UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019, on the theme “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” On this important

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To end violence against women, Cambodian project teaches healthy relationships

KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed. Statistics for the whole of Cambodia are not much better. Nationwide, one out of five women has been subjected to physical

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UN Women Releases CEDAW for Youth

On 19 December, UN Women and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality celebrated the launch of CEDAW for Youth, the youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as recognized the 37th anniversary of CEDAW’s adoption with

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Investing in girls: Cash incentives help promote gender equality in India

From UN Women “I am getting financial support for my education from the government, whereas my brother, who is studying in the same school as me, is not eligible for that,” says Guneet*, an adolescent girl currently enrolled in seventh standard at a government school in Punjab, India, near the Pakistani border. “As a result,

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Global Review finds Comprehensive Sexuality Education key to gender equality and reproductive health

From UNESCO The evidence is clear. Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) leads to improved sexual and reproductive health, resulting in the reduction of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and unintended pregnancy. It not only promotes gender equality and equitable social norms, but has a positive impact on safer sexual behaviours, delaying sexual debut and increasing condom

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Strengthening networks of women leaders with disabilities on humanitarian action

From UN Women  Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from February 11-12 to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events". “Women and girls are already discriminated against by

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From peace in the home to peace in the world: make education safe for all via UNRWA

From UNRWA The annual ’16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’ led by UN Women concluded in December 2015, but the topic remains relevant all year round. The campaign calls upon activists, governments and United Nations partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. The

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Bringing men into the equation: Men work to end violence against women

UNFPA- “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland Ladies and gentlemen – I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN… I’m

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