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Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against women

For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one’s emotions, according to the UN Population Fund.

The notion of what it means to be a “man” may have contributed to risky behaviours, sometimes deepening gender inequities, the agency adds.

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Papua New Guinea rural women demand stronger role in economy

Tribal wars are forcing families in the highlands of Papua New Guinea out of their homes. Not only are these families being separated in the conflicts, but women and girls are being exposed to violence.

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UK assumes leadership of Security Council for March

The United Kingdom plans to shine a spotlight on several key issues during the month of March when it will hold the revolving presidency of the Security Council.

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Timor-Leste prepares for presidential elections

In the next few weeks, the citizens of Timor-Leste will vote for a new president.

This is one of two elections taking place this year in the Asian country, which also celebrates 10 years of independence in May.

Dianne Penn reports.

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Libyans “eager” for democracy

The people of Libya are eager to move forward with the transition to democracy, said the top United Nations envoy for the North African country.

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Fostering economic integration in East Africa

As the East African Community consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi has agreed on a customs union and the beginnings of a common market, the EAC together with the International Monetary Fund will co-host a conference to discu

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Syria urged to stop violence and allow relief aid

Violence in Syria must stop immediately to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the people in need.

The call has come from the Human Rights Council in Geneva during an urgent debate on Syria on Tuesday.

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Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Children from poor families in urban areas face huge challenges

Not all children living in urban areas are benefiting from the economic expansion in cities, according to a new report by UNICEF.

In fact, an increasing number are struggling to eat, get clean water, access health care and go to school.

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A call to end female genital mutilation through a concert

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy Award Winner Angelique Kidjo will perform a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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