• Women’s Issues

    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 — Like approaching a mirage, Syrian women have made significant steps in early 2016 to getting 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...

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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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    At UN, Momentum Is Gaining to End Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

    by  • April 11, 2016 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Mira Sorvino and Yuri Fedotov

    Experts on human trafficking and slavery are calling for strong involvement by the private sector in tackling the enormous challenge of these abuses, particularly with girls and women. At the same time, the experts, who spoke at a recent panel discussion held at the United Nations, recognized the daunting task in asking industry to...

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    Fleeing Violence, Syrian Women Try to Cope in Turkey and Lebanon

    by  • April 6, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Refugees, Syria, Women's Issues • 

    You Are Not Alone JOHANNA HIGGS

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Amima and Fatima Jebari are Syrian sisters who fled last year to the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, after the Free Syrian Army entered their village in the north, they said, and violence ensued between the rebel group and the government forces of Bashar al-Assad in the...

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    A New Campaign, #EveryHourMatters, Urges Instant Post-Rape Care

    by  • March 28, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, UN Agencies, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Women's Issues • 3 Comments

    Maureen Phiri, a Malawian who told a story of being raped as an 11-year-old at a United Nations panel event.

    Maureen Phiri, a young girl from a poor family in Malawi, was only 11 years old when she was raped by the man who had hired her to do housework for him and his wife. Not only did Maureen continue to experience sexual abuse from the man she worked for, he left her with another...

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    In an Aging Global Population, Women Want Productive Lives

    by  • March 23, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 

    Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

    Census figures everywhere confirm that the population of the world is getting steadily older. Much has been written and alarms have been sounded in richer nations about the economic effects of aging populations and declining births. But this phenomenon is going global. Better health and smaller family size are prolonging lives in developing countries...

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    Justin Trudeau, Self-Described Feminist, Wows the UN Crowd

    by  • March 17, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 

    Justin Trudeau and gender equality, the topic of his recent appearance at the UN's annual conference on women. MARK GARTEN

    “Because it’s 2015,” Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada and self-proclaimed feminist, said simply, using the vernacular of his generation to reinforce his position on gender equality as he spoke at the United Nations recently during an “armchair conversation.” Trudeau, who is 44, was addressing a large audience at an event presented as...

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    As Women’s Rights Gain Broadly in Africa, the Global Picture Looks More Mixed

    by  • March 15, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 

    From left: Ruchira Gupta, Liesl Gerntholtz, Abosede George, Gimena Sánchez and Ellen Chesler.

    Hailing from various corners of the world, five activists gathered in New York recently to assess the progress of women’s rights globally — presenting a mixed picture of gains in Africa but threats to women’s rights through new programs countering violent extremism — just as the world celebrated International Women’s Day. The five women,...

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