Official UN Observance for International Women's Day at UN Headquarters, New York
The event held on 7 March at UN headquarters in New York reflects on the achievements and challenges in addressing the needs and priorities of women and girls in implementing the MDGs and in the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Participants included: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; John W. Ashe, President of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women; and, Andrea Nunez, Vice President of the World YWCA Board.
UN, UN Women, 2014
Women in Abu Shouk Camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near El Fasher, North Darfur, attend English classes conducted by volunteer teachers and facilitated by the police component of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Nearly 100 women, many with children, attend these classes three times a week in a school in the camp with materials (exercise books, notebooks, blackboards and chalk) provided by UNAMID Police. Photo: UN/Albert González Farran
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
Making Investments In A Healthier Future For Malawi
One in two childrenh risk being stunted in central Malawi. To address this alarming problem of undernutrition, WFP has launched an innovative Prevention of Stunting project to improve the nutritional well-being of young children and their mothers.
WFP, 11 March 2014
Improving conditions for women workers has a domino effect
The world's clothes are mostly made by female workers. Typically, they are young, with limited education, and live in developing countries. It has been well documented that working conditions across garment industries are in much need of improvement. Yet these jobs are important. In their world, paid factory work can provide a better alternative to workers than other options available, such as unpaid family agriculture or domestic work. But is this work a catalyst for female empowerment or a better life for women?
ILO, 11 March 2014
Women in parliament reaches global record high
The number of women in national parliaments around the world has reached a record high of almost 22 per cent. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) says the level of women's representation is particularly encouraging in the Americas, Nordic countries in Europe and in Africa.
UN Radio, 11 March 2014
Data Visualization: International Women's Day & Post-2015
This data visualization takes "the Post-2015 pulse" during International Women's Day and CSW.
UN Global Pulse, 11 March 2014
Ending gender inequality is underlined as Commission on Status of Women begins annual session
The 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) to eradicate extreme poverty and improve people's lives is around the corner. These goals include the provision of universal primary education, promoting gender equality and improving maternal health.
UN Radio, 10 March 2014
Too Much Pain: The Voices of Refugee Women
The six-part series tells the stories of refugee women who have undergone FGM and are engaged to end this practice. These women explain their experiences of flight, asylum and integration in the EU.
UNHCR, 10 March 2014
WFP And Partners Launch Nutrition Programme For Syrian Refugees In Jordan
AMMAN – Together with partners Save the Children Jordan and Medair, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a nutrition programme for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition among Syrian refugee women and children living in camps and communities in Jordan.
WFP, 10 March 2014
"Transform the world" by empowering girls
The world can be transformed if girls are empowered according to the head of the UN Population Agency, UNFPA. The agency has teamed up with the World Bank to promote regional peace, security and sustainable development in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
UN Radio, 10 March 2014
Press Conference: Where are the women in politics?
The proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments is one of the key indicators measuring progress on gender equality in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the MDGs draw to an end, the IPU-UN Women Global Map provides a snapshot on where women stand in politics globally.
UN Women, 10 March 2014
Times Square lights up for UN Women and women's right
On 8 March 2014, International Women's Day, a series of UN Women messages lit up the Nasdaq screen in Times Square, New York. Rather than the usual stock market information, NASDAQ's seven-story-tall MarketSite video tower ran a series of UN Women images five times an hour throughout the day. This key public spot was provided free of charge to help raise awareness of women's rights and the organization's work.
UN Women, 10 March 2014
Breaking the Cycle
"It is my favorite time reminiscing about the past," said Ina'am Hadad, and it's easy to understand why: Her impressive past illuminates the strides that not just she but also Palestine refugee women in general have made.
UNRWA, 10 March 2014
Penetrating the remotest areas of Haiti to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus
Marlène Jean's face is stoic, as the needle punctures her flesh. She is among dozens of women receiving their third vaccination. Haiti is carrying out a nationwide campaign against maternal and neonatal tetanus. Marlène Jean's village of Milord is in South-East department.
UNICEF, 10 March 2014
Equality for women means progress for all, UN officials declare, marking International Day
To mark International Women's Day, the United Nations family is spotlighting a simple truth: achieving equality for women and girls is essential not merely because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.
UN, 8 March 2014
High-powered call for women's full participation in shaping global future
At a high-powered UN event to commemorate International Women's Day, top international leaders called for full realization of women's rights in the 21st century.
UN Women, 8 March 2014
Women of the UN Making a Difference
Women of the UN share a passionate commitment to make a difference in the world. The UN needs more professional women among our ranks. Through the lens of professional women working at the UN learn about the diverse professional opportunities open to women at all professional levels, across all occupational groups world-wide.
UN, 8 March 2014
UN System Observances for International Women's Day 2014
The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "Equality for women is progress for all." Learn more about how the UN system is marking the day.
UN System, 6 March 2014
WHO issues new guidance on how to provide contraceptive information and service
In advance of International Women's Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. An estimated 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant, or who want to delay their next pregnancy, are not using any method of contraception. Access to contraception information and services will allow better planning for families and improved health.
WHO, 6 March 2014
UN Assembly spotlights key role of women, youth, civil society in development agenda
Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging Member States to ensure that women, young people and civil society participate fully.
UN News Centre, 6 March 2014
UN unveils global campaign to end use of child soldiers in Government forces by 2016
The United Nations on 6 March launched a new initiative to end the recruitment and use of children in Government forces in conflict by 2016, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns. Around the world, thousands of boys and girls are recruited into Government forces and armed opposition groups to serve as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers or in other roles. Girls – and sometimes boys – are also recruited for sexual purposes.
UN, 6 March 2014
The Unknown Road
"As if leaving our motherland was not enough, we also had to leave the countries where we found asylum, without knowing where we were going," says Rania. Thirty-seven, Rania was displaced at the beginning of the conflict in Syria from Harasta, in rural Damascus, to Daria. Violence intensified in Daria and her family of five sought safety in al-Wafideen camp in Damascus, but even that was not spared bullets and snipers, and the family was forced to resort to Yarmouk camp - which has, since then, suffered months of siege and blockade.
UNRWA, 6 March 2014
Media advisory: UN Women Executive Director to brief press on eve of International Women's Day and the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
International Women's Day commemoration at UN Headquarters will bring together top political leadership and grassroots women's groups.
UN Women, 5 March 2014
Media advisory: UN's Commission on the Status of Women to assess progress for the world's women through the Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed blue-print for global development, set in the year 2000 with a target date of 2015, played an important role in galvanizing attention and resources for gender equality and women's empowerment. Important gains have been made, for instance in girls' access to primary education, but overall advancement for women and girls has been uneven and fallen short of expectations.
UN Women, CSW, 5 March 2014