"I often watch boys playing cricket on this ground. But today I caught a glimpse of girl cricketers in action," said Irfan Darji, a 13-year-old spectator at the final match in a trailblazing girls' tournament in Tulihawa, Nepal, on 26 October.
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Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old.
Human trafficking and exploitation are rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar to seek safety in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, according to interviews and community focus groups conducted in the district's makeshift settlements by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.
Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #MeToo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A
"Many girls flee their homes with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing," says Apaisaria Kiwori, as she instructs the designated cooks to stir the pots of red kidney beans and rice for dinner.
Pari Ibrahim, 27, is the founder and Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), an independent, non-profit organization that provides services for women survivors of the violent ISIS attacks on the Yezidi community, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
There is hardly a woman or a girl, in urban and rural areas alike, who has not experienced sexual harassment or the threat of sexual violence in public spaces. Unwanted sexual remarks and jokes, groping, indecent exposure and many other forms of sexual harassment are often trivialized and rarely
Every eleventh woman in Georgia has experienced domestic violence. Many of them cannot leave abusive relationships due to financial dependency. The Adjara Group, a signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles, an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, is recruiting survivors and
Jana Mustafa is a former employee of an international NGO and a survivor of violence. She lost her job due to an abusive marriage and experienced years of physical and psychological violence. She got a divorce with the legal help of the Hayat Centre in the Gaza Strip.
Raphaela Barbosa, a handball player from the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aspires to play for Brazil's national team one day. She believes that female athletes must be more visible, so that society changes its attitudes about men and women.
More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant
"If you find yourself in a place that allows you to make a real difference in other women's lives, obstacles will not stop you anymore," says Ayah al-Wakil, a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip.
More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for
Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among women in South Sudan, which has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. UNICEF and partners are providing maternal medical kits to health facilities across the country to help more women have safe and healthy births.
In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia's far north-east, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. "I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant very young," she explained. "It's my job to warn them of danger signs."
A changing climate poses risks for all of humanity. However, for women and girls in particular, many of whom spend a disproportionate amount of time searching for food, fuel and water, or struggling to grow crops the differentiated impact is tremendous. In fact, when disasters strike, women are more
The planet is under threat. From human-caused greenhouse gas emissions to the overexploitation of the earth's natural resources, unsustainable production and consumption patterns pose a risk to all of humanity.
In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, showing the heightened vulnerability of people living in the Pacific Islands, where climate change has led to a series of increasingly severe cyclones in the recent years. With farms, markets, including the Rakiraki Market and its
Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. "Our society does not accept to get pregnant out of wedlock," she explained recently to UNFPA.
Congresswoman Gloria Reyes is a strong advocate for increasing women's political participation and recently backed a law against child marriage in the Dominican Republic. She participated in a regional forum organized by UN Women from 9 to 11 of October, focusing on abolishing child marriage in the
Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, the first-ever UN advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse on Friday highlighted her role to give those who have suffered "visibility" and amplify their voices.
"She is the daughter I dreamed to have," says Nargiza. "When I reach into the incubator, I touch her hands, her legs, to give her my love."Inside the incubator rests little Omurkal - Nargiza's first child - who was born at 30 weeks.
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the sector of the manufacturing sector on 25 October.
MOZYR, Belarus - When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya is in a wheelchair - and so is her husband, Zhenya, 36.
In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as "nofotane". Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 - 3 December to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women's
Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, "they are not helpless," they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development.
Addressing challenges faced by women in the world of work is a key theme for a United Nations forum on leveraging the power of partnerships to drive the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Your fear is controlling you," instructor Amany Abdel-Aal told a roomful of women at a Wen-Do self-defense class, held in a cheerfully painted youth center on the outskirts of Cairo. The students - most of them Syrian refugees - nodded in agreement.
Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a