In today's world, gaps in wealth have grown shockingly wide. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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SHISELWENI, Swaziland - More than one in five adults in Swaziland are HIV-positive, according to the most recent data, and the rates are highest among women. Despite these dangers, young people - and young women in particular - often lack the information and services they need to keep themselves safe.
Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination. And in too many places, the burdens of inequality fall hardest on the youngest.
Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse - and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about five kilometres from the city of Marawi, in the Philippines, where fighting continues to rage between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups.
Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa
A scurry of activity greeted visitors at one of Antigua's two largest temporary shelters, National Technical Training Centre, which houses around 70 Barbudans displaced by Hurricane Irma. Shelter manager Samantha Burnette appeared with her phone in hand and a large, welcoming smile.
Warning that the horrific accounts of rape and sexual assault against Rohingya women and girls fleeing unrest in Myanmar could be "just the tip of the iceberg," the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) underscored the need to ensure that such violence is prevented and called for additional resources so that it can reach all those in need of assistance.
"My husband and I agreed to use family planning and not have more kids, but he was pressured by our family and I got pregnant again," said Ahlam, a mother of two in Yemen, earlier this year.
Large-scale displacement and a health system in tatters as a result of persistent violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group have left many - most worryingly, pregnant women and their unborn babies - vulnerable to cholera in the wake of an outbreak in August, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned
Yana, 25, was three months pregnant when she fell sick with cholera just days ago. "I was already suffering, but then I started bleeding, and the baby is gone now," she told UNFPA in one of the tent wards for cholera patients at a displacement camp outside Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's conflict-scarred Borno State.