women rights

News in Brief 6 March 2020

  • COVID-19: countries, businesses must protect people as virus spreads, urges UN rights chief 
  • Europe sees warmest winter on record – UN weather agency 
  • Americas first region to show more than 30 per cent of women parliamentarians – IPU  
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FROM THE FIELD: ‘A piece of me’ was taken

“My flesh has been taken away, but I can never give away my heart”; those are the powerful words of resolve from Abida Dawud, one of three women survivors of female genital mutilation, or FGM, from Ethiopia, who have been speaking to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) about their experiences.

THE LID IS ON: The dignity of work, Louisiana style 

A photography project to document the ‘humanity, and quiet dignity’ of workers in the United States has been launched by the UN’s specialized agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

The aim of the project, which comes as ILO celebrates its 100th birthday, is to look at the working lives of Americans across the country and listen to their hopes and fears for the future. 

For this edition of our flagship podcast show, The Lid is On, Daniel Dickinson joined ILO on the road as it reached the southern US state of Louisiana.   

Music credit: Audiobinger, Rise and Shine 

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Advancing women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals

Saudi women will now be able to apply for passports. Those over 21 will be allowed to travel independently, without permission from their so-called guardians.  UN News’s May Yaacoub spoke to UN Women’s Dr. Mouza Al Shehhi and started by asking her what those steps represent for the region.

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UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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