Ahead of International Day of the Girl Child, world renowned actress travels to Malawi to meet with traditional chiefs and girls freed from early marriage.
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On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities recommitted to fast-tracking gender equality at UN Women's HeForShe second anniversary event.
This video chronicles the work of a One UN project in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The "Livelihood Restoration, Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Peasant Communities in Sindh" or LRP project, as it was known, was launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Women and the International Labor Organization (ILO), in response to the severe floods that devastated the area in 2010.
The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers.
Every day after school, 30 girls meet at the Olympic Vila of Mangueira-one of 22 public spaces with free sports facilities managed by the municipality in the north of Rio de Janeiro-to play basketball. They range in age from 10 to 14 and come from different neighbourhoods, schools and backgrounds.
The first High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, themed "Ensuring no one is left behind," will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York, from 11 to 20 July.
The men at the factory would stare at me and tell me that I was old enough 'to be eaten. I was the newcomer. Walking the small distance from my sewing machine to the toilet used to be very uncomfortable.' New women coming to work at the factory often experienced harassment.
Tunisia's Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for "horizontal and vertical" gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law.
Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009.