Shame and stigma prevent many rape survivors in conflict zones from reporting the horrific abuses they endure at the hands of war but the criminals whose sole aim in carrying out these horrific deeds is to torture and humiliate their enemy.
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While the exact number is unknown, at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia have been subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM, according to the UN Children's Fund ( UNICEF).
From the conviction of a Congolese warlord for crimes against humanity to Argentines taking to the streets to protest femicide to emojis getting a gender boost, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and lighter noteworthy moments from around the world this year.
UN Women Pakistan's '#BeatMe' campaign brings an unconventional twist to advocacy on women's rights. In a compelling paradox, the campaign showcases a woman inviting a man to beat her - but at things she is good at.
"I was terrified, I was sure they'd kill me" Meet Firdau, the brave 17-year-old who escaped Boko Haram and now volunteers with UNICEF to help displaced children at the Nigeria Maiduguri Displacement Camp. Refugee and migrant children are #childrenfirst. Throughout the world, 28 million children are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and violence they did not create.
Every day after school, 30 girls meet at the Olympic Vila of Mangueira-one of 22 public spaces with free sports facilities managed by the municipality in the north of Rio de Janeiro-to play basketball. They range in age from 10 to 14 and come from different neighbourhoods, schools and backgrounds.
Eugenie Zohole and her family fled Abidjan after the violence in 2012. After arriving in Mapussie in the west, Eugenie joined a UNICEF-supported mothers' group which brought together women from different ethnicities. The women farm together and with support from UNICEF have built an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in their village.
This video shows how the members of the FAO-Dimitra Clubs in Niger and DR Congo have succeeded in improving their livelihoods and highlights the momentum they have created at community level. The video also explores the collaborations between the clubs and other development actors, such as rural institutions.
This video shows how Dimitra Clubs play an important role in helping women gain self-confidence and in building their capacities to become leaders in their communities. "Women Leaders" is part of a series that illustrates the impact of Dimitra Clubs, a successful gender-transformative approach developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
This video focuses on the achievements of three female farmers - Ms Eliza (dairy farmer from Sirajganj), Ms Monawara (shrimp farmer from Satkira), and Ms Shipra (landless farmer from Sherpur) selected for their achievements on FAO projects in different parts of the country.
Event webcast of the UN's official commemoration of International Women's Day 2016, New York, USA, on the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".
Emma Watson delivers an inspiring address on International Women's Day at the HeForShe Arts Week launch.
In 2014, UNFPA launched Action for Adolescent Girls (AAG), a 12-country initiative aiming to empower some of the world's most marginalized girls, in partnership with the UN Foundation. One of its projects is in Udaipur district, India.
Gender considerations are relevant to the achievement of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in multi-facted ways. This infographic takes a look at how.
Weddings are supposed to be joyous and festive occasions, but this one is anything but a fairytale. About 15 million girls will be married as children this year - their right to a childhood ripped away. This video produced with Bridal Musings, one of the world's most influential wedding blogs, aims to put a spotlight on this grim reality.
Actor Daniel Craig visits the UN Mission in Cyprus in his role as Global Ambassador for the elimination of land mines and explosive hazards. Cyprus is the only UN mission with all-female leadership, including Force Commander Kristin Lund and Head of Mission, Lisa Buttenheim.
This five-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial in ensuring women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security, gender equality and reducing rural poverty at the same time.
A recent study by the OECD Development Centre shows that gender-based discrimination in social institutions hampers economic growth.
Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trail blazers. Explore a small selection of these women and learn what the reality still is today for many women and girls worldwide.
In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas?
Rwanda is the first country in the world where women hold a parliamentary majority and new laws have given women rights to land, employment opportunities and education. Now, in the most remote parts of the country, gender equality is going a long way to reducing poverty.
Not that long ago on Zanzibar island, you would never have seen a woman earning her own income or making decisions in the home. Now, through education, women have found equality in their work, homes and communities.
Kidnapped at the age of 11, Zara and her sister remained under Boko Haram control until the Nigerian army recaptured their hometown of Maiduguri, when she was freed. Zara is one of 1.4 million children uprooted by this conflict across the region.
This six-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial to ensure women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security and gender equality, thereby reducing rural poverty. The transformative approach of the Dimitra Clubs induces behavioral changes in various aspects of daily life for individuals, households and communities in rural areas.
Shot in Chad, this music video reflects on child marriage, a reality that is common throughout several developing nations. The country’s high child marriage rate ranks third globally, with 68% of girls married as children. Song | RL Grime - “Always” from his debut album ‘VOID’.
Children who are excluded from education often face multiple and overlapping disadvantages. They are poor, rural and often girls. In this data interactive a clearer picture is drawn on why they are out of school.