‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President
Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tuesday ’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance
This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families
The world is changing rapidly and so are families according to the United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New UN report on families in a changing world puts ‘women’s rights at their core’
While women ’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, according to a flagship study released on Tuesday, from the UN’s gender empowerment agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Children in warzones denied right to education  
Millions of children around the world are being denied a “safe place to learn”, due to ongoing conflicts according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives
About 3,340 women, children and men have been given support to restart their lives after falling prey to sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund established in 2016. On Friday, a meeting was held at UN Headquarters in New York, to report on the progress and impact made, and collect new pledges from Member States. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wednesday ’s Daily Brief: ending rape in war, Khashoggi, forced displacement, North Korea and Mali
On Wednesday, these are the main stories: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict; the UN independent investigator for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi presents findings which show State responsibility; in 2018, world hit record number of war-displaced people; South Korea sends food aid to North; new attack in northern Mali. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces
Following recent reports of attacks and rape by security forces and paramilitaries against the pro-democracy protesters in Sudan who have been holding a sit-in outside army headquarters in the  capital, Khartoum, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, expressed “grave concern” on Thursday and called for an “immediate and complete” end to the violence. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Monday ’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus
This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 family-friendly policies that support parents to give their children “the best start in life”.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - June 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 LGBT ban; UNICEF’s plea for Afghani children; Brazil’s bid to compensate tobacco smokers; Water shortages in Bangladesh (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Huge’ stakes, ‘daunting’ job to tackle gender-based violence, UNICEF chief tells ground-breaking conference
One-in-three girls or women will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime, and “the risk multiplies” during a conflict or natural disaster, the Executive Director of UNICEF told delegates attending the first-ever “Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises Conference” on Friday, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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, warning nonetheless that most still pay lip-service to the idea of gender equality in the boardroom.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine ‘too terrified to learn’ amid spike in attacks on schools
Schoolchildren are bearing long-lasting mental and physical scars of eastern Ukraine ’s conflict, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday, as the agency warned of an “alarming” increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of 2019. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 UNESCO, the UN ’s Education, Science and Culture agency, is that there are hardly any women working in the technical teams that develop these services and other cutting-edge digital tools. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A world first: Women at the helm of every UN Regional Commission
Although United Nations Regional Commissions have been in existence for more than 70 years, for the first time ever, each one is currently headed by a woman designated by Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres. This accomplishment underscores that, since the day he took office, the UN chief has been determined to achieve gender parity by 2030 as part of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 field of information and communications technology, or ICT, marked on Thursday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya ’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 told the Security Council on Thursday, describing them as “central to sustainable solutions” to challenges facing the Organization worldwide. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Forced pregnancy in Italy violated ‘woman’s human right to health’, UN experts rule 
The Italian Government violated a woman ’s “human right to health” after a law which denied her the right to refuse fertility treatment she had previously agreed to, “led her to undergo a forced pregnancy”, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) said on Wednesday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 advocate award, it was announced on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 on ways to safeguard  and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gender equality, justice in law and practice: Essential for sustainable development
Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, according to a high-level United Nations forum on the situation in Arab States. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 providing training so they have the skills to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to their benefit, and taking active measures to boost the numb ers of women in ICT leadership positions, including in academia and entrepreneurship. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘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 Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 having affordable health care, were among the speakers opening the United Nation ’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s rights on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 on Friday to recognize unsung women from across the world, and encourage innovation to transform lives. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 for International Women's Day which this year puts “innovation by women and girls, for women and girls”, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 penalized for having children and looking after them. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - March 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 in empowering women in the range of $28 trillion.” (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 Sustainable Development Goals, UN chief Ant ónio Guterres said on Monday, in a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 balance between men and women, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said during his visit to Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More women and girls needed in the sciences to solve world ’s biggest challenges
Many of the world ’s biggest problems may be going unsolved because too many women and girls are being discouraged from the sciences. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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 took shelter with her brother. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti ’s streets
Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was “now in a secure place”. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Heeding the call for women ’s rights around the planet
Women and activists have been reflecting on the progress made across the world in 2018 in reducing discrimination and inequalities based on gender and what hopes they have for 2019. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - January 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence
From #MeToo to #HearMeToo, the fight to end violence against women continues as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman, joined survivors, activists and other Hollywood celebrities to spotlight the lack of resources that exist to help women push back against violence and abuse. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Women ‘vital’ to peace efforts and ensuring long-lasting stability in Afghanistan
As gender-equality advocates discuss how a lasting peace can be secured in Afghanistan, the top UN official in the country has underscored the importance of women ’s participation as “vital to ending the conflict and ensuring long-lasting stability.” (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Black Panther ’s ‘General Okoye’ joins the fight against gender-based violence
Danai Gurira, one of the stars of hit movies “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” in her role as General Okoye, has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, lending her name and dedicating her support to gender equality and women’s rights. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - December 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Increasingly under attack, women human rights defenders need better back up
A group of United Nations human rights experts issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on States to live up to their commitments to protect women human rights defenders, as they come under increasing attack, and with inadequate protection. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Violence against women a ‘mark of shame’ on our societies, says UN chief on World Day
Violence against women and girls is not only a fundamental human rights issue but also a “moral affront” against them and a “mark of shame” on all societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling greater action by everyone around the world to root out the scourge. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN police officer recognized for protecting vulnerable Somali women from abuse
United Nations Police Officer Phyllis Osei has been awarded the 2018 UN Female Police Officer Award, in recognition for her outstanding work with the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), at a ceremony in New York on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World Children ’s Day: Millie Bobby Brown to #GoBlue as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
On this World Children ’s Day, when kids across the globe unite for their rights, Emmy-Nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown has been named the newest United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women – UN chief
Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General Ant ónio Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’
The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, said in a statement on Thursday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in the past three months
Across its various offices, agencies, and partner organisations implementing its programmes, the United Nations received 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), involving 77 victims, between July and September, UN Spokesperson St éphane Dujarric said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - November 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations
Fifteen Guatemalan women from the Q ’eqchi indigenous group, who were enslaved and raped by the military during the Central American country’s 36-year-long civil conflict, are still waiting for hard-won reparations to materialize. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - October 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news