State of World Population 2013: Motherhood in Childhood
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 » 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
Mandela a champion for freedom, justice and human rights
Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday has been eulogized as a champion for freedom, justice and human rights. United Nations Human Rights chief Navi Pillay described Mandela as perhaps the greatest moral leader of our time who believed passionately in liberty and dignity, in freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. Ms Pillay said Mandela believed in human rights for all and promoted women's rights, treating men and women equally and placing women in positions of power.
UN Radio, OHCHR, 6 December 2013
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai among winners of 2013 UN human rights prize
A well-known Pakistani student activist and an anti-slavery campaigner from Mauritania are among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize.
UN News Centre, 6 December 2013
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Option B+ to prevent HIV infection in children
Learn how the Option B+ programme is changing the landscape of HIV treatment among pregnant women -- and HIV prevention among their infants -- in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
UNICEF, 6 December 2013
Women and children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
United Nations humanitarian agencies have expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic, saying it was hampering delivery of assistance to nearly 2.6 million people.
UN Radio, 6 December 2013
Syrian refugee women have key role to play in country's future – UN official
Syrian refugee women have a key role to play in shaping the future of their war-torn homeland, the protection chief of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) told a conference in London.
UN News Centre, 5 December 2013
Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan
The massive destruction of healthcare facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts.
IRIN News, 5 December 2013
'Mixed picture' of women's progress shows need to better harness synergies – UN official
Despite significant progress in meeting international development goals for women's empowerment, gaps in key areas remain, which require a renewed effort from all partners to better integrate gender issues into the overall quest for sustainable development, a United Nations gender equality official said today.
UN News Centre, 4 December 2013
Access to justice and reparations for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sarah is one of the survivors of an attack by armed groups in Shabunda, a remote territory in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who says the trauma caused her to drop out of school and stop working. Sarah, like many victims of sexual violence, was abandoned by her husband after the attack.
OHCHR, 3 December 2013
Blazing a Trail for Working Mothers at UNRWA
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) have inaugurated the New Mothers' Space in its West Bank field office. Opened by Director of UNRWA Operations Felipe Sanchez, it is not just the first breastfeeding space UNRWA has opened in any of its five field offices, but also the first such space among the members of the UN country team in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
UNRWA, 2 December 2013
UNFPA Launches Arab States Regional Strategy to Boost Fight Against Gender-Based Violence
RABAT, Morocco – Participants in the Rabat Forum adopted the UNFPA Regional Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence in the Arab states Region for 2014-2017. They also recommended the strategy to serve as a roadmap for the fight against all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) and to be efficiently implemented across the region.
UNFPA, 2 December 2013
Reducing maternal mortality in Somalia
In Somaliland, only a third of women giving birth have any kind of skilled personnel with them -- and, in rural areas, the numbers are much lower. Now, a three-year-long programme co-funded by the European Commission that targets maternal and newborn health in Somaliland and Puntland, is slowly changing this reality.
UNICEF, 2 December 2013
UN agencies promote breastfeeding to protect babies in typhoon-hit Philippines
United Nations agencies are promoting breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children in the wake of the disaster wrought on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) earlier this month.
UN News Centre, 29 November 2013
In Guinea, one girl's story of violence reveals a commonplace nightmare
Forced to undergo a life-changing ritual, a young girl in Guinea looks for answers and speaks out against the damaging – and sometimes deadly – practice of female genital mutilation.
UNICEF, 27 November 2013
Zambia's Smallholder Farmers Flourish With Purchase For Progress
Since joining WFP's Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in 2009, Musuungu co-operative has been able to increase its membership to 200 farmers (80 of whom are women). The co-op, located in Kawambwa district, has also increased its maize and bean production significantly, and expanded the number of buyers to whom it can sell produce.
WFP, 27 November 2013
When fear of being criminalized locks out healthcare
Drug users will avoid a needle exchange programme if they spot a police car cruising nearby, and sex workers will readily toss their condoms in the trash if they risk getting arrested for soliciting. Around the world, the most marginalized groups in society – from Roma to HIV-positive people to sex workers to drug users – are reluctant to access basic health services because they fear arrest, intimidation and harassment.
IRIN News, 26 November 2013
Programme provides a full courseload for pastoralist girls in Somalia
Somali children who once would have bypassed schooling to herd their families' animals are now busy studying, thanks to a programme focused on rural and pastoralist communities.
UNICEF, 26 November 2013
Khmer Rouge sexual violence survivors break silence
For almost 35 years, Rys Yamlas kept a secret. The memory of being taken into a forest in her native village of Ochero in Cambodia, pushed against a tree and then brutally raped by a Khmer Rouge soldier was too painful to share - until recently.
IRIN News, 26 November 2013
In Botswana, lay counsellors play a vital role in the fight against HIV
A bold approach employing non-medical staff as counsellors has helped Botswana achieve a major reduction in mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
UNICEF, 26 November 2013
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Official proceedings for the Day will be followed by a performance of 'Wounded to Death', a theatrical piece by Italian playwright Serena Dandini and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in partnership with Eni, Gucci and Lavazza, and supported by the Commission for Equal
Opportunities - Legacoop, and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.
UN, 25 November 2013
UN Chief: "Orange your world" to say no to violence against women
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on people to wear the colour orange to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November. It's also a chance to recommit to preventing and halting all forms of violence against women and girls, he noted. Mr. Ban is asking people to make a special effort and advocate for the cause for the next sixteen days, between 25 November and 10 December, Human Rights Day.
UN Radio, 25 November 2013
Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer
La violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas afecta directamente a las personas al tiempo que daña nuestra humanidad común. En respuesta a este problema mundial, en 2008 puse en marcha mi campaña ÚNETE para poner fin a la violencia contra las mujeres. Desde entonces, asociados de todo el mundo se han sumado a nuestra iniciativa para proteger uno de los derechos humanos de las mujeres y las niñas: vivir libres de violencia.
ECLAC, 25 November 2013
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Violence against women and girls is a violation of their fundamental human rights, an affront to human dignity and a serious threat to their health and well-being. It impedes their civic engagement and role in development; it generates instability and makes peace harder to achieve.
UNFPA, 25 November 2013
IFAD Blog: How to fight violence against women
On the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, it would be easy to write a sensational blogpost with a barrage of chilling statistics and passing reference to a handful of the many high-profile cases that have been in the news over the past 12 months. Gang rape, rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, sexual exploitation. The list could go on. In order to understand gender-based violence better, however, I think it helps not to look at the sensational cases. It's a complex issue, with no easy answers. It's vital to take on board the complexity, the cultural specificity and the sheer prevalence of violence against women and girls the world over. Here's one chilling statistic: worldwide, among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.
IFAD, 25 November 2013
Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented
Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime. On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is calling for renewed efforts to end violence against women.
UNDP, 25 November 2013