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Work of doctor who helped treat rape victims focus of new filmUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-10-22T10:09:51+00:002015-10-22T10:09:51+00:00

The work of a gynaecologist who treats rape victims who have been subjected to sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the focus of a film which has just been released. "The Man Who Mends Women", tells the story of Dr Denis Mukwege.



Report lays out "baseline" for progress in gender equalityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-10-21T10:09:51+00:002015-10-21T10:09:51+00:00

Although women are outpacing men in achieving higher levels of education, they are still more likely to pursue the humanities as opposed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That's according to the World's Women 2015, a UN report which looks at how women worldwide are faring in eight critical areas such as health, education, work, power and decision-making, and poverty.



Grim but essential, autopsies are saving lives in BangladeshUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-10-20T10:09:51+00:002015-10-20T10:09:51+00:00

MOHESHALI, Bangladesh – Something went terribly wrong when Asta Banu gave birth. Her labour was difficult and seemed to take forever. When the baby – a boy – was finally born, he was unresponsive. Although Ms. Banu's family quickly arranged transportation to the Thakurgaon District Hospital, their efforts were in vain. During the 20 km drive, the baby slipped into a coma and died.



Women worldwide live longer, healthier lives with better education, says new UN reportUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-10-20T10:09:51+00:002015-10-20T10:09:51+00:00

20 October 2015 – The lives of women and girls around the world have improved in several areas over the last 20 years but they continue to be victims of gender based discrimination and violence, according to a new report launched today by the United Nations.



The World's Women 2015 - Trends and StatisticsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-10-20T10:09:51+00:002015-10-20T10:09:51+00:00

On World Statistics Day, 20 October, the UN Statistics Division launches the new World's Women 2015: Trends and Statistics report, which presents the latest statistics and analyses of the status of women and men in areas of concern identified by the landmark 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. It also reviews progress towards gender equality over the past 20 years.



27 September: Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's EmpowermentUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-09-25T10:09:51+00:002015-09-25T10:09:51+00:00

On 27 September, more than 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps at a historic event co-hosted by UN Women and the People's Republic of China: the "Global Leaders' Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action."



Family planning vital in post-quake NepalUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-09-25T10:09:51+00:002015-09-25T10:09:51+00:00

Before Nepal's devastating April earthquake, 20-year-old Tanka Kumari Bishankhe regularly received contraceptive injections. She had already had three children since getting married at age 15. Together, she and her husband decided to not have more.



Women "an unused resource" in shippingUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-09-25T10:09:51+00:002015-09-25T10:09:51+00:00

Women are "an unused resource" in the shipping industry, a resource which should be tapped if the industry is to expand. That's according to Lee Adamson, from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The organization says that only 2 per cent of the world's seafarers are currently women.



UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict wraps up official visit to GuineaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-09-25T10:09:51+00:002015-09-25T10:09:51+00:00

The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura has wrapped up an official visit to Guinea, where her Office has been supporting an investigation into events that took place in 2009 at a stadium in the capital, Conakry, where more than 100 people were killed and at least 100 women were raped during an opposition demonstration.



Ban addresses top peacekeeping officials amid allegations of sexual abuse by UN blue helmetsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-08-13T10:09:51+00:002015-08-13T10:09:51+00:00

13 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conducted an urgent video conference with the heads of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Force Commanders, and Police Commissioners following a series of revelations alleging abuse by UN 'blue helmets' in the field, according to a spokesperson for the Organization.



Women: focus on soccer clinics, women's role in humanitarian relief and gender gap in MoroccoUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-08-13T10:09:51+00:002015-08-13T10:09:51+00:00

Soccer can teach young boys and girls across the world that they are equals, according to the United Nations. Professional players of the Spanish club, Valencia CF recently held a clinic for aspiring stars at the Beijing Royal School in China. It was organized in partnership with UN Women, which wants to replicate the awareness-raising activity in other countries. Ana Carmo spoke with the agency's Jose Carlos Ferrer and began by asking him what they aim to achieve.



New UN agency report shows 'unprecedented' rise in infant mortality in GazaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-08-13T10:09:51+00:002015-08-13T10:09:51+00:00

13 August 2015 – A new study carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has revealed that the infant mortality rate in the Gaza Strip has risen for the first time in 50 years, with the agency's health director citing the ongoing blockade as possibly contributing to the trend.



Dual discrimination faced by aboriginal womenUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-08-13T10:09:51+00:002015-08-13T10:09:51+00:00

Aboriginal women in Australia are facing what has been described by a leading rights advocate as "dual discrimination." The indigenous peoples of Australia make up less than 5 per cent of the country's total population. Many face intolerance because of their ethnic background; women face the extra element of discrimination because of their gender.



Video: 2015 World Day against Trafficking in PersonsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-28T10:09:51+00:002015-07-28T10:09:51+00:00

The second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons is being marked on 30 July 2015. To mark this special day, the Principals of eight of the world's key organizations working to tackle this crime have come together to issue a special statement. Together, these eight heads of organizations are urging more to be done to help the millions of women, men and children who fall victim to one of today's most brutal crimes, and to join forces to improve trafficked persons' access to remedies that respond to their individual needs.



Liberia's new labour law commits to decent workUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-24T10:09:51+00:002015-07-24T10:09:51+00:00

MONROVIA (ILO News) – Liberian President Sirleaf has signed into law the Decent Work Bill, the country's first labour law since the 1950s...The new law explicitly promotes fundamental rights at work, including freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively; the right not to be subject to forced or compulsory labour; the right to equality at work, and to equal working conditions regardless of gender or other irrelevant criteria; and the right not to be subject to the worst forms of child labour. The law also seeks to implement certain fundamental rights found in Liberia's Constitution.



Women: focus on local politics, migrant workers and the gender gap in MaldivesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-23T10:09:51+00:002015-07-23T10:09:51+00:00

UN Radio looks at Haitian women playing a greater role in local politics, migrant workers in Europe and the gender gap in Maldives.



Bangladesh: Empowering Women Against Natural DisastersUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-23T10:09:51+00:002015-07-23T10:09:51+00:00

ROYGANJ UPAZILA, SIRAJGANJ – Holding a makeshift soil leveler with one hand, directing her peers with the other, Sima Rani Das stood ankle-deep in mud along the roadside. "Everybody make sure to drink water," she said, as the sun had reached its zenith and the temperature was up in the 30s. About 25 women were fortifying a road-cum-embankment, built to prevent flooding and support a road in Rampur village.



Colombia: Violence Often Breeds More ViolenceUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-22T10:09:51+00:002015-07-22T10:09:51+00:00

Violence often breeds more violence. And that is what Catalina has experienced since she was displaced from her small farm outside of the city of Medellin. Forced to flee with her small daughter, then two years old.



Maldives tackles climate change and gender inequalityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-21T10:09:51+00:002015-07-21T10:09:51+00:00

Maldives is making strides in confronting challenges such as climate change and achieving gender parity, according to the UN. Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for monitoring the impact of climate change.



ADDIS: investing in gender equality vital to economic growth, sustainable development, says Ban UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-14T10:09:51+00:002015-07-14T10:09:51+00:00

Increased investments in gender equality are vital if the world is to achieve sustained economic growth and development, United Nations Secretary-General said today during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "It is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality," Mr. Ban said at a side event hosted by UN Women and the World Bank on Financing for Gender Equality. "We know that persisting gaps in gender equality and women's empowerment in the world have been a barrier to the full achievement of each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)."



Speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Women-World Bank event on Financing for Gender Equality, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-14T10:09:51+00:002015-07-14T10:09:51+00:00

I thank UN Women and the World Bank Group for bringing us together to focus on the crucial issue of financing for gender equality. From my recent review of the 20 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, it is clear that we have not invested sufficiently in gender equality.



Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim at the side event Financing for Gender Equality – Results and Good Practices, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-14T10:09:51+00:002015-07-14T10:09:51+00:00

Mr. Secretary-General, Ministers, and friends. It's wonderful to see you. Twenty years ago, the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women put forward a Platform for Action that made a powerful case for gender equality. Among other things, it recognized two important principles: (1) "that equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice;" and (2) that "broad-based and sustained economic growth in the context of sustainable development is necessary to sustain social development and social justice."



After months adrift at sea, migrants receive critical care in IndonesiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-09T10:09:51+00:002015-07-09T10:09:51+00:00

KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia – Montas spent the first months of her pregnancy at sea, crowded onto a boat with hundreds of other migrants. The passengers had set out to find a better life – perhaps in Malaysia or Australia – but ended up more desperate than ever. The captain abandoned their boat, leaving them stranded on the open ocean.



Targeted investment in women needed to break gender inequalityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-08T10:09:51+00:002015-07-08T10:09:51+00:00

Investments which target the development of women and girls around the world are needed to break gender inequality and discrimination, according to the UN agency with deals with gender issues. The international community is meeting in Ethiopia from Monday to discuss how best to finance future global development programmes.



Education essential to vision of a life of dignity for all, says Ban at Norway summitUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-07T10:09:51+00:002015-07-07T10:09:51+00:00

7 July 2015 – The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education, an opportunity to mobilize political commitment, and "our moment" to galvanize international support for education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Norway, where he has been attending a number of high-level events over the past two days.



Clinic helps end dangerous traditional practices in rural BangladeshUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-07-06T10:09:51+00:002015-07-06T10:09:51+00:00

CHANTI HAZRADANGA, Bangladesh – Traditions run deep in the indigenous communities of north-western Bangladesh, where many people are reluctant to seek professional medical care during or after pregnancy. But a clinic in the village of Chanti Hazradanga, in Panchagarh District, is helping to change minds about maternal health – and is saving lives in the process.



Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture approves first-ever Policy on Gender EqualityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-19T10:09:51+00:002015-06-19T10:09:51+00:00

For the first time in its history, Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food has a comprehensive Policy on Gender Equality.



Syrian sisters repay a mother's selfless care and love in DamascusUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-08T10:09:51+00:002015-06-08T10:09:51+00:00

DAMASCUS, Syria (UNHCR) – Every morning, Amal, a single mother, wakes up early to get her children ready for school. She feels good, because she knows they will be safe and free from any immediate threat of conflict.



Growing gender gap in mobile phone useUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-06T10:09:51+00:002015-06-06T10:09:51+00:00

Men have greater access to mobile telephone services across the developing world and use them more than women. That's according to a director at the Connected Women Programme of the GSMA, an association of mobile operators.



Investigation launched following abuse of girl in CAR UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-05T10:09:51+00:002015-06-05T10:09:51+00:00

An investigation has been launched in the Central African Republic, by the United Nations peacekeeping mission, MINUSCA, following allegations that a UN peacekeeper had sexually abused a young girl.



Forty Years a Slave: Women start new lives in MauritaniaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-05T10:09:51+00:002015-06-05T10:09:51+00:00

Haratine women in Mauritania, who have long been enslaved by other lighter-skinned ethnic groups, continue to face many hardships even after being set free. Some of these former female slaves are now speaking out about their past ordeals and new lives.



A Brilliant Idea - UNRWA Employs Female Guards in its Health CentresUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-06-05T10:09:51+00:002015-06-05T10:09:51+00:00

Since the beginning of May 2015, UNRWA has started to employ 21 female guards in its Health Centres across the Gaza Strip as part of the Agency's efforts to ensure a protective environment for service delivery and enhanced gender-equity. The employees are hired through the Agency's Job Creation Programme (JCP) and will work in their new positions for a period of three months. This is the first time that the Agency has systematically employed this many female guards.



UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African RepublicUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-31T10:09:51+00:002015-05-31T10:09:51+00:00

The United Nations human rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have committed very serious violations, including killing of civilians and sexual exploitation of local women.



Reflecting Global Change for Women in Business and ManagementUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-31T10:09:51+00:002015-05-31T10:09:51+00:00

Earlier this year, the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities launched its report on Women in Business and Management: Gaining Momentum. Its main messages are perhaps well known and hopefully accepted: women's presence in the labour market is increasingly significant for economic growth and development and women represent an incredible talent pool which should not be ignored.



School campaign aims to help Côte d'Ivoire reap demographic dividendUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-29T10:09:51+00:002015-05-29T10:09:51+00:00

DAKAR, Senegal – "I knew I was pregnant, but I talked to my classmate, not my parents or my teachers," said Amina, 18, a student in Daoukro, Côte d'Ivoire. "My parents were very upset and not kind. They rejected me."



Working with women in SomaliaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-28T10:09:51+00:002015-05-28T10:09:51+00:00

Working with women in Somalia has shaped my understanding of the gender inequalities that exist in our societies. The Somalia civil war has severely hindered women's fair treatment, access to justice and overall human rights protection.



Angling for gender equality in the seafood industryUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-20T10:09:51+00:002015-05-20T10:09:51+00:00

While women are estimated to make up nearly half of all people in the fisheries sector, their work often goes unrecognized and underpaid, their access to opportunities and resources remains limited and their representation in positions of leadership trails far behind other industries.



Violence against women and girls 'shames every society,' UN anti-crime chief warnsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-19T10:09:51+00:002015-05-19T10:09:51+00:00

Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the "dreadful daily experiences of violence" that blight so many of their lives.



Now Ebola-free, Liberia's need to restore maternal health care takes centre stageUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-11T10:09:51+00:002015-05-11T10:09:51+00:00

MONROVIA, Liberia/UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 May – Two days ago, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, after the tragic 13-month-long outbreak saw the deaths of nearly 5,000 people. But while the outbreak is now officially over, health systems remain disrupted, leaving many pregnant women and new mothers without access to proper maternal health care.



Defeating the 'Mother Stealer' in rural EthiopiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-08T10:09:51+00:002015-05-08T10:09:51+00:00

AMHARA REGION, Ethiopia – They called it the Stealer. It came to their homes in this remote part of northern Ethiopia, and claimed the lives of women in childbirth. It took Asmer Geremew's mother, as well as her younger and older sisters. Ms. Asmer only narrowly escaped it when her son was born three years ago.



Statelessness: Young Georgian mother breaks a cycle of sufferingUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-05-08T10:09:51+00:002015-05-08T10:09:51+00:00

DZEGVI, Georgia (UNHCR) – Olga Khutsishvili has bad memories of her childhood in Georgia, growing up in poverty and lacking access to a full education and other rights. "I didn´t know how to read and write, and everybody was laughing about me. I can´t recall those years without tears," the 19-year-old told UNHCR recently in the village of Dzegvi, where she lives with her mother and baby son.



New estimates show 126,000 pregnant women affected by Nepal quakeUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-29T10:09:51+00:002015-04-29T10:09:51+00:00

Needs are quickly escalating in Nepal, in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The most recent UN estimates indicate more than 5,000 have been killed and 8 million people have been affected. Based on the latest available data, UNFPA now estimates some 2 million women and girls of reproductive age are among those affected – including some 126,000 pregnant women.



UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko HaramUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-29T10:09:51+00:002015-04-29T10:09:51+00:00

29 April 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Nigerian President-Elect.



After flight from Syria, refugee women in Iraq find safety, supportUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-29T10:09:51+00:002015-04-29T10:09:51+00:00

ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. "It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in Syria," Asma said, remembering the day she fled her home in Qamishli, Syria, with her husband and four of her five sons.



Women to train, run, win and lead in Trinidad and TobagoUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-28T10:09:51+00:002015-04-28T10:09:51+00:00

Women in Trinidad and Tobago are being encouraged to "run, win and lead" in local government politics. The overall portion of women winning seats as councillors edged up from 29 to 31 per cent after the previous election in 2010. Since 1996 the women's movement has ensured that no local government corporation is devoid of women in its Council.



Emerging threats demand renewed fight against sexual violence in conflict – UN envoyUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-18T10:09:51+00:002015-04-18T10:09:51+00:00

Those who use rape as a weapon of war are becoming increasingly "brutal and ruthless," the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today, warning against a lax attitude that would allow emerging armed groups to gain further ground and continue committing such atrocious crimes.



Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary says WHOUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-04-18T10:09:51+00:002015-04-18T10:09:51+00:00

Since 1985, the international healthcare community has considered the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10-15%. Since then, caesarean sections have become increasingly common in both developed and developing countries. The WHO statement published says that when caesarean section rates rise towards 10% across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases.



Changing the prospects for women and girls in eastern and southern AfricaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-03-12T10:09:51+00:002015-03-12T10:09:51+00:00

A joint event organized by UNAIDS and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held during the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, in New York, United States of America, has shined the spotlight on the health, social and legal services available to women and girls in eastern and southern Africa.



International Women's Day 2015 - UN System Messages, Events and NewsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-03-06T10:09:51+00:002015-03-06T10:09:51+00:00

The official United Nations theme for International Women's Day 2015 is "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" Celebrated globally on 8 March, International Women's Day will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. While there have been many achievements since then, many serious gaps remain.



Through UN-backed project, Ethiopian marmalade will soon hit shelves at 'Eataly'UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-02-25T10:09:51+00:002015-02-25T10:09:51+00:00

Thanks to a partnership between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Eataly to support family farmers around the globe, a cooperative of women in Ethiopia are now ready to ship their 4,000 jars of jam to Rome, where they will soon reach the shelves.



ILO to issue an update on progress made on gender equality in the world of work and a working paper on the motherhood pay gapUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-02-25T10:09:51+00:002015-02-25T10:09:51+00:00

GENEVA – On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will publish a briefing note providing an assessment of progress made on achieving gender equality in the world of work since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995. In addition, the ILO will release a working paper on the "Motherhood Pay Gap" between mothers and women without children.



Finding justice for victims of gender-based violence in SomaliaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-02-25T10:09:51+00:002015-02-25T10:09:51+00:00

Sixteen-year-old Safia was herding goats in Puntland, Somalia, last September when a man approached her and asked for drinking water. She gave him the water, but then he grabbed her and, at knifepoint, dragged her to an isolated area. He held her captive for two weeks, raping her repeatedly.



You're Invited: ECOSOC Youth Forum 2015UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-23T10:09:51+00:002015-01-23T10:09:51+00:00

You're invited to the UN ECOSOC 2015 Global Youth Forum on "Youth Engagement in the Transition from MDGs to SDGs: What will it take?" to be held on 2 and 3 February 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Women is organizing a special dialogue on Youth and Gender Equality on 3 February 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Register by 27 January to attend.



In Davos, Ban urges global action in 2015 on development, gender equality, climate changeUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-23T10:09:51+00:002015-01-23T10:09:51+00:00

23 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to maintain their focus on a broad range of climate, development and gender equality issues, warning that as the global community continues to face multiple crises, the new year must be a time for 'strong commitment' from international stakeholders.



El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes 'ground-breaking' pardon of woman in abortion caseUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-23T10:09:51+00:002015-01-23T10:09:51+00:00

23 January 2015 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the 'ground-breaking decision' of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women's 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from 'abortion' to 'aggravated homicide' during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence.



Iceland champions gender equality at the UNUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-23T10:09:51+00:002015-01-23T10:09:51+00:00

Iceland has been demonstrating to the international community why it ranks number one in the world in closing the gender gap. The Nordic country recently hosted a conference at the United Nations to highlight the influence society has in the way men treat women.



Iraq report highlights disabled children used in terror attacksUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-22T10:09:51+00:002015-01-22T10:09:51+00:00

Child abuse is continuing in Iraq where disabled children have been used to carry out terrorist attacks in a belief it will cure them, it emerged on Thursday. In a UN report on Iraq, human rights experts also detailed child prostitution and child pornography, along with other harmful practices targeting girls, such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage and honour crimes.



Protecting women human rights defendersUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2015-01-22T10:09:51+00:002015-01-22T10:09:51+00:00

A social media campaign by the UN is honouring women human rights defenders worldwide and raising awareness about the dangers of the job. Under the hashtag #reflect2protect, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) is releasing a series of 12 short video profiles of these defenders.



Women stereotyped and under-represented in global film industryUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-24T10:09:51+00:002014-12-24T10:09:51+00:00

The global film industry perpetuates discrimination against women, a UN-backed study on female characters in popular movies has found. Girls and women are over twice as likely as boys and men to be shown in sexually revealing clothes, partially or fully naked.



Timeline: Gender Equality, 2014 Year in ReviewUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-22T10:09:51+00:002014-12-22T10:09:51+00:00

From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year.



Cooking Can Save LivesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-22T10:09:51+00:002014-12-22T10:09:51+00:00

The lack of clean cooking facilities and access to cooking fuel affects the health, safety, livelihoods and environment of a third of the world's population. This is especially the case in the world's most vulnerable settings, where people have no choice but to cook over open fires or cookstoves that generate a lot of indoor smoke. Exposure to these poisonous emissions rank as the world's fourth worst health risk according to the World Health Organisation, and the second worst for women and girls.



Germany Donates US$30 Million For Nutrition, Safety Nets and Girls' Education In YemenUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-22T10:09:51+00:002014-12-22T10:09:51+00:00

The German government has donated €24 million (US$30 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen to support nutrition, protective safety nets and girls' education.



Higher education programme helps refugees in Syria continue studiesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-22T10:09:51+00:002014-12-22T10:09:51+00:00

Excelling at high school is no easy task for teenagers. But for Fatima, an 18-year-old Iraqi refugee student living in Syria, it has been harder than most.



Ending the abuse of domestic workers in AsiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-21T10:09:51+00:002014-12-21T10:09:51+00:00

Although there are more than 52 million domestic workers world-wide, including more than 21 million in Asia Pacific, only a small minority are covered by general labour laws. This lack of protection leaves them vulnerable to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. Journalist Karen Emmons has been working with the photographer Steve McCurry on a documentary project, "No one should work this way," to record and expose some of the abuses faced by Asian migrant domestic workers.



Refugees: A Chance to LearnUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-19T10:09:51+00:002014-12-19T10:09:51+00:00

Samia and Tomasa are close in age, but their prospects in life are decidedly different. Samia is a 10-year-old Afghan girl living in Karachi, Pakistan. After several years at a Koranic school there, she recently switched to a more formal school set up for Afghan refugees. While one of her sisters was married at an early age, Samia is intent on becoming a doctor. She sees that education will play an important role in her future, and family's as well. "I want to become educated," she says. "I have so many dreams."



Côte d'Ivoire's First Lady honoured for her humanitarian commitmentUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-12-19T10:09:51+00:002014-12-19T10:09:51+00:00

At a ceremony in Abidjan, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé has honoured the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara, for her humanitarian work and her commitment to improving access to paediatric treatment for children living with HIV.



UN welcomes Malaysia's court ruling to decriminalizes transgender womenUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-14T10:09:51+00:002014-11-14T10:09:51+00:00

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declared unconstitutional the criminalization of Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing.



UN mission continues investigation into alleged mass rape in North Darfur townUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-14T10:09:51+00:002014-11-14T10:09:51+00:00

Allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur continue raise concerns in the war-torn Sudanese region as the African Union-United Nations hybrid mission there presses ahead with its efforts "to shed further light" on the reports.



Family farming in Africa: lessons in closing the gender gapUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-13T10:09:51+00:002014-11-13T10:09:51+00:00

Closing the gender gap is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do for improved agriculture and food security for all. This was a key message among several discussed at the recent High Level Side Event on "Family farming interventions to close the gender gap: lessons from Africa".



Bollywood icon appointed as first-ever male UN Women Goodwill AmbassadorUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-13T10:09:51+00:002014-11-13T10:09:51+00:00

The United Nations body focused on gender equality and women's empowerment today announced that it has appointed its first male Goodwill Ambassador ever – Bollywood superstar, Farhan Akhtar – who will focus his efforts on South Asia.



Afghanistan: UN expert calls for sustainable measures to address violence against womenUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-13T10:09:51+00:002014-11-13T10:09:51+00:00

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called on the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence in the country.



Nearly 30% of Young Latin American Women Have Been Teenage MothersUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-13T10:09:51+00:002014-11-13T10:09:51+00:00

Nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America become mothers before 20 years of age and the majority of them are socioeconomically underprivileged, which fosters the intergenerational reproduction of poverty, hinders women's autonomy and their life projects, and underscores the need for sex education and reproductive health services to be made a public policy priority, according to a new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).



Experts and Authorities Propose Policies for Family Farming to Reflect Rural RealityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-04T10:09:51+00:002014-11-04T10:09:51+00:00

A new generation of policies is needed to continue strengthening family farming in the region and respond to rural reality, particularly the situation of women and young people. Such policies must include the farming population, according to authorities, experts and other representatives who participated in an event that opened today at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in Santiago, Chile.



A Special Report - Ending Statelessness within 10 yearsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-04T10:09:51+00:002014-11-04T10:09:51+00:00

UNHCR has launched a global "I Belong" campaign aimed at ending within 10 years the problem of statelessness – a devastating legal limbo for the millions of people worldwide who lack any nationality and the human rights protections that go with it. At present, twenty-seven countries still prevent women from passing on their nationality to children on an equal basis as men.



Promoting women's economic empowerment: what works?UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-04T10:09:51+00:002014-11-04T10:09:51+00:00

A review of rigorous evaluations of interventions that seek to empower women economically shows that the same class of interventions has significantly different outcomes depending on the client. Capital alone, as a small cash loan or grant, is not sufficient to grow women-owned subsistence-level firms.



Inheritance law reform, empowerment, and human capital accumulation : second-generation effects from IndiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-11-04T10:09:51+00:002014-11-04T10:09:51+00:00

This paper uses evidence from three Indian states, one of which amended inheritance legislation in 1994, to assess first- and second-generation effects of inheritance reform using a triple-difference strategy. Second-generation effects on education, time use, and health are larger and more significant than first-generation effects even controlling for mothers' endowments.



World Investment Forum - Session on Women's Empowerment and Gender EqualityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-10-03T10:09:51+00:002014-10-03T10:09:51+00:00

This event is a moderated dialogue on the ways in which TNCs and foreign investment can play a role in supporting women's empowerment and gender equality in emerging and developing countries.



Vigilant UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in TanzaniaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-10-02T10:09:51+00:002014-10-02T10:09:51+00:00

Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. Earlier this year, thanks to eagle-eyed UNHCR staff conducting a refugee verification exercise in Tanzania's Nyarugusu camp, she was finally reunited with her girls in an emotionally-charged and sensitive meeting organized by UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee, unaware that they had been living in the same camp for five years.



UNHCR: Nansen Winners 2014 – ButterfliesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-10-01T10:09:51+00:002014-10-01T10:09:51+00:00

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented the Colombian women's rights group, Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future, with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night, 29 September. The Nansen Refugee Award marks its 60th anniversary this year and is UNHCR's top humanitarian honour. The courageous Colombian women's rights network received the Award for its outstanding work to help victims of forced displacement and sexual abuse in Buenaventura, Colombia.



Eggs For Some But Not For All In LesothoUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-10-01T10:09:51+00:002014-10-01T10:09:51+00:00

Semonkong - That a man can enjoy eggs while his wife and daughters endure a poor diet is commonplace is some parts of Lesotho. "We have many families keeping chickens to lay eggs in this area," said Masekhohola Nkunyane, a nurse at St Leonard Clinic in Semonkong. "Eggs are a delicacy preserved only for men in some households. This is because of an old belief that, if eaten by women and girls, they can cause problems."



Understanding customs and people's lives: Gender and land in the Western BalkansUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-23T10:09:51+00:002014-09-23T10:09:51+00:00

This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women's rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor male property ownership. A joint FAO-World Bank project in the region produced gender-disaggregated data on land ownership for each country, indicating low levels of female ownership. Armed with their new data, country gender teams set about working to reverse the trend in pilot communities. the below FAO-WB videos.



World Conference on Indigenous PeoplesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-17T10:09:51+00:002014-09-17T10:09:51+00:00

The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.



Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South AsiaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-17T10:09:51+00:002014-09-17T10:09:51+00:00

This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions to address violence across all life cycle stages.



UN General Assembly 69th SessionUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-16T10:09:51+00:002014-09-16T10:09:51+00:00

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. This year's theme is "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda".



Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-16T10:09:51+00:002014-09-16T10:09:51+00:00

16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. "As I stand in this newly opened magnificent Assembly Hall, I cannot help but think that we are here at the dawn of a new day. Let us approach this pivotal 69th session with a sense of urgency, hope and greater cooperation," said the General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa in his opening address to the 193-Member States body.



FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-15T10:09:51+00:002014-09-15T10:09:51+00:00

15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.



Combating Tanzania's high child marriage rates UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-15T10:09:51+00:002014-09-15T10:09:51+00:00

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness Rhobi, in the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. But Happiness took a stand.



Nicaragua: Acting against violence UN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-13T10:09:51+00:002014-09-13T10:09:51+00:00

United Nations - The sad truth about violence against women is that it's not just the emotional and physical suffering that destroys lives. The ability of millions of women around the world to participate as equals in their countries is also diminished. In Nicaragua groups of determined women and men are now taking to the stage and acting against the violence.



Women parliamentary leaders address gender issuesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-13T10:09:51+00:002014-09-13T10:09:51+00:00

Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU.



ILO at OATUU Women Conference in KenyasUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-12T10:09:51+00:002014-09-12T10:09:51+00:00

NAIROBI (ILO News) – The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, will address the OATUU Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss ways and means of organizing informal economy workers and promoting equality for women and men in the world of work.



ILO Director-General welcomes G20's "ambitious" commitments to promote decent jobsUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-11T10:09:51+00:002014-09-11T10:09:51+00:00

MELBOURNE – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis, at the close of the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, (LEMM), in Melbourne, Australia...“Ministers also recognized the importance of gender equality and boosting women’s participation in the world of work. There was also genuine and universal concern about the youth employment crisis and the difficulties young women and men have in finding a decent job that reflects their capabilities and aspirations,” Mr Ryder added.



Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in IraqUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-11T10:09:51+00:002014-09-11T10:09:51+00:00

DUHOK, Iraq – With hostilities nearing her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant. It was a day her family had been dreading. Attacks by the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) were drawing near. But with seven children and another on the way, 30-year-old Khawla and her husband were apprehensive about leaving their home, in the village of Solagh, for an uncertain future.



New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEFUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-09-04T10:09:51+00:002014-09-04T10:09:51+00:00

NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it 'hidden in plain sight' in every country and community in the world.



HIV infections on rise among young gay men, other at-risk groups in Thailand – UN studyUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-25T10:09:51+00:002014-08-25T10:09:51+00:00

25 August 2014 – An estimated 70 per cent of new sexually transmitted infections cases are occurring among young people, especially among men who have sex with men, those involved in sex work and those who inject drugs in Thailand, where "social media, online dating websites and mobile application make it much easier for young people to meet others in order to engage in casual sex," says a new United Nations report.



Restoring dignity, ensuring 'safe space' for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical – UN officialUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-21T10:09:51+00:002014-08-21T10:09:51+00:00

20 August 2014 – A United Nations official for Nigeria today said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok is instrumental in reintegrating the girls back into a “safe space” in society.



UN Secretary-General talks to the student from Mozambique Raquelina LangaUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-21T10:09:51+00:002014-08-21T10:09:51+00:00

United Nations - Ban Ki-moon met the 10th grader in her home town Maputo in 2013; she drew his attention after asking him if "a girl like her could one day become Secretary-General of the UN". On 12 August Ban invited Raquelina to visit the United Nations to celebrate International Youth Day as his special guest for the day. Check out their interview at UN TV studios to Monica Villela Grayley from UN Radio Portuguese.



Lost in the chaos - LGBTI people in emergenciesUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-14T10:09:51+00:002014-08-14T10:09:51+00:00

Unaddressed protection needs, rigid systems and research gaps imperil lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in humanitarian emergencies. While the experiences of sexual and gender minorities during disasters and conflicts are drawing increased attention from some responders, structural barriers remain and experts are urging a rethink of policies and protocols that could fuel exclusion and harm.



A young girl dreams, despite adversityUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-14T10:09:51+00:002014-08-14T10:09:51+00:00

After floods forced her family to abandon their home, a young girl in Paraguay holds on to the hope that education will guide her to a better life.



First UN female force commander takes reins in CyprusUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-11T10:09:51+00:002014-08-11T10:09:51+00:00

11 August 2014 – Major General Kristin Lund today officially assumed her duties as Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus where the top UN official, Lisa Buttenheim, is also a woman. That UN operation is now the first in the world to have a dual female leadership.



Northern Iraq: UN voices concern about civilians' safety, need for humanitarian aidUN WomenWatch's shared items in Google Reader

2014-08-11T10:09:51+00:002014-08-11T10:09:51+00:00

OHCHR has voiced concern at "very disturbing reports" about the treatment of women. In specific, Ms. Shamdasani said they were told of women being sold as sex slaves, and being punished for not adhering to misinterpretations of Islamic laws.