Yearly Archives: 2012
Statement by Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, 13 July 2012.
The number of female elected parliamentarians in Senegal’s National Assembly has almost doubled thanks to the impact of new parity laws on the July elections.
Remarks by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at Panel discussion on Ensuring Equity and Promoting Rights including those of young people, London , 11 July 2012.
Four million women in Egypt don’t have an ID card. Not having and ID card means that these women are not entitled to access financial services like credit and loans, as well as education, healthcare and other social services provided by the Government. Their political rights such as voting or joining a political party are [...]
For three decades, the 23-member Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has worked to bring the landmark Women’s Convention (CEDAW) to life. In response to the Committee’s review and recommendations, governments have changed their laws, policies and approaches to women in line with international gender equality goals. As a result their work has [...]
Statement of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at CEDAW 30: A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Conference Room 3 of North Lawn Building United Nations, New York, 9 July 2012.
Makhfirat Dadaboeva, a young mother, cradles the youngest of her three children as she waits in front of the Municipal office in Hissar District in central Tajikistan. Forced to drop out of university when her first child was born a few years back, she is now determined to change her future by finishing her education [...]
Five years ago, the death of Shahida Parveen’s husband left her facing a frightening future. Unsure how best to support herself and her four children, she began to stitch footballs at her home in the small rural village of Mehat Pur, in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. The work was unstable, unregulated, and her monthly income (approximately [...]
UN WOMEN PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 05 July 2012 Media Inquiries: New York: Mandy Kibel, mandy.kibel[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4522 New York, 05 July—Social and legal discrimination against women remains a major obstacle to economic development in emerging and developing countries, according to the latest edition of OECD’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Though [...]
Pakhi Begum left Bangladesh for Dubai to work as a maid, only to find that her recruiter had sold her into domestic servitude. After months of hard labour and abuse she fell ill and was sent back to Bangladesh without being paid. UN Women has been working to protect the rights of women migrant workers [...]