Category: Gender Equality

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


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 […]

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’ […]