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Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge

16 January 2019 Human Rights A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they … Continue reading

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Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets

15 January 2019 Women Begging, scrubbing cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization Migration (IOM) on Tuesday. Conducted in … Continue reading

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Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women – UN chief

19 November 2018 Women Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the … Continue reading

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UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’

8 November 2018 Women The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, … Continue reading

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FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

25 October 2018 Women Fifteen Guatemalan women from the Q’eqchi indigenous group, who were enslaved and raped by the military during the Central American country’s 36-year-long civil conflict, are still waiting for hard-won reparations to materialize. With the help of … Continue reading

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Amidst deadly violence, UN calls on Afghan authorities to ensure voters can cast ballot

20 October 2018 Peace and Security Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the country’s electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters … Continue reading

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‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

17 October 2018 Women A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least … Continue reading

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Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts

12 October 2018 Women UN human rights experts are urging Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release all women human rights defenders, including six imprisoned on charges relating to their peaceful defence of human rights.

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‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help 600 million-plus adolescent girls realize full potential: Guterres

11 October 2018 Women There are “multiple barriers” including “systemic discrimination” bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement … Continue reading

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‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief

8 October 2018 Women Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing “in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls”, said the UN’s leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a … Continue reading

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