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 "I was so desperate, I had lost hope. Committing suicide seemed the only escape from the abuse, back then," Fatima* said in an interview earlier this month. "I didn't know how to handle the pain." A mother of eight, Fatima has been married for about two decades.

 

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From the rise of the #Metoo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women and the conviction of the 'butcher of Bosnia' for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women's rights and gender equality from around the world this year.

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UN Women under the Young Women and Leadership Project (YWLP) implemented in partnership with FOWODE. From the training, she got to understand issues of gender equality and the equal roles men and women have to play towards achieving peace and development.

 

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At only 19, Michelle Zeledón, from the north of Nicaragua, has been through a lot. She watched her father beat her mother, and endured years of his verbal abuse. "One time, during the Holy Week, my dad tried to kill my mother," she told UNFPA.

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A 48-hour Hackathon in Sarajevo brought gender and tech experts together with youth from all around the country to generate new tech solutions to combat violence against women and girls. Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 Throughout 16 Days of Activism, UN Women reached out to the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, asking them to generate ideas for technology solutions that would help prevention of violence against women and girls.

 

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Early spring seeps through grimy windows, lighting a small unkempt apartment. The place is so dirty that Bibinur begins to feel nauseated. She finds a clear spot to sit down with Almagul, who recently gave birth to a baby boy.

 

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India - When a 13-year-old girl in the remote village of Darbhanga, in India's Bihar State, overheard her parents planning to marry her off to a 15-year-boy the very next day, she had little hope to stop it. Child marriage is a deep-rooted norm in her community.

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Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri was among top six diplomats and luminaries to receive the inaugural Diwali "Power of One" award at an award ceremony held at the UN Headquarters on 11 December.

 

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During her first visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain on 6 December, during the 16 Days of Activism, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated a UN Women programme office in the UN House.

 

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A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement.

 

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I am honored to receive the 'Power of One' Award from the Diwali Foundation USA and would like to thank and congratulate the founder, inspiration and personification of this concept Ranju Batra and her equal half Ravi Batra.

 

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"I was at the lowest of lows, at the very bottom, when I found this UN Women programme," says 60-year-old Blah Pauline Ninhouet, from Korhogo, a region in the northern part of Cote d'Ivoire.

 

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Sexual violence against women and girls in conflict-affected countries[ 1] is being used as a tactic of war, with devastating consequences for women across the globe.

 

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Senior UN officials are calling for an end to violence against women and an end to impunity for sexual abuse.

 

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The freedom to be who you are and love who you choose is a fundamental human right.

 

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'SheFighter' Self-Defence Stokes Self-Confidence in Refugee Women Refugee women are at heightened risk for gender-based violence during the difficult experience of forced displacement. In Jordan, one group is getting a chance to learn self-defense a "SheFighter" technique that also focusses on building the women's self-esteem.

 

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Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan has completed her two-day visit to South Sudan where she witnessed firsthand the complexity and scale of the South Sudan crisis and met internally displaced people who shared their experiences with her.

 

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In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to "leave no sister behind" by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.

 

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The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down that relationship, it also destroys the trust communities have in the Organization.

 

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With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world's youngest country.

 

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I started to feel quite sick, says 40-year-old Darlene*, describing a period in her life a few years ago. After going to a health centre, I was referred to a hospital where I was hospitalized for several weeks.

 

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As the hurricane season ends in the Caribbean, and three months since Hurricane Irma caused the entire island of Barbuda to evacuate, Farmala Jacobs, Acting Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda says the devastating hurricanes across the Caribbean this year

 

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Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence A 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

 

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The border between Bangladesh and Myanmar is the site of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. Over 620,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Rakhine State in Myanmar have arrived in Cox's Bazar District in just three months. With more refugees arriving every day, settlements are overflowing.

 

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Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence A 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

 

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The past two days really have been a wonderful time for us to take the legacy of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel Report on Women's Economic Empowerment a step forward and to implement the recommendations.

 

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Thank you very much to our moderator, Her Excellency Hala Mohammed Jaber Al Ansari, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Women.

 

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It's a familiar, age-old story; family members who leave home in search of a job, a better life and new horizons.

 

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Voicing concern over proposed amendments to laws governing marriage in Iraq - in particular the ambiguity over the legal age of marriage - senior United Nations officials called on the country to ensure adequate protection for children across Iraq.

 

 

In the third post of the online violence against women series, Dr Michelle Ferrier - founder of Trollbusters - explains the consequences of online abuse for women journalists and how the absence of redress has changed the way they approach their work. For many journalists, critiques and insults are a badge of honor.

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