Gender equality in Arab world critical for progress and prosperity, UN report warns

Women in the Arab world are still denied equality of opportunity, although their disempowerment is a critical factor crippling the Arab nations’ quest to return to the first rank of global leaders in commerce, learning and culture, according to a new United Nations-sponsored report released today.

Zimbabwean film takes first prize at UN festival spotlighting gender-based violence

A Zimbabwean director has taken first prize in an Africa-wide film festival organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to heighten awareness about gender-based violence across the continent.

Early childhood care crucial to eliminating gender inequality, UNICEF warns

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on governments and others committed to universal education and gender equality to remember that the earliest years are the most critical for children’s development.

UN gender adviser calls for more action to integrate women in peace issues

The United Nations should do more to encourage Member States to adopt national action plans to more fully integrate women in peace and security issues, especially in countries recovering from conflict, the UN Special Adviser on Gender Issues said today.