' It will help me to achieve my dream': Helping Iraqi girls stay in school
When COVID-19 closed schools in Basra, southern Iraq, the academic prospects for many schoolgirls were put at risk. On International Day of The Girl Child, we look at a UN program which is helping girls in the region to keep learning. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan
Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered. Marking International Day of The Girl Child on Monday, Ms. Shahin told UN News that online games can help young people to address gender issues. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - October 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Somalia: ‘Sustained focus, investments’ needed to boost women’s political participation
Unresolved issues surrounding parliamentary quotas, and women’s participation in elections in Somalia were highlighted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in the Security Council on Tuesday, with the aim of increasing their involvement in the political process.      (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’
Sexual abuse and exploitation allegedly carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) staff during the UN health agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “a sickening betrayal of the people we serve,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said on Tuesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UNICEF ’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August, the world has continued to watch anxiously, as the fate of women and girls throughout the country hangs in the balance. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies
Top UN officials met in the margins of the 76th General Assembly on Thursday,  with a strong call to action to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV), amid a rise in forced displacement and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan's girls and women
Afghanistan’s girls and women are showing “bravery” in the face of real “fears and pressures” following the formation of the new, de-facto authorities in Afghanistan,  according to a UNICEF member of staff, one of the few westerners to remain in Kabul. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Afghanistan: ‘Palpable’ fear of ‘brutal and systemic repression’ of women grows
Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last month, they have made some commitments to uphold human rights. However, their subsequent actions have “sadly contradicted” those promises, the UN rights chief told a side event of the General Assembly on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN Women ’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 
The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past, and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gender equality ‘champion’ Sima Sami Bahous to lead UN Women 
Secretary-General António Guterres described Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan, as “a champion for women and girls”, announcing on Monday her appointment to lead the UN’s gender equality and empowerment entity, UN Women.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - September 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Afghanistan: UN chief following escalation in fighting ‘with deep concern’
With Taliban fighters continuing to gain ground in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General is following events “with deep concern” said the UN Spokesperson on Thursday, including the battle for Herat and Kandahar, the country’s second and third largest cities.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - August 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

For women in e-commerce, ‘entrepreneurship means freedom’
Entrepreneurship can mean more freedom for women according to the first Latin-American advocate of eTrade for All, an initiative developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to expand and promote the digital economy, especially in low and middle-income countries. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - August 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cyprus communities weaving closer ties through UN-backed project
A weaving project is helping to close the decades-long divide between the two communities in Cyprus, with assistance from the UN mission in the country, UNFICYP.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - August 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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