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Empowered Women Can Unlock Africa’s Dormant Development Dividends

Empowered Women Can Unlock Africa’s Dormant Development Dividends

Under-Secretary of the United Nations Zainab Hawa Bangura is the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), a position she has held since 30 December 2019. Before her current appointment, she was the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this interview with Africa Renewal’s Kingsley Ighobor, Ms Bangura discusses gender […]

Women Seeking Help From Violence Almost Doubles In Mexico Lockdown

Women Seeking Help From Violence Almost Doubles In Mexico Lockdown

The number of women and children seeking help at shelters for victims of violence has surged by more than 80% in Mexico under the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country’s largest network of shelters for victims of violence. The National Network of Shelters, which includes about 69 refuges across Mexico, also said the number of […]

U.N. Chief To World Leaders: ‘Inequality Starts At The Top’

U.N. Chief To World Leaders: ‘Inequality Starts At The Top’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday accused world powers of ignoring inequality in global institutions but said the coronavirus pandemic has created a “generational opportunity” to build a more equal, sustainable world. Delivering the annual lecture for the Nelson Mandela Foundation via the internet, Guterres pushed for a so-called New Global Deal to ensure power, […]

UN Rights Investigator Calls On S.Arabia To Free Women Activists

UN Rights Investigator Calls On S.Arabia To Free Women Activists

An investigator for the U.N. Human Rights Council urged member states on Thursday to pressure Saudi Arabia to free women activists before a G20 nations summit which Riyadh will be hosting in November. At least a dozen prominent women’s rights activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2018 as it lifted a ban on women […]

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus Lockdowns Seen Increasing HIV Risk To Women And Girls

Coronavirus lockdowns have hindered the fight against HIV infection in women and girls globally by limiting their access to education and protection from sexual violence, the United Nations warned on Monday. Governments’ focus on tackling the pandemic has also shifted attention and resources away from protecting vulnerable populations from HIV, according to a study by the Joint […]

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

UN Calls For End To Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for urgent action to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful practices carried out against millions of women and girls around the world each year. UNFPA made that call as it presented its State of the World Population report from UN headquarters in Geneva Monday. […]

World Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

World Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Background The trade-in drugs were already recognized as a global problem requiring a global solution at the beginning of the 20th century, with the first international conference on narcotic drugs held in Shanghai in 1909. Over the following decades, a multilateral system to control production, trafficking and abuse of drugs was developed. Three drug control conventions […]

Sahel Project Helps Women Raise Themselves, Their Communities From Poverty

Sahel Project Helps Women Raise Themselves, Their Communities From Poverty

 Once, Adouia Brema was a child bride forced to leave school. Today, she gives her community the gift of light. Her journey – from vulnerable teen mother to solar cell electrician – shows the remarkable feats that marginalized women and girls can achieve when they are empowered with information and economic opportunities. “I was only […]

International Widows’ Day : Rights, Dignity And Justice For Widows

International Widows’ Day : Rights, Dignity And Justice For Widows

Secretary General’s message – 2020 This year’s International Widows Day takes place as the number of deaths from COVID-19 continues to rise in many places, especially for men. This an opportune moment to focus on an all-too-often forgotten dimension of the crisis — the lives and futures of the widows left behind. The death of […]

International Day For The Elimination Of Sexual Violence In Conflict

International Day For The Elimination Of Sexual Violence In Conflict

Background Definition and prevalence The term “conflict-related sexual violence” refers to rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilization, forced marriage and any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity perpetrated against women, men, girls or boys that is directly or indirectly linked to a conflict. The term also encompasses trafficking […]

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