GENDER EQUALITY

Migiro urges faster movement of women into senior UN positions

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for greater effort to raise the number of women holding senior positions at the United Nations, saying that the majority of them remain in the lower ranks although more women are now being hired to fill management posts.

Migiro praises Uruguay for joining UN campaign to end violence against women

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has commended Uruguay for joining the United Nations campaign that seeks to end violence against women by raising awareness and generating political will to implement measures to stem the scourge.

UN women's fund invites proposals for grants, especially from Arab countries

The United Nations women's fund for gender equality on Sunday invited organizations and government agencies to apply for grants, adding that first phase of its 2011� funding cycle will give priority to proposals that seek to empower women and their communities in Arab countries.

UN expert urges States to fulfil obligation to prevent violence against women

An independent United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly today that violence against women across the world continues to be pervasive and widespread and reminded States of their obligation under international law to protect women.

Sweden highlights benefits of gender equality to General Assembly

Gender equality is not just a basic human right but smart economics, Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said at the United Nations today, stressing that closing the gap between men and women in employment will have huge beneficial implications for the global economy.

Boosting women’s political participation vital for democracy, UN forum stresses

Boosting women’s political participation and decision-making around the world is fundamental for democracy and essential for achieving sustainable development, women leaders taking part in a high-level event at the United Nations declared today.

Suppression of women’s rights persists despite progress on discrimination – UN

The United Nations committee tasked with ensuring compliance with the global treaty to end discrimination against women today noted that there has been progress towards improving the lot of women in some countries, but discriminatory practices continued to limit their human rights.

New UN report calls for end to injustices faced by millions of women worldwide

Millions of women worldwide continue to experience injustice, violence and inequality in their homes, the workplace and public life, according to a new United Nations report that calls on governments to take urgent action to ensure real equality between the sexes.

Empowering women helps fight poverty and other social ills, UN official stresses

Empowering women and advancing their rights is not only the right thing to do but it can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting women’s rights said today.

UN official stresses need for empowerment and political participation of women

The head of the United Nation entity tasked with promoting gender equality today reiterated that economic empowerment of women, political participation, ending gender-based violence and raising women’s involvement in post-conflict peacebuilding are the priorities of the body.