Violence against women a global phenomenon – UN report

Violence against women remains widespread across the world, exacerbated by traditions and customary practices that determine the way women are treated in families, places of work and communities, according to a United Nations report unveiled today.

More needs to be done to ensure gender equality in peacebuilding, Ban warns

Ten years after the adoption of a Security Council resolution calling for equal participation by women in post-conflict peacebuilding, much remains to be done to ensure they can play their part in shoring up peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.

Greater efforts needed to achieve gender equality, Lithuania’s President tells UN

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite used her address to the United Nations today to call for much greater coordinated efforts to achieve global gender equality.

Tackle gender disparities to meet development goals, deputy UN chief says

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called on participants at a United Nations forum on gender equality and development goals to act quickly to tackle the inequalities that are at the root of today’s development challenges.

Ban spotlights ‘indispensable’ role of women in shoring up peace

Women are “indispensable partners” in all aspects of making and consolidating peace, ranging from reconciliation to economic recovery to social cohesion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today.

On visit to Ghana, UN development chief lauds progress on women’s empowerment

United Nations development chief Helen Clark has lauded the progress made by Ghana towards women’s empowerment and gender equality, one of the eight social and economic objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.

Women’s empowerment set to top agenda at UN Economic and Social Council meeting

Gender equality and the empowerment of women will be the main focus of attention when government ministers from across the world gather in New York for the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) next week.

Progress on women’s rights will help achieve global development goals – Migiro

Significant progress in realizing women’s rights is crucial to achieving sustainable development and the globally agreed targets to slash poverty, hunger, illiteracy and a host of other socio-economic ills, the Deputy Secretary-General said today.

UN officials urge greater support for empowering women on International Day

Top United Nations officials are marking International Women’s Day by calling for greater support to women, particularly in developing countries, so that they can be empowered and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight globally agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

Asia-Pacific has one of world’s largest gender gaps, UN report finds

The countries of Asia and the Pacific have not duplicated their economic success in the realm of gender equality, according to a new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, which found that discrimination and neglect are threatening the very survival of women in the region.