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Young women and girls empowerment a focus of the upcoming side-event organised by the Office of the Envoy on Youth and UN Women

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

“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

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UN Envoy on Youth Calls for Global Partnerships to Deliver the 425m Jobs Needed in Next 15 Years

The UN News Centre spoke to Mr. Alhendawi ahead of a series of events the Organization has planned to mark International Youth Day, commemorated each year on 12 August. First up will be an interactive dialogue, “Uniting for Youth,” on youth initiatives, led by the Secretary-General and moderated by Mr. Alhendawi.  The International Day will this year

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

“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

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How ending violence against women and girls became my passion

A remarkable young man from Tanzania, 24-year-old Mwasapi Kihongosi won the global UNiTE T-shirt design competition in 2011, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in March 2012 and led a Caravan for Change against violence and harmful traditional practices in November 2012. Mwasapi tells us how the plight to end such forms of violence became his passion. “I

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New law in Kyrgyzstan toughens penalties for bride kidnapping

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

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

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

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Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

Augusto Magaia recounts how the cooking programme has changed his perspective on gender roles. (Photo courtesy of HOPEM) “Once we’re in the kitchen, cooking as we know it, we learn a lot. … I didn’t used to be comfortable. … I would return from work hungry but just because [my partner] was not

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