Monthly Archives: June 2012
Women’s participation in political life in Mexico has yet to reach the international commitment to women occupying 30 per cent of elected positions. But the country is at a critical time to change this. The upcoming elections on July 1, 2012 could increase women’s political representation, currently at 27 per cent in Congress, and 21 [...]
Since 2009, workshops by the Rainbow Women’s Network (RWN) have been training marginalized women in Fijian communities. Supported by UN Women’s Pacific Regional Facility Fund to end violence against women, it has helped more than 100 women deal with issues ranging from their sexual and gender identities, to HIV/AIDS awareness, violence and abuse. RWN members [...]
Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, today called on States and stakeholders to take urgent action against femicide, after the release of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences on gender-related killings at the Twentieth Session of the Human Rights Council. “Member States should strengthen their [...]
Individuals, non-governmental organizations, groups and networks are invited to submit written communications—including, but not limited to, complaints, appeals and petitions—to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with information on alleged injustices and human rights violations against women in any country. Examples of claims include arbitrary arrests of women, domestic violence, unfair employment practices [...]
When Thabita Mukamusana’s partner died shortly after the birth of their child, she raised their son without hope of connecting him to his paternal family, or his inheritance, in her village in south-west Rwanda. Because the boy had been born outside of marriage, she believed that any claim would be impossible. Yet things recently turned [...]
Message of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women in commemoration of International Widows’ Day
Message of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women on the occasion of International Widows’ Day, 23 June 2012.
Remarks of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at Rio+20 high level panel on sustainable energy for all Rio de Janeiro 21 June 2012.
Remarks of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at the Rio+20 high-level roundtable on “Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference” 21 June 2012.
At a high-level event today at the Rio+20 Conference, women Heads of State and Government signed a Call to Action with concrete policy recommendations on integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment in all sustainable development frameworks.
Opening Statement of Michelle Bachelet at UN Women Rio+20 Leaders’ Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 June 2012.