• UN Women

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

    by  • March 24, 2014 • Women's Issues • 

    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 everyone [...]

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    UN Peace Talks on Syria Collectively Failed Women

    by  • February 10, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Women Lead to Peace campaign 2014

    This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, first mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, when despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial support, [...]

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    Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and Rights

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 

    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 government [...]

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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 • 

    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. Rima [...]

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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 • 

    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 American [...]

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    Columbia Adds New Gender Focus to Its International Affairs School

    by  • December 17, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    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 displaced [...]

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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 • 3 Comments

    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 will [...]

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    Syrian Women’s Groups Push for Equal Role at Geneva II Talks

    by  • December 5, 2013 • Middle East, Women's Issues • 4 Comments

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    Recognizing that women in the Middle East and North Africa must play an active role in their countries’ political processes, especially amid the regional backdrop of upheavals and conflicts, the Netherlands government is providing money for a new program, Women on the Frontline, to help women-run initiatives organize themselves better to assert their rights to [...]

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    War Crimes Against Women and Girls Must Be Prosecuted

    by  • November 4, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Three children walk to clean dishes in the Niger river in Gao, Mali.

      There is now overwhelming evidence that conflicts exacerbate pre-existing gender discrimination and put women and girls at heightened risk of sexual, physical and psychological violence. One appalling example of this evidence is the report recently to the Human Rights Council by the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which highlights the threat and use [...]

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