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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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News in Brief 21 June 2018

  • UN chief welcomed peaceful moves between Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • UN Myanmar envoy completes first official visit, stresses need to integrate women in seeking solutions
  • Restoring government authority across Central African Republic is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability and prosperity – UN envoy
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Women and the UN Charter

Only four women were among the 850 international delegates who signed the UN Charter, the foundational document of the global organization, in June 1945.

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Dozens of Rohingya births represent legacy of sexual violence

In this latest UN Gender Focus podcast, Dianne Penn speaks with Tonderai Chikuhwa from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, about the estimated 40,000 pregnant Rohingya women in Cox's Bazar refugee camps, many of whom allegedly were raped by Myanmar security forces and allied militias.

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‘Gender-sensitive’ trade policies help empower East African women

Trade and employment laws which give women greater access to the economy across East Africa, can pave the way for more inclusive development and prosperity, according to a new report from the United Nations trade body.