Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. "Our society does not accept to get pregnant out of wedlock," she explained recently to UNFPA.
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Congresswoman Gloria Reyes is a strong advocate for increasing women's political participation and recently backed a law against child marriage in the Dominican Republic. She participated in a regional forum organized by UN Women from 9 to 11 of October, focusing on abolishing child marriage in the
Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, the first-ever UN advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse on Friday highlighted her role to give those who have suffered "visibility" and amplify their voices.
"She is the daughter I dreamed to have," says Nargiza. "When I reach into the incubator, I touch her hands, her legs, to give her my love."Inside the incubator rests little Omurkal - Nargiza's first child - who was born at 30 weeks.
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the sector of the manufacturing sector on 25 October.
MOZYR, Belarus - When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya is in a wheelchair - and so is her husband, Zhenya, 36.
In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as "nofotane". Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 - 3 December to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women's
Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, "they are not helpless," they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development.
Addressing challenges faced by women in the world of work is a key theme for a United Nations forum on leveraging the power of partnerships to drive the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Your fear is controlling you," instructor Amany Abdel-Aal told a roomful of women at a Wen-Do self-defense class, held in a cheerfully painted youth center on the outskirts of Cairo. The students - most of them Syrian refugees - nodded in agreement.
Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a
At the Security Council today, a senior United Nations official called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women's participation at all levels and help ensure UN peace efforts are stronger and more sustainable.
Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security.
To amplify the voices of women, women human rights defenders and women's organizations in conflict-affected settings, UN Women has convened a group of 12 Champions on Women, Peace and Security and Human Rights.
Aurélie Roche-Mair is the Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office, where she manages the International Criminal Justice Programme. As a member of the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster, Ms. Roche-Mair served as the Gender
Recent weeks have seen several high-profile cases of gender-based violence splashed across headlines. Millions of women around the world have demanded an end to these abuses - and, increasingly, people are calling for men to take action as well. In the remote villages of Imishli District, in Azerbaijan, men doing just that.
Women leaders and experts gathered at the UN Headquarters to discuss issues of masculinities, violence against women, and women's participation in peace and justice in transitional societies. With 2 billion people across 35 countries and territories affected by fragility, conflict and
In the lead-up to UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, experts discuss what it takes to document and investigate conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes and pathways to justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Syria.
Nominations are now open for the four categories: Woman of the Year, Young Woman of the Year (deadline 8th December), The Sue lloyd-Roberts Media Award (deadline 31st January) and the Champion Award (deadline TBC). Please nominate the migrant and refugee women who deserve this award and recognition.
The side event held as part of the Global Compact on Refugees thematic discussions focused on: "The centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for the formulation of the global compact on refugees."
The report finds that in ruralAfrica, women born during extreme droughts bear the marks throughout their lives, growing up mentally and physically stunted, undernourished and unwell because of crop losses. New data shows that women born during droughts also have less education, fewer earnings, bear more children and are more likely to suffer from domestic violence.
Unless progress is accelerated, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region's prosperity, the United Nations children's agency has said.
Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children's television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages.
On 27 October 2017, the UN Security Council will convene its annual Open Debate on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UN Security Council resolution 1325 recognized for the first time in 2000, the role of gender equality and women's leadership in international peace and
"I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much," said Natalia, 19, in Alieu, the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby. "I had no education about this at school. No lessons at all related to this topic.
Meet Hikmah Bafagih, from Malang in East Java, Indonesia. University professor, community organizer, peace-builder, Counsellor, mother, wife-Bafagih has many roles. She is also a religious leader, steering the women's wing of the biggest Muslim organization in Indonesia. Her vision is to create an
October marks World Food Day, a reminder to the international community of the criticality of treating food security as a 21 st Century priority if sustainable development, peace and security and the realization of human rights are to be achieved.
Sepur Zarco was the first case of conflict-related sexual violence challenged under Guatemala's penal code. It was also the first time that a national court anywhere in the world had ruled on charges of sexual slavery during an armed conflict-a crime under international law. In its path-breaking