18 Oct, 2013

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and UN Women launch “Voices Against Violence” curriculum to educate and empower youth

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Earlier this month, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts launched in collaboration with UN Women “Voices Against Violence”, a co-educational curriculum. This curriculum aims at providing young people with tools and expertise to increase their awareness on causes of violence, prevention […]

4 Sep, 2013

Building the leaders of tomorrow: preparing young women in Latin America and the Caribbean

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“For us, taking part in the ‘Young Women, Leadership and Governance’ Regional Forum is key. Being here means sharing our experiences of work and our agendas, which are no different from those of other women throughout the world,” says Tania Pariona, a 27-year-old indigenous activist from Peru and member of the Continental Network of Indigenous

3 Sep, 2013

UN Women supported survey in Delhi shows 95 per cent of women and girls feel unsafe in public spaces

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“I have started carrying pepper spray to protect myself. My parents have become more protective, they want to know where I’m going, when I’ll be back and with whom I’m hanging out,” says Srishti, a 20-year-old Delhi student who feels unsafe when she steps out of her house. “I have started carrying pepper spray to

1 Sep, 2013

New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

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This poster of a woman who was bride-kidnapped –with tape on her mouth to symbolize her inability to speak out– was produced by the UN for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign 2011, Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: UN Gender Theme Group Kyrgyzstan/Baktybek Meimanbekov The practice of bride kidnapping is widespread in

1 Sep, 2013

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

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Joint press release by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, World Vision, Girls Not Brides, Every Woman Every Child, World YWCA and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United

28 Aug, 2013

Rayburn Exhibition Highlights Changing Landscape for Women and Girls in Afghanistan

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A multimedia installation, created by ART WORKS Projects and co-presented by UN Women, documenting the dynamic challenges and successes experienced by women and girls in Afghanistan launches this week on Capitol Hill. The exhibit, Women Between Peace and War: Afghanistan, will be presented in conjunction with Rep. Donna F. Edwards [MD-04] and will be open

26 Aug, 2013

As elections approach school kids cast their vote against violence in Kenya

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“You are coming with us,” the police officer says as he hauls the man out of the house, his wife crying hysterically behind them. Their daughter was kept home from school to do housework — an illegal form of child abuse—but at home, while her mother is out, her father sexually assaults her. “Stop, please