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UN Gender Focus: The economics of gender balance

As women fight for gender parity in and out of the workforce a new study shows that in most of Europe, women are slowly catching up to men.

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Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka

The situation for women in Sri Lanka is not optimal. However, grassroots organizations, such as the Women and Media Collective, are working hard to remedy that – challenging patriarchal norms and advocating for policy change.

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News in Brief 16 March 2018

  • OHCHRUNICEF: Fighting and food & water shortages leave thousands of Syrians at risk
  • Refugee figures approach total expected for the year: UNHCR
  • Meat product responsible for listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: WHO
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“Only a few thousand” Syrian children have escaped east Ghouta “hell on Earth”

“Only a few thousand” malnourished children who have been living through “hell on Earth” in Syria’s besieged suburb of east Ghouta have managed to escape so far.

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News in Brief 15 March 2018

  • UNRWA services "need to be maintained at all costs”: UN chief
  • Thousands flee eastern Ghouta as UN prepares to assist those in need
  • OHCHR: “Strong evidence” of torture during investigation into 43 Mexican students’ disappearance
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UN agency works to transform lives of rural women and girls

“If poverty had a face, it would be the face of a rural woman.”

That’s the opinion expressed by the newly appointed Vice- President at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Cornelia Richter.

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Biodiversity expert says credible evidence should be basis for decisions that affect nature

All Governments should be basing environmental policies on peer-reviewed, evidence-based science, says Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which will present five major repor

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Revised Afghan Penal Code ends “impunity for honour killings”: UN official

The chief human rights officer for the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has welcomed recent changes to the country’s Penal Code which remove the “discretionary authority” of judges over so-called honour killings.

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News In Brief 14 March 2018

  • UN agencies, WFP and WHO, renew call for end to Syria conflict as tragic anniversary approaches
  • Cybersquatting cases hit all-time high in 2017, UN agency, WIPO, reports
  • Secretary-General and UNESCO mourn death of Stephen Hawking


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Unprecedented 'level of barbarity': UN genocide chief on Rohingya visit

Rohingya refugees who have fled into Bangladesh from Myanmar have suffered an unprecedented “level of barbarity”, according to the head of the UN’s Office on Genocide Prevention.

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