This is the seventh of the UN Development Group Global Thematic Consultations on Inequalities
Escaping the scourge of female genital mutilation in Tanzania: a Maasai girls’ school provides scholarships for those at risk
“You need to be circumcised to be married, so that if you get pregnant you don’t bring shame to your family,” explains Nengai, a proud, 26-year-old school teacher. In Gelai, the rural village where she grew up, all of the girls she knew were circumcised, usually after they completed primary school. Her own mother came [...]
With a heart made of band-aids, the design of the T-shirt is simple yet powerful, as is the caption beneath it: “Violence against women is not in my vocabulary.” “From the outset, the message that we were keen to convey was to say to people, both women and men, that violence against women is not [...]
As a preventive strategy to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and societal violence overall in a region with one of the highest rates of rape in the world*, UN Women’s Caribbean Office and its partners have developed a community intervention programme for boys aged 13-16 that is challenging gender stereotypes while teaching teens [...]
“Before she was murdered, she wasn’t alive. We’ll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth…” begin the Arabic rap lyrics, soon interlaced with a mournful chorus from the renowned Palestinian soloist Amal Murkus.
Press Release: During first official trip to Japan, UN Women’s Executive Director thanks Government for support and calls for women’s full participation
On her first official visit to Japan, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet will highlight gender equality and women’s rights as the foundation for a nation’s real progress and economic revival.
In the offices of the General Union of Palestinian Women –a bastion for older-generation prominent women politicians– two young Palestinian women listen to the discussions, feeling a little shy in the midst of such veteran advocates. Amaal, 23, and Ruba, 26, are part of a younger generation of Palestinian women activists who say they are [...]
“No girl- no person- should ever have to pay with her life for her rights,” Michelle Bachelet tells students
During the visit of UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet to the NEST+m public school in New York today, 100 students raised banners that read “I am Malala,” sending a strong message of support to the young Pakistani activist shot last week.
Speech by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, at the at the NEST+m school, UN4U 2012 event. New York, 19 October 2012.
Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls’ rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18.