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8 March 2016

    The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations, through the Regional Coordination Mechanism, will observe the day in the Asia-Pacific region on 8 March, building momentum for the effective implementation of Gender Equality principles and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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      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.

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      The United Nations is working to ensure that the victims involved in four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have access to the help they need, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

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      Atefah "Atti" Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times - a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife and an iPhone.

      11 February 2016

        To commemorate the very first observance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a High-Level Forum will be held on 11 February 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters by The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT) and DESA-DSPD. You can register here.

        6 February 2016

          The 2016 theme for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female  Genital Mutilation is "Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030."

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          In a region where women still struggle to close the gender gap, Morocco stands out. In the past ten years it has enacted laws to eliminate discrimination against women and guarantee gender equality. But how do these laws make a difference in remote rural areas?

          UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2016 UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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          Hailing vital commitments the African Union (AU) has made on human rights and women's rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the continent's leaders to move on from setting standards to what he called "the three I's" - Implementation, Institution-building and Investment in real change - and set a shining example for the wider world.

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          United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment to provide leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world.

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          After a vicious ten-year war which has left a devastated people, courageous women are now taking the lead to rebuild - from a vegetable farm to the whole country. 

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