First Person: ‘I’m not old enough to be a woman’ says trafficked teen
A teenage girl who was sold for sex for the price of a few beers as a twelve-year-old, has told the United Nations how she was trafficked between Burundi and Tanzania in East Africa. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit
Farmers, especially women and indigenous people, work tirelessly to put food on our tables. UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed met on Saturday women producers at a farmers’ market in Circo Massimo, Rome, ahead of the Food Systems Pre-Summit taking place next week. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Domestic violence, forced marriage, have risen in Sudan: UN-backed study
Deteriorating economic conditions since 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have fuelled an increase in domestic violence and forced marriage in Sudan, a UN-backed study has revealed.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fewer women than men will regain work during COVID-19 recovery: ILO  
Fewer women will regain jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic during the recovery period, than men, according to a new study released on Monday by the UN’s labour agency.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘We are with you’: The South African care centres providing hope for survivors of sexual violence
In South Africa, a sexual offence is committed every ten minutes, and the number is rising, according to official police statistics. The UN is working closely with the Government to ensure that care centres have the resources to help survivors of sexual violence across the country, including the most deprived regions.    (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Landmark gender  equality forum concludes with concrete commitments, plan to advance parity by 2026 
With the chief of the UN’s gender empowerment agency declaring that women are still “sitting in the corridors when men are inside at the table negotiating peace”, the historic Generation Equality Forum in Paris concluded on Friday with new commitments designed to address that, and other injustices. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women must no longer be ‘squeezed into a small corner’, landmark Forum declares 
In a bid to put gender equality at the heart of COVID recovery, UN Women kicked off a three-day “landmark effort” in Paris on Wednesday, aiming to lay out ambitious investments and policies to bridge the chasm between where women stand in the world today, and where they should be, by 2030.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Generation Equality: Alongside COVID lies an ‘equally horrific pandemic’ threatening women
As the world grapples unevenly with the effects of COVID-19, “a parallel and equally horrific pandemic” has threatened half the world’s population, the UN chief said on Tuesday, in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum in France. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Time running out to prevent  ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan
With all the major indicators for Afghanistan’s security and development looking “negative or stagnant” as international troops withdraw, the threats that lie ahead cannot be overstated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Raising a glass to ‘Mama Cheers’
A Ugandan woman entrepreneur who was left with just a wheelbarrow and a red dress, when a business partner ran off with all her money has been recognized with an award by the UN trade agency (UNCTAD) after she grew her company into a nationwide enterprise with five million customers. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria
When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her. She was forced to live with her abuser, who continued to attack her. Now, a UN-backed initiative is giving her, and others in similar situations, a chance to become financially independent, and start new lives.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

No ‘manels’, more gender equality in Indonesia: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
Panel discussions exclusively made up of men, or ‘manels’ need to stop, says Valerie Julliand, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia. Ms. Julliand has taken steps to promote gender parity by pledging that the UN will only participate in panels which include women’s voices. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Military Gender Advocate of the Year highlights ‘crucial gender dimensions’ in Darfur 
The UN chief on Monday, commended an award-winning Kenyan peacekeeper for her gender-mainstreaming work while serving in the restive Darfur region of Sudan.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Refugee ‘Russian Woman’ in bid for Eurovision glory
Manizha Sangin arrived in Russia as young refugee, when her family fled the violence of the civil war in Tajikistan. Today, she is a high-profile singer, representing Russia in the final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, with the song “Russian Woman”. Ms. Sangin is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), and a domestic abuse activist. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration’ needed to realize Sudan’s aspirations
Moving from Sudan’s current fragile transition period towards stable civilian rule, requires a continued “spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration”, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sexual violence survivors in DR Congo caught in crisis of ‘catastrophic magnitude’
On a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr. Natalie Kanem, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, bore witness to the horrific legacy of sexual violence in the country, which is undergoing one of the world’s longest-running humanitarian crises. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

South Africa has ‘obligation’ to better address domestic violence: UN women’s rights experts
Failure to address domestic violence in South Africa is a violation of women’s rights, independent UN experts said in a report published on Monday, citing low levels of prosecution and conviction as factors.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse
Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing children to get the support they need to avoid unwanted and potentially damaging relationships. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Afghanistan:  Top UN officials strongly condemn ‘heinous’ attack on girls school 
Two senior UN officials on Wednesday, condemned in the strongest terms, a terrorist attack targeting girls and their families outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UK ’s 85% family planning aid cut will be devastating for women and girls says UNFPA, while UNAIDS also'deeply regrets' cuts
The United Kingdom’s intention to cut 85 per cent of its contribution to a flagship UN family planning programme this year, will have devastating consequences for women and girls and their families across the world, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA) said on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More uniformed women in peace operations, ‘key priority’
Increasing the participation of uniformed women in peace operations is a “key priority” for the United Nations, the head of peacekeeping told a High-Level Launch Event on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Careers have no gender’, connect girls to tech, for a brighter future UN urges 
Despite information and communication technology playing such a key role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said that half the world remains offline, in his message marking International Girls in ICT Day, on Thursday – most of whom are women and girls in developing countries.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prevention is ‘only cure’ to end sexual violence in conflict, Security Council hears
“Prevention is the best and only cure” to stem the multiple, devastating and enduring consequences faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict, especially as a brutal tactic of war, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hundreds of millions of women living lives ‘governed by others’, UN report shows
Almost half of women in some 57 countries do not have the power to make choices over their healthcare, contraception, or sex lives, a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday, has revealed. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Libya violated rights of ‘targeted’ woman activist, says anti-discrimination committee
The failure of Libya to investigate the unlawful arrest and torture of a women’s rights activist is a clear rights violation, the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gender equality, the ‘unfinished human rights struggle of this century’: UN chief
Achieving equal rights for women is “the unfinished human rights struggle of this century”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to the Generation Equality Forum which began online from Mexico City on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

 UN commission pushes equality for women in decision-making
At the closing of the UN women’s commission, world leaders issued a strong pledge for the elimination of violence against women along with their full and effective participation in public life, including in decision-making.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: ‘No daughter of mine will be cut’
Like 95 per cent of women in her Ugandan community, Margaret Chepoteltel underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, subjecting her to lifelong health problems. Today, she is raising awareness of the dangers of FGM, as part of a UN-backed programme. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Empowering women in peace operations remains top priority, says UN peacekeeping chief
Praising women’s fundamental contributions to peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts, the UN peacekeeping chief reiterated on Thursday that empowering women in the military remains a top priority, but to achieve this goal needs “all hands on deck”. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Experts debate links between political leadership and preventing violence against women
Ending violence against women in politics is critical to encouraging more women to participate in public life, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Turkey ’s withdrawal from women’s protection treaty, ‘worrying step backwards’
Turkey’s decision to withdraw from an important treaty on protecting women is “a very worrying step backwards”, a group of independent UN human rights experts said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Face of Sudan ’s democratic transition ‘is female and it is young’, says UN agency chief
The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for increased international support for peace and stability in Sudan, highlighting that investing in the country’s youth and women, is investing in the nation’s future.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agencies urge Turkey not to abandon international accord protecting women
United Nations agencies on Saturday called on Turkey to reconsider its withdrawal from a key regional treaty on preventing violence against women, including domestic violence, and bringing the perpetrators to justice.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Despite pandemic, UN continues to fight ‘scourge’ of sexual exploitation abuse 
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, released his annual update on how the Organization is working to stamp out the “scourge” of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) through its zero-tolerance policy, which required special measures this year in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fast-track women ’s participation in public life ‘for everyone's benefit ’
The UN rights chief said on Tuesday that empowering women and girls to participate fully in public life is both the right and “smart thing to do”, speaking on a day that saw history being made with the first ever address to the UN by a woman Vice President of the United States.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gender equality means business, Secretary-General tells corporate leaders
The UN Secretary-General has urged corporate leaders to achieve gender equality, highlighting the benefits for the private sector and society at large.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gender equality means business, Secretary-General chief tells corporate leaders
The UN Secretary-General has urged corporate leaders to achieve gender equality, highlighting the benefits for the private sector and society at large.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women must be ‘front and centre’ of pandemic recovery, UN chief says
Women need to be “front and centre” of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women’s commission on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Syria ’s decade of conflict takes massive toll on women and girls
This week, Syria marks a grim anniversary: 10 years since the start of the country’s grinding conflict. Today, one decade into the catastrophe, about half the country’s population has been uprooted, with some 12 million people internally displaced or living as refugees.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 has exposed endemic gender inequality, Guterres tells UN Women ’s commission
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on women and girls, and the fallout has shown how deeply gender inequality remains embedded in the world’s political, social and economic systems, UN chief António Guterres said in his address to the Commission on the Status of Women, on Monday. This year’s Commission will focus on charting a global roadmap towards achieving full equality in public life but, as Mr. Guterres recalled in his speech, gender equality in all walks of life is a long way off and has been further undermined by the pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Women peacekeepers a ‘powerful image for girls in remote villages’
Deputy Inspector Martina de Maria Sandoval Linares, from El Salvador always wanted to help others. Now, working as a UN Police officer, she has found her vocation, far from home in South Sudan. Ms. Linares, whose eight-year-old daughter and family are back in El Salvador, told UN News why the job is so rewarding, despite the sacrifices she makes. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Latest session of UN women ’s commission focuses on equality in public life
Setting a global roadmap for achieving full equality at decision-making tables is among the objectives of the 65th session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which opens in New York on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN agency raises alarm over ‘targeted’ violence against women in Myanmar protests
The United Nations entity dedicated to protection of women’s rights has voiced deep concerns over “targeted and disproportionate” violence against women being recorded during the crackdown against peaceful protesters in Myanmar.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Unprecedented number of women leaders,  but parity still far off 
While the number of women heads of State or in government around the world has reached unprecedented levels, the challenge in achieving gender equality still remains, according to new UN data released on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Endemic violence against women ‘cannot be stopped with a vaccine’ – WHO chief
Over the past decade, violence against women has been “endemic in every country and culture”, according to a new study released by the UN health agency on Tuesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lack of women in key decision-making ‘should not be allowed’ – UN Women chief 
Exclusion of women in decisions that affect their lives is “bad governance [and] should not be allowed”, the UN Women chief said on Monday, International Women’s Day.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN highlights transformative power of equal participation, marking International Women ’s Day
Underscoring the transformative power of women’s equal participation, top United Nations officials called on all stakeholders to take special measures to advance their equal participation and achieve rapid change.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reaches ‘all-time high’
The proportion of women parliamentarians worldwide reached more than 25 per cent last year– a historic first but still far from gender parity, UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) announced on Friday ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world’s poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

INTERVIEW: The women activists aiming to make history in Vanuatuan politics
The Republic of Vanuatu is one of the few countries in the world without a single woman representative in parliament, but two determined activists are committed to ending that situation, and ensuring that women’s voices are heard by the island nation’s most senior decision-makers. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news