On its opening day, a major United Nations forum on the peaceful uses of outer space, was issued a clear challenge to break through the so-called "glass ceiling" that prevents women and girls from achieving their full potential; especially in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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There are 92 countries which lack national policies ensuring that new fathers get adequate paid time off, to spend with their newborn babies. "Positive and meaningful interaction with mothers and fathers from the very beginning, helps to shape children's brain growth and development for life, making them healthier and happier, and increasing their ability to learn," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Addressing a leading forum on development in Brussels, known as European Development Days, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said that the joint Spotlight Initiative was a key element for making Goal 5 on women's empowerment, of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a reality.
The case of Noura Hussein Hammad Daoud, a Sudanese teenager convicted of fatally stabbing the man she was forced to marry, after he had allegedly raped her, highlights the country's failure to tackle the tragedy of early and forced marriage, marital rape and other discrimination and violence against women and girls, the United Nations human rights office said.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has denounced the abduction of more than one hundred school girls by suspected Boko Haram insurgents during an attack on an educational institution in north-eastern Nigeria and called for their safe return to their families.
The United Nations is launching a 24-hour helpline to enable staff to call out sexual harassment in the workplace, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. "The helpline is a 24-hour resource for UN Secretariat personnel to speak confidentially with an impartial and trained individual who can provide information on protection, support and reporting mechanisms," said Mr. Guterres in his email sent to staff members.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) today launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change with partners from the private sector, the academia and non-governmental organizations to encourage innovation and technology work better for young women and girls around the world.
At the opening of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations officials today highlighted the progress made in achieving gender equality, while calling on the world to do much more to fight for women and girls' rights.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to put the victims who were drafted by Japan as so-called "comfort women" during the Second World War at the centre of any resolution of the issue, following a meeting at United Nations Headquarters with one of the victims.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented to the Security Council special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. "I am determined that the United Nations must least by example.