Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children
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 » UNICEF, 2014
Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
The MDG report is based on comprehensive official statistics and provides the most up-to-date summary of all Goals and their targets at global and regional levels, with additional national statistics available online. Results show that concentrated efforts to achieve MDG targets by national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector are working to lift people out of extreme poverty and improve their futures. Read more » UN, 2014
Compacts 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 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
Syrian sisters repay a mother's selfless care and love in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (UNHCR) – Every morning, Amal,* a single mother, wakes up early to get her children ready for school. She feels good, because she knows they will be safe and free from any immediate threat of conflict.
UNHCR, 08 June 2015
Growing gender gap in mobile phone use
Men have greater access to mobile telephone services across the developing world and use them more than women. That's according to a director at the Connected Women Programme of the GSMA, an association of mobile operators.
UN Radio, 06 June 2015
Investigation launched following abuse of girl in CAR
An investigation has been launched in the Central African Republic, by the United Nations peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, following allegations that a UN peacekeeper had sexually abused a young girl.
UN Radio, 05 June 2015
Forty Years a Slave: Women start new lives in Mauritania
Haratine women in Mauritania, who have long been enslaved by other lighter-skinned ethnic groups, continue to face many hardships even after being set free. Some of these former female slaves are now speaking out about their past ordeals and new lives.
IRIN News, 05 June 2015
"A Brilliant Idea" - UNRWA Employs Female Guards in its Health Centres
Since the beginning of May 2015, UNRWA has started to employ 21 female guards in its Health Centres across the Gaza Strip as part of the Agency's efforts to ensure a protective environment for service delivery and enhanced gender-equity. The employees are hired through the Agency's Job Creation Programme (JCP) and will work in their new positions for a period of three months. This is the first time that the Agency has systematically employed this many female guards.
UNRWA, 05 June 2015
UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic
The United Nations human rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have committed very serious violations, including killing of civilians and sexual exploitation of local women.
UN, 31 May 2015
Reflecting Global Change for Women in Business and Management
Earlier this year, the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities launched its report on Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum. Its main messages are perhaps well known and hopefully accepted: women's presence in the labour market is increasingly significant for economic growth and development and women represent an incredible talent pool which should not be ignored.
ILO, 31 May 2015
School campaign aims to help Côte d'Ivoire reap demographic dividend
DAKAR, Senegal – "I knew I was pregnant, but I talked to my classmate, not my parents or my teachers," said Amina, 18, a student in Daoukro, Côte d'Ivoire. "My parents were very upset and not kind. They rejected me."
UNFPA, 29 May 2015
Working with women in Somalia
Working with women in Somalia has shaped my understanding of the gender inequalities that exist in our societies. The Somalia civil war has severely hindered women's fair treatment, access to justice and overall human rights protection.
UNV, 28 May 2015
Angling for gender equality in the seafood industry
While women are estimated to make up nearly half of all people in the fisheries sector, their work often goes unrecognized and underpaid, their access to opportunities and resources remains limited and their representation in positions of leadership trails far behind other industries.
FAO, 20 May 2015
Violence against women and girls 'shames every society,' UN anti-crime chief warns
Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the "dreadful daily experiences of violence" that blight so many of their lives.
UN, 19 May 2015
Now Ebola-free, Liberia's need to restore maternal health care takes centre stage
MONROVIA, Liberia/UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 May – Two days ago, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, after the tragic 13-month-long outbreak saw the deaths of nearly 5,000 people. But while the outbreak is now officially over, health systems remain disrupted, leaving many pregnant women and new mothers without access to proper maternal health care.
UNFPA, 11 May 2015
Defeating the 'Mother Stealer' in rural Ethiopia
AMHARA REGION, Ethiopia – They called it the Stealer. It came to their homes in this remote part of northern Ethiopia, and claimed the lives of women in childbirth. It took Asmer Geremew's mother, as well as her younger and older sisters. Ms. Asmer only narrowly escaped it when her son was born three years ago.
UNFPA, 8 May 2015
Statelessness: Young Georgian mother breaks a cycle of suffering
DZEGVI, Georgia (UNHCR) – Olga Khutsishvili has bad memories of her childhood in Georgia, growing up in poverty and lacking access to a full education and other rights. "I didn´t know how to read and write, and everybody was laughing about me. I can´t recall those years without tears," the 19-year-old told UNHCR recently in the village of Dzegvi, where she lives with her mother and baby son.
UNHCR, 8 May 2015
New estimates show 126,000 pregnant women affected by Nepal quake
Needs are quickly escalating in Nepal, in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The most recent UN estimates indicate more than 5,000 have been killed and 8 million people have been affected. Based on the latest available data, UNFPA now estimates some 2 million women and girls of reproductive age are among those affected – including some 126,000 pregnant women.
UNFPA, 29 April 2015
UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram
The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Nigerian President-Elect.
UN, 29 April 2015
Women's political participation boosted in rural China
Women's political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality in Asia and across the world, according to the UN body dedicated to women's empowerment.
UN Radio, 29 April 2015