Breaking the Silence, Violence against Indigenous Girls

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra for the launch of the inter-agency study on breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls Joint UN statement read by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women at the launch of the inter-agency study: “Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin … [Read more...]

“Critical Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises: Why Gender Matters”

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the economics symposium “Critical Perspectives on Financial and Economic Crises: Why Gender Matters” being held in New York from 21-22 January 2013 "Good morning, It is great to be here with all of you! UN Women is pleased to co-sponsor this symposium with the International Association for Feminist Economics. I would like to thank the Editors of Feminist Economics, Diana … [Read more...]

UN officials call on countries to strengthen women’s access to justice

September 2012 – United Nations officials today urged countries to implement measures to improve women’s access to and participation in justice systems, stressing that the rule of law can help break down gender barriers. “Our theme of women’s access to justice reminds me of all the women I have met who suffered terrible crimes, including sexual abuse in wartime,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his remarks at an event at UN Headquarters in New York, entitled ‘Strengthening Women’s … [Read more...]

YWCA – ‘An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade’

  Tackling Gender Inequality on Multiple Fronts: An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the World YWCA International Women’s Summit: Women Creating a Safer World, Geneva, 12 July 2011. It is a great pleasure to be here today and address this important gathering and join some of the world’s most ardent and articulate defenders of the human rights of women and girls. I want in particular to thank World … [Read more...]

YWCA – 'An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade'

  Tackling Gender Inequality on Multiple Fronts: An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the World YWCA International Women’s Summit: Women Creating a Safer World, Geneva, 12 July 2011. It is a great pleasure to be here today and address this important gathering and join some of the world’s most ardent and articulate defenders of the human rights of women and girls. I want in particular to thank World … [Read more...]

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas CONVENTION 2011

Background PBD India: One of the initiatives created by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and India’s Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) is to strengthen connections between India and its 25 million Diaspora. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, when translated from Hindi, the main official language of India, the phrase PBD means The Day for Overseas Indians. PBD is held every year (January 7-9) in India. Some of the major outcomes of PBD conventions relate to: 1.Formulation of the Overseas … [Read more...]

Food For Thought …

Food for Thought  ... The world produces enough food for everyone. (..) School meals, therefore, don’t only tackle hunger and nutrition; they benefit education, gender inequality and broader development issues (..). The idea is so simple, but hugely effective and the World Programme (WTP) knows this: it is the biggest provider of school meals in the world, and in 2008 it fed 22.6 million children across 68 countries in the developing world. The world produces enough food for … [Read more...]

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