gender

‘What a man can do, a woman can do better’: UN Female Police Officer of the Year

Deployed with the UN Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since March 2017, after serving in Darfur and Mali, UN Police Officer (UNPOL) Seynabou Diouf from Senegal, helps empower women and survivors of sexual violence across the region. On Tuesday, she received the 2019 United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year Award at UN Headquarters in New York. Speaking before the ceremony, Major Diouf told UN News’s Pascal Sim, that it’s essential to have more women serving UN Peacekeeping, and that “what a man can do, a woman can do better”.

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Women’s under-representation in disarmament discussions should be key talking point 

In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, Renata Dwan - Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and report author Renata Hessmann Dalaqua - explain why this traditionally male-dominated area, has been slow to change. 

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UN commission agrees roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

The UN body exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment wrapped up its annual session on Friday evening with agreement on ways to safeguard  and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure.

News in Brief 7 March 2019

  • Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: UN report
  • Nearly 100 civilians a week are dying in Yemen: UNHCR
  • Three in four children with disabilities left out of education in parts of Europe, Asia: UNICEF
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‘Change in attitudes’ needed in peacekeeping planning if more women are to play their part

Female peacekeepers are recognized by the United Nations as being central to the success of the organization’s 14 missions around the world, but substantially increasing the overall number of women remains an elusive goal.  Ahead of a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event, Ann Blomberg from The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, DCAF, spoke with UN News.

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New book honours UN women who made HERstory

Raising awareness of women’s contributions is critical to correcting historical imbalances that have undervalued their presence, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday.

UN Commission delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls

The United Nations’ largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights wrapped up Friday in New York with the strong commitment by its Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

The economics of gender balance

As women fight for gender parity in and out of the workforce a new study shows that in most of Europe, women are slowly catching up to men.

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Six months on, EU-UN initiative on gender-based violence spotlights needs of most marginalized women, girls

As #MeToo activists continue to push for political, economic and social equality between the sexes, a key question is being asked: Are marginalized women and girls – ones who are part of indigenous communities, disabled, or part of the lesbian and transgender community – being heard?

UN women’s commission opens annual session at ‘pivotal moment’ for gender equality movement

Taking place at “a pivotal moment for the rights of women and girls,” the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment opened its annual session on Monday hearing calls to help women, especially those in rural communities, secure an end to the male-dominated power dynamic that has long marginalized their participation and muted their voices.