GENDER EQUALITY

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.

Deputy UN chief to attend women leaders’ conference in Israel

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will travel today to the Israeli city of Haifa, where she will attend the International Women Leaders’ Conference as a guest of honour.

Women’s participation crucial for democracies, UN officials stress

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the need to promote the participation of women in decision-making, noting that democracy and gender equality are interlinked and mutually reinforcing.

Focus placed on education as UN women’s commission begins annual session

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today underscored the importance of education in raising the status of women in society and called for greater investment in measures to ensure gender equality, deploring the fact that two-thirds of illiterate adults across the world are female.

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.