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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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.

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.

“Dual discrimination” faced by aboriginal women

Aboriginal women in Australia are facing what has been described by a leading rights advocate as “dual discrimination.”

The indigenous peoples of Australia make up less than 5 per cent of the country’s total population.

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UN experts deplore South Carolina killings, urge measures against racially motivated crimes in US

In the wake of the 'appalling' attack that left nine African Americans dead at church in South Carolina, a group of UN human rights experts today called for prompt action by authorities in the United States to investigate the hate crimes and urged measures to prevent gun violence affecting the security of African-Americans, their communities and wider society as well.

Integrated global approach needed to ease plight of Roma – UN rights expert

Noting that economic, political and social marginalization of Roma communities remains a major issue, a United Nations human rights expert urged thinking outside the “poverty paradigm” and adopting an integrated approach to address their plight.

Women with disabilities face many layers of discrimination

Women with disabilities face higher levels of poverty, violence, forced sterilization and exclusion from schools than other people, according to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent

People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent.

UN rights chief calls for greater protection for Albinos after barbaric killing in Tanzania

The barbaric murder of a woman with albinism in Tanzania has prompted the United Nations human rights chief to call for greater protection for this “exceptionally vulnerable” community.