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August 13, 2015

Ban addresses top peacekeeping officials amid allegations of sexual abuse by UN 'blue helmets'

13 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conducted an urgent video conference with the heads of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Force Commanders, and Police Commissioners following a series of revelations alleging abuse by UN 'blue helmets' in the field, according to a spokesperson for the Organization.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51633


Women: focus on soccer clinics, women's role in humanitarian relief and gender gap in Morocco

Soccer can teach young boys and girls across the world that they are equals, according to the United Nations. Professional players of the Spanish club, Valencia CF recently held a clinic for aspiring stars at the Beijing Royal School in China. It was organized in partnership with UN Women, which wants to replicate the awareness-raising activity in other countries. Ana Carmo spoke with the agency's Jose Carlos Ferrer and began by asking him what they aim to achieve.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/08/women-focus-on-soccer-clinics-womens-role-in-humanitarian-relief-and-gender-gap-in-morocco/


New UN agency report shows 'unprecedented' rise in infant mortality in Gaza

13 August 2015 – A new study carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has revealed that the infant mortality rate in the Gaza Strip has risen for the first time in 50 years, with the agency's health director citing the ongoing blockade as possibly contributing to the trend.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51625


"Dual discrimination" faced by aboriginal women

Aboriginal women in Australia are facing what has been described by a leading rights advocate as "dual discrimination." The indigenous peoples of Australia make up less than 5 per cent of the country's total population. Many face intolerance because of their ethnic background; women face the extra element of discrimination because of their gender.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/08/dual-discrimination-faced-by-aboriginal-women/


July 28, 2015

Video: 2015 World Day against Trafficking in Persons

The second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons is being marked on 30 July 2015. To mark this special day, the Principals of eight of the world's key organizations working to tackle this crime have come together to issue a special statement. Together, these eight heads of organizations are urging more to be done to help the millions of women, men and children who fall victim to one of today's most brutal crimes, and to join forces to improve trafficked persons' access to remedies that respond to their individual needs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ophRrKvRBY


July 24, 2015

Liberia's new labour law commits to decent work

MONROVIA (ILO News) – Liberian President Sirleaf has signed into law the Decent Work Bill, the country's first labour law since the 1950s...The new law explicitly promotes fundamental rights at work, including freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively; the right not to be subject to forced or compulsory labour; the right to equality at work, and to equal working conditions regardless of gender or other irrelevant criteria; and the right not to be subject to the worst forms of child labour. The law also seeks to implement certain fundamental rights found in Liberia's Constitution.
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/comment-analysis/WCMS_384403/lang--en/index.htm


July 23, 2015

Bangladesh: Empowering Women Against Natural Disasters

ROYGANJ UPAZILA, SIRAJGANJ – Holding a makeshift soil leveler with one hand, directing her peers with the other, Sima Rani Das stood ankle-deep in mud along the roadside. "Everybody make sure to drink water," she said, as the sun had reached its zenith and the temperature was up in the 30s. About 25 women were fortifying a road-cum-embankment, built to prevent flooding and support a road in Rampur village.
https://www.wfp.org/stories/bangladesh-empowering-women-natural-disasters


July 22, 2015

Colombia: Violence Often Breeds More Violence

Violence often breeds more violence. And that is what Catalina has experienced since she was displaced from her small farm outside of the city of Medellin. Forced to flee with her small daughter, then two years old.
http://www.wfp.org/stories/colombia-violence-often-breeds-more-violence


July 21, 2015

Maldives tackles climate change and gender inequality

Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN. Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/07/the-maldives-tackles-climate-change-and-gender-inequality/#.VbKetmRVhBc


July 14, 2015

ADDIS: investing in gender equality vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says Ban

Increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained economic growth and development, United Nations Secretary-General said today during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "It is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality," Mr. Ban said at a side event hosted by UN Women and the World Bank on Financing for Gender Equality. "We know that persisting gaps in gender equality and women's empowerment in the world have been a barrier to the full achievement of each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsId=51407


Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Women-World Bank event on Financing for Gender Equality, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I thank UN Women and the World Bank Group for bringing us together to focus on the crucial issue of financing for gender equality. From my recent review of the 20 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, it is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocus/sgspeeches/statments_full.asp?statID=2695


Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the side event Financing for Gender Equality – Results and Good Practices, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mr. Secretary-General, Ministers, and friends. It's wonderful to see you. Twenty years ago, the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women put forward a Platform for Action that made a powerful case for gender equality. Among other things, it recognized two important principles: (1) "that equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice;" and (2) that "broad-based and sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development is necessary to sustain social development and social justice."
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/speech/2015/07/14/financing-gender-equality-results-good-practices


July 09, 2015

After months adrift at sea, migrants receive critical care in Indonesia

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia – Montas spent the first months of her pregnancy at sea, crowded onto a boat with hundreds of other migrants. The passengers had set out to find a better life – perhaps in Malaysia or Australia – but ended up more desperate than ever. The captain abandoned their boat, leaving them stranded on the open ocean.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/after-months-adrift-sea-migrants-receive-critical-care-indonesia


July 08, 2015

Targeted investment in women needed to break gender inequality

Investments which target the development of women and girls around the world are needed to break gender inequality and discrimination, according to the UN agency with deals with gender issues. The international community is meeting in Ethiopia from Monday to discuss how best to finance future global development programmes.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/07/targeted-investment-in-women-needed-to-break-gender-inequality/


July 07, 2015

Education 'essential to vision of a life of dignity for all,' says Ban at Norway summit

7 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and "our moment" to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51350


July 06, 2015

Clinic helps end dangerous traditional practices in rural Bangladesh

CHANTI HAZRADANGA, Bangladesh – Traditions run deep in the indigenous communities of north-western Bangladesh, where many people are reluctant to seek professional medical care during or after pregnancy. But a clinic in the village of Chanti Hazradanga, in Panchagarh District, is helping to change minds about maternal health – and is saving lives in the process.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/clinic-helps-end-dangerous-traditional-practices-rural-bangladesh


June 19, 2015

Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture approves first-ever Policy on Gender Equality

For the first time in its history, Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food has a comprehensive Policy on Gender Equality.
http://www.fao.org/gender/gender-home/gender-insight/gender-insightdet/en/c/294759/


June 08, 2015

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.
http://www.unhcr.org/5575bf826.html


June 06, 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.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/06/growing-gender-gap-in-mobile-phone-use/


June 05, 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.
http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2015/06/investigation-launched-following-abuse-of-girl-in-car/


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.
http://newirin.irinnews.org/female-slaves-mauritania-photo-feature


"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.
http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/%E2%80%9C-brilliant-idea%E2%80%9D-unrwa-employs-female-guards-its-health-centres


May 31, 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.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51012


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.
http://iloblog.org/2015/05/29/reflecting-global-change-for-women-in-business-and-management/


May 29, 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."
http://www.unfpa.org/news/school-campaign-aims-help-c%C3%B4te-d%E2%80%99ivoire-reap-demographic-dividend


May 28, 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.
https://unvolunteers.exposure.co/working-with-women-in-somalia


May 20, 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.
http://www.fao.org/gender/gender-home/gender-news/gender-newsdet/en/c/287815/


May 19, 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.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50907


May 11, 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.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/now-ebola-free-liberia%E2%80%99s-need-restore-maternal-health-care-takes-centre-stage


May 8, 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.
http://www.unfpa.org/news/defeating-mother-stealer-rural-ethiopia


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.
http://www.unhcr.org/554c8b799.html


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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