KENYA prepares to go to the polls on Monday

March 2013 – As Kenya prepares to go to the polls on Monday, a senior United Nations official has called on authorities to ensure the protection of civilians, especially women and girls, recalling that thousands of cases of rape and other forms of sexual assault were documented during the violence that followed the 2007 elections. “I urge the authorities in Kenya to ensure that civilians of all ethnic and political backgrounds can exercise their right to vote in safety and security, and to … [Read more...]

UN urges Government of Papua New Guinea to Take Action

“We note with great concern that this case adds to the growing pattern of vigilante attacks and killings of persons accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea,” Ms. Pouilly said. February 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Papua New Guinea to Take concrete Action following reports that a 20-year-old woman accused of sorcery was burnt alive in front of a crowd, noting that this is the latest in a “growing pattern” of such attacks. “We urge the Government … [Read more...]

Pan-African Parliament, UNDP and OHCHR hold African Region

INFO: LIVE STREAM / African Regional Dialogue on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework Governance central to ensuring sustainable development in Africa and globally Pan-African Parliament, UNDP and OHCHR hold African regional dialogue on governance and post 2015. Sustainable development relies on inclusive and responsive systems of governance. Any international commitment to achieving sustainable development and to eradicating poverty is also a commitment to strengthening rule … [Read more...]

CEDAW turns 30 ~ Celebrating on July 9th ~ United Nations Headquarters, New York

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Women and OHCHR will host an event to celebrate its work. The event will highlight the Committee’s work on the protection and promotion of women’s human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and will include a special focus on women’s political participation and leadership. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the … [Read more...]

Statement of Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary- General and UN Women Executive Director 2012

  Michelle Bachelet Statement at 2012 First Regular Session of UN Women Executive Board Statement of Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary- General and UN Women Executive Director at First Regular Session of UN Women Executive Board 24 January 2012. President, Distinguished Delegates, Allow me to first wish all of you a Happy New Year. It will not surprise you to hear me say that my special hopes are for the women of this world! I hope that this year, no matter how … [Read more...]

“Son preference” Perpetuates Discrimination/Violations of Women’s Rights

14 June 2011 – Five United Nations agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence. "Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of women's human rights," says a statement issued by the agencies, which have … [Read more...]

The International Day Against Homophobia – May 17, 2011

International Day Against Homophobia May 17 marks the 8th International Day Against Homophobia . As a gay man, this day allows me to reflect on the effect of homophobia and the way it intersects with HIV/AIDS. I want to remember that the impact of homophobia can lead to HIV risk-taking behaviors. Homophobia may keep people from getting information about HIV, and it may keep them from getting tested, or seeking the treatment and support services they need. I want to remember David … [Read more...]

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