• Women’s Issues

    Men Voting for Men: UN Security Council Holds Its First Straw Poll to Pick a Secretary-General

    by  • July 21, 2016 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    United Nations Secretary General Straw Poll Webcast

    The first straw poll to test the support of Security Council members for candidates vying to become the next United Nations secretary-general occurred Thursday morning. The vote took place amid strong interest by global media who report on the world body as well as the dozen candidates, the UN’s 193 member states and people...

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    In Iraqi Kurdistan, It’s a Life of Harsh Contrasts for Women and Girls

    by  • July 9, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Honor Killings, Middle East, Terrorism, Women's Issues • 

    A female peshmerga fighter, or tktkt

    ERBIL, Iraq — Despite the war crimes being committed against women and girls in northern Iraq since the extremist group ISIS invaded two years ago, rejection of entrenched violence and discrimination against females may be taking root among pockets of the autonomous Kurdish region here. Yet in many ways, life for women and girls...

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    Devastated by Earthquake, Nepali Women Find Kinship in Knitting Circles

    by  • June 27, 2016 • Asia, Refugees, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    ARIEL SOPHIA BARDI

    LAPRAK, Nepal — Clouds roll in like smoke, blanketing the hillside. Gupsi Pakha, the largest camp in Gorkha district for displaced survivors of Nepal’s earthquake, is preparing for the coming monsoon season. In the frigid afternoon here, a toddler ambles after a fat white hen, and a few villagers queue for water by the...

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    Universal Breast-Feeding Goals Blocked by Industry, UN Report Suggests

    by  • June 14, 2016 • Health and Population, Syria, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 

    A premature infant breast-feeding. CREATIVE COMMONS

    Although more countries have been passing laws to promote and to protect breast-feeding, the breast-milk substitutes industry continues to present a formidable challenge to achieving universal breast-feeding goals, a new report by United Nations agencies and a large advocacy group reveals. The laggards? Some of the richest regions in the world. Europe, for example,...

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    The Field Grows and Shifts in the Race for UN Secretary-General

    by  • June 1, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, Security Council, Women's Issues • 

    Susana Malcorra LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

    The second crop of campaigners making a pitch to replace Ban Ki-moon in January is now being assembled, and it looks like the first declared candidate on the list may well shake up the race. She is Susana Malcorra, Argentina’s foreign minister and a well-respected, internationally known former United Nations official. The next round...

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    Fixing UN Peacekeeping Operations: The World’s Most Complicated Army

    by  • May 23, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Secretary-General, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 

    Jane Holl Lute

    It has been almost a year since a sweeping assessment of United Nations peacekeeping operations by experts recommended significant changes from top to bottom: a reformed hierarchy in New York and greater coordination and discipline among military contingents in ever-more dangerous missions around the world. Few of their substantive ideas have been adopted. As...

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    How Syrian Women Landed at the UN Peace Talks and What It All Means

    by  • May 10, 2016 • Syria, Women's Issues • 

    Some members of the UN-led Women's Advisory Board

    GENEVA —┬áLike approaching a mirage, in early 2016 Syrian women have made significant steps closer to the central negotiating tables of the extremely fragile intra-Syrian peace talks. It’s a process that Syrian women and the United Nations have been building since mid-2013. And in the Geneva III peace negotiations — structured so far as...

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    Among Hillary Clinton’s Recently Leaked Emails, Wide-Ranging References to UN

    by  • April 15, 2016 • US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 

    Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state, speaking to the media at the UN on March 10, 2015, regarding her use of private servers for her email accounts. EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    A newly released Wikileaks trove of emails sent to or sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, some as old as 2009, reveals a wide range of topics related to the United Nations over the years, from the drama unfolding in Egypt after the Arab Spring revolt, to the bloody spectacle of the...

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