• Women’s Issues

    Now Is the Time for a Female Secretary-General, Says a New Campaign [Video]

    by  • February 23, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    A woman who works at the United Nations and others refers to the wall of portraits in New York of secretaries-general

    Convinced that after 70 years it is time to choose a woman for the United Nations’ top job of secretary-general, a new movement led by an academic spcialist on the organization has been assembled to formally support the election of a woman for the job. The current secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, a Korean, finishes his...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Women Reap Some Surprising Benefits From Nepal’s Ghost Economy

    by  • February 3, 2015 • Asia, Migration, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    KATHMANDU, Nepal — Migration in this country is omnipresent. Nearly everyone has a relative or a neighbor who works abroad, while the Department of Foreign Employment, based in the capital here, teems with job-seekers. Landlocked Nepal has a long history of labor exportation, but the scope of the country’s current migration boom is unprecedented:...

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    The Post-2015 Goals: People Around the World Talk Back

    by  • January 25, 2015 • Development, Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Men guide camels on a bridge through traffic in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013.

    Advocates offering some alternative ideas and a few dissenting views on the Sustainable Development Goals on track to be adopted by the United Nations at a special session later this year are convening on Jan. 26 in New York to air opinions from all major developing regions on this critical new proposed set of...

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    2015: A Year of Potential Landmarks for the UN

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    The view of a helicopter floating above the Peruvian Andes during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's trip to the country in December 2014 for the climate change conference. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    By almost every measure, this year will be monumental for the United Nations. The organization will be 70 years old and that will inspire, as anniversaries always do, a lot of stocktaking, analysis and, of course, criticism. Past stumbles will get attention and an army of  “reformers” will offer prescriptions for the future. In...

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    In Poland, Women’s Sexual-Health Rights Kept Tightly Controlled

    by  • January 6, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    WARSAW — In Geneva in late October, the Polish government finally reported on its adherence to the United Nations committee that monitors discrimination against women. The committee had been waiting 10 years for the report, which was due no later than 2010. The long-awaited document and discussions that followed in the committee keeping track...

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    Yazidi Women in Iraq Describe ‘Unspeakable Brutality’ Under IS Rule

    by  • January 4, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    The news from Syria and Iraq is most often dominated by besieged cities and airstrikes on the strongholds of the Muslim extremists of the Islamic State. What those fighters are doing to women they abduct is often hidden by the terrorizing captivity under which they are held. The daily horror of torture, rape and...

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    In 2014, a Year of Catastrophes, Women Still Made Some Gains

    by  • December 26, 2014 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Michelle Bachelet

    Amid the horrors that women and girls have suffered around the world in 2014 — including being forced to flee their homes by the hundreds of thousands in Syria, the sexual enslavement of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnapping and forced conversion to radical Islam of girls from schools in northern Nigeria...

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    Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

    by  • December 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 10 Comments
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    Ameerah Haq

    Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of...

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    Somaly Mam, Anti-Trafficking Crusader Caught in a Scandal, Revives Her Cause

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Somaly Mam in 2010. Her anti-trafficking work has been hurt because of scandals sourced to questions about her life story. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALY

    PHNOM PENH — Dueling depictions of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian activist who has campaigned against sex trafficking in her country and elsewhere, have splashed across large media outlets in the last six months. Mam, who contends she was a child prostitute, became a worldwide name when her story was written by The New York...

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