gender

‘Change in attitudes’ needed in peacekeeping planning if more women are to play their part

Female peacekeepers are recognized by the United Nations as being central to the success of the organization’s 14 missions around the world, but substantially increasing the overall number of women remains an elusive goal.  Ahead of a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event, Ann Blomberg from The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, DCAF, spoke with UN News.

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New book honours UN women who made HERstory

Raising awareness of women’s contributions is critical to correcting historical imbalances that have undervalued their presence, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

UN Commission delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls

The United Nations’ largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights wrapped up Friday in New York with the strong commitment by its Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

The economics of gender balance

As women fight for gender parity in and out of the workforce a new study shows that in most of Europe, women are slowly catching up to men.

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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.

On International Women’s Day, UN celebrates the power of activism to bring change for ‘sisterhood of humanity’

The drumbeat for women’s rights and empowerment reached a crescendo on Thursday as the United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day with a number of powerful events, where global activists joined top UN officials calling for the recent momentum generated by grassroots movements against discrimination and harassment to tip the scales towards lasting change.

International Women’s Day: The ‘time is now’ to transform global push for women’s rights into action – UN

This year, International Women’s Day comes at a pivotal moment, and with a wave women’s activism – from the #MeToo movement to #TimesUp and beyond – exposing the structures that have allowed women's oppression to flourish, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the remaining barriers to gender equality and empowerment.

Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes

Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression.