women

UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’

The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, said in a statement on Thursday.

News in Brief 25 October 2018

  • Low female peacekeeping numbers “crippling to UN credibility: UN chief
  • Essential step towards universal health coverage reached at UN conference
  • UN envoy concerned by lack of women in new Iraq Government
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News in Brief 09 October 2018

  • Calls for probe into disappeared Saudi journalist
  • Colombian nationals held in ‘beyond monstrous’ conditions in Venezuela
  • Rohingya women change refugee camp life for the better
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Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN Goodwill Ambassador and Congolese doctor, highlighting sexual violence

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

News in Brief 17 September 2018

  • Women seen as ‘spoils’ of conflict in South Sudan
  • FAO report links agricultural trade, climate change and food security
  • UN experts ask Rights Council for response to ‘appalling’ verdicts against protesters in Egypt
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Talents of women in space vital ‘to imagine the future’

UNISPACE+50, the fourth conference of the United Nations on the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space, was held in Geneva from the 18th to the 21st of June.  The need for more women and girls to take part in STEM studies - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - was foremost on the minds of many participants, as Fatima E Mendez has been finding out, in our latest UN Gender Focus podcast, from UN News.

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Promising signs from Palestine bid to promote women’s rights, says UN rights expert

Promoting the rights of women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory “is not going to be easy” but the political will is there to bring about change, a leading UN-appointed expert said on Monday. It marks the first time that the Palestinian Authority, which administers much of the occupied West Bank, has worked directly with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW member Nahla Haidar talked to UN News.

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Hearing ‘horrific’ testimonies from rape survivors in South Sudan, UN envoy says they yearn only for peace

Since the start of the conflict in South Sudan, widespread and systematic sexual violence has been a pervasive tactic of war and terror, said a high-level United Nations envoy, after visiting the war-torn country and hearing “horrific” testimonies.

‘Listen to girls and women’ in countries on brink of ‘hope and despair’: Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister

The views of women and girls are crucial to the future of countries like Niger, which has been described as being on the cusp of “hope and despair”, according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council, Margot Wallström. Daniel Dickinson asked her about the importance of seeing conditions in the field for themselves.

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Poverty ‘obvious’ driver of radicalization in Lake Chad region: AU envoy

It is not impossible to address the challenges of the Lake Chad region if local people can find ways to make a sustainable living, said Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, adding that the linkage between poverty and radicalization was “obvious”. Daniel Dickinson asked her how big the development challenges were in the area.

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