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April 29, 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.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/new-estimates-show-126000-pregnant-women-affected-nepal-quake


UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram

29 April 2015 – 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.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50732


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.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/04/womens-political-participation-boosted-in-rural-china/


After flight from Syria, refugee women in Iraq find safety, support

ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. "It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in Syria," Asma said, remembering the day she fled her home in Qamishli, Syria, with her husband and four of her five sons.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/after-flight-syria-refugee-women-iraq-find-safety-support


April 28, 2015

Women to train, run, win and lead in Trinidad and Tobago

Women in Trinidad and Tobago are being encouraged to "run, win and lead" in local government politics. The overall portion of women winning seats as councillors edged up from 29 to 31 per cent after the previous election in 2010. Since 1996 the women's movement has ensured that no local government corporation is devoid of women in its Council.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/04/women-to-train-run-win-and-lead-in-trinidad-tobago/


April 14, 2015

Emerging threats demand renewed fight against sexual violence in conflict – UN envoy

Those who use rape as a weapon of war are becoming increasingly "brutal and ruthless," the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today, warning against a lax attitude that would allow emerging armed groups to gain further ground and continue committing such atrocious crimes.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50574


Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary says WHO

Since 1985, the international healthcare community has considered the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10-15%. Since then, caesarean sections have become increasingly common in both developed and developing countries. The WHO statement published says that when caesarean section rates rise towards 10% across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases.
http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/maternal_perinatal/cs-statement/en/


March 12, 2015

Changing the prospects for women and girls in eastern and southern Africa

A joint event organized by UNAIDS and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held during the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, United States of America, has shined the spotlight on the health, social and legal services available to women and girls in eastern and southern Africa.
http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2015/march/20150312_ESA


March 06, 2015

International Women's Day 2015 - UN System Messages, Events and News

The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2015 is "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" Celebrated globally on 8 March, International Women's Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/


February 25, 2015

Through UN-backed project, Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at 'Eataly'

Thanks to a partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Eataly to support family farmers around the globe, a cooperative of women in Ethiopia are now ready to ship their 4,000 jars of jam to Rome, where they will soon reach the shelves.
http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/277385/icode/


ILO to issue an update on progress made on gender equality in the world of work and a working paper on the motherhood pay gap

GENEVA – On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will publish a briefing note providing an assessment of progress made on achieving gender equality in the world of work since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995. In addition, the ILO will release a working paper on the "Motherhood Pay Gap" between mothers and women without children.
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/media-centre/press-releases/WCMS_346727/lang--en/index.htm


Finding justice for victims of gender-based violence in Somalia

Sixteen-year-old Safia was herding goats in Puntland, Somalia, last September when a man approached her and asked for drinking water. She gave him the water, but then he grabbed her and, at knifepoint, dragged her to an isolated area. He held her captive for two weeks, raping her repeatedly.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/finding-justice-victims-gender-based-violence-somalia


February 6, 2015

The start of a movement: Girls rising up against FGM

You're invited to the UN ECOSOC 2015 Global Youth Forum on "Youth Engagement in the Transition from MDGs to SDGs: What will it take?" to be held on 2 and 3 February 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Women is organizing a special dialogue on Youth and Gender Equality on 3 February 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/uGn16gZqlh by January 27.
https://tockify.com/unwomenwatch/104/1422889200000


In Davos, Ban urges global action in 2015 on development, gender equality, climate change

23 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to maintain their focus on a broad range of climate, development and gender equality issues, warning that as the global community continues to face multiple crises, the new year must be a time for 'strong commitment' from international stakeholders.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49884


El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes 'ground-breaking' pardon of woman in abortion case

23 January 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the 'ground-breaking decision' of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women's 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from 'abortion' to 'aggravated homicide' during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49886


Iceland champions gender equality at the UN

Iceland has been demonstrating to the international community why it ranks number one in the world in closing the gender gap. The Nordic country recently hosted a conference at the United Nations to highlight the influence society has in the way men treat women.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/01/iceland-champions-gender-equality-at-the-un/


January 23, 2015

You're Invited: ECOSOC Youth Forum 2015

You're invited to the UN ECOSOC 2015 Global Youth Forum on "Youth Engagement in the Transition from MDGs to SDGs: What will it take?" to be held on 2 and 3 February 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Women is organizing a special dialogue on Youth and Gender Equality on 3 February 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/uGn16gZqlh by January 27.
https://tockify.com/unwomenwatch/104/1422889200000


In Davos, Ban urges global action in 2015 on development, gender equality, climate change

23 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to maintain their focus on a broad range of climate, development and gender equality issues, warning that as the global community continues to face multiple crises, the new year must be a time for 'strong commitment' from international stakeholders.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49884


El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes 'ground-breaking' pardon of woman in abortion case

23 January 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the 'ground-breaking decision' of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women's 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from 'abortion' to 'aggravated homicide' during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49886


Iceland champions gender equality at the UN

Iceland has been demonstrating to the international community why it ranks number one in the world in closing the gender gap. The Nordic country recently hosted a conference at the United Nations to highlight the influence society has in the way men treat women.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/01/iceland-champions-gender-equality-at-the-un/


January 22, 2015

Iraq report highlights disabled children used in terror attacks

Child abuse is continuing in Iraq where disabled children have been used to carry out terrorist attacks in a belief it will cure them, it emerged on Thursday. In a UN report on Iraq, human rights experts also detailed child prostitution and child pornography, along with other harmful practices targeting girls, such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage and honour crimes.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/01/iraq-report-highlights-disabled-children-used-in-terror-attacks/


Protecting women human rights defenders

A social media campaign by the UN is honouring women human rights defenders worldwide and raising awareness about the dangers of the job. Under the hashtag #reflect2protect, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) is releasing a series of 12 short video profiles of these defenders.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/01/protecting-women-human-rights-defenders/





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