Women

Women journalists in Afghanistan defiant in the face of violence

The dangers of working as a journalist in Afghanistan have been dramatically underlined by an attack in the capital Kabul on Monday in which nine Afghan photographers and reporters were killed. They had gone to report on a suicide attack, and were targeted by a second suicide bomber when they arrived on the scene.

More than 1,000 children in north-east Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 – UNICEF

At least 1,000 children have been abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in northeastern Nigeria since 2013 amid repeated attacks on schools, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, calling for an end to such violence and the release of those who have yet to be returned.

UN’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible start in life

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life.

UNICEF envoy David Beckham sets sights on new goal: ending bullying in Indonesia’s schools

To help the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) tackle bullying in Indonesia – where one in five children have been physically attacked in school – David Beckham has visited the country to meet youth who have faced peer violence.

Attacks on women journalists on the rise, online and off – UNESCO

Over the past 15 years there has been “a marked increase” in cyber harassment, making the safety of women journalists a major issue for reportage in today’s digital era, participants highlighted Thursday at a United Nations event.

Civil society in forefront of struggle for gender parity, Guterres tells special townhall meeting at UN

The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks and now has more women than men in the senior management team, Secretary-General António Guterres told civil society activists on Tuesday.

Six months on, EU-UN initiative on gender-based violence spotlights needs of most marginalized women, girls

As #MeToo activists continue to push for political, economic and social equality between the sexes, a key question is being asked: Are marginalized women and girls – ones who are part of indigenous communities, disabled, or part of the lesbian and transgender community – being heard?

UN women’s commission opens annual session at ‘pivotal moment’ for gender equality movement

Taking place at “a pivotal moment for the rights of women and girls,” the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment opened its annual session on Monday hearing calls to help women, especially those in rural communities, secure an end to the male-dominated power dynamic that has long marginalized their participation and muted their voices.

Nigerian women artists unite at UN to change perceptions of women and Africa

Three Nigerian women will spotlight themes such as human trafficking, suicide bombing, and sexism and sexual harassment at the United Nations, showing the strength of women as agents of change in African societies often dominated by men.

UN envoy on conflict-related sexual violence reports on visits to Iraq and Sudan

A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.