UN joins China in launching new small-business fund to empower women

The United Nations joined Chinese groups today in launching a new small-business fund that seeks to further empower women in the world’s most populous country.

UN chief calls for specific steps to close gender gap in parliaments

The world’s countries must take concrete measures to close the gender gap in their parliaments and governments, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, warning that democracies are jeopardized whenever women are marginalized.

UN agency kicks off women’s empowerment campaign at soccer’s World Cup

As the world’s best soccer teams face off in Germany for the Women’s World Cup, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is using the event to spotlight the need to empower women to play leading roles in daily life, from the home to the school to the workplace.

UN agencies urge renewed efforts to end practice of ‘son preference’

Five United Nations agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence.

UN chief urges governments to pursue family-friendly policies

Governments should adopt policies to ensure that all types of families, particularly the most vulnerable, have access to the necessary services so they can provide a better future for their children, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN chief urges men to champion the cause for gender equality

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today challenged men to champion the cause for the empowerment of women, saying they remained “second-class citizens”, often subjected to violence in many societies, despite the important gains made in improving their participation in social, economic and political affairs.

Ban calls on universities to play role in promoting women’s empowerment

Women remain second-class citizens in too many countries, deprived of basic rights or legitimate opportunities, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on universities to help in the fight to overcome discrimination and change perceptions about what women can and should do.