UN Women responds to girl’s death

The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world’s most powerful economies—and two-thirds of its poorest people. Rich in political, cultural and other forms of diversity, it faces common challenges from stark socioeconomic disparities, including those linked to gender. Many countries have made formal commitments to gender equality, but implementation is undercut by a variety of factors, from limited resources to inconsistencies in upholding laws to upheaval from natural … [Read more...]

Commission on the Status of Women, 10 to 21 March 2014

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in … [Read more...]

CSW58 (2014)

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session. Themes Priority theme: Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls. Review theme: Access and participation of … [Read more...]

DESA, Key events for development in 2014

Looking ahead at key events for development in 2014 As 2013 came full circle, DESA News got an exclusive interview with the department’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Wu Hongbo, who shared some of the past year’s gains as well as some highlights for an eventful and action-packed new 2014. “We will discharge our mandates […] and do whatever we can to make our work a success next year,” said Mr. Wu. During an intense and activity-filled 2013, UN DESA has worked in many … [Read more...]

Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas

UN Women: National Program on the Promotion of Green Inclusive Production Chains Managed by Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Areas   … [Read more...]

Gender and Corruption

Is corruption different for men and women? For decades, gender sensitivity has been part of project design in a range of international development and assistance programmes, including anti-corruption efforts. The concept simply acknowledges that different policies and programmes have differing impacts on men and on women. But has enough been done to make programme design practices gender-sensitive? And do we need women-specific anti-corruption projects? The UN Development Programme … [Read more...]

16 Days of Activism Campaign, Debi Nova

For the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, I am taking action with my friends at Say NO – UNiTE to end violence against women and girls. I wear orange because I want women in violent relationships to know that there’s a way out. It can happen to anyone! I was in a relationship that was violent. It took me years to speak about it. I got out, because I have a great support system in my family. A lot of people don’t have this kind of support, and I want to let them know that they are not alone. … [Read more...]

Call to Action: UN Women pledges to protect Women and Girls

Call to Action: Executive Director pledges UN Women commitment to protect women and girls in emergencies Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka pledged the strong commitment of UN Women to protect women and girls in emergencies at an international meeting on 13 November in London. At the Call to Action event, “Keep Her Safe”, organized by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), she pledged that UN Women would work with partners to ensure that women’s rights and needs are … [Read more...]

UN WOMEN: Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs

Reminder @ UN WOMEN As the 2015 target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, a wide range of activities are being undertaken by UN Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, research institutions and others on identifying the shape and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda. The MDGs encapsulate eight globally agreed concrete goals, with time-bound targets and indicators for measuring progress in the areas of: poverty … [Read more...]

7 Million Girls in Poor Countries Give Birth Before 18

LONDON/UNITED NATIONS, New York — Motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where every year 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth, according to The State of World Population 2013 , released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Of these 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of maternal death and obstetric fistula, … [Read more...]

International Day of Rural Women celebrated OCT 15!

The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. It recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and … [Read more...]

Coming Together in Support of the UN‏

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation speaks at the UN Foundation lunch on the Millennium Development Goals. The World Convenes in Support of the UN As people around the world gathered in New York for UN General Assembly week in late September, the UN Foundation helped connect them with ways to support the UN on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Your voice was an important part of this global conversation. From maintaining momentum toward the … [Read more...]

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