"Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions." These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones.
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Massive event commemorates International Day of Peace, celebrates women's empowerment and resilient communities Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017 President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women's HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined with UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women's roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities.
An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence - the most common form of violence against women in the Arab world - was spotlighted this week at the United Nations regional commission, based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017 Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 Bafana Khumalo and the team of Sonke Gender Justice, thank you for this evening.
In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls' secondary education around the world.
Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre for the past 31 years.
Central African Republic: Sexual Violence as Weapon of War Widespread Rape, Sexual Slavery by Armed Groups (New York) - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women's involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off today under the leadership of two United Nations offices.
Myanmar Rohingya abuses may be crimes against humanity, UN rights experts warn CEDAW and CRC have called on the Myanmar authorities to immediately stop violence in Rakhine, and to promptly and effectively investigate and vigorously prosecute cases of violence against women and children.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN's women's health agency.