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13:00, 2019-06-16

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’ Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in f...
07:51, 2019-06-02

Friday’s Daily Brief: Honouring fallen peacekeepers, action against gender-based violence; LGBT rights in Kenya, Rohingya water crisis Friday's main stories include: Honouring UN peacekeepers; landmark conference to combat sexual and gender-based violence in crises; Kenya upholds LGB...
00:00, 2019-05-25

End ‘shame, isolation and segregation’ of fistula sufferers, urges UN reproductive health chief Although obstetric fistula has largely been eliminated in developed countries, more than two million women and girls still live with the painful and ...
18:17, 2019-05-23

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman’s place is at work, says UN labour agency Businesses perform better – sometimes by as much as 20 per cent – when they employ more women in top positions, UN labour experts said on Wednesday, ...
17:34, 2019-05-22

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma...
21:51, 2019-05-21

With millions of girls ‘at risk’ today of genital mutilation, UN chief calls for zero tolerance Female genital mutilation, is “an abhorrent human rights violation” still affecting women and girls around the globe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gu...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief Young female African coders are “on the front-line” of the battle to change traditionally male power relations and bring about a more equitable balan...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Engaging women and girls in science ‘vital’ for Sustainable Development Goals Boosting the number of women and girls entering careers involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is vital to achieving the Sustain...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Pregnant, nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine, UN health agency announces Reversing an earlier decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola viru...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Without ‘transformative shifts,’ women will wait two centuries for gender equality “I think it's almost a joke that it will take the world so long to create women empowerment, particularly as we know that there’s an economic upside ...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Easing fears and promoting gender equality in Chad’s girls-only classrooms A teacher holds up a drawing of an adolescent girl who has just been caught unawares by her first menstruation cycle, while at school. She’s addressi...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Break taboo around menstruation, act to end ‘disempowering’ discrimination, say UN experts A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that p...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: new UN report calls for 'quantum leap' Women’s job opportunities have barely improved since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penal...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Women’s empowerment ‘essential to global progress’ says Guterres, marking International Day Women’s empowerment and gender equality are “essential to global progress”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his message...
21:51, 2019-05-21

International Women's Day: Empowering more women decision-makers ‘essential’, says Guterres Under the theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, the United Nations hosted its flagship event celebrating International Women’s Day o...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of ha...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda ...
21:51, 2019-05-21

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a ...
21:51, 2019-05-21

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means pro...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a...
21:51, 2019-05-21

UN commission agrees roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities The UN body exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment wrapped up its annual session on Friday evening with agreement...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Brazilian officer a ‘stellar example’ of why more women are needed in UN peacekeeping Training gender advisors and focal points in the Central African Republic (CAR) has earned a Brazilian United Nations peacekeeper a special gender ad...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows Average life-expectancy globally has increased by five-and-a-half years since the turn of the century, and women outlive men “everywhere”, the World ...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Women must be at ‘centre of peacekeeping decision-making’, UN chief tells Security Council Women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres t...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria ...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Change attitudes for future generations of women in tech, UN urges   When women and girls are empowered with technology, the whole world benefits. That’s one key message from the International Day for girls in the fiel...
21:51, 2019-05-21

Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UN...
21:51, 2019-05-21