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.

Role models, along with laws and policies, vital for empowering women – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today repeated his call for ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls, stressing the need for not only effective laws and policies but also women who can serve as examples of empowerment to those around them.

Civil society group to help advise UN on role of women in peace and security

The United Nations has invited a newly established group of independent experts to advise on ways to better protect women in conflict situations, and to ensure that their voices are heard in peace processes and that they are included in post-conflict reconstruction and governance structures.

Women’s empowerment lifts obstacles to achieving development goals, Ban says

More than a decade after world leaders agreed to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women, their empowerment remains a necessary element in attaining development targets, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Deputy UN chief cites need to move from commitment to action on gender equality

While there have been advances over the past 15 years to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, there is still a clear need to move from commitment to action in several key areas, the Deputy Secretary-General said today at the start of a two-week United Nations meeting on women.