UN Gender Focus

UN Gender Focus: Girl power and combating global crises

For this latest edition of our UN Gender Focus podcast, we’ll be hearing from some of the young women who came through the doors of UN Headquarters earlier this month, to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. UN News’s Natalie Hutchison, looks at how much “girl power” is likely to be fueling the global workforce of the future.

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Zahara takes charge: UN helps today’s girls become the leaders of tomorrow

What would a Ugandan teenager like to do if she got to run one of the UN’s key agencies for a day?

For this latest edition of our UN Gender Focus podcast, from UN News, you’re about to find out.

18-year-old Zahara had a tough upbringing, fending for herself as the youngest of six, finally battling her way to become a youth advocate for girls’ empowerment.

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Talents of women in space vital ‘to imagine the future’

UNISPACE+50, the fourth conference of the United Nations on the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space, was held in Geneva from the 18th to the 21st of June.  The need for more women and girls to take part in STEM studies - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - was foremost on the minds of many participants, as Fatima E Mendez has been finding out, in our latest UN Gender Focus podcast, from UN News.

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Rohingya women eye return to Myanmar with serious concern

Rohingya women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh who have escaped rape and deadly violence in Myanmar say they fear returning home because of ongoing insecurity and the fact that they have no status there, Pramila Patten, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, told UN News in this UN Gender Focus podcast.

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Women and the UN Charter

Only four women were among the 850 international delegates who signed the UN Charter, the foundational document of the global organization, in June 1945.

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Dozens of Rohingya births represent legacy of sexual violence

In this latest UN Gender Focus podcast, Dianne Penn speaks with Tonderai Chikuhwa from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, about the estimated 40,000 pregnant Rohingya women in Cox's Bazar refugee camps, many of whom allegedly were raped by Myanmar security forces and allied militias.

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UN rights expert: indigenous people ‘are not the enemy’

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,  is not afraid of a fight.  As a young woman she joined the movement to protect her mountain homeland in the Philippines from major dam and logging projects.   

But now Ms. Tauli-Corpuz finds herself on the frontline of a new battle, as she told Dianne Penn in this latest episode of the UN Gender Focus podcast.

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Empowering women and girls with autism

Activists, academics and ambassadors gathered at the United Nations this month to underscore their commitment to empowering women and girls with autism.

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Men can help push for more women blue helmets: UN peacekeeping trailblazer

Men can be strong advocates for encouraging more women to serve with their national security forces and at UN operations worldwide.

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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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