In India, 47 percent of women age 20-24 married before they were 18. In rural, tribal regions of Udaipur district, the rate of child marriage is 56 per cent. Few of the area's girls are enrolled in school, and most are expected to work on their homes and land from dawn to dusk - like their mothers and grandmothers before them.
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Today, as we celebrate International Women's Day, we affirm that when it comes to Getting to Equal by 2030, The Future is Now. Last year the United Nations adopted a transformative agenda - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
International Women's Day celebrations on 8 March will mobilize people around the world to call for a Planet 50-50 by 2030. UN Women is organizing a series of diverse, high-profile events in over 40 countries, where ordinary citizens, activists, musicians, athletes, students, security personnel, scholars and stock exchange officials will be among those who commit to "Stepping It Up for Gender Equality."
The 2030 agenda on sustainable development will stand on the environmental commitments that underpin it. But they are directly linked to our ability to stand up to gender equality.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”, is well-aligned with the ambitious Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, which integrates gender equality and women’s empowerment as a cross-cutting theme across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 targets, making it clear that equality and empowerment are a necessary part of a sustainable future.
International Women's Day is a global celebration of all women, everywhere. It is a rallying call; both for reflection on lessons learned and for accelerating momentum towards gender equality and the empowerment of every girl and woman.
2015 saw countries across the world agree on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. For UNESCO, these are a single agenda for advancing human rights and dignity, for eradicating poverty, for protecting the planet.
#StepItUp4Gender, #PledgeForParity is the theme for International Women’s Day 2016. Beyond just talking, purposeful action needs to be taken by women and men together to advance gender parity. The focus of IOM’s intervention in 2016 as co-leader of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster is contributing to the prevention of and response to GBV throughout its interventions in camp and camp-like settings.
On International Women's Day 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reaffirms its unwavering commitment to gender equality and empowerment for the hundreds of millions of women and girls across the globe who have left their homes, whether by force or by choice, and often in search of a better life.
In every field of human endeavour - science, law, politics, and many others - women have made incredible contributions. Across the globe, however, the daily story of millions of women and young girls is too often not one of success, attainment and accomplishments; instead, it is a frightening story of alarming discrimination, economic disparity and appalling violence, including sexual violence.
In Cox's Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, WFP's project Enhancing Food Security (EFS) provides opportunities for ultra-poor women to take on a new role in their households and communities. From 2012 to 2014, Hasina and her family took part in EFS.
For millions of women and girls around the world, gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights remain elusive. For instance, nearly 14 million children are forced into marriage every year; that is 37,000 girls being denied their fundamental human rights every single day!
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, strongly condemns the murder on 3 March of indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her home in the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras.
Despite an increase in the number of women Speakers of Parliament, the number of female parliamentarians across the world rose by only 0.5 percentage points in 2015, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today reported, dashing hopes that gender parity in parliament could be achieved within a generation.
"I was unaware of the fact that young people have the right to decide freely on matters related to their sexuality and that sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights," said Barun Kuinkel, age 17, after attending a sexual and reproductive health outreach session led by a peer educator from Y-PEER Nepal.
As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. "They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again," my mother explained.
This year's celebration of International Women's Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in that Agenda as intrinsic to progress.
On 26 February, a Guatemalan court convicted two former military officers of crimes against humanity against 11 indigenous Q'eqchi' women who were subjected to sexual violence, sexual and domestic slavery, the forced disappearance of their husbands, as well as the murder and cruel treatment of a woman and her two small daughters.
Almost 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about 8 million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). In the run-up to International Women's Day on 8 March, the UNESCO eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education shows that girls are still the first to be denied the right to education despite all the efforts and progress made over the past 20 years.
On the occasion of International Women's Day (8 March), the International Labour Organization (ILO) will publish a new report entitled " Women at Work: Trends 2016", and hold an interactive panel discussion on how to harness the newly adopted 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to deliver on decent work for women.
In the framework of its support to Ebola recovery, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) donated a generator to the Koinadugu Women Vegetable Farmers’ Cooperative.
The United Nations agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response today called on the international community to celebrate individuality, as it observed Zero Discrimination Day, stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the world. The theme of year's Day is 'Stand Out,' and encourages everyone to stand for fair and just societies.
On a bleak, cold day in late February, hundreds of refugees, bundled in winter coats and carrying bulging bags and baskets, stream into the Tebanovce transit centre, stationed on the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.
Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, United Nations experts tasked with monitoring implementation of a landmark UN convention on ending discrimination against women heard today.
Thousands of women in Fiji rely on income gleaned from selling produce or handicrafts at local markets to pay for their children's education and day-to-day living expenses. Tropical Cyclone Winston's destruction of crops and market buildings not only takes away their source of income, it threatens the food security of entire communities, as well as having wider implications for their families' health, nutrition and education.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF today launched a joint initiative to increase protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe. The agencies plan to scale up 20 Child and Family Protection Support Hubs, known as "Blue Dots," along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to invest in securing women's rights to land and other productive resources, developing their capacity to boost food production and creating more wealth for family farmers, while preventing and minimizing food losses and waste.