Despite progressive laws, gender-based violence ‘pervasive’ in South Africa, UN expert warns

Warning that deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes make violence against women “an almost acceptable phenomenon” in South Africa, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to strengthen its fight against gender-based violence through awareness and education at all levels of society.

Valuing women’s work key to achieving new global goal on gender equality – UN labour agency

Applauding the decision by Member States to include gender equality as a key plank of the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda, a senior United Nations labour agency official has stressed the importance of empowering women in employment, salaries and the working environment, and urged governments to commit to this achievable, basic right.

Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN report

The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.

Security Council renews commitment to landmark resolution on women, peace and security

Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s resolution 1325, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes, while the Council adopted a new text by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

Peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, says new UN report

A new report on women, peace and security, launched today to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council resolution on the issue, highlights the important gains to be made by the greater empowerment of women in peacebuilding efforts.

On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”

Violence against women and girls ‘shames every society,’ UN anti-crime chief warns

Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the “dreadful daily experiences of violence” that blight so many of their lives.

Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict 'far from being rooted out,' Security Council told

Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.

UN Women launches next phase in ‘HeForShe’ campaign at Davos Forum

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, unveiled a new initiative to galvanize the support of global leaders to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls around the world.