Category: Gender Equality

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 […]

World must implement pledges on women’s empowerment and rights – UN Women deputy chief

Working alongside her male team member, a woman employee checks the quality of work at a dam under construction in Sri Lanka. Photo: World Bank/Lakshman Nadaraja

Speaking at a consultation in preparation for the Commission on Status of Women, a body exclusively dedicated to promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, a senior United Nations official has called for sustained commitment and leadership to ensure a successful outcome of the Commission. “We are at an important [juncture] in the achievement of […]

Respecting gender parity and geographical diversity pledges, SG-designate Guterres appoints core team members

Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The United Nations Secretary-General-designate, António Guterrestoday announced that he will be appointing Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN deputy chief, on his assumption of office as the ninth chief of the global Organization in January 2017. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is currently the Minister of Environment of Nigeria, where she steers the country’s […]