• Posts Tagged ‘UN Women’

    Women’s Voices Must Stay ‘Alive’ in ISIS-Controlled Regions

    by  • August 31, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East • 
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    Iraqi refugees

    The extremist Sunni militant group called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which recently declared a caliphate in parts of the Middle East, now controls an area of 13,000 square miles in Iraq and Syria. Testimonies coming out about daily life in the ISIS-controlled region depict an agenda of fear and intimidation being imposed,...

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    Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

    by  • June 16, 2014 • GOINGS-ON • 
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    Maria Eugenia Casar

    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake,...

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    Is a Better UN System Possible? Global Experts Respond to an Independent Survey

    by  • May 26, 2014 • Development • 
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    Members of the Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan, a network that promotes the rights of widows. GAGANJIT SINGH/UN WOMEN

    An unusual survey of 3,400 people worldwide who know the United Nations has found strong support for some basic rethinking over the next decade on the organization’s work in development. Among the recommendations, over two-thirds of respondents suggested adding more nongovernmental representatives to governing bodies and better consolidating both organizational representation and programs in...

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    Putting Women and Girls at the Center of the Future Development Goals

    by  • March 24, 2014 • Women's Issues • 
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    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, chief of UN Women

    What happened at the annual United Nations women’s conference this year? Over 10 days of both mercifully brief and far-too-long speeches by policy people, government ministers, UN staff members and a wide array of other experts, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended on a hush. It was as if...

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    Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and Rights

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    International Women's Day in Mexico City

      When the latest list of 20 top donors to UN Women appeared last year, there was only one country outside the richer nations of the world among them: Mexico. The Mexican commitment to the women’s agency reflects the strides that the country has made in promoting women’s rights in recent years, powered by...

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    Syrian Women Win Active Role in Geneva Peace Conference

    by  • January 22, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 
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    Women Lead to Peace summit, Montreux 2014

    The United Nations-led peace talks in Switzerland to begin the laborious discussions to end the war in Syria have officially started, but Syrian women activists who have been demanding to sit at the crucial peace-talks table on Jan. 24 in Geneva did not know until the last minute whether any women would be involved....

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    Unraveling Sexual Violence in Costa Rica and Throughout Latin America

    by  • January 8, 2014 • Latin America, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    Memorial femicide protest in Chile

    For the past three decades, Costa Rica has carried out progressive steps to reduce violence against women, a major inhibitor of human and economic development in the country and throughout Latin America. While the issue has garnered more attention among the general public in recent years, it remains intertwined in the fabric of Latin...

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    Columbia University Adds New Gender Focus to Its International Affairs School

    by  • December 17, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Teenage girls in Cameroon

    Gender is at the center of international agendas, not at their periphery. Today, plans in Sochi for the forthcoming Olympics — the emblem of international cooperation — are riven by disputes over Russia’s policies toward lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender persons. Peacemakers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must address the needs of more than 2.5 million...

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    At Geneva II Talks in January, It Is Not Enough to ‘Add Women and Stir’

    by  • December 26, 2013 • Middle East, Secretary-General, Women's Issues • 
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    Lakhdar Brahimi

    The campaign to ensure women’s equal participation at the peace talks on Syria in January has become more urgent, as certain parties recognize that women are vital in rebuilding and reconciling Syrian society. Yet only a few weeks before the talks are scheduled to start, no commitment has been made as to whether women...

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