October 25, 2021 14:01 (IST)
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‘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.

The pandemic is fuelling slavery and sexual exploitation, UN experts warn

New York: The COVID-19 pandemic has played into the hands of slavers and traffickers and requires stronger government measures to prevent exploitation of vulnerable people, more than 50 independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Monday. 

UN expert calls for urgent action to end ‘pandemic of femicide and violence against women’

New York: COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a “pandemic of femicide” and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings. 

UN rights experts call for release of Saudi activist championing women’s right to drive

New York: The deteriorating health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is “deeply alarming”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with “all other women human rights defenders in detention”.

Women the ‘driving force’ for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief

New York: The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 underscores need to deliver on promise of landmark women’s rights conference

New York: Unless countries act now, the COVID-19 pandemic could erase recent “fragile progress” towards gender equality, the UN Secretary-General warned on Thursday, urging governments to put women at the centre of recovery and response.

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout

New York: The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chief

New York: Young women are fighting interconnected battles for “environmental, economic and racial justice”, the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.

Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

New York: The collective impact of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict mean that well over 200 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance by 2022, the UN’s deputy rights chief said on Monday.