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Human Rights Watch Report Finds Immigrant Women Suffer Sexual Abuse To Avoid Job Losses, Deportation

May 20, 2012

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By Ashley Portero: Subscribe to Ashley’s RSS feed May 18, 2012 4:54 PM EDT While the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a version of the Violence Against Women Act that would limit protections for immigrant women this week, Human Rights Watch released a new report that documents an epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual violence […]

A gift to UN Women showcases the world’s only female writing system from China

April 24, 2012

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Posted on April 20 2012 Counsellor Minister Lu Hailing presents a Nüshu scroll to UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra on behalf of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations. (Photo Credit: UN Women / Ryan Brown) A scroll, given to UN Women by a Chinese delegation, has showcased a unique female-only […]

Fistula – Another Blight on the Child Bride

April 20, 2012

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By Zofeen Ebrahim Bano and her cleric husband campaigning against child marriage. Credit:Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI, Pakistan, Apr 13, 2012 (IPS) – It was personal experience that turned Gul Bano and her cleric husband, Ahmed Khan, into ambassadors against early marriage and its worst corollary – obstetric fistula which allows excretory matter to flow out through […]

Uzbekistan’s policy of secretly sterilising women

April 16, 2012

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By Natalia AntelavaBBC World Service12 April 2012 The BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women – and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent. Adolat has striking looks, a quiet voice and a secret that she finds deeply shameful. She knows what happened […]

Q&A with Hanan Abdalla, director of a new film that explores the lives of Egyptian women since the Arab Spring

April 11, 2012

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Posted on April 9 2012 This week, “In the Shadow of a Man”, a film commissioned by UN Women, is taking the compelling stories of four Egyptian women to the Istanbul Film Festival, as part of a string of international screenings. The documentary premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, and will […]

How Gender Values Point the Way for a More Effective U.N.

February 21, 2012

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By Alisa Clarke* Mexican women say “We are not spoils of war”. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS) – A growing list of U.N. Security Council Resolutions acknowledges the importance of gender in processes for peace. Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960 note that women continue to be marginalised in peace negotiations […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

Women’s education ‘smartest global investment,’ Ban tells World Economic Forum

January 27, 2012

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at event for the Every Woman, Every Child initiative. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 26 January 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to increase their investment in women’s education and health to ensure their well-being and encourage their participation in the […]

"Democracies Must Ensure Fair Gender Redistribution of Resources"

September 14, 2011

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Marcela Valente interviews RAQUEL COELLO, adviser to U.N. Women Raquel Coello, expert on gender responsive budgeting. Credit:Courtesy Raquel Coello BUENOS AIRES, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – No matter how progressive laws to promote equality between men and women may be, without budgets with a gender perspective that allocate resources differentially, inequality will persist in Latin […]

"Democracies Must Ensure Fair Gender Redistribution of Resources"

September 14, 2011

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Marcela Valente interviews RAQUEL COELLO, adviser to U.N. Women Raquel Coello, expert on gender responsive budgeting. Credit:Courtesy Raquel Coello BUENOS AIRES, Sep 12, 2011 (IPS) – No matter how progressive laws to promote equality between men and women may be, without budgets with a gender perspective that allocate resources differentially, inequality will persist in Latin […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

August 27, 2011

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Introduction The United Nations Commission on Human Rights in resolution 1994/45, adopted on 4 March 1994 , decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on violence against women, including its causes and consequences. The mandate was extended by the Commission on Human Rights in 2003, at its 59th session in resolution 2003/45. In the same resolution […]

U.N. Development Goals Should Include Anti-Racism Targets

August 23, 2011

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By Thelma Mejía Members of a black community on the Atrato river in Colombia. Credit:Jesús Abad Colorado/IPS TEGUCIGALPA, Aug 22, 2011 (IPS) – The first world summit of people of African descent, held in the city of La Ceiba on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, ended with a declaration calling for the fight against racism to be […]

U.N. Development Goals Should Include Anti-Racism Targets

August 23, 2011

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By Thelma Mejía Members of a black community on the Atrato river in Colombia. Credit:Jesús Abad Colorado/IPS TEGUCIGALPA, Aug 22, 2011 (IPS) – The first world summit of people of African descent, held in the city of La Ceiba on Honduras’s Caribbean coast, ended with a declaration calling for the fight against racism to be […]

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

August 9, 2011

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Posted on August 1 2011 Fabiana Benvino, a guardia, does street outreach for Safe Cities Programme, Rosario, Argentina. (Photo: UN Women/Hilary Duffy)  UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study mid-July, assessing mechanisms in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that […]

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

August 9, 2011

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Posted on August 1 2011 Fabiana Benvino, a guardia, does street outreach for Safe Cities Programme, Rosario, Argentina. (Photo: UN Women/Hilary Duffy)  UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study mid-July, assessing mechanisms in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that […]

U.N. Agencies Duck Taking Stand on Safe Abortion

August 6, 2011

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By Hanna HindstromWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 2, 2011 A woman’s right to safe abortion is increasingly recognized as both a human right and a means to reduce maternal mortality. U.N. agencies–including UN Women in its new strategic plan–are sidestepping this major fight. (WOMENSENEWS)–Broadly welcomed as a “milestone” for women’s rights, UN Women’s strategic plan released in […]

U.N. Agencies Duck Taking Stand on Safe Abortion

August 6, 2011

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By Hanna HindstromWeNews correspondentTuesday, August 2, 2011 A woman’s right to safe abortion is increasingly recognized as both a human right and a means to reduce maternal mortality. U.N. agencies–including UN Women in its new strategic plan–are sidestepping this major fight. (WOMENSENEWS)–Broadly welcomed as a “milestone” for women’s rights, UN Women’s strategic plan released in […]

Suppression of women’s rights persists despite progress on discrimination – UN

July 31, 2011

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Silvia Pimental 29 July 2011 – The United Nations committee tasked with ensuring compliance with the global treaty to end discrimination against women today noted that there has been progress towards improving the lot of women in some countries, but discriminatory practices continued to limit their human rights. During its 49th session, the Committee on […]

Suppression of women’s rights persists despite progress on discrimination – UN

July 31, 2011

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Silvia Pimental 29 July 2011 – The United Nations committee tasked with ensuring compliance with the global treaty to end discrimination against women today noted that there has been progress towards improving the lot of women in some countries, but discriminatory practices continued to limit their human rights. During its 49th session, the Committee on […]

India’s Journey of hope: UNODC showcases inspiring initiatives to fight human trafficking

July 16, 2011

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Balmani – a young girl from the rural part of Jharkhand (a state with high numbers of human trafficking victims), who received livelihood training in housekeeping and is now able to support her mother’s medical treatment. Chandni – a 14 year old girl from Kishanganj, Bihar (another high source state for human trafficking), who narrowly […]