Category: Gender Equality

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 […]

Wrapping up African trip, UN deputy chief vows to ensure displaced women return home in dignity

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (left) and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka lead high-level mission to Mugunga Camp for internally displaced people, in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: UN News/Lulu Gao

The United Nations deputy chief wrapped up her visit to two African countries – Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where today she stressed the importance of women’s participation in peace, security and development processes. The final day’s itinerary for Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed included a visit to the Mugunga camp for […]

Sexual violence in conflict ‘legitimate threat’ to peace and security – UN deputy chief

A woman stands in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today. “Sexual violence in conflict is no longer seen as ‘merely a women’s issue’ […]

Strengthening the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Mother and child, in a refugee camp in Chad’s Lac Region. The Department which deals with tackling sexual explotation mentioned it will work closely with Member States to conduct DNA tests to establish paternity and ensure recognition of the rights of mother and child. Photo: UNICEF/ Tremeau

Following his analysis of the report of the High-Level External Independent Review Panel on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeeping Forces in the Central African Republic, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute of the United States as Special Coordinator on improving the Organization’s response to sexual exploitation and abuse, in […]