Commission on the Status of Women

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns

There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure

A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights on Monday.

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 12 March 2018

  • “Highest ever number” of Syrian children died in 2017: UNICEF report
  • “Proud feminist” Guterres praises women “calling out” abuse and discrimination
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UN Gender Focus: Syrian women, workplace sexual abuse and agricultural workers

“Invisible” impact of Syrian civil war destroying family life: UNFPA

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“Invisible” impact of Syrian civil war destroying family life: UNFPA

The dignity and hopes of Syrian women and girls are disintegrating after six years of brutal civil war, along with the whole fabric of family life.

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Indigenous women in Philippines need to "assert their rights"

Indigenous women in the Philippines have “many problems,” including a lack of recognition of their ancestral land rights, so they need to be empowered in order to stand up for those rights, a human rights advocate has urged.

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Art helps people understand "we are all the same": Tunisian painter

All people experience the “same feelings”, no matter which country they’re from, and art can help “open the heart”, a Tunisian artist has said.

Zeineb Tlili Ghali is a painter who specialises in images of women and landscapes in her North African homeland.

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Rural women can be "powerful economic agents": FAO

Rural women can be “powerful economic agents” but policy makers should recognise their needs in order for them to “unleash” their potential, an expert from the UN food agency has said.

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Women "much more vulnerable" to workplace abuse: ILO

Women whose jobs are insecure or “precarious” face a higher rate of sexual abuse in the workplace, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.

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