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Over the course of the past decade, there has been "a paradigm shift" in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on international peace and security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council during a high-level debate on Tuesday.

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On 25 April, UN Women is joining girls around the world to mark International Girls in ICT Day, drawing attention to the critical need for more girls and women in the ICT sector.

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Nino Nanitashvili was just 18 when she became the only girl in Georgia involved in a Google developer group. She went on to found Women Techmakers, which encourages women to explore new roles in IT.

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The mind behind Nasra is Habso Mohamud, a 24-year-old former refugee from Somalia. Habso’s real life is very similar to Nasra’s fictional one, and she shares both stories with schoolchildren at readings across the United States. Habso is clear on the message she wants to transmit: “Don’t give up on yourself and don’t give up on your dreams, no matter where you are or what circumstances in life that you might come across.”

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The world is changing at lightning speed. Addressing complex and highly interconnected human development challenges requires new points of view, fresh partnerships, innovative approaches, and questions about our assumptions. Are we-grant makers and project implementers-working in the most effective and efficient ways? Are we responding to the real needs of women who are furthest behind?

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Panos Moumtzis, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis made the "special plea" to journalists in Geneva, noting that 75,000 people now shelter in Al Hol camp, after fleeing ISIL extremists.

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Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes-in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization.

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Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

ReliefWeb

An in-depth look at how the deadly storm and flooding have disrupted the schooling of half a million children in southeast Africa - and the efforts to rebuild. First comes the shock and the terror. Then the fight for survival - to find food, water and shelter, and to avoid diseases.

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This appeal to support the work on 'Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises' is in line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies' commitment to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in disasters and other emergencies as outlined in the 32nd International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Resolution (32IC/15/R3) on "Sexual and gender-based violence: Joint action on prevention and response" adopted in 2015.

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A new training project in southeast Bangladesh to promote self-reliance among women in communities hosting refugees as well as among Rohingya refugee women has become operational in Cox's Bazar. The project is potentially a game-changer for women in these communities. It is being supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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Only the encouraging murmurs of a trainer who checks on their progress break the silence of the focused women. They are mainly widows or other women heading their households alone. Ranging in age from 18 to 40, most had never learned how to sew before.

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Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women's rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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More than 3,500 children, most of whom were aged 13 to 17, were recruited by non-state armed groups between 2013 and 2017 and have been used in the ongoing armed conflict in northeast Nigeria - UNICEF said today ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Chibok abduction.

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FEZ, Morocco - "I was forced to leave home with my baby in my hands," Khadija, 42, told UNFPA. When she finally decided to divorce her husband after over 10 years of suffering abuse, she thought her agony would end. She was wrong.

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Reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever, says UNFPA's flagship report, State of World Population 2019, released today. Yet despite these gains, vast numbers of women around the world are not empowered to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies.

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"Whether it's homicide, road accidents, suicide, cardiovascular disease - time and time again, men are doing worse than women", said Dr. Richard Cibulskis, main author of WHO's World Health Statistics Overview 2019.

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    Role models empower girls to envision a future through sport. Many kinds of sport, especially football, is seen as something for men. Women athletes, with our talent, and with our work, we show that sport that can be practised by both men and women.

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    Humanitarian photographer Giles Duley won a prestigious Amnesty International Media Award for his powerful series depicting the plight and resilience of Congolese female refugees in Angola at the annual ceremony in London on 3 April.

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    Po Chun Liu, 40, is the first woman international baseball umpire from Taiwan, Province of China. She was awarded this year's World Trophy at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport Awards, co-hosted by UN Women and the IOC, for her advocacy for female empowerment through sport.

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    From killing and maiming, to recruitment, sexual abuse and abduction, "violence against children in armed conflict can take many forms", said Secretary-General António Guterres, in a special message delivered at the launch of a new UN advocacy campaign on Tuesday - Act to Protect Children Affected by Conflict.

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    Speaking at the event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “As the Secretariat of the Elsie Initiative Fund, UN Women is committed to creating an enabling environment that allows and encourages uniformed women to serve in peace operations. The funds provided by Canada and other Member States will help to boost the number of women participating in decisions and actions relating to their own security, and that of their communities, and ensure that women’s unique perspective is included, whether they are in the field or at the peace table."

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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.

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    As the full extent of destruction caused by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa continues to be assessed, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday it was in "a race against time" to protect women who bore the brunt of the storm as they tried to save their households and livelihoods.

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    Two major initiatives of UN Women-"Making Every Woman and Girl Count" and " Buy from Women" are receiving significant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women.

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     "I wanted to explore an issue a lot of women face. We'll just be talking about 'can women have it all?'-which is of course a question that society poses every so often, similar to things like:'are women funny'; or 'does she have to talk'; or 'can a woman have a family and a career and friends and soccer'?

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    MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi - Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughout Malawi and Mozambique were already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding.

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    Laws that promote gender equality "will help the Arab region move forward on the issue of justice and equality for women", Jordan Ambassador to the UN Sima Bahous, told UN News after chairing the forum centered around the study with the same name: Gender and Law Justice, Evaluation of Laws Affecting Gender Equality in the Arab States.

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    Reaffirms access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure for women and girls as key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 More than 5,200 women and men representing civil society, along with at least 1,850 delegates from governments attended this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN's largest gathering on women's rights issues.

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