UN expert urges greater focus on women in social protection schemes

Warning that poverty is not gender-neutral, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged countries to give greater focus to women within social protection programmes.

Ban calls for countries to turn rhetoric on women and conflict into reality

Ten years after a landmark Security Council resolution about the role women can play in promoting peace and security, the world has not lived up to its own expectations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging countries to translate their rhetoric into action.

West African States back UN resolution promoting role of women in peace and security

West African countries today moved towards ensuring the equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with a landmark Security Council resolution.

Female candidates in upcoming Tanzanian polls to receive UN election training

The United Nations is seeking to empower women candidates ahead of Tanzania’s general elections in October, including by improving their skills in public speaking, media engagement, campaign planning, presentations, community mobilization, advocacy and lobbying.

In historic move, UN creates single entity to promote women’s empowerment

In a bid to accelerate the empowerment of women, the General Assembly today voted unanimously to create a dynamic new entity merging four United Nations offices focusing on gender equality, a move hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials.

Media must play role in pushing for gender equality, Migiro says

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today appealed to the media to take on the cause of gender equality, spotlighting it potential to overturn stereotypes of men and women.

Gender stereotypes continue to limit women’s progress, Migiro says

Women continue to bear disproportionate responsibility for often unappreciated care-giving work in households and communities, despite significant progress in gender equality and women empowerment during the past 15 years, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said.

Gender inequality the focus of Migiro’s visit to Denmark and Spain

Women’s empowerment in the workplace and the wider economy is at the top of the agenda as the Deputy Secretary-General heads to Denmark for the first leg of a two-nation European visit.

West African collaboration for gender equality enhanced by new UN initiative

Gender equality, respect for women’s rights and the fight against sexual violence in West Africa received a new weapon in its arsenal today with the launch of a United Nations initiative to enhance cooperation among all stakeholders in the region.