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The Italian Government violated a woman's "human right to health" after a law which denied her the right to refuse fertility treatment she had previously agreed to, "led her to undergo a forced pregnancy", the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) said on Wednesday.

UN Women

On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a high-level side event on "Accelerating the elimination of harmful practices to reap the demographic dividend in Africa" convened Member States, civil society, youth and development partners to discuss decisive measures to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the continent.

Rohingya refugee girls participate in classes on sexual and reproductive health and life skills at a UNFPA-supported safe space in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The space offers a place to connect with peers and gain support, car

Women and girls make up nearly half of the 258 million people worldwide who have crossed international borders to escape danger or pursue opportunity. Amidst unprecedented levels of forced displacement – with 68.5 million people driven from their homes by the end of 2017 – about half of refugees, too, are women and girls.


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.

UN News Centre

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.

ILO participatory gender audit facilitator certification
29 May 2017 to 7 July 2017

Master the participatory methodology chosen by leading international and national institutions to self-assess their gender capacities. In this advanced course, we shall be exploring innovative methods. Participants will explore participatory gender auditing (PGA) tools and their versatile use in small and large organizations. 

Deadline for application: 28 April 2017

Including diversity and preventing discrimination
22 May 2017 to 26 May 2017

Workplaces are becoming increasingly diverse and this can bring benefits to organizations, individuals and societies. But diversity inclusion presents challenges that must be understood and addressed. In this training course, we will analyse the various aspects and root causes of discrimination in the world of work and discuss strategies for overcoming barriers to workplace equality, promoting diversity inclusion and helping organizations identify common values and purpose.

Deadline for application: 9 April 2017

Empowering UN System Gender Focal Points
24 April 2017 to 19 May 2017

This training course, which is delivered both online and residentially in Turin, will provide UN system gender focal points with an introduction to the UN gender architecture and explore strategies and tools for identifying and addressing gender equality obstacles within the UN. It will examine gender mainstreaming tools (such as gender markers and the UN system-wide policy on gender equality) and their concrete application and build a community of practice within the UN to foster discussion and sharing of good practices.

Deadline for application: 10 March 2017

Gender and organizational change
24 April 2017 to 28 April 2017

How can organizations become gender responsive and transformative? The presence of more women does not automatically mean greater equality. This ITCILO course analyses success stories and barriers, and goes deeper by looking at gender as part of an organizational change management strategy rather than a stand-alone item on the agenda.

Deadline for application: 10 March 2017

Gender Academy 2017
13 November 2017 to 24 November 2017

In this two-weeks hands on course, enjoy a unique, engaging experience, and the opportunity to work with ILO experts, academics and practitioners from all over the world on gender equality in the world of work, particularly in a development context.

Participants will: