Yearly Archives: 2012
From the ratification of a United Nations convention on domestic worker rights to landmark laws on harassment to the conviction of a former president for war crimes, this timeline is a snapshot of some of the gender equality achievements in 2012. View timeline »
UN Women joins Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in expressing deep sorrow at the death of the Delhi student who was gang-raped on a bus on 16 December and utterly condemning this brutal crime.
After being attacked with a knife by in-laws, Shehnaz Bano filed a case under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act – a move that allowed her to escape the spiral of abuse and likely saved her life.
Indira Jaising, Executive Director of Lawyer’s Collective-Women’s Rights Initiative, a UN Trust Fund grantee, discusses a new documentary about the Domestic Violence Act in India.
With new statistics and colourful graphs, the newly launched Gender Chart 2012 tracks progress and the gender equality dimensions of each of the eight Millennium Development Goals.
The United Nations General Assembly today passed unanimously a resolution banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. This significant milestone towards the ending of harmful practices and violations that constitute serious threat to the health of women and girls was taken by the 194 UN Member States, who approved five General Assembly resolutions today on advancing women’s rights, including one on intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations (FGM).
New Delhi and Bangalore, India — Wipro Limited has pledged its support to strengthening women’s role in the organization and has joined six other leading Indian firms as a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). CARE India, Global Compact Network and UN Women are leading the charge in India to encourage private sector companies [...]
Statement by Anne F Stenhammer, Regional Programme Director, UN Women South Asia, on the gang rape of a Delhi student.
“I could not eat the remaining food that had been eaten by all of the family from the same big plate, so I survived on bread and black tea for 15 days,” recalls Maya Gurung, a Nepalese migrant worker, describing her first job as a domestic worker in Kuwait.
Stakeholders’ Forum concludes with a call to Governments to commit to ending violence against women and girls
“The time is now for Governments to translate international promises into concrete national action. We all must do better to protect women and prevent this pervasive human rights violation, but Governments and leaders must lead by example”, said Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the closing session of the Stakeholders’ Forum for preventing and eliminating violence against women, held at UN headquarters from 13–14 December, 2012.