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Gender news from around the world

  • In a world ruled by rumour, it is vital that scientists speak with humility and clarity ' Sue Desmond-Hellmann
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2017
    Facts are the science world's stock-in-trade, but in an era of fake news it is ever more important to build public trust by avoiding exaggerated claims and jargonOne of my most cherished possessions is a handmade cherrywood salad bowl that's never held a leaf of lettuce. It is 25 years old and gets more beautiful every year. The bowl was a gift, carved by a widower who was left to raise his daughter alone when his wife died under my care as an oncologist. My patient, who I'll call Erica, had the most challenging form of breast cancer and I didn't have the tools to save her life. I've always felt undeserving of the gift, despite doing everything I could.Five years later, I participated in the development of a medicine for Erica's type of cancer, Herceptin. While regretting that it had not come fast enough for Erica, I am deeply grateful for the scientific advances that mean better care for patients like her today. Continue reading...
  • Why do people still go hungry? ? video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2017
    There is enough food in the world to go around, yet hundreds of millions of people go to bed each night on an empty stomach. World leaders have promised to end hunger by 2030. But what causes it and how do we prevent it? Actor Dougray Scott explains Continue reading...
  • 'I buried my smallest one under a bush': starvation and sorrow in South Sudan ' Jason Burke
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.06.2017
    When Mary Cholil sought food and shelter after her village was torched, her three-year-old daughter died. In a country ravaged by hunger and conflict, such tragedies have become all too familiarThe news spreads fast during the day. The raiders are coming. Two columns of fighters, each thousands strong, armed with assault rifles. "We will fight them. We will take our guns and defend ourselves," says Simon Logocho, a stall holder in a scruffy market in Pibor, a remote town in eastern South Sudan. Continue reading...
  • Bunkers, blackmail and bureaucracy: aid agencies accused of outsourcing danger
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2017
    'Unethical and dangerous practices' condemned as study claims charities keep staff at a safe remove from conflict while relying on local groups to carry out workAid agencies often rely on local people to carry out work in the world's war zones while their own staff remain holed up in bunkers, a report based on interviews with 2,000 humanitarian workers has found. Highlighting alarming practices in countries including Syria, Yemen and Iraq, the authors of the independent study said aid groups are spending too little time on the ground in conflict zones and are over-reliant on subcontractors. Continue reading...
  • 'I feel betrayed': the Somali refugees sent from safety into a war zone
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2017
    Somali families repatriated from neighbouring Kenya feel let down by Nairobi and the UN refugee agency, and fear for their safety and survivalFamilies repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya say they feel abandoned and let down by the UN after officials used small cash payments to encourage them to return home, where a hunger and security crisis awaited.Many travelled back to Somalia only to find themselves in a far worse position than they had been in the refugee camp, with no access to food, shelter or medicines. Having lost their legal refugee status by crossing the border, they were no longer entitled to any help. Continue reading...
  • 'I hope one day we'll see an end to abuse': the woman striving to save Congo's kids ' Hannah Summers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.06.2017
    In a country where abuse and sexual violence are rife, a local police chief is on a mission to safeguard children and women from harmWhen Honorine Munyole visits a group of local women in the city of Bukavu, the police officer gets a welcome fit for a hero.But the celebrations turn to cries of despair and even anger when she makes her announcement ? she is to be redeployed to another location. Continue reading...
  • World population to hit 8bn in 2023, says new UN survey
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2017
    New findings show more men than women and that there will be 1bn over-60s next year for the first timeThe world's population will break through the 8 billion mark in 2023, there are more men than women, and next year the number of over 60s will top 1 billion for the first time, according to the latest findings and forecasts from the United Nations annual population survey.More than half of the global population growth by 2050 will come from sub-Saharan Africa, where fertility rates will persist at levels far higher than in the rest of the world, the UN predictions released on Wednesday show. Continue reading...
  • 'The refugees are like our brothers': Uganda's example to the world ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2017
    With a refugee population of 1.25 million ? and more new arrivals each day than any other country ? Uganda has earned a reputation as a haven for those fleeing violence. In Refugee Week, few countries merit greater recognition Continue reading...
  • Drive to get children back to school failing worldwide
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.06.2017
    As UN figures show out-of-school rates unchanged since 2012, researchers say goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met for generations The effort to get more children into school is grinding to a halt as the numbers are stagnating, according to a new report that warns of grave consequences for world poverty.Unesco's figures, released this week, estimate that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if everyone completed secondary school. But the researchers said that it is unlikely this target will be met for generations as out-of-school rates remain stubbornly consistent. Continue reading...
  • I want to stroll Tehran's streets at night, like men can: writer Fereshteh Ahmadi ' Saeed Kamali Dehghan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.06.2017
    Under Hassan Rouhani's less repressive regime, female authors are starting to see their books in print, and daring to dream of greater independence Even the gentle references to sexuality in Fereshteh Ahmadi's short story Harry Is Always Lost meant it was hit by the censors. The female protagonist is late catching a flight. In a frantic taxi journey to the airport, she is with a man, but it is not clear if they are dating or are husband and wife. On the plane, she sits next to a strange man, who starts a conversation and ends up giving her a lift when they land in Tehran. This stranger drives so fast that the wind blows her scarf away, leaving her struggling to cover her head until they manage to buy a new one. Continue reading...
  • Jailed for calling Ugandan president a 'pair of buttocks', activist vows to fight on ' Alon Mwesigwa
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.06.2017
    A Facebook post criticising Yoweri Museveni landed academic Stella Nyanzi in jail, but she vows to continue her fight against oppression and poverty in UgandaA few minutes into our interview at one of Kampala's hotels, Stella Nyanzi's lawyer tells us the place is no longer safe for her and she needs to leave. She is constantly monitored by security agents these days, she says, which is perhaps not surprising as the academic and activist is one of the fiercest critics of the Ugandan government. But she is not about to back down.Not even the 33 days she spent in the country's maximum security Luzira women's prison for describing the president, Yoweri Museveni, as a "pair of buttocks" could change her stance. Continue reading...
  • Robin Murray obituary
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.06.2017
    Economist who promoted fair trade and recycling in his quest for more equitable social structuresRobin Murray, who has died aged 76, advocated and implemented new forms of social and economic organisation by applying humanist principles to practical experience. In Britain and internationally he sought to tease out of today's structures clues for a more equitable tomorrow.He saw beyond Fordism ? industrialised mass production and mass consumption ? and neoliberalism, with its emphasis on the private sector and free trade. As chief economic adviser to the Greater London council (1981-86), Robin led a team working for an inclusive, democratic economy. Their London Industrial Strategy involved trade unionists and user groups in economic planning, invested in child care and adult education, developed cultural and creative industries, gave a boost to co-operatives and other social enterprises, and helped set up the London Food Commission, whose work included the study of additives and the effects of food poverty. Continue reading...
  • 'We will break every bone': Islamist leaders threaten Bangladeshi lawyer
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.06.2017
    Sultana Kamal, chair of Transparency International Bangladesh, angered hardline Islamists by defending installation of statue outside Dhaka's supreme courtHuman rights groups have warned about the safety of a prominent Bangladeshi lawyer after Islamist leaders threatened to "break every bone" in her body for defending the installation of a Lady Justice statue outside the country's supreme court.Sultana Kamal's remarks on a television talk show last month have earned her death threats from Muslim hardliners in Bangladesh, where religious fanatics are suspected to have killed 30 activists and writers among others in the past four years. Continue reading...
  • 'Midwifery is a calling, not just a profession': childbirth stories around the world
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.06.2017
    Midwives provide vital, often life-saving support to women and babies during delivery. From Bangladesh to Rwanda, Canada to Malawi, mothers share their experiences of care in childbirthRoughly 800 women and more than 8,000 newborns die every day, due to largely preventable complications during and after pregnancy and childbirth. If a well-trained midwife had been there, according to a Lancet study in 2014, 83% of those lives could have been saved (pdf).And as 4,000 midwives from 114 countries gather in Toronto this weekend for the International Confederation of Midwives Congress, the greatest concerns are around global shortages and under-investment in such an essential field of health. Continue reading...
  • Uganda fails to target gay men and sex workers in fast-track HIV initiative
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.06.2017
    Campaigners say President Museveni's plan to end HIV by 2030 will not work if it ignores whole communities where the disease is rife Activists have criticised the Ugandan president for failing to cater for gay men in his new plan to end HIV by 2030.President Yoweri Museveni launched his ambitious initiative last week, but did not specifically mention gay people, sex workers and drug users ? who bear a disproportionate share of the HIV burden. Continue reading...
  • It's tough for women to get to the top in African politics ? but we're blazing a trail ' Evelyn Anite
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.06.2017
    Sub-Saharan Africa's female representation in parliament outstrips that of the US, says the continent's youngest female minister, as she marks the launch of the African Women Leaders NetworkWhen Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stands down later this year as president of Liberia, it will mean that for the first time in more than a decade, no African country will be led by a woman. While strong female leaders are still emerging to play a critical role in African politics, it is a reminder that we cannot take our foot off the pedal. I know from first-hand experience how tough it can be for African women to win the top political positions. I'm the youngest woman in the Ugandan government and the youngest female minister in Africa. Continue reading...
  • Gloria Steinem: Trump has galvanised more activists than the Vietnam war ' Karen McVeigh
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.06.2017
    Longtime feminist campaigner says extreme threat to women's reproductive rights has sparked huge wave of political mobilisation in the USThe presidency of Donald Trump has galvanised more political activists in the US today than the Vietnam war, according to Gloria Steinem.The longtime feminist activist and writer said Trump's election was part of a "dangerous" nationalist, anti-immigration and anti-feminist backlash that is happening globally. Continue reading...
  • The schoolgirl thrash metal band smashing stereotypes in Indonesia ' Kate Lamb
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.06.2017
    Taking Rage Against the Machine and Slipknot as inspiration, three Muslim teenagers are blasting their way into the Asian music scene as Voice of Baceprot It was a dull day in music class that ignited a rebellion in three Indonesian teenage girls.Poring over their school teacher's music collection, the hijab-wearing schoolgirls from conservative West Java discovered a trove of heavy metal. Continue reading...
  • South Sudan's battle for cattle is forcing schoolgirls to become teenage brides
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.06.2017
    Conflict and desperate hunger are driving families to marry off their daughters to secure precious cows, despite the girls having to forfeit their educationDown a red dirt road on the outskirts of Rumbek, a sprawling town at the heart of the world's youngest country, a small herd of white cattle plods southwards. Evening is fast approaching and the cattle cast long shadows.As South Sudan has slid into violence and famine, cattle ? so central to the lives of the feuding Dinka and Nuer tribes ? are casting a shadow over the futures of many of the country's teenage girls. Continue reading...
  • 'He will kill me if he sees me again': abused women seek refuge in Mexico
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.06.2017
    More Central American women are fleeing their homes, crossing borders to escape domestic violence in the region with the most female murders in the worldIn the end it was a cup of coffee laced with poison that compelled Josefina Nieto to run for her life. Related: Central America's rampant violence fuels an invisible refugee crisis 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.