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Two children read by candle light in Gaza.
UN News Centre

The Occupied Palestinian Territory now suffers the highest unemployment rate in the world, with incomes and agricultural production going down, the United Nations trade and development agency said on Wednesday, noting that women and young people were worst affected, as the Israeli occupation continues.

The rainbow flag, commonly known as the LGBT pride flag.
UN News Centre

India's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a key section of a colonial-era law which made specific sexual acts between adults illegal. "Today is a day of gay pride, a day of celebration, a day when respect and dignity was finally restored in India for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people," Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a statement.

Eight policewomen, representing different departments of Iraq's Ministry of Interior, attended the 2018 International Association of Women Police Conference in Calgary, Canada
ReliefWeb

As Iraq continues to face complex post-conflict challenges, the importance of an inclusive dialogue on peace and security is vital. Women are an important part of that discussion, and Iraq was the first Arab nation to issue a National Action Plan based on UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in 2014.

OHCHR

Rollback and regression on respect for international human rights norms threatens the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, including women with disabilities, UN human rights experts warned today.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (left) interacts with women in Baidoa on her visit to Somalia.
UN News Centre

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s comments were made on Sunday in Baidoa, the interim capital of Somalia’s South West State (SWS), at the start of a three-day visit to the country, said UNSOM, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia.

25 November 2018 to 10 December 2018

    One in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. It happens in every country and every society. It happens at home, in schools, on the streets, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. It happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalized and goes unpunished. No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped.

    International Day of the Girl Child
    11 October 2018

      Girls are a source of energy, power, and creativity—and they can drive change and help build a better future for us all. Yet, most girls continue to face challenges, violence, and discrimination that prevent them from realizing their full potential and rights.

      Commemorated annually on 11 October, the International Day of the Girl puts a spotlight on the needs and challenges girls face around the world, while advocating for girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

      18 September 2018 to 1 October 2018

        On 18 September 2018, UN Member States will convene for the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) at UN Headquarters in New York. The annual General Debate bringing together world leaders to discuss global issues will take place from Tuesday 25 September to Monday 1 October.

        UNESCO

        The UN in Zimbabwe is engaged in a collaborative effort to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities in Zimbabwe. This 90 second clip is part of a sustained media campaign to combat discrimination and shift the negative perceptions around disabilities.

        UNICEF

        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.

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