Category: Gender Equality

Brazilian officer a ‘stellar example’ of why more women are needed in UN peacekeeping

Training gender advisors and focal points in the Central African Republic (CAR) has earned a Brazilian United Nations peacekeeper a special gender advocate award, it was announced on Tuesday. Secretary-General António Guterres will bestow naval officer, Lieutenant Commander Marcia Andrade Braga, with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award during the 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial conference due to be held […]

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns

  There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. The former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs who leads the 193-member world body, pointed […]

Joint UN-Red Cross appeal to end rising sexual violence as a weapon of war

  Sexual violence in conflict – and the stigma that survivors often face – must be addressed urgently, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a joint appeal for more funding and international action, together with the head of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer. Describing how he was “frequently horrified” by the first-hand accounts of survivors […]

UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new Congress as ‘historic victory’

The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, said in a statement on Thursday. A total of 277 women ran in the so-called mid-term elections for the […]