• Women’s Issues

    The World’s Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    tktktk

    Misao Okama celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5 surrounded by her family, which included great-grandchildren, and congratulatory government officials. This milestone made Okama the world’s oldest woman. She died on April 1. Based on the most recent population forecast and data from the United Nations, it comes as little surprise that the world’s oldest...

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    Eastern Europe Presses Its Claim to the Secretary-General’s Office  

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, Unesco, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Vladimir Putin

    In 70 years of United Nations history, Eastern Europe has been the only regional group in the organization that has never filled the position of secretary-general. Western Europe has had three secretaries-general; Asia and Africa, two each; and Latin America and the Caribbean, one. The 23 nations of the Eastern European region, determined to...

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    Prostitution: A Word That UN Women Does Not Want to Hear

    by  • March 31, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Poverty, Women's Issues • 19 Comments
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    Pinki

    On the eve of a speech Ruchira Gupta was to give on International Women’s Day in New York as the recipient of a Woman of Distinction award, she got a strange email. Gupta, who has collected numerous awards for her work against sex slavery in India — including an Emmy for her 1996 documentary,...

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    The Woman Behind Brazil’s Law Against Domestic Violence

    by  • April 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes, the Brazilian advocate whose husband tried to kill her twice.

    FORTALEZA, Brazil — Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband shot her and left her a paraplegic. Four months later, he made another attempt on her life by trying to electrocute her. Maria survived yet again. In thousands of homes across Brazil, women like her are subjected to extreme abuse...

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    Minding Your Pronunciations and Protocols at That ‘Women’s Conference’ [Video]

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Extremism event. LAURA E. KIRKPATRICK

    Are you wondering what happened at that “women’s conference at the United Nations,” as one (male) writer at The New York Times called it? Here is a recap of things to think about from the annual Commission on the Status of Women, held March 9-20, assessing how women’s rights and related gender issues are...

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    The Many Global Currents Undermining Gender Equality

    by  • March 29, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Migration, Women's Issues • 
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    tktkt. A cook in a hotel restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos. ADRI BERGES/ILO

    How much does the economic environment of a country generate inequalities for women? A new report on wage gaps says that disparities are only partly explained by differences in experience, education and/or occupation, proving there is much more work to be done before the world offers both genders equal pay for equal work. The...

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    The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

    by  • March 20, 2015 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Fernández

    For all its words about human rights and women’s issues, the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions. These women generally work in challenging circumstances, and their hard-won victories, by their own accounts,...

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    Vanuatu Women Track Cyclone Pam’s Damage on Subsistence Lives

    by  • April 3, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Humanitarian Aid, Women's Issues • 
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    Children

    On March 13, a cyclone of historic proportions struck the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu with winds equivalent to those of a Category 5 hurricane. The story of this disaster briefly occupied the international media and then disappeared, perhaps because the death toll was surprisingly low. The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian...

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    An Independent Report on Sexual Abuse Cases by UN Peacekeepers Surfaces

    by  • March 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    United Nations peacekeepers participating in a ceremony at the mission in South Sudan.

    A report commissioned by the United Nations but never made public — which studied sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers — has been released online by AIDS-Free World, a nonprofit organization founded by two former UN officials, Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan. The report, written by an independent three-person team, was based...

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    Mostly, Sahrawi Women Just Want to Go Home

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Africa, Refugees, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Sahrawi women's meeting

    NEAR TINDOUF, Algeria — Our goal was to understand the dynamics of women who live in the refugee camps here in the Sahara Desert, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi people reside in tents and mud-brick buildings, having fled their homeland up to decades ago. The camps originated in 1975-1976, when the Sahrawis first...

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