Islamic States at UN-backed meeting call for end to female genital mutilation

A United Nations-backed conference of ministers from nearly 50 Islamic countries and representatives of more than 20 international, Arab and Islamic organizations has called for an end to harmful traditional practices including child marriage, female genital mutilation, and gender discrimination in education.

New public policies omit knowledge gained from gender studies, UN research group says

As United Nations declarations go, are the Beijing documents or the Millennium Declaration texts more likely to produce sustainable development?

17 developing countries receive UN grants to battle violence against women

The United Nations Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women today announced grants totaling nearly $1 million to fight the scourge in war-affected countries across the globe, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Southern Sudan to Georgia and Honduras.

2 women appointed to senior UN posts for gender issues, humanitarian relief

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of two women to senior posts in the United Nations dealing with gender issues and humanitarian affairs.

New report on UN staff shows women equaling men in numbers, not seniority

A new report on staffing at the United Nations shows women catching up with men in terms of the number of those recruited, but females still hold lower-level jobs.

National budgets must address women's needs, UN development official says

A senior United Nations official today urged policy makers meeting in Brussels to ensure that women's concerns are taken into account in national budgets.