Equality

Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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Increasingly under attack, women human rights defenders need better back up

A group of United Nations human rights experts issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on States to live up to their commitments to protect women human rights defenders, as they come under increasing attack, and with inadequate protection.

UN and EU partner to stamp out violence against women

A concrete plan to fight violence against women and girls demands recognizing its various forms in regions across the globe.

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Closing global tax “loopholes” a big benefit to women

Making the global tax system fairer and closing loopholes would be a huge benefit to women.

That’s the view of Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation dedicated to fighting poverty worldwide.

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UN Gender Focus: LGBT, drug dependency and women's health

New Independent Expert on LGBT issues a "huge development"

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Equality centre of 2030 discussions in Latin America and Caribbean

The issue of equality is expected to be at the centre of discussions getting underway in Mexico between representatives of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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'Benjamin’s Story' short film raises awareness of autism

A young autistic filmmaker has visited the UN to look at how recently agreed development targets will benefit people living with the condition.

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UN Gender Focus: empowerment of women and girls

More women, girls die during disasters than men: UN

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UN Gender Focus: FGM, World Radio Day and LGBT equality stamps

Malian singer could not find “place in society” following genital cutting

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Progress made on LGBT issues, but still more to be done in coming year

Progress has been made on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, but more work remains to be done in the coming year.

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