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08/22/2019

Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not ye...
19:00, 08/01/2019

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’ Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in fa...
19:56, 07/27/2019

The voices of Afghan women ‘must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond’ UN deputy chief tells Security Council Afghan women have “paid a high price” during their country’s conflict over nearly the past four decades, the United Nations deputy chief told the Secu...
22:28, 07/26/2019

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-lev...
01:56, 07/17/2019

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of t...
01:14, 07/16/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by ...
22:28, 06/25/2019

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ending rape in war, Khashoggi, forced displacement, North Korea and Mali On Wednesday, these are the main stories: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict; the UN independent investigator for th...
00:42, 06/20/2019

Yemen: maternal and newborn health ‘on the brink of total collapse’, UNICEF alerts After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is “on the brink of collapse”, the UN Children’s Fun...
22:00, 06/14/2019

Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and ...
22:00, 06/03/2019

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at risk because of “catastrophic” and prohibitive healthcare costs before, during and after ch...
18:00, 06/03/2019

For global Parenting Month, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’ Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said that June is about supporting parents ...
14:56, 06/01/2019

Are robots sexist? UN report shows gender bias in talking digital tech Why do most voice assistants have female names, and why do they have submissive personalities? The answer, says a new report released on Friday by UNE...
01:56, 05/18/2019

Countries must up their game to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weights which put their health at risk, ...
02:42, 05/16/2019

International Day of the Midwife: 5 things you should know Why are midwives important? What impact have they had on mothers’ and babies’ health? As the United Nations celebrates midwives across the world on Su...
22:28, 05/05/2019

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence From #MeToo to #HearMeToo, the fight to end violence against women continues as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman, joined survivors, activis...
19:14, 04/28/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Heeding the call for women’s rights around the planet Women and activists have been reflecting on the progress made across the world in 2018 in reducing discrimination and inequalities based on gender and...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after f...
19:14, 04/28/2019

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma After fleeing her home in Macina, a small village in central Mali, where she was due to be forced into marriage against her will, 16-year-old Fatouma ...
19:14, 04/28/2019

With millions of girls ‘at risk’ today of genital mutilation, UN chief calls for zero tolerance Female genital mutilation, is “an abhorrent human rights violation” still affecting women and girls around the globe, UN Secretary-General Antonio Gut...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief Young female African coders are “on the front-line” of the battle to change traditionally male power relations and bring about a more equitable balanc...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Engaging women and girls in science ‘vital’ for Sustainable Development Goals Boosting the number of women and girls entering careers involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is vital to achieving the Sustaina...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Pregnant, nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine, UN health agency announces Reversing an earlier decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Without ‘transformative shifts,’ women will wait two centuries for gender equality “I think it's almost a joke that it will take the world so long to create women empowerment, particularly as we know that there’s an economic upside i...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Easing fears and promoting gender equality in Chad’s girls-only classrooms A teacher holds up a drawing of an adolescent girl who has just been caught unawares by her first menstruation cycle, while at school. She’s addressin...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Break taboo around menstruation, act to end ‘disempowering’ discrimination, say UN experts A group of seven United Nations rights experts issued a clarion call on Tuesday to break the taboo around menstrual health for women and girls that pe...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Women still struggle to find a job, let alone reach the top: new UN report calls for 'quantum leap' Women’s job opportunities have barely improved since the early 1990s, UN labour experts said on Thursday, warning that female workers are still penali...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Women’s empowerment ‘essential to global progress’ says Guterres, marking International Day Women’s empowerment and gender equality are “essential to global progress”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed in his message ...
19:14, 04/28/2019

International Women's Day: Empowering more women decision-makers ‘essential’, says Guterres Under the theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, the United Nations hosted its flagship event celebrating International Women’s Day on...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Annual UN women activists’ summit opens with focus on services, infrastructure A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South Sudanese woman who dreams of hav...
19:14, 04/28/2019

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 E...
19:14, 04/28/2019

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a T...
19:14, 04/28/2019

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide Bridging the ‘gender digital divide’ is about more than ensuring that women and girls have basic access to the Internet and cell phones; it means prov...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a ...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Gender equality, justice in law and practice: Essential for sustainable development Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, accord...
19:14, 04/28/2019

UN commission agrees roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities The UN body exclusively dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment wrapped up its annual session on Friday evening with agreement ...
19:14, 04/28/2019

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 adv...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows Average life-expectancy globally has increased by five-and-a-half years since the turn of the century, and women outlive men “everywhere”, the World H...
19:14, 04/28/2019

More than four in 10 women, live in fear of refusing partner’s sexual demands, new UN global study finds More than four in 10 women in 51 countries surveyed, feel they have no choice but to agree to their partner’s sexual demands, the UN sexual and reprod...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Women must be at ‘centre of peacekeeping decision-making’, UN chief tells Security Council Women’s rights, voices and participation must be at “the centre of peacekeeping decision-making”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria v...
19:14, 04/28/2019

Change attitudes for future generations of women in tech, UN urges   When women and girls are empowered with technology, the whole world benefits. That’s one key message from the International Day for girls in the field...
19:14, 04/28/2019

A world first: Women at the helm of every UN Regional Commission Although United Nations Regional Commissions have been in existence for more than 70 years, for the first time ever, each one is currently headed by a...
19:14, 04/28/2019