African women bear brunt of global crises, warn delegates at UN conference

The global economic, food and climate change crises have hit African women the hardest, a delegation of African and United Nations female officials attending a conference on gender equality cautioned today.

Palestinians join UN agencies in denouncing honour killings and gender abuse

Eight United Nations agencies have co-sponsored the first Palestinian ‘festival’ to combat violence against women, driving home the message that so-called “honour killings” have nothing to do with honour and seeking to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic abuse.

Women’s sports pioneer Billie Jean King becomes gender equality mentor for UNESCO

The women’s sports pioneer and former Grand Slam tennis champion Billie Jean King was appointed today as a Global Mentor for Gender Equality by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Greater efforts needed to meet gender equality objectives by 2015, says Migiro

Efforts to achieve gender equality around the world must be accelerated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told a gathering of women leaders in Seoul today, while also highlighting the special burden climate change places on women.

African women to benefit from new UN gender equality project

Women in five African countries will gain new access to resources and services at the local level through gender-responsive planning, programming and budgeting under an $8 million, three-year United Nations programme announced this week.

UNIFEM head newest torch bearer in campaign to empower women

The head of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today became the latest recipient of the MDG3 Champion Torch, committing the agency to “doing something extra” in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Secretary-General focuses on role of fathers for International Day of Families

Fathers can make a positive impact on the development of their children, but too many men have difficulty taking up the responsibility of fatherhood, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement today to mark the International Day of Families.

Indian tennis tournament serves up donation to boost UN gender initiative

The organizers of a women’s tennis tournament in India are donating $100,000 to an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that aims to encourage the emergence of gender equality around the world.

Gender officers in UN operations working to protect, promote women’s rights

From helping to increase the number of women elected to public office to supporting their recruitment into national police forces, gender officers in United Nations peacekeeping operations are working tirelessly to ensure that women are fully involved and included in the development of their countries.

As female security officers sworn in, Ban Ki-moon stresses need for gender parity

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his commitment to gender parity at all levels of the United Nations at an induction ceremony today at the world body’s headquarters in New York welcoming the first-ever all-female class of security officers.