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

First Person: fighting for women ’s financial freedom
Around the world, the opportunities for women to lead successful, financially secure lives are being limited by government legislation, company policies and deep-rooted misogyny. The UN is leading efforts to give women more access to digital financial tools, seen as essential to playing a full part in the global economy. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In Yemen ’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the price
Midwife Lena Al-Shurmani, remembers meeting Abia at Al Mawa Camp in Yemen’s Ibb Governorate. Abia was 15 years old and eight months pregnant. “I was very worried,” Ms. Al-Shurmani recalled. “She had a prolapsed uterus, and she was severely malnourished.”  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins UNFPA to tackle stigma and advance women ’s health
The UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, on Wednesday appointed supermodel, philanthropist, and impact investor Natalia Vodianova as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, in an effort to empower women and girls, including fighting stigma surrounding menstruation. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: The Indian women weaving a digital web
Hundreds of thousands of Indian women are learning to market themselves and sell products online, with the support of a digital literacy project managed by the World Bank. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Life after conflict in the Central African Republic
Behind each case brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC), lie countless personal stories of horror, trauma and, sometimes, hope. “Life after conflict”, a photo-led series published by the ICC, shows the devastating impact that war crimes have on people’s lives. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

' We had to run for our lives ’: the pregnant women fleeing Tigray
Pregnant women are amongst the tens of thousands of people in need of assistance in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where fighting between the Government and regional forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have been ongoing since November 2020. Hiwot* is one of them. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: The teenage Uzbek girls using science to help their community
Young women in Uzbekistan are using technology to help improve the lives of those around them, challenging perceptions of the roles that women and girls play in society. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: women scientists on the power of education to reach gender equality
Women are extremely under-represented in science, but a UN research centre in The Netherlands is trying to address the gender imbalance, by raising awareness of the leading role that women researchers play in tackling global problems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘If I can do it, so can you’: women scientists on the power of education to reach gender equality
Women are extremely under-represented in science, but a UN research centre in The Netherlands is trying to address the gender imbalance, by raising awareness of the leading role that women researchers play in tackling global problems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Women and girls belong in science’ declares UN chief  
Closed labs and increased care responsibilities are just a two of the challenges women in scientific fields are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said in his message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hopes and fears of mother-to-be in Afghanistan
A mother in Afghanistan has been talking about the hopes and fears for her unborn daughter in a country where the birth of a girl can often be a curse rather than a blessing. Women and girls, in particular, often suffer abuse at the hands of men in a male-driven society where boys are sometimes valued above girls.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of female genital mutilation or FGM, with the UN predicting that an additional two million girls will be subjected to the practice in the next ten years. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Unity, funding and decisive action needed to end FGM and protect millions of girls, UN says
The United Nations has called for collaboration at all levels, and across all sectors of  society, to protect millions of girls and women at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) every year.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Guterres welcomes US decision to restore funding to UNFPA
The United Nations Secretary-General, on Thursday, welcomed the United States administration’s announcement to restore funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), calling it a “powerful message” for women and girls globally.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: India ’s pandemic of violence against women
An increase in violence against women in India during the global COVID-19 outbreak has been described by the United Nations as a "shadow pandemic". (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ILO study finds migrants earn much less than locals, and the gap is widening
The gap between wages paid to migrant and national workers is big and growing, and may widen further because of the pandemic, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report published on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improved Afghan law still fails victims of sex crimes and violence against women, UN report finds
Afghanistan’s justice system is continuing to fail female victims of violence and sex crimes, despite a 2009 law that was hailed as a significant step forward in legal efforts to protect them, according to a UN report published jointly on Monday by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 worsening gender-based violence, trafficking risk, for women and girls
With the COVID-19 pandemic heightening the dangers of gender-based violence and human trafficking, action on these two fronts is needed now more than ever, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Answering the call for help in Thailand
Violence against women and girls at home affects millions globally. The problem is particularly pervasive as it occurs in a space women and girls should feel most secure.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Girl child soldier shunned at home in Uganda
A young mother has been talking about how she was shunned by her community in Uganda when she returned home after being abducted and forced to fight for rebels as a child soldier. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Build on momentum to end violence against women and girls: Secretary-General
Although much progress has been made in highlighting the pressing issue of violence against women and girls, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is pushing the world to go further towards ending what he has characterized as a blight on all societies.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

End gender-based violence, ‘once and for all’, UN urges on International Day
Commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Wednesday, the United Nations has called on governments worldwide to redouble efforts and eradicate gender-based violence forever.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN expert calls for urgent action to end  ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’ 
COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a “pandemic of femicide” and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN rights experts  call for release of Saudi activist championing women’s right to drive
The deteriorating health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is “deeply alarming”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with “all other women human rights defenders in detention”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news