• UN Women

    Women’s Rights and the UN: A Long History of Ups and Downs

    by  • August 10, 2015 • UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    For International Women's Day, UN Women organized a street rally. J. CARRIER/UN WOMEN

    The 2010 creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (or UN Women) represented an unusual organizational consolidation instead of the typical proliferation. It had a promising start under strong leadership but faces serious challenges with growing resistance to gender equality. Support for women’s rights has a long and checkered...

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    This Palestinian Policewoman Has Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence

    by  • July 16, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    tktkt

    RAMALLAH — As the head of the Palestinian Civil Police Family and Juvenile Protection Unit, Lieut. Col. Wafa Muammar is the highest-ranking female officer in the Palestinian police force and a role model for women trying to find their own space in what has been considered a man’s profession here. Among the first generation...

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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 • 1 Comment
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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 • 20 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 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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    At the UN’s Yearly Meeting on Women, Scrutinizing the Slow, Patchy Gains on Equality

    by  • March 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Bangladesh women carry bundles of sticks. SCOTT WALLACE/WORLD BANK

    Two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted an ambitious plan to improve if not legalize gender equality, women are marginally better off in many walks of life, depending on the country and urban versus rural regions. Progress has been documented across a range of categories, but setbacks have spoiled overall advances....

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    In Eastern Ukraine, Questions Abound Regarding Violence Against Women

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    A recent cease-fire seems to be holding in eastern Ukraine, promising relative relief in the region from the incessant, percussive beat of heavy artillery from Howitzers, tanks and rocket launchers with a backbeat provided by Kalashnikov AK-74s. Fighting in Ukraine’s civil war has kept people in the embattled zones on a razor’s edge since...

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    In 2014, a Year of Catastrophes, Women Still Made Some Gains

    by  • December 26, 2014 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Michelle Bachelet

    Amid the horrors that women and girls have suffered around the world in 2014 — including being forced to flee their homes by the hundreds of thousands in Syria, the sexual enslavement of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnapping and forced conversion to radical Islam of girls from schools in northern Nigeria...

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    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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