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Rome — Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

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The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe's shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future.

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KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia - Women in Cambodia's Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed. Statistics for the whole of Cambodia are not much better.

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In five rural districts of Battambang and Siem Reap provinces in Cambodia, Banteay Srei, a local women-led NGO works with the poorest, most marginalized women-including those who are illiterate or single mothers-to help them improve their livelihoods. Twenty-year-old Vern Chantha is one.

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CAVITE, Philippines - Seven months ago, Mae Esparcia, 30, gave birth to her first child, Maria Carmen. After her delivery, Ms. Esparcia, a garments factory worker at Hamlin Industrial Corp. in Cavite, Philippines, decided to start using contraceptive pills, which she received for free - from her workplace.

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    Whether they are single, married, separated or widowed, women must be able to enjoy the inviolable right that they are not dependent on anyone, the United Nations has said, marking International Widow's Day.

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    The first "blockchain hackathon", co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Dita* never imagined that she would be a single mother at the age of 33. But after enduring 10 years of an abusive marriage, she found herself alone and struggling to raise two children. Her husband had seemed nice enough at first.

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    In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance

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    Drawing attention to the harrowing traumas of child victims of sexual violence, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for greater recognition of the fact that it is "not OK" for children to be touched inappropriately as well as for raising awareness among youngsters that under-age sex can lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

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    The United Nations population agency today urged governments and development partners to expand midwifery programmes and promote an environment where midwives can effectively serve the needs of women and their families.

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Elizabeth was exhausted after four hours of contractions at the Petite Place Cazeau clinic, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Finally, with gentle guidance from the midwife, she gave one last push. Stifled cries filled the delivery room. The nurse presented a baby girl to the new mother.

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    From rude comments and unwanted touching and groping to rape and murder, sexual violence and harassment has reached pandemic proportions, according to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which recently launched a campaign in Mexico City to tackle the issue on public transport.

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    ADEN, Yemen - Thirteen-year-old Hosson is a ninth grade pupil at 26 September School in Malla district, Aden. She is one of the top performing students in her class, and loves to teach younger children maths. But despite her academic success, she is regularly bullied by her classmates.

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    LUSAKA, Zambia - "I have seen girls become pregnant, become victims of violence and become HIV-positive, and I don't want to become one of those girls," said 13-year-old Lydia Mwelwa, a student at Kabulonga Basic School in Lusaka, Zambia's capital. "I'm happy they have taught us in school how we girls can protect ourselves," she added.

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    In 2012, Malala Yousafzai made headlines all over the world when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on the right of education for girls. But instead of silencing her, the brutal attack only served to embolden the Pakistani teenager, who has used her voice to promote the right of every child to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.

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      Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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      UN Member States today committed to ensure women's full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women's right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development.

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      "The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." So said Rose Schneiderman, a prominent trade union leader of the early 1900s. That's the motto of Bread and Roses, whose founders Sneh Jani and Olivia Head believe in helping refugee women to flourish through training and employment.

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      SANA'A, Yemen - On 26 March 2015, the conflict in Yemen dramatically escalated. Two years later, it has become one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated 18.8 million people - two thirds of the population - are in need of some kind of assistance or protection, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Needs Overview.

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      Sixty-three-year-old Soledad Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children.

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      The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues.

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      Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district's first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. 

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      New York/ASSIUT, Egypt - "I will soon be the happy mother of a baby girl," Shaimaa Ahmed Ali told UNFPA in Egypt last summer. "I will definitely not have her circumcised. My husband and I agree on that. She will grow up to be a strong and healthy girl!"

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      Gender parity at all levels - political, cultural, economic and social - is a "central objective" and must be based on women's empowerment, Secretary-General António Guterres told women's rights activists and civil society representatives today during a town hall-style discussion at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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      Women's voices are still missing from the executive branches of governments and parliaments worldwide, slowing achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations agency tasked with supporting gender equality today said at the launch of a visual representation of women's political empowerment.

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      UNITED NATIONS, New York - "I've been a priest for 25 years. During this time, I've met a lot of families ready to terminate their pregnancy just because of expecting a girl," said Giorgi Ugrekhelidze, a religious leader in Georgia. "In most cases, men push their wives to make this decision."

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      With women being paid an average of 23 per cent less than men, the United Nations has launched a high-profile network to call for equal pay for work of equal value.

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      Welcome and thank you all for being here. I would like to share three simple messages with you today. My first and most important message is one of gratitude: a deep and heartfelt thank you. I thank you and salute you for raising your voices for women's equality and dignity around the world.

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      With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today.

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