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Türkiye urged to reverse decision ditching women’s rights accord

New York: Türkiye’s decision to ditch a landmark international treaty to tackle violence against women and girls, could significantly set back efforts to tackle the problem, top UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Wednesday.

Put women’s rights ‘front and centre’ of climate policies: Bachelet

New York: Although climate change threatens everyone, women and girls often suffer its harshest and most violent consequences, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.

Promoting women’s rights, a ‘proven’ strategy for peace and stability

New York: The Women, Peace and Security agenda is “one of our best hopes” for a more peaceful future and a liveable planet, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday.

‘Staggering number’ of unintended pregnancies reveals failure to uphold women’s rights

New York: Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million each year worldwide, are unintended, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA.

Women and girls must lead battle against ‘widespread and interlinked crises’

New York: To forge a sustainable future for us all, “women and girls must be front and centre, leading the way”. Secretary-General António Guterres told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Monday.

Authorities urged to protect women and children following violence and protests in Sudan

New York: Authorities in Sudan must protect boys and girls from violence, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, following recent deadly inter-communal clashes in West Darfur and protests in the capital, Khartoum. 

Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence

New York: Whether at home, at work, in the streets or even online, women and girls across the world remain highly vulnerable to gender-based violence, something which the COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified, six senior UN women leaders said on Thursday.

Afghanistan: Women protest on streets of Kabul against Taliban over closure of schools for girls

Several women assembled on the streets of Kabul on Tuesday to demonstrate against closure of school for girls in Afghanistan.

‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms suppressed

New York: Gender-based violence, hate speech and disinformation are being used extensively online and offline, to chill or kill women’s freedom of expression, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Monday.

In Somalia, Deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections

New York: The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sunday, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections.  

Taliban members use tear gas to disperse women rights rally in Kabul

Kabul/UNI/SPUTNIK: The Taliban have shot in the air and fired tear gas at female activists in the Afghan capital to disperse a demonstration in support of women's rights, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.

Women ‘systematically excluded’ from COVID response, despite being worst affected

New York: Notwithstanding that women make up 70 per cent of healthcare workers globally, and have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also being “systematically excluded” from decision-making processes aimed at ending the pandemic, including government-run task forces around the world, according to the head of UN Women. 

Endemic violence against women ‘cannot be stopped with a vaccine’ – WHO chief

New York: Over the past decade, violence against women has been “endemic in every country and culture”, according to a new study released by the UN health agency on Tuesday.

Lack of women in key decision-making ‘should not be allowed’:  UN Women chief

New York: Exclusion of women in decisions that affect their lives is “bad governance [and] should not be allowed”, the UN Women chief said on Monday, International Women’s Day.

COVID-19 worsening gender-based violence, trafficking risk, for women and girls

New York: With the COVID-19 pandemic heightening the dangers of gender-based violence and human trafficking, action on these two fronts is needed now more than ever, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.