UN Gender Focus: global goals, HIV and Roma women

Global goals and gender equality: squaring the circle

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'Assault on one minority community is attack on all,' Ban says on Day to eliminate racism

Observing the world's day set aside to bolster efforts on eliminating racial discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged increased global efforts towards that aim and declared that “an assault on one minority community is an attack on all.”

UN chief concerned that political will to end racial discrimination ‘is under threat’

Fifteen years after a landmark document to combat racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia was adopted in Durban, South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is concerned that the political will that existed then is under threat.

UN human rights experts urge US to increase efforts to address water contamination

The situation of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, is fundamentally about human rights, a group of United Nations experts today said, urging the United States to protect the rights of children and others who are most at risk from pollution and toxic chemicals.

Regional religious leaders meet in Jordan in UN-backed bid to counter hate speech, incitement

Some 30 religious leaders from the Middle East and North Africa are developing a regional strategy to counter hate speech as part of an international effort co-sponsored by the United Nations to intervene when incitement is widespread and the risk of violence imminent.

More reliable data needed to combat racism and discrimination – UN human rights expert

Governments need to improve data collection as a mean to better assess the situation of vulnerable groups, a UN independent expert on racism said today, noting that “the right to be free from discrimination includes the right to access information that could serve as evidence to prove discrimination.”

UN Gender Focus: women living longer, women in prison and Afghan women

Women living longer but still face serious challenges worldwide

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Discrimination battle facing women in prison

Reducing the number of women in jail around the world needs to become a bigger priority, according to a panel meeting at the United Nations this week.

Women face discrimination, and censure if they end up in prison, the event heard, regardless of where they live.

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UN Gender Focus: Yazidis in Iraq, LGBTI issues and human trafficking

We feel forgotten, say Yazidis battling sex-slavery

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UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

Twelve UN agencies today called for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children, and set out specific steps to protect these individuals.