UN IN THE NEWS

Promoting girls’ empowerment through sport in Afghanistan

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 08:07 AM PDT

UNICEF and the YICC have created a girls’ volleyball, hockey and football team – the latter has 16 members and is affiliated with the Afghanistan Football Federation – with the goal of engaging girls in community development and peace-building.

DR Congo/South Kivu: Campaign to fight stigmatisation of victims of sexual violence

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 08:06 AM PDT

South Kivu is one of the worst affected Congolese provinces by cases of rape and violence against women. A significant number of victims do not report the abuse for fear of stigma and rejection.

Abandoning Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation in the Afar Region of Ethiopia – 08 April 2010

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 02:44 PM PDT

AWASH, Afar Region, Ethiopia — A smile formed on Dohra Ali’s face when she recalled what her eldest daughter asked her a couple of years ago. “Mother, is there a place in this world where FGM is not practised where I could go to?” At the time, the question came as an affront to Dohra, who was herself one of the women in the community who did the cutting. Thinking back, Dohra says the words of her daughter were prophetic. A campaign to abandon female genital mutilation/cutting was begun in the region right about that time – in the year 2000. The campaign was mainly spearheaded by religious leaders, who worked tirelessly to inculcate an understanding among their more conservative counterparts, clan leaders and the community at large that the practice is not supported by Islam. This came as news to many, who had grown up with the idea that it was a religious requirement.

Gender Equality for Smarter Cities: Challenges and Progress

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 02:43 PM PDT

Overview of gender mainstreaming at UN-HABITAT and the issues behind the work. UN-HABITAT, 2010

UN-led campaign to provide affordable health care for Indian women

Posted: 07 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Tens of thousands of Indian women and their families will have access to quality maternal and child health-care services thanks to a partnership announced today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a chain of small hospitals in India for low-income clients.

Making Women’s Voices Heard in Sudan Elections (News)

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 02:48 PM PDT

UNIFEM has worked to strengthen the capacities of women as candidates and voters in the presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections in Sudan on 11-13 April, set to be the first multi-party national poll in 24 years. UNIFEM has extended direct advisory support to the National Elections Commission (NEC) through a Gender …

Lesotho: UNICEF Executive Director launches ‘Facts for Life’

Posted: 11 Apr 2010 05:19 PM PDT

MASERU, Lesotho, 9 April 2010 – During a visit to Lesotho, a country entirely landlocked by South Africa, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman this week launched ‘Facts for Life’, a publication that delivers life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence.

Financial Crisis Should not Hinder Efforts to Improve Health, Reduce Poverty, says UNFPA – 12 April 2010

Posted: 12 Apr 2010 02:33 PM PDT

UNITED NATIONS — In a statement delivered to the opening ceremony of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development by Purnima Mane, a UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Obaid called for the funding gap for reproductive health, especially family planning, to be urgently addressed to meet development goals, improve health and reduce pove

Sharpening the focus on gender in agriculture

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 07:16 AM PDT

Protecting the property rights of women and children in Mozambique

ESCAP Urges Recognition of Women’s Informal Work as Crucial to Improving Women’s Rights across Asia

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 07:11 AM PDT

With rising numbers of women employed in the informal sector of the economy in all Asian countries, the United Nations is urging recognition of the importance of shifting away from economic and social models casting these women as faceless “workers” to a new model recognizing the value of the women’…

UN Secretary-General Launches Global Effort on Women’s Health – 14 April 2010

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 12:06 PM PDT

UNITED NATIONS — With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is announcing the development of a Joint Action Plan for accelerating progress on maternal and newborn health. “No woman should die bringing life into the world,” said Secretary-General Ban. “We must create a seamless continuum of care that helps to improve the health of women from pregnancy through childbirth and builds the foundation for a healthy society.”

Empowering women to boost African development

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 12:06 PM PDT

In Sub-Saharan Africa, progress toward achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment has been modest, but several countries have been spearheading policies that address women’s needs

FAO publishes new tool kit on gender in agriculture

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:04 PM PDT

In a bid to sharpen the focus of anti-hunger efforts, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a tool for gathering more accurate information on differences between men and women in agriculture.

Investing in women can lead to progress on all development goals, says Migiro

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General has called for greater investment to ensure the health and wellbeing of women, stressing that healthy women can lead to better families and societies, and help achieve the globally agreed development targets with a 2015 deadline.

UNIFEM and Government of Spain Sign Significant Three-Year Agreement to Promote Gender Equality Worldwide (Press Release)

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

The Government of Spain and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today signed a three-year Strategic Partnership Framework for almost EUR 100 million (€99,500,000) to promote gender equality worldwide. The agreement was signed by Miguel Ángel Moratinos, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Inés Alberdi,

Mexico leads countries in UN ‘Blue Heart’ human trafficking campaign

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Mexico became the first country today to launch a national version of the United Nations-led “Blue Heart” campaign against human trafficking, which is regarded as one of the most lucrative forms of illegal activity for criminal groups.

New study shows significant drop in maternal deaths

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 05:00 PM PDT

A new study published in the medical journal the Lancet found that, for the first time in decades, the number of women dying each year from pregnancy and childbirth had significantly drop. Researchers estimate that maternal deaths fell from 526 300 in 1980 to 343 900 in 2008.

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