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Yangon, Myanmar - Midwife Daw Aye Myint is the first health professional to ever be based in Htamakaut, a remote village in the rural Magway region. She arrived there only 11 months ago. Risks are high for mothers and infants in the area, where reproductive health care is sorely lacking.

UN News Centre

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that some 77 million of the world's newborns - or 1 in 2 - are not breastfed within the first hour of birth, depriving them of essential nutrients and antibodies and thus exposing them to an increased risk of death.

UN News Centre

While the gender ratio between female and male diplomats at the United Nations is becoming more balanced overall, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014 to four in 2015 to just one this year.

9 March 2016

The theme for this year's Commission on the Status of Women is "Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development". In this context and to celebrate International Women's Day, the gender team at the OECD Development Centre is organising a high-level event on 9 March, 15:00–17:00 Paris time, on "Gender Equality, Social Norms and Inclusive Growth".