United Nations human rights experts have welcomed the release of 21 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram and called upon Nigerians - particularly their families and local communities - to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation.
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The world's future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding - or contracting. As these girls approach puberty, they may begin to exercise more independence and explore new interests.
Marking the International Day of Rural Women, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that rural women are critical to the success of almost all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they all "have gender equality and women's empowerment at their core."
Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at "Girls Speak Out" event on International Day of the Girl Child, ECOSOC Chambers, United Nations Headquarters.
Girls are the sometimes-hidden change-makers of the present and future, and to make sure their voices are heard, the United Nations is marking the International Day of the Girl Child by calling on governments, civil society groups, and communities to provide more and better gender data to so that in the sustainable development era, no girls are left behind.
Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016.
MAKONDE, Zimbabwe - Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe. But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, she was able to start a thriving business and return to school.
Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi's past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.
The International Day of the Girl is marked each year on 11 October to recognize girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year, find out how the Techno Girl programme is giving girls in South Africa the opportunities they need to build careers in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Ahead of International Day of the Girl Child, world renowned actress travels to Malawi to meet with traditional chiefs and girls freed from early marriage.
Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or fragile settings. Yet women's reproductive health needs are not considered priorities in humanitarian response.
On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities recommitted to fast-tracking gender equality at UN Women's HeForShe second anniversary event.
BISHKEK - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Embassy of Japan today participated in a ceremony to provide equipment to support food-processing businesses and rural women's entrepreneurship across seven rural communities in the Kyrgyz Republic. The food processing equipment is part of a US$490,000 contribution from Japan to economically empower over 2,000 vulnerable rural households, primarily women.
Globally acclaimed Danish actor and star of HBO's Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster-Waldau kicked off his role as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme by refereeing the world's first amateur women's World Cup soccer tournament in New York.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking.
Under the Chairmanship of Kenya, the UN Peacebuilding Commission today adopted a historic Gender Strategy. This makes the PBC the first inter-governmental body within the United Nations to adopt a gender strategy, according to UN Women.
Noting that national policies often tend to treat women and girls with disabilities as helpless objects of pity or allow them to be treated in that manner, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has stressed that, instead, they need to be empowered and allowed to enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms, as any other person.
GENEVA – States too often fail to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, treating them or allowing them to be treated as helpless objects of pity, subjected to hostility and exclusion, instead of empowering them to enjoy their fundamental human rights and freedoms, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has said.
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2016 - UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world's access to water, the UN children's agency stressed that the opportunity cost of lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women.
NAMPULA Mozambique - "Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant," 16-year-old Amelia Abadala Salimo told UNFPA.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The nightmares have gone. But the memories remain. Yolande Mabika remembers running for her life when rebels attacked her home in Bukavu, eastern Congo more than 20 years ago. She was eight. That was the last time she saw her family. They had scattered in other directions.
The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers.
Most stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) stressed today as it launched three new publications to help countries address and strengthen their classification, review, and investigation processes on these deaths, which are unrecorded or underreported.
SA'ADA, Yemen - Civilian fatalities are mounting in Yemen, with some of the deadliest episodes of violence taking place in the last two months. UNFPA estimates over 400,000 pregnant women are caught in the conflict, requiring essential and sometimes urgent health services. Sa'ada Governorate has seen some of the worst of this fighting.
The day of birth is potentially the most dangerous time for mothers and babies. Every year, worldwide, 303,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn. Most stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth.
BEIRUT, Lebanon - As a transgender woman, Nadia* long struggled to find acceptance in her native Iraq, where years of abuse culminated in her abduction by an extremist militia targeting transgender people. "They tortured us and beat us severely," she says, recalling how some of her peers had their orifices sealed up with glue.
KAMPALA, Uganda - Talking about sexual and reproductive health is not easy, especially in the conservative corners of Uganda. But the girls of Buddo Secondary School found a powerful way to address the issue: poetry.
Vowing to "fight" to the end to see that all perpetrators of rape and violence against women and girls in crisis-torn South Sudan are held to account, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today said it is extremely important for the Government to take all necessary action to put an end to such crimes.
KHANKE, Iraq - "Do not blame me for repeating my story, as what happened to me is the unforgettable story of my life," Golleh*, a Yazidi woman, said. She had been abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Da'esh), and enslaved for eight months.