GENDER EQUALITY

Ban pledges UN commitment to advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to root for women everywhere ahead of his departure for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while stressing the need for the United Nations and its partners to lay the groundwork to enable all women to enjoy their rights and be empowered.

Musicians from around the world join forces with UN to highlight women's rights

More than 20 musicians from across the globe are joining forces with the United Nations to spotlight the importance of empowering women through a song that will be released on International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March.

Empowering rural women key to boosting welfare of societies, UN officials stress

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today joined other senior United Nations officials on the eve of International Women’s Day in highlighting the potential of rural women to improve the well-being of entire societies if given equal access to resources and set free from the discrimination and exploitation that hold them back.

Ban calls for greater efforts to remove barriers to women’s economic empowerment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for greater efforts to remove barriers that hinder women’s full participation in the economy, citing lack of access to jobs, markets, credit and property as some of the impediments.

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.