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UN Gender Focus: Cancer in people under 40, Sexual Abuse in Iraq and a UN Police Chief

Prevention and timely diagnosis needed to combat cancer in people under 40

There is urgent need for more adequate measures to prevent cancer among people aged 20 to 39.  The call has been made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO).  Globally, there were one million new cancer cases among this age group in 2012, as well as 400,000 cancer-related deaths, according to a recent IARC report.  The majority of those affected were women.  Dianne


UN Gender Focus: Women Entrepreneurs, UN Resolution, and Women in Solomon Islands

Women entrepreneurs need opportunities,not handouts: UN official

When it comes to growing their businesses, women entrepreneurs are looking for opportunities, not “waiting for handouts,” according to an official with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, chief of UNIDO’s Institute for Capacity Development, was speaking after a panel discussion on women in industry held in Bahrain this week as part of the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN Gender Focus: Healthcare, FGM survivor, and American filmmaker Melonie Kastman

No excuse for lack of health services: UN official

Governments are being reminded of their obligation to provide health services for their citizens, including to ensure that fewer women and babies do not die while giving birth.  That’s the message from the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, who this week participated in a dialogue at UN Headquarters in New York on how human rights, including the right to healthcare reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  I spoke to her prior to the event.


“Epidemic” of violence against women in Solomons can end

The “epidemic” of violence against women in the Solomon Islands can be stopped and the whole Pacific region is already taking “proactive steps”.

That’s the view of Yannick Glemarec, deputy chief of UN Women, the world body’s gender agency.

The Deputy Executive Director for policy recently returned from a visit to the remote Pacific island nation, where nearly one in four women have suffered some form of sexual violence before they reach the age of 15.