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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 »

United Nations,
2013


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
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
Right to education still not a reality for many women and girls
Despite international consensus on the need for the elimination of discrimination against women in the field of education, an estimated 35 million girls are still unable to attain the education they require, according to the UN Human Rights chief.
UN Radio, 7 July 2014
Cameroon: Alarming levels of malnutrition among refugee children and women from C.A.R.
YAOUNDE/DAKAR - In Cameroon, up to 1 out of 3 refugee children from Central African Republic suffer from malnutrition, a recent United Nations assessment found.
WFP, 7 July 2014
Video: MDG 3 - Women's Empowerment
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, 7 July 2014
Video: MDG 5 - Maternal Health
Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, but also gravely threatens their lives, education, and future prospects. When girls are married, they are expected to begin childbearing while still children themselves, with pregnancy-related complications being a major cause of death for adolescent girls in the developing world. In Mozambique, a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal mortality in the world, efforts are underway to ensure all young girls enjoy their right to equality.
UN, 7 July 2014
Nepal: Women Weavers Launch Businesses
United Nations - 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, 1 July 2014
India: Breaking Down Barriers To Girls' Education
Young girls in India are struggling to get an education due to the lack of facilities and understanding about their monthly menstruation. Combined with a social stigma that has been handed down for generations, many girls feel too ashamed to go to school at all, with up to a quarter of schoolgirls in India leaving school when they reach puberty. The UN's Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WSSCC is working with the Indian government to change the curriculum in India, and change the future of girls.
UN in Action, 1 July 2014
UN Women Executive Director statement on the situation in Iraq
Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
UN Women, 1 July 2014
Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap
Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak.
IRIN News, 1 July 2014
Marking International Widows' Day, Ban urges end to harmful practices, abuse against women
No woman should lose her status, livelihood or property when her husband dies, yet millions of widows in our world face persistent abuse, discrimination, disinheritance and destitution stressed United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in his message for this year's International Widows' Day.
UN News Centre, 23 June 2014
UN Women launches global campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing at the Apollo Theatre
UN Women Executive Director to brief media at UN Headquarters prior to event.
UN Women, 23 June 2014
Rethinking Nepal's uterine prolapse treatment
The Nepal government's commitment to treat uterine prolapse, a debilitating life-long gynaecological condition, sparked an uptick in hysterectomies, but a new, less drastic low-cost intervention could spell hope for the thousands of Nepali women in need of treatment.
IRIN News, 23 June 2014
Ending female genital mutilation vital for healthy communities, stresses UN official
The United Nations human rights chief today called for concerted efforts to urgently address female genital mutilation, calling it a form of gender-based discrimination and violence that must be eradicated if women, girls and their communities are to thrive.
UN News, 16 June 2014
Feature: UN findings flag violence, abuse of older women accused of witchcraft
Did you know violence and abuse against elderly women, the worlds fastest growing demographic group, range from sexual violence, property grabbing, financial abuse and increasingly, extreme violence against older women accused of witchcraft? Throughout history, women described as witches have been persecuted, tortured and murdered.
UN News, 16 June 2014
Modern slavery: UN rights experts welcome new international agreement on forced labour
A group of United Nations independent experts on slavery, migrants, trafficking, sale and sexual exploitation of children, and internally displaced persons today welcomed this week's adoption of a legally binding international Protocol to tackle forced labour worldwide and end what they call 'modern slavery.'
UN News, 13 June 2014
Film: Sierra Leone's women behind bars
Twelve years after Sierra Leone's long civil war came to an end, its broken institutions and weak development indicators continue to impact on the lives of its people.
IRIN News, 13 June 2014
At global summit, UN envoy Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexual violence in conflict
Hollywood actress, activist and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today called for concerted action to end once and for all the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. "It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict," Ms. Jolie stated in her address to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which opened in London and brings together over 900 experts, non-governmental organizations, survivors, faith leaders and international organizations from around the globe. The three-day summit, co-chaired by Ms. Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague of the United Kingdom, aims to create momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.
UN News Centre, 10 June 2014
Twenty-sixth Regular Session of the Human Rights Council Begins
The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-sixth regular session from 10 to 27 June 2014 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Highlights of the three-week session will feature a wide range of issues including presentations by the commission of inquiry on Syria, by the Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and by the Independent Expert on the Central African Republic, and interactive discussions on the issue of safety of journalists and combatting child, early and forced marriages.
OHCHR, 10 June 2014


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