This former minefield had previously caused casualties, including a seven year old boy who had picked up a mine. Clearance of this minefield is now complete and benefits the 1,000 people living nearby. Colombia has one of the highest percentages of trained female deminers. Photo: HALO Trust
State of World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood
Every day in developing countries, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth. Nine in 10 of these births occur within marriage or a union. This has consequences on the health, education, employment and rights of an untold millions of girls. What are the challenges of adolescent pregnancy, and what can we do to ensure girls have a healthy and safe transition into adulthood? Read more » UNFPA, 2013
Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security
The new report of the UN Secretary-General (S/2013/525) provides an overview of progress since last year in implementing resolution 1325 across four action areas: prevention, participation, protection and peacebuilding and recovery. It also proposes actions for the Council’s consideration to accelerate progress and to prepare for the 2015 high-level review of the implementation of resolution 1325. Read more »
United Nations, 2013
Doubling Digital Opportunities Enhancing the Inclusion of Women & Girls In the Information Society
Doubling Digital Opportunities: Enhancing the Inclusion of Women & Girls in the Information Society frames the challenges and opportunities we face in achieving gender equality in an era of rapid technological change. It closely examines critical gender issues with respect to new information and communication technologies (ICTs) and broadband. Most important, it shows ways in which we can further advance the sustainable development agenda by promoting the use of new technologies in support of gender equality and women's empowerment. Read more » UN Broadband Commission, ITU, UNESCO, 2013
High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development
This report sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world. The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was established by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron. Read more » High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 2013
Ending child labour in domestic work and protecting young workers from abusive working conditions
An estimated 10.5 million children worldwide – most of them under age – are working as domestic workers in people's homes, in hazardous and sometimes slavery-like conditions, says the ILO. Six and a half million of these child labourers are aged between five and 14 years-old. More than 71 per cent are girls. According to the latest figures in a new ILO report, Ending Child labour in domestic work, they work in the homes of a third party or employer, carrying out tasks such as cleaning, ironing, cooking, gardening, collecting water, looking after other children and caring for the elderly. Within the framework of the two ILO fundamental conventions on child labour and the recently adopted instruments on decent work for domestic workers, this new report sets the scene for a better understanding of child labour in domestic work. Read more » ILO, 2013
Senior UN official calls for women to remain engaged in Afghan political life
With the results still being counted from Afghanistan's recent presidential election, the top United Nations official in the country urged efforts to ensure that women remain meaningfully engaged in the political process and improve political life there.
UN, 22 April 2014
Teacher Helped by School Meals Inspires Girls in Malawi
Alice Kankhwala was one of the first students to receive WFP school meals in 1999. Fifteen years later, she is now a teacher, inspiring young girls to follow her example and complete their education too.
WFP, 22 April 2014
Online Discussion: Care Farming
Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women's economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries? Join the discussion on FAO.
FAO, 17 April 2014
Joint statement on the abduction of school girls in Borno State, Nigeria
Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui.
Joint statement, 17 April 2014
Women in Papua plant roots of independence
Papua, Indonesia's easternmost province is one of the most remote and least developed corners on the planet.
UN Radio, 17 April 2014
Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation.
IRIN News, 17 April 2014
Female car-washers in South Sudan break gender stereotypes
Women in South Sudan are helping break gender stereotypes in the work place by operating a car wash facility at a UN base in Juba. The South Sudan Women empowerment Network (SSWEN) was awarded the contract by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
UN, 16 April 2014
UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women
Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.
UN, 16 April 2014
UN calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday and called for their immediate release.
UN, 16 April 2014
Memorial in New York to mark 20th commemoration of Rwandan Genocide
Candle lighting and a minute of silence is being held at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide. In 1994, Hutu extremists slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in a period of 100 days.
UN Radio, 16 April 2014
Eritrean seeking safe-passage to Sudan was led into a nightmare
After 20 members of her religious congregation were imprisoned in Eritrea, Semret knew she had to flee to the safety of Sudan. The 25-year-old woman left on foot with a smuggler recommended by a friend – straight into a tragedy. The Pentecostal church is among many denominations suffering severe restrictions. Anyone practising outside the four approved religions of Orthodox Christianity, Sunni Islam, Catholicism and Lutheranism can face prison, threats and harassment.
UNHCR, 16 April 2014
UN rapporteur waits to hear about execution of Iranian woman
The execution of an Iranian woman has reportedly been postponed following the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.
UN Radio, 15 April 2014
Women paying price of Latin America drug wars
As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them.
IRIN News, 15 April 2014
UN concerned at broad application of death penalty in Brunei's revised penal code
The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences, including robbery, adultery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature...He added that a number of UN studies have also revealed that women are more likely to be sentenced to death by stoning, due to deeply entrenched discrimination and stereotyping against them, including among law enforcement and judicial officers.
UN News, 11 April 2014
Sexual violence continues in the DRC, but some progress achieved
There is still a long way to go in the fight against impunity for sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) although some progress has been made, according to the Secretary-General's Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
UN Radio, 11 April 2014
South Sudanese women and children dying on way to Ethiopia
Women and children fleeing conflict in South Sudan are dying on their way to refugee camps in Ethiopia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
UN Radio, 8 April 2014
Commission on Population and Development
From 7 to 11 April 2014, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. This year's session will focus on assessing the progress made in implementing the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).
UNFPA, 7 April 2014
On International Day, UN hails vital role of women in achieving world free of landmines
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater measures to involve more women at higher levels in mine action, stressing their vital role in advancing the vision of a world free of landmines.
UN, 4 April 2014
Women have critical food security role in sustainable development agenda
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled today the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition.
FAO, 4 April 2014
Syrian refugees in Lebanon face harsh working conditions
BEIRUT (ILO News) – Almost a third of Syrian refugees in Lebanon's labour market are unemployed, said the International Labour Organization in a study entitled "Assessment of the Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and their Employment Profile"...Female Syrian refugees were particularly vulnerable to unemployment. Over two thirds of women looking for work in Lebanon were unable to find a job. Only two out of 10 working refugees were female, earning about 40 per cent less on average than their male counterparts.
ILO, 4 April 2014