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Gender news from around the world

  • Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2017
    In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was 21. Continue reading...
  • Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2017
    Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an 'erosion of morals' A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country's high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions. Continue reading...
  • President's iron-fist methods raise fears for future of democracy in Sierra Leone
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.10.2017
    March elections prefaced by misgiving as Ernest Bai Koroma's failure to put party leadership to vote rekindles memories of former dictator Siaka StevensA unilateral decision by the president of Sierra Leone to choose his successor as leader of the ruling All People's Congress has raised fears about the future of democracy in the country.Civil society organisations, including the government watchdog group Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), have voiced concerns that Ernest Bai Koroma's failure to allow party members to vote for their new leader echoes the actions of former dictator Siaka Stevens, who on standing down in 1985 ushered Joseph Momoh into office. Continue reading...
  • 'It is a dangerous moment': Madagascar plague death toll reaches 74
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.10.2017
    Health officials struggle to contain spread of disease after virulent pneumonic strain infects 800 people across island since AugustThe first fatality of Madagascar's deadly plague outbreak ? which has now claimed at least 74 lives ? initially went unnoticed.In late August, according to researchers with the World Health Organization (WHO), a 31-year-old man was visiting the island's central highlands when he developed what appeared to be the symptoms of malaria. Continue reading...
  • 'Absolutely unacceptable': UK accused of failing to protect domestic workers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.10.2017
    Campaigners warn foreign workers continue to suffer abuse and exploitation in UK households after failure of safeguards designed to protect themCampaigners have warned that thousands of foreign domestic workers remain enslaved behind the closed doors of some of Britain's wealthiest neighbourhoods after the government failed to implement safeguards designed to protect them from abusive and exploitative employers.In the past year, the Home Office has issued 18,950 visas under its domestic workers in private households scheme, which allows foreign families to bring domestic staff with them when staying in the UK. Continue reading...
  • 'Unconscionable': 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.10.2017
    Research shows that, despite 'remarkable progress' on child mortality, many of the 5.6 million deaths last year among children aged under five were preventableThe number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen to an all-time low, yet children around the world continue to die at an alarming rate, with 5.6 million deaths recorded last year.In its annual report on child mortality, the UN said many of the deaths ? which averaged 15,000 a day in 2016 ? were from preventable diseases. Continue reading...
  • Inequality threatens social stability, warns new UN population chief
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.10.2017
    Natalia Kanem vows to take fight for women's reproductive health to boardrooms and beyond as she rues 'faulty and erroneous' Trump funding cutsThe new head of the UN population fund has vowed to be more aggressive in promoting the agency's message to business that protecting women's reproductive health not only saves lives, but can boost earnings.On her first visit to London after taking up the post of executive director of the UNFPA on 3 October, Natalia Kanem said she would take the message of no deaths in childbirth, no unintended pregnancies and no violence against women and girls "into the boardroom, cafeteria, wherever it is, so people understand that life-threatening consequences multiply into societal and economic consequences". Continue reading...
  • 'Fewer people will be freed': Brazil accused of easing anti-slavery rules
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.10.2017
    Critics say move cosies up to agribusiness lobby in a bid to build support for President Michel Temer before a crucial vote over making him face trialThe Brazilian government has been accused of reducing its ability to protect workers from slave-like labour conditions after abruptly changing the rules. Campaigners, commentators and prosecutors said the move was a "social regression" aimed at buying the support of a powerful agribusiness lobby ahead of a crucial vote in congress that could cost President Michel Temer his mandate.A government directive by the ministry of labour published on Monday redefined what the government defines as "slave-like work" ? even though Brazil's efforts to stop abusive labour conditions were praised as recently as last year by the United Nations. Continue reading...
  • 'The president sleeps with one eye open': Mugabe reshuffles as power games begin
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.10.2017
    Robert Mugabe is 93 and boasts he will live to be 100, but the jostling has begun to find a new leader for Zimbabwe when his tumultuous reign finally endsAt the ripe old age of 93, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's long-serving president, has offered himself as the candidate to lead his ruling Zanu-PF party in elections next year.In power since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe would be 99 should he win the 2018 election and complete a five-year term. He has boasted that he will live ? and rule ? until he is 100. Continue reading...
  • Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.10.2017
    Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report saysMonths after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said.Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers had been involved in violent confrontations with Ecuador's military as they were removed from their homes. Continue reading...
  • The true cost of a plate of food: $1 in New York, $320 in South Sudan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.10.2017
    Research reveals the stark inequality that drives the global hunger crisis, with the poorest people paying more than they earn in a day for a single mealThe world's poorest pay more than a day's wages for a single plate of food, according to a report from the World Food Programme, which reveals that the same bean stew can cost the average consumer in New York just $1.20, while the price tag is more than $320 in South Sudan.The research, released to coincide with World Food Day on Monday, underlines the sheer discrepancy of consumers' purchasing power around the world by measuring the relative cost of food in various countries against a single baseline. Continue reading...
  • Starved out of Myanmar: hunger drives thousands more Rohingya to flee
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.10.2017
    In Bangladesh, new arrivals from Myanmar said closure of food markets across Rakhine state and restrictions on aid had driven them over the borderHungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, fleeing violence and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing. The new arrivals said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar's western Rakhine state had been shut down and aid deliveries restricted. They also reported attacks by the military and Rakhine Buddhist mobs. Wading through waste-deep water with children strapped to their sides, the Rohingya said they had walked for days through bushes and monsoon-swollen streams from Myanmar's Buthidaung region before reaching the border. Continue reading...
  • 'They attack us just for being who we are': trans life in Colombia ? video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.10.2017
    Being openly trans in Colombia is dangerous. The country ranks fourth in the world for the murder of transgender people. Across Latin America, the life expectancy of trans women ? due to violence, poverty and the risk of HIV ? is estimated at between 35 and 41 years. Attitudes are slowly beginning to change, however, as trans men and women speak out against attacks and discrimination Continue reading...
  • Would tech be different if women made up half the workforce?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.10.2017
    From no cyberbullying to less pink, three women in tech share their thoughts on how life would change with gender parity in the industryWhen it comes to gender equality in the tech industry, the numbers probably won't surprise you. Only 17% of venture-backed companies are founded by women, and women make up just 7% of partners at 100 of the top venture capitalist firms.Although many attempts are being made to encourage women into tech, we are still far from gender parity in the industry. What would the world look like if there were equal numbers of men and women in the sector? We asked three women in tech, from CEOs to developers, for their thoughts. Continue reading...
  • Revealed: the 10 worst countries for girls to get an education
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.10.2017
    Campaigners urge action on 'global crisis' as research shows 73% of girls in South Sudan ? and 130 million worldwide ? are missing out on schoolSouth Sudan has been named as the toughest nation in the world for girls to receive an education, with nearly three-quarters failing to attend even primary school, according to an index published this week.Central African Republic, where there is only one teacher for every 80 students, and Niger, where just 17% of women aged 15 to 24 are literate, followed South Sudan on the list compiled by the One campaign, which estimates that more than 130 million girls worldwide fail to attend school every single day of the year. Continue reading...
  • More than 20,000 underage girls marry illegally each day, claims study
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 11.10.2017
    Analysis reveals 7.5 million illegal child marriages take place globally each year, with one in three girls in developing world affected by the practiceEvery day, around the world, more than 20,000 children are getting married, underage and illegally. New statistics show that in countries where there are laws restricting the practice, 7.5 million girls every year are married below the minimum age permitted, according to analysis by the World Bank and Save the Children. Continue reading...
  • The 'rape capital of the world'? We women in Congo don't see it that way ' Justine Masika Bihamba
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.10.2017
    Congo is a nation of sisterhood and solidarity. We are changing our country from within, risking our lives to speak out and taking up the political fight against sexual violence ? rather than just taking notes while men speakI grew up in Goma, near the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country where sexual violence is notoriously widespread.But we do not see ourselves as the "rape capital of the world". Instead, I agree with Liberia's Nobel Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, who called my nation "the world capital of sisterhood and solidarity". Congolese women have decided to take our future into our own hands. We have few resources but we have an enormous amount of know-how. Continue reading...
  • Test tube babies in a conflict zone: dealing with infertility in Gaza
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 04.10.2017
    The UN has called the Gaza Strip unlivable, yet IVF treatment is widely available to its residents, with some paying thousands of dollars while others take advantage of a goodwill gesture by the ruling Hamas partyThe Gaza Strip was a month into this summer's suffocating electricity crisis when Thair Salah Mortaja became a father for the first time. He had spent thousands of dollars to overcome infertility ? first paying for drugs, then a futile operation, and finally for costly in vitro fertilisation (IVF) ? but the struggle for parenthood did not end there.His wife, Fatima, went into labour when she was just seven months pregnant, partly because of poor prenatal care. Their doctor wanted to get her to a specialist in Nablus, but the hard-to-procure permit to exit blockaded Gaza into Israel and proceed to the West Bank city didn't come through. After a tense labour, she gave birth prematurely to triplets (multiple births are common with IVF). But the intensive baby care unit at Gaza's largest hospital, Shifa, was already over capacity. Continue reading...
  • Babies behind bars: the Honduran prison where children live with their mothers ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 03.10.2017
    There is only one prison in Honduras that holds only women. The Penitenciaria Nacional Femenina de Adaptación Social, based in Tamara, 40km from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, holds 700 female prisoners and is the only facility in the country where infants can live with their mothers. The prison is home to 49 children, and six more babies on the wayPhotographs by Christina Simons. Text by Alëx Elliott Continue reading...
  • Tanzania gallery: the struggle for life without water at the Nyarugusu Dispensary
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.09.2017
    At Nyarugusu in the Geita district in north-west Tanzania, life is a constant struggle, one that is made infinitely harden by the absence of running water. Photographer Sameer Satchu travelled to the area and recorded these images of daily events at a medical facility, the Nyarugusu Dispensary, for Water Aid 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.