33+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

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.

28 09, 2017

Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya ‘just tip of the iceberg’ – UN agency

2017-09-28T21:34:26+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Warning that the horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing unrest in Myanmar could be “just the tip of the iceberg,” the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored the need to ensure that such violence is prevented and called for additional resources so that it can reach all those [...]

28 09, 2017

Some 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, UN health agency warns

2017-11-16T15:31:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, News|

About 25 million unsafe abortions, accounting for 45 per cent of all abortions, occurred every year from 2010 to 2014 worldwide, with 97 per cent of those unsafe procedures occurring in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a new United Nations study has found. “Increased efforts report are needed, especially in developing regions, to [...]

28 09, 2017

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

2017-09-28T14:27:54+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars in the country. In a tweet, the UN chief noted that ending the restrictions represents an “important step in the right direction.” According to reports, under the new law, women can legally obtain a driving licence without asking a male [...]

28 09, 2017

‘Time to stamp out human trafficking,’ says Guterres; UN pledges action to eradicate ‘heinous crime’

2017-11-16T15:31:52+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Secretary-General|

With tens of millions of human trafficking victims worldwide, “now is the time to stand together and stamp out this abominable practice,” Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres today told a high-level meeting at which Member States adopted a political Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement a United Nations action plan to end the scourge. “Human trafficking is all around us, [...]

20 09, 2017

EU and UN to launch strategic partnership for ending all forms of violence against women and girls

2017-09-20T21:53:27+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Press material|

20 September 2017, UN Headquarters, New York

19 09, 2017

UN and partners launch initiative to reach equal pay for women at work

2017-09-19T22:38:26+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Economic growth, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Inequality, News|

Striving to raise up women’s pay across the world to equal men’s, a new global coalition – which includes the United Nations labour agency and Organization’s entity promotion of women’s rights – launched today on the eve of the General Assembly debate. The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) includes the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), [...]