World Pulse, WWW – Women Weave the Web

Earlier this month, World Pulse brought your voices from the WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS +10 High Level Event) in Geneva, Switzerland — one of the highest policy making platforms working on information and communication technology (ICT) for development. At the forum, we shared your recommendations from the Campaign with government officials, technology companies, and key stakeholders to advocate for the digital inclusion of women around … [Read more...]

Is this Tibet’s big chance?‏

Tibetans who refuse to fly the Chinese flag above their homes risk being beaten or shot in the latest attempt to break their spirits. But now is the best moment in ages to bring hope to Tibet's proud, but desperate people. China’s leaders are mounting an intense campaign to draw a veil over their rights abuses and persuade governments to vote them onto the UN Human Rights Council. So if enough of us shine a light on what’s going on in Tibet -- squashing an ancient religion, banning … [Read more...]

Lorre White celebrates the 5 most expensive sleeps on the planet!

5 of the most expensive places to stay in the world Have you ever wondered where the world’s most affluent people stay when they go on vacation? It’s no secret that an unlimited budget can take you anywhere in the world, but what are some of the world’s most exclusive accommodations? The following are 5 of the most luxurious places to stay in the world: Villa Bellissima VI, Tuscany Price: $19,570 per night This 800- year old farming village sits on a rural … [Read more...]

ILO and EU-Presidency welcome moves to ensure decent work for domestic workers

Labour and social affair ministers from ten countries, the President of the EU Council, Richard Bruton, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, discuss ways to support ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. GENEVA - An informal meeting of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs took place alongside the 102nd International Labour Conference in Geneva. At this meeting, jointly organized by the ILO and … [Read more...]

Lily Safra – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this power of example for all Women Taking Action. Through all the twists and turns of 'life', including family death and divorce, this woman has achieved a thriving life in the world of philanthropy that has bettered the lives of women and children in over 40 countries in areas of education, science and medicine, religion, culture, and humanitarian relief.     WOMAN of ACTION™     Lily … [Read more...]

‘When work becomes a sexual battleground’, highlighted by ILO

International Women’s Day on 8 March, which focuses on ‘Violence Against Women’, the ILO is highlighting the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace – an often subtle but disturbing form of aggression. "I felt violated and scared. Even though I said I was going to report this, I felt I could not because I thought I could easily lose my job if I told." GENEVA (ILO News) - Sisandra, 28, understands all too well the impact of sexual harassment in the workplace. As a … [Read more...]

Maternal Health, Dr. Temmerman talks to Beng Poblete-Enriquez about her priorities

Dr. Marleen Temmerman, head of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, joined the agency late last year because she believes it can play a very prominent role in meeting the unmet needs of so many women in the area of reproductive health and services. Dr. Temmerman talks to Beng Poblete-Enriquez about her priorities and recalls an early experience in Kenya where a 15 year-old pregnant girl died in her arms from a ruptured … [Read more...]

Navi Pillay calls for an end to the violence in Egypt

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called on all sides in the current unrest in Egypt "to refrain from resorting to violence and to resolve their differences peacefully." More than 50 people are believed to have been killed in Egypt since January 24th, when thousands of Egyptians took to the streets to commemorate the second anniversary of their revolution. Three days later, President Mohammed Morsi declared a state of emergency. Rupert Colville, UN … [Read more...]

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrick Maigua

An investigation carried out by the United Nations has revealed wide-ranging human rights violations committed by Congolese army soldiers and the fighters belonging to the M23 rebel group in the aftermath of the clashes for the control of Goma town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The atrocities are reported to have been carried out between 20th and 30th November in the town of Minova in South Kivu province. The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says at least 126 women, including … [Read more...]

Uruguay, the first country to ratify ILO domestic work Convention

Uruguay becomes the first to ratify the ILO’s standard-setting Convention on Domestic Workers. The international treaty aims to improve the lives of domestic workers worldwide in the face of huge decent work deficits. GENEVA (ILO News) – Uruguay has become the first country to ratify a convention the ILO adopted one year ago which aims at bringing tens of millions of domestic workers under the realm of labour standards. The South American country presented its ratification of … [Read more...]

Italy must urgently act to end violence against women, UN rights expert says

Italy must urgently act to end violence against women, UN rights expert says Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré   January 2012 – Italy must do more to protect women from violence and urgently address the underlying structural causes of gender inequality and discrimination, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned after visiting the country.Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, … [Read more...]

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

MDG Report 2011 released - NEW! The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011 was launched in Geneva by the Secretary-General on 7 July 2011. The report, which presents the yearly assessment of global progress towards the MDGs, shows that although significant strides have been made, reaching all the MDGs by 2015 remains challenging because progress has failed to reach the most vulnerable. The report indicates what is required to ensure continued progress.(Press materials) The report is … [Read more...]

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has elected the first Woman President.

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has elected the first Woman President.   The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has elected the first woman ever to serve as its President. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, from Uruguay replaces the outgoing president, Thailand’s Sihasak Phuangketkeow. She says she knows at first hand how important human rights are because her homeland, until a little over 20 years ago, suffered from a painful dictatorship.   The Human Rights Council is an … [Read more...]

Reform to Reality: Empowerment of Women in the Middle East

Reform to Reality: Empowerment of Women in the Middle East Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at a lunch event hosted by the governments of the United States, Tunisia, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, the Maldives and Norway, titled “Women’s Political Participation in the Middle East,” held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 June 2011. [Check against delivery.] I thank our hosts — the US, Tunisia, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, the Maldives and Norway — … [Read more...]

PMO(Canada) – Canada was the catalyst in 2010

  PM announces new maternal, newborn and children health initiatives   January 26, 2011 Geneva, Switzerland Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for new development projects that will save the lives and improve the health of mothers and children in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Mozambique. “Canada was the catalyst in 2010 for the renewed global effort to save the lives of mothers, children and newborns in developing countries,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The support being … [Read more...]

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