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Shame and stigma prevent many rape survivors in conflict zones from reporting the horrific abuses they endure at the hands of war but the criminals whose sole aim in carrying out these horrific deeds is to torture and humiliate their enemy.
While the exact number is unknown, at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia have been subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM, according to the UN Children's Fund ( UNICEF).
A look at key results from the programme on "Accelerating Rural Women's Economic Empowerment", jointly implemented by FAO, IFAD, WFP and UN Women in seven countries, including Kyrgyzstan, where this video was filmed.
FTT-Thiaroye ovens were introduced in 2014 in Côte d'Ivoire as a simple, but efficient alternative to traditional fish smoking. Benefits for women have proven to be numerous: healthier working environment, better quality of products, extra time to attend literacy classes.
From the conviction of a Congolese warlord for crimes against humanity to Argentines taking to the streets to protest femicide to emojis getting a gender boost, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and lighter noteworthy moments from around the world this year.
Small holder farmer, Mrs Ssekide, joined the Balyejjusa farmer field school and convinced of the benefits persuaded her husband to join too. She tells her story of how successful working as a team has proven to be. In Uganda, almost 80% of households rely upon agriculture for their livelihood, and following her example could prove highly beneficial for the nation's well being.
UN Women Pakistan's '#BeatMe' campaign brings an unconventional twist to advocacy on women's rights. In a compelling paradox, the campaign showcases a woman inviting a man to beat her - but at things she is good at.
From 2012 to 2016, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, with the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, worked with governments in four countries in Asia to help them develop pro-poor policies and approaches to better manage risks and vulnerabilities faced by smallholder farmers.
"I was terrified, I was sure they'd kill me" Meet Firdau, the brave 17-year-old who escaped Boko Haram and now volunteers with UNICEF to help displaced children at the Nigeria Maiduguri Displacement Camp. Refugee and migrant children are #childrenfirst. Throughout the world, 28 million children are forced to leave their homes because of conflict and violence they did not create.
This video chronicles the work of a One UN project in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The "Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh" or LRP project, as it was known, was launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Women and the International Labor Organization (ILO), in response to the severe floods that devastated the area in 2010.
Every day after school, 30 girls meet at the Olympic Vila of Mangueira-one of 22 public spaces with free sports facilities managed by the municipality in the north of Rio de Janeiro-to play basketball. They range in age from 10 to 14 and come from different neighbourhoods, schools and backgrounds.
In Thailand, FAO is working with local authorities to empower communities and improve their livelihoods by developing local value chains. This video tells the story of a group of women in one such community, in the village of Mok Cham Pae in Mae Hong Son province.
Eugenie Zohole and her family fled Abidjan after the violence in 2012. After arriving in Mapussie in the west, Eugenie joined a UNICEF-supported mothers' group which brought together women from different ethnicities. The women farm together and with support from UNICEF have built an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in their village.
This video shows how the members of the FAO-Dimitra Clubs in Niger and DR Congo have succeeded in improving their livelihoods and highlights the momentum they have created at community level. The video also explores the collaborations between the clubs and other development actors, such as rural institutions.
This video shows how Dimitra Clubs play an important role in helping women gain self-confidence and in building their capacities to become leaders in their communities. "Women Leaders" is part of a series that illustrates the impact of Dimitra Clubs, a successful gender-transformative approach developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
This video focuses on the achievements of three female farmers - Ms Eliza (dairy farmer from Sirajganj), Ms Monawara (shrimp farmer from Satkira), and Ms Shipra (landless farmer from Sherpur) selected for their achievements on FAO projects in different parts of the country.
Event webcast of the UN's official commemoration of International Women's Day 2016, New York, USA, on the theme "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".
Emma Watson delivers an inspiring address on International Women's Day at the HeForShe Arts Week launch.
In 2014, UNFPA launched Action for Adolescent Girls (AAG), a 12-country initiative aiming to empower some of the world's most marginalized girls, in partnership with the UN Foundation. One of its projects is in Udaipur district, India.
Gender considerations are relevant to the achievement of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in multi-facted ways. This infographic takes a look at how.
Weddings are supposed to be joyous and festive occasions, but this one is anything but a fairytale. About 15 million girls will be married as children this year - their right to a childhood ripped away. This video produced with Bridal Musings, one of the world's most influential wedding blogs, aims to put a spotlight on this grim reality.
Actor Daniel Craig visits the UN Mission in Cyprus in his role as Global Ambassador for the elimination of land mines and explosive hazards. Cyprus is the only UN mission with all-female leadership, including Force Commander Kristin Lund and Head of Mission, Lisa Buttenheim.
This five-minute video shows how the FAO Dimitra Clubs in Niger have been crucial in ensuring women's access to land and water, while contributing to nutrition, food security, gender equality and reducing rural poverty at the same time.
A recent study by the OECD Development Centre shows that gender-based discrimination in social institutions hampers economic growth.
Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trail blazers. Explore a small selection of these women and learn what the reality still is today for many women and girls worldwide.
In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas?