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
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
UNAIDS and the hotel InterContinental Genève launch a new campaign to ensure all children are born HIV-free
GENEVA — UNAIDS and the hotel InterContinental Genève have come together in a public-private partnership to advance efforts to ensure that all children can be born free from HIV, that their mothers have access to life-saving medicines and that all children living with HIV can lead healthy lives.
UNAIDS, 16 December 2013
Mothers in Niger are an ally in the fight against malnutrition
Mothers in Niger are getting special instruction in how to evaluate the nutritional status of their children at home.
UNICEF, 16 December 2013
Typhoon Haiyan heightens protection concerns
EASTERN SAMAR (IRIN) - Women and girls in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan face an increased risk of violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking, say experts, since the storm struck the central Philippines more than five weeks ago, leaving over 6,000 dead and more than 4 million displaced.
IRIN News, 16 December 2013
Latest world cancer statistics: Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million new cases in 2012; Marked increase in breast cancers must be addressed
Lyon/Geneva – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality, and prevalence worldwide. The new version of IARC's online database, GLOBOCAN 2012, provides the most recent estimates for 28 types of cancer in 184 countries worldwide and offers a comprehensive overview of the global cancer burden. GLOBOCAN 2012 reveals striking patterns of cancer in women and highlights that priority should be given to cancer prevention and control measures for breast and cervical cancers globally.
WHO, 12 December 2013
Pillay dismayed at re-imposition of criminal sanctions for same-sex relationships in India
"Criminalising private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified, according to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
UN Radio, 12 December 2013
Severe water shortages in Malawi
RUMPHI - Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source.
IRIN News, 12 December 2013
Afghanistan still has 'A Way to Go' in tackling violence against women: UN report
Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week.
UN Radio, 9 December 2013
Human Rights Day 2013
Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations."
OHCHR, 9 December 2013
A Syrian girl is born in northern Iraq
SULIMANIYAH, Iraq – Baby Jian came into the world just one day after her mother arrived in Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. "She's a beautiful baby," says UNICEF WASH Consultant Atheer Al Yaseen. Mr. Al Yaseen first met the young mother-to-be when she was sheltering in a school for a week, before Arbat camp was established. "She had walked a long distance, and I could see that she was very dehydrated," he recalls.
UNICEF, 9 December 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