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International Girls in ICT Day 2014

This video promotes Girls in ICT Day 2014, featuring video contributions from past Girls in ICT Day events around the world. This year, the International Girls in ICT day will be observed on 24 April 2014. ITU, 2014

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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

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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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International Girls in ICT Day
The annual International Girls in ICT Day will take place on 24 April 2014. International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative that is aimed at creating a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the ICT field. It is observed annually on the 4th Thursday of April and serves to inspire girls and young women to explore their options and get involved in the ICT sector.
ITU, 23 April 2014
Midwives, emergency care key to reducing Cambodia's maternal deaths
Sixteen-year-old Hang Dèng travelled for an hour by boat to reach the health centre closest to her remote Cambodian village. She was in labour and suffering complications.
UNFPA, 23 April 2014
Ugandan Parliament adopts resolution to address needs of war-affected women
Years of advocacy by women's rights groups including those monitoring justice for women with disabilities in northern Uganda pays off.
UN Women, 23 April 2014
Interview with Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende
The Government of Norway has always been among the top donors to UN Women's core funding, contributing USD 16.24 million in 2013; representing the organization's top donor in 2012, with a 14.83 million contribution; and leading by example with a USD 14.68 million contribution in 2011.
UN Women, 23 April 2014
Preventing HIV/AIDS among women who use drugs in north eastern India
UNODC, together with UNAIDS, UNICEF and UNDP, has established a project to reduce the risk and impact of HIV/AIDS in the north east region of India, an ethnically diverse area bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. Building on years of experience on similar efforts, this project aims to help local communities prevent the spread of HIV through unsafe injecting drug use, especially among vulnerable populations -of which women represent a large part.
UNODC, 23 April 2014
Disability Inclusion: Translating Policy into Practice in Humanitarian Action
A new report from the Women's Refugee Commission, produced in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, highlights the challenges facing the estimated 6.7 million people with disabilities who are forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict and human rights violations, as well as advances in improving accessibility and inclusion in humanitarian programs.
ReliefWeb, 23 April 2014
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

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