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Lights, camera, action: new TV pilot shines spotlight on UN women

Award-winning producer James Manos, Jr. has written a pilot for a new television series focused on United Nations women staffers and the sacrifices they make to ensure the organization's goals are met.  Marking World TV Day, Mr. Manos and top screen actress, Serinda Swan, spoke to UN News’s Liz Scaffidi, for this latest edition of our Lid Is On podcast series.

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Human Rights declaration 'wasn’t going to be much of anything', men said

Women have left an indelible mark on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but when they first started working on it, men were “thinking that the declaration wasn’t going to be much of anything." That's according to Stockholm University researcher, Rebecca Adami, whose book "Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" was launched this week at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York.  Ms. Adami spoke with UN News's Paulina Greer.

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Increasingly under attack, women human rights defenders need better back up

A group of United Nations human rights experts issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on States to live up to their commitments to protect women human rights defenders, as they come under increasing attack, and with inadequate protection.

News in Brief 26 November 2018

  • Take-home pay growing at lowest level since 2008, as gender-gap persists: UN labour agency
  • Iraq plan to eliminate violence against women
  • First-Ever multi-drug Ebola trial underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Lowest rate of wage growth since 2008; gender ‘injustice’ continues: ILO chief

Take-home pay around the world is growing at its slowest rate since the 2008 global financial crisis, the head of the International Labour Organization (

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Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women – UN chief

Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November.

News in Brief 19 November 2018

  • Malaria report shows rise in new cases
  • If any side fails, every side fails – UN envoy for Middle East Peace Process
  • UN chief marks violence against women campaign at UN HQ ceremony
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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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