Reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called for investment in women and girls, decrying gender inequality as perhaps the most pervasive disparity around the world.
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Women and girls across the world continue to confront ferocious violence, discrimination, harassment and even murder. For these victims, living in every country and drawn from every section of society, life is often filled with despair and misery. The scars of violence are not always visible.
Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday, calling for collective global action on this cause.
This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence under the theme of "Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls". A host of public events-from marches, exhibits, and concerts to sporting
"That's what's left of my teeth after my husband beat me," Ameera* said at a women's shelter in south-western Yemen. She held out three white shards, which she keeps as evidence for her divorce proceedings. "He hit me so hard he broke my teeth and nose," she told UNFPA.
Following a visit to Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a United Nations envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.
Today in Vancouver, at the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a new initiative, named after the trailblazing Canadian feminist icon Elsie MacGill, to help increase women's participation in peacekeeping operations. In the same
Empower women and girls, support survivors through adequate services so that they can rebuild their lives and stop violence from reoccurring Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestine Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip and works in the Shari'a court.
Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her.
At 16 years of age, Maysam Hamed found herself in the women's prison in Jordan. Her crime was that she had run away from child abuse at her father's house, and had found herself on the streets, until the authorities took her in for administrative detention.