Annual U.N. CSW Session Examines Sustainability Links to Empowerment, Poverty, Violence

Jessica Buchleitner,  WNN Correspondent to the United Nations – WNN features (WNN) New York, New York, NORTH AMERICA –Coined the ‘busiest week for gender and women’s issues at the United Nations’ by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, delegates, diplomats, heads of states and civil society NGO leaders convened from March 14-24 at U.N. headquarters to examine […]

Global women peacebuilders need on-the-ground funding, say UN experts

Global women peacebuilders need on-the-ground funding, say UN experts

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations New York, U.S., AMERICAS: Women are crucial partners in peacebuilding and must be guaranteed the safe political space, including a seat at the “negotiating table,” to participate in all steps of post-conflict reconciliation and recovery processes, stressed high-level United Nations officials today at a Headquarters event. Chair of the UN […]

Iraqi women face increased violence under militant expansion

Iraqi women face increased violence under militant expansion

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations, New York, U.S., AMERICAS: Amid reports of deliberate targeting of women and girls in Iraq, senior United Nations officials today voiced deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian and security situations in the country, where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in fear for their lives. “As the […]

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: Today more than 200 school girls will wake up to another day in an unthinkable nightmare. Three weeks ago, they were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In […]

Afghan women = Hope for change

Afghan women = Hope for change

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/UNAMA) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: The significance of the elections in Afghanistan cannot be overestimated.   They mark the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power will be handed from one democratically elected government to another.  More importantly, they will determine to what degree the gains of the past decade for […]

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, UNITED NATIONS: The gender rights super agency known as UN Women is gearing up with a new campaign that encourages men, as well as boys, to start now to use a gender-lens toward global advocacy. Launched officially on International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8, the ‘He for She‘ campaign has […]

“We cannot remain silent,” say fifty Syrian women at United Nations

“We cannot remain silent,” say fifty Syrian women at United Nations

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The voice of Syrian women must be heard in all efforts to resolve the civil war that is tearing their country apart, a United Nations-sponsored conference declared on January 13, stressing that women’s participation is vital in shaping a peaceful future for the strife-wracked Middle Eastern […]

Syrian women will join peace talks at UN Geneva

Syrian women will join peace talks at UN Geneva

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: As incidences of intimidation, exploitation, early marriage and sexual assault rise for Syrian women and girls during the conflict in the region, Syrian women are now pushing back against the trauma of war in hopes of gaining their own form of empowerment. Syrian actress Ms. Nanda […]

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/UN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Giving women access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals is essential to ensure war-torn countries can achieve long-term peace, according to a United Nations report recently released on November 6, 2013. “At a practical level, women form the […]

National UN women director visiting Malawi

National UN women director visiting Malawi

Mana – Nyasa Times – Thursday, 10 October 2013 (originally published 08 Oct) Newly-appointed Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Malawi on her first official three-day country mission to reinforce UN Women’s support in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaboration with the government, civil society, private sector and […]