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Nepal: Women Weavers Launch Businesses

Women in Nepal are getting a chance to learn skills in areas such as traditional weaving. Now they are leaving the comfort of their homes to set up their own small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty. With the help of IFAD, the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development, attitudes are changing across the nation as to what women can and cannot do. UN in Action, IFAD, 2014

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A midwife listens for heartbeat on the belly of Mariam Moutari, 20, who is 8 month pregnant with her second child, during a pre-natal consutlation at the Bilmari health center in the town of Mirriah, Niger. Photo: UNICEF NYHQ2012-0329

Documents and Publications
Compacts for EqualityCompacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future
The document which ECLAC presents on this occasion explores further the theme of equality addressed at the two previous sessions of the Commission, in Time for Equality: Closing Gaps, Opening Trails (2010, Brasilia), and Structural Change for Equality: An Integrated Approach to Development (2012, San Salvador). Read more »
ECLAC, 2014

State of World Population 2013State 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 »

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Broadband CommissionDoubling 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 ReportHigh 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

ILO Child Labour ReportEnding 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

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News and Highlights
Lost in the chaos - LGBTI people in emergencies
Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion and harm.
IRIN News, 14 August 2014
A young girl dreams, despite adversity
After floods forced her family to abandon their home, a young girl in Paraguay holds on to the hope that education will guide her to a better life.
UNICEF, 14 August 2014
First UN female force commander takes reins in Cyprus
Major General Kristin Lund today officially assumed her duties as Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus where the top UN official, Lisa Buttenheim, is also a woman. That UN operation is now the first in the world to have a dual female leadership.
UN News Centre, UN News, 11 August 2014
Northern Iraq: UN voices concern about civilians' safety, need for humanitarian aid
OHCHR has voiced concern at "very disturbing reports" about the treatment of women. In specific, Ms. Shamdasani said they were told of women being sold as sex slaves, and being punished for not adhering to misinterpretations of Islamic laws.
UN News Centre, OHCHR, 08 August 2014
Fuel Efficient Stove 'LOLA' Makes School Kitchens Smoke-Free in Bolivia
Cooking on stove tops with heavy exposure to smoke has always made preparing school meals uncomfortable and unhealthy for mothers in Chuquisaca schools. The smoke irritated their eyes and throats, and not only consumed a lot of firewood but also time.
WFP, 08 August 2014
Early marriage in Jordan shows no signs of abating: UNICEF
One third of all marriages in Jordan involve girls under the age of 18, a new UNICEF study has found. These newly released figures show that there has been no or little progress in reducing the number of early marriages.
UN Radio, UNICEF, 08 August 2014
Supporting the struggles of indigenous women everywhere
Indigenous women have long faced multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and violence, both as women and as indigenous peoples. In cities and villages and in their communities around the world these women struggle to overcome the myriad challenges they face daily.
UN Women, 08 August 2014
UN Women Executive Director: Message for the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Today, 9 August, is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. On behalf of UN Women, I join with people around the world in commending and commemorating the achievements and struggles of indigenous peoples.
IAEA, 08 August 2014
HIV-Positive Mothers and Breastfeeding: Contribution of the IAEA
Infants who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition; have better, more resilient immune systems, and they are less prone to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease during adulthood. Mothers benefit too. Those who breastfeed exclusively experience better mental health and less risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
IAEA, 08 August 2014
Japan's stance on 'comfort women' issue violates victims' rights – UN official
6 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed profound regret that Japan has not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.
UN, 06 August 2014
UN promotes 'effective' breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes
4 August 2014 – The United Nations children's agency today said it is working with governments, the private sector and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes.
UN, 04 August 2014
UNAIDS welcomes Uganda's Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law
GENEVA, 1 August 2014—UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda's Constitutional Court to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for 'aggravated homosexuality'. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.
UNAIDS, 01 August 2014
On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, UN calls for action to eradicate scourge
Emphasizing that the practice of slavery still plagues modern society, the United Nations marked its first-ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons by calling on the international community to end impunity for perpetrators and help victims, especially women and children, who continue to be particularly vulnerable to the perfidious trade.
UN, 30 July 2014
UN Women statement on the occasion of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons
Today, on 30 July 2014, we commemorate the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Trafficking in persons is a grave human rights violation and a serious crime. It affects millions of people worldwide. The majority are women and girls.
UN Women, 30 July 2014
UNODC marks first human trafficking day with call for countries to step up fight against this crime
Today the United Nations marked the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Human trafficking is a global problem and one of the world's most shameful crimes, affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. Traffickers deceive women, men and children from all corners of the world and force them into exploitative situations every day.
UNODC, 30 July 2014
Giving hope to victims of human trafficking
Ahead of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), we hear the harrowing experiences of human trafficking survivors, as well as their stories of hope thanks to the work of grassroots organizations helping the victims of this despicable trade. Managed by UNODC, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking supports on-the-ground humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims in a bid to help them start a new life free from slavery.
UNODC, 28 July 2014
Women shepherds in Somaliland determined to change their odds
Water is a central concern year round in Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous state in northern Somalia. Over a third of households in Somaliland's urban areas do not have access to clean drinking water and the proportion is far higher in rural areas, the UN says.
UN Radio, 28 July 2014
New UN data shows need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation, child marriage
New data released today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows the need for urgent action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.
UN News Centre, UNICEF, 23 July 2014
Woman Alone: The fight for survival by Syria's refugee women
There are nearly 150,000 Syrian refugee women who are single-handedly providing for their families. Read their extraordinary stories of loss and resilience.
UNHCR, 9 July 2014
Fish drying method changes lives in Burundi
An FAO project to equip small fishing communities with the tools and know-how to dry fish on simple raised racks instead of on the sand has changed lives along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi. Women had always dried catches of small sardine-like silver lake fish called ndagala on the ground, where they were easy pickings for animals and vulnerable to being trampled and contaminated. During the rainy season, many fish would be washed away or start to rot.
FAO, 9 July 2014
Jordan: High Commissioner Visits a Struggling Syrian Family
A new UNHCR report reveals that over 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq are headed by women alone. UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres paid a visit to Awah, who is raising her children on her own in Amman.
UNHCR, 9 July 2014
UN Women announces Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.
UN Women, 8 July 2014
UN Millennium Goals 'scorecard' spotlights successes, gaps and path towards 'the future we want'
With the 2015 deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) less that 550 days away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the final push towards the United Nations targets – many of which have been met or are within reach – and urged a strong, ambitious successor blueprint "that will leave no one behind."
UN, 7 July 2014

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