Yearly Archives: 2012
On National Women’s Day, UN Women congratulates the Government and people of Tunisia on their leadership in women’s empowerment and gender equality
On National Women’s Day, UN Women recognizes and applauds the historic role Tunisia has played in the region as a pioneer for gender equality and women’s rights.
Conversations have taken a livelier turn at dinner tables across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), according to one young Bosnian woman. “We live in patriarchal community in BiH, and during family meals there are often discussions about what men and women should do – about women’s obligations at home,” says project coordinator Nejra Kadic, 23, with [...]
When it comes to mobilizing youth, a good Tweet goes a long way, or in China, as the case may be – a good Weibo message in 140 characters or less. Add the voice of a young celebrity or two to the mix, and you could have yourself a critical digital mass. “Social media can [...]
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the High Level Ministerial meeting ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development’ Rio de Janeiro, 20 June 2012.
The ruling made by the International Criminal Court this week regarding reparations to victims in the case of convicted former Congolese militia commander Thomas Lubanga reflects a growing recognition in international law that justice must go beyond mere prosecutions and a focus on perpetrators to include an equal focus on victims’ rights to redress and reparation.
Since 2010, the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality has worked to help amplify the voices of FIMI members in international decision-making spaces, as part of a programme to strengthen the advocacy networks and governance systems of indigenous women.
The gathering in a well-lit Sierra Leone classroom comes off as remarkably joyful. “By my side… by my side…” chants a group of vibrantly-clad women, swaying and clapping in unison. “No longer men in front and the women at the back, but women and men walking side-by-side.” In Makeni, Sierra Leone’s fourth-largest city, a mobile [...]
Writing women into the budget: FYR Macedonia welcomes its first strategy on gender-responsive budgeting
The government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has taken a vital step towards gender equality by adopting its first strategy on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). Although gender-responsive budgeting has led to the growth of separate programmes and micro-projects for women, this project takes a more inclusive approach. The five-year plan will ensure that, across [...]
During a visit to Haiti 19–22 July 2012, the president of UN Women’s Executive Board, H.E. Kim Sook, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, called for an end to gender-based violence and the promotion of women’s participation in politics. “We cannot wait for poverty to be eradicated in Haiti before [...]
A diverse group of sixteen women’s rights advocates and champions for gender equality have been selected for UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group in Pakistan. The members, both female and male, will meet in mid-August for the group’s first meeting. The intention to set up Civil Society Advisory Groups for UN Women at the global, [...]