Category: Gender Equality

‘Don’t let adults off the hook, keep raising your voices;’ Kids ‘take over’ UN for World Children’s Day

Secretary-General António Guterres and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake with Children’s Activists for UNICEF World Children’s Day. UN Photo/Kim Haughton 20 November 2017 – It’s official, kids have taken over… at least for today – World Children’s Day – celebrated annually on 20 November, which this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration of […]

#MeToo movement stems from impunity and culture of silence, senior UN official writes

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Casual indifference to sexual harassment is unacceptable, the head of the United Nations entity mandated to promote gender equality today said, urging women and men to change their response to acts of sexual aggression. In an opinion piece, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, pointed to the “pain and anger” of […]

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

Graphic from the Saudi Communication and Media Center on 26 September 2017 explaining that women are allowed to drive. Photo: Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars in the country. In a tweet, the UN chief noted that ending the restrictions represents an “important step in the right direction.” According to reports, under the new law, women can legally obtain a driving licence without asking a male […]

With annual general debate over, time has come for action, UN Assembly President says

72 General Debate – 25th of September  2017

PGA opening GA72 on Monday

The United Nations General Assembly wrapped up its 72nd annual general debate today, with its President underscoring prevention of conflicts before they break out, support for UN peacekeeping, sustainable development, and respect for human rights and gender equality among the major priorities raised by the 196 Heads of State, Government and delegations. “You reaffirmed your […]

Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

Health workers supported by UNICEF and the Directorate of Health visit a newborn and her mother in their shelter in Debaga displacement camp in Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq’s healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies. “Although progress has been made to lower maternal mortality rates, there has been slow headway in reducing the mortality rates for children […]