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Gender news from around the world

  • 'Why are you having sex?': women bear brunt of Uganda's high HIV rate
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.08.2017
    National survey shows women and girls disproportionately affected, with 570 infections a week among those aged 15-24, despite decline in overall rateThe prevalence of HIV in Uganda is more than 3% higher among women than men, according to research revealed by the government. While the overall rate of those aged between 15 and 49 living with the infection has declined in the past five years to 6% ? from 7.3% ? women remain disproportionately affected by the epidemic. Continue reading...
  • 'Every day was agony': Indian woman granted divorce over lack of toilet
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.08.2017
    Judge says forcing a woman to defecate in the open amounts to 'mental torture', in latest case underlining how far India still has to go on access to sanitationThe drive to build more toilets in India has been given an unusual twist with a Rajasthan judge granting a woman a divorce because her husband's failure to provide her with one amounted to cruelty.Sangeeta Mali, 23, told the court in Bhilwara district that her husband, Chotu Lal Mali, had agreed to build her a toilet when they married in 2011, but never did. Mali told the judge that she was ashamed of having to defecate in the fields around her home in Pur village with no privacy or comfort. Continue reading...
  • 'A triumph of reason': Chile approves landmark bill to ease abortion ban
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.08.2017
    Campaigners hail President Michelle Bachelet's bill legalising abortion in some circumstances as a victory that opens the way for possible further liberalisationThe decision by Chile's constitutional court to approve a bill that will allow abortion in some circumstances has been hailed as "a triumph of reason and an act of justice" by campaigners.The legislation, a victory for the centre-left president, Michelle Bachelet, will allow abortion when a woman's life is at risk, in case of rape and when a foetus is not viable. Continue reading...
  • Floods claim more than 800 lives across India, Nepal and Bangladesh
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.08.2017
    Millions affected by severe flooding in south Asia, as aid agencies struggling to cope with disaster warn of food shortages and risk of disease More than 800 people have been killed and 24 million affected following widespread floods across south Asia.Severe flooding has devastated communities and destroyed crops in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with NGOs warning of food shortages and the risk of disease. Continue reading...
  • UK condemned over 'shocking' export of deadly weedkiller to poorer countries
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.08.2017
    UK accused of double standards as thousands of tonnes of pesticide not authorised for use in EU are produced in Britain for export to developing world A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory.Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007. Continue reading...
  • Back from three-month medical leave in UK, Nigerian president pleads for unity
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.08.2017
    In first state address since his return, Muhammadu Buhari criticises calls for Biafra secession, saying ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief-makersNigerian president Muhammadu Buhari condemned growing calls for secession in his first live broadcast on state television since taking three months' medical leave in the UK.The president returned to Abuja on Saturday, after leaving Nigeria in May for his second course of treatment in Britain. He did not refer to his illness in the broadcast, but instead criticised calls for secession and regional divisions. Continue reading...
  • 'No gay promotion can be allowed': Uganda cancels pride events
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.08.2017
    Campaigners condemn 'vile affront to LGBT rights' after state crackdown on planned week-long celebrations in the capital, KampalaActivists are outraged over the Ugandan government's decision to cancel a week of gay pride celebrations in the country for a second consecutive year, describing the move as a violation of fundamental human rights of minority groups. On 16 August, the state minister of ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, issued a directive shutting down a gala, scheduled to take place at the Sheraton Hotel in the capital, Kampala, accusing the organisers of attempting to stage an illegal gathering aimed at recruitment, exhibition and promotion of homosexuality. Continue reading...
  • India fails to overturn disputed marriage annulment amid 'love jihad' inquiry
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.08.2017
    Widespread shock as supreme court delays decision on dissolution of union between woman from Hindu family and Muslim man and orders investigationThe Indian supreme court has delayed its decision on whether judges were right to annul the marriage of a 24-year-old woman in Kerala and force her to live back at her parents' house because she married a Muslim man. The move has shocked campaigners, as the court has established a reputation for supporting the rights of Indian women. Related: 'Love jihad' in India and one man's quest to prevent it ' Aman Sethi Continue reading...
  • View from the Rio favelas: 'We hit rock bottom, financially and socially' ' Michel Silva
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.08.2017
    In his diary entry one year on from the Olympics, Michel Silva says that only long-term public policies will improve health, education and security in Rio Leia este artigo na lingua originalWe need to talk about Rio de Janeiro. In my first article for the Guardian in August 2015 , I said we were not ready for another mega event. I had some criticism from friends, who said such words were arrogant. But I think sometimes it hurts to see the sad reality of life in Rio. We hit rock bottom, both financially and socially.Cariocas ? natives of Rio ? are suffering because of the lack of government planning and the allegations of corruption that plague national politics. The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state, Sérgio Cabral, was arrested three months after the Olympics for commanding a criminal organisation that took 224m reais (£54m) in bribes. He has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison as a result of investigations conducted by the Lava Jato taskforce. Continue reading...
  • 'I don't like it': India's tattoo girls reject branding ritual ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.08.2017
    Women of the Baiga tribe have traditionally been marked as a sign of identity. But as more girls go to school, they are starting to reject the practice, which they say is 'painful and embarrassing' Continue reading...
  • Endgame nears in Chile president's fight to temper draconian abortion ban
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2017
    After tortuous passage through congress, Michelle Bachelet's bill legalising abortion in some circumstances will go before constitutional tribunal Chile is on the cusp of finalising a landmark ruling to legalise abortion under certain circumstances in a move that would signal a major victory for President Michelle Bachelet. Related: Chile to reconsider abortion ban Continue reading...
  • Sierra Leone mudslide: president calls for urgent help as search continues
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2017
    Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, FreetownSierra Leone's president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country's capital.A national emergency has been declared after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades. Freetown's mayor, Sam Gibson, said 270 corpses had been recovered and were "being prepared for burial", while the chief coroner told Reuters that nearly 400 bodies had been found. Estimates of the numbers missing vary: the Red Cross reported that 600 people have not been traced, while the country's interior minister has said thousands are unaccounted for. Continue reading...
  • Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.08.2017
    Hundreds of people have been killed and millions displaced across the region as rescue missions set up shelters and strive to get food and water to victimsNearly 250 people have died in the last few days as a result of flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been displaced across the region, and 245 people are recorded to have been killed by collapsed buildings or by drowning. Continue reading...
  • 'They use ?money to promote Christianity': Nepal's battle for souls
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.08.2017
    Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become ChristiansRam Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. "My second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. I'm still haunted by it," Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepal's Makwanpur district. Continue reading...
  • The curse of blades and powders: FGM in Somaliland ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.08.2017
    Almost all women aged 15 to 49 in the east African state of Somaliland have suffered female genital mutilation. But a campaign to highlight the physical and psychological damage caused by the practice is starting to have an impactPhotographs: Georgina Goodwin/UNFPA Continue reading...
  • The student sex 'scandal' that laid bare Egypt's population problem ' Ruth Michaelson
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.08.2017
    The furore caused by a student project on sex education highlights the attitudes that have hampered Egypt as it attempts to deal with overpopulationWhen a group of Egyptian university students submitted a magazine on sex education for their final-year assignment, they hardly imagined they would fail their course and spark a media backlash. Yet that is exactly what happened when the project, submitted to the media and mass communications department at Cairo's al-Azhar University, was rejected as unsuitable. Articles about the "scandal" appeared in the local media, and the students feared expulsion. Continue reading...
  • Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.08.2017
    Campaigners welcome introduction of jail sentences and fines for isolating women during menstruation but warn education is needed to end stigma Nepal has passed a law criminalising the practice of banishing women to huts during their periods.The ancient Hindu tradition of Chhaupadi, whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep "impurity" out of the home, was banned by the supreme court in 2005. Continue reading...
  • UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.08.2017
    Landmark move marks first time UN's human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepal's government is unlikely to actThe UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the country's civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with an individual case of sexual violence during the conflict.The UNHRC's decision refers to the case of a woman known as Purna Maya, who was raped in 2004 by Nepalese soldiers. Maya, whose name has been changed to protect her, suffered serious injuries during the attack, including a severe haemorrhage of the uterus, which required its removal by surgery. Continue reading...
  • 'Uncomfortable and disgusting': Uganda's 1.2m unwanted condoms
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.08.2017
    The government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on female prophylactics, but poor take-up is sparking concerns of a rise in HIV infectionsUganda has been left with a mountain of unused female condoms after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars buying in more than a million of the unpopular contraceptives.The low take-up, particularly among sex workers, is sparking concern that it could lead to a rise in HIV infections. Continue reading...
  • Jordan bans rapists from escaping justice by marrying victim
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.08.2017
    Campaigners celebrate as parliament repeals law that allows rapists to avoid jail by marrying their victims for at least five yearsWomen's rights groups have welcomed a "historic decision" by the Jordanian parliament to abolish a law that allows rapists to escape punishment provided they marry their victims.The lower house of Jordan's parliament voted on Tuesday to eliminate article 308, which allows rape charges to be dropped as long as the rapist marries their victim and stays married for at least five years. The law stems from a belief that marriage can lessen the stigma associated with rape. Continue reading...
  • Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls
    UN Women – News 17.11.2016
    Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
  • Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    In recent years, farmers all over Uganda have experienced changes in climate. Extreme weather such as heavy rains, flooding, drought, landslides and unreliable seasons affect the livelihoods of the many families who live off the land. The changing conditions impact men and women differently and challenge the way they work together. Could revisiting the traditional gender roles be a part of the solution?

  • What is the United Nations University all about?

    What is the United Nations University all about?

    United Nations University – Agile and Adept: Marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations University in Japan, this video animation explains how the UNU is uniquely organized as an agile and adept think tank composed of a network of highly specialized institutes distributed across the globe.

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former President of Iceland, was the first woman to be democratically elected President in the world. Women's rights, cultural diversity, the promotion of world peace and transnational dialogues have been running themes in Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's work. She has also been an important advocate of equality and the empowerment of women.