Monday, October 28, 2013

Women’s Empowerment Builds International Peace and Security

Source: UN Women - Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:46 PM
Author: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

When war erupts, women are often the first to experience the harsh brutality and the last to be called to the peace table. A resolution adopted by the UN Security Council moves us one step closer to the full participation of women as leaders for peace and security.

By unanimous vote, the Council adopted a resolution that sets in place stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery, and puts the onus on the Security Council, the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States to dismantle the barriers, create the space, and provide seats at the table for women.

Despite increases in the numbers of women in politics and in business leadership, very few women have lead roles in formal peace talks, in spite of the significant role they play in community-level reconciliation.  Peace negotiations and all institutions linked to conflict resolution remain male-dominated. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

POVERTY ERADICATION: What has been accomplished?

For the past 15 years the Millenmium Development Goals have been addressed by many developing countries. The target date to accomplish the MDG's goals is 2015. Check the progress of the past 14 years.

MDG infographics showing the world's progress and the challenges that remain.
Click on Download below each photo to enlarge.


Monday, October 7, 2013

October 11 – International Day of the Girl Child To Promote the Dignity and Rights of Girls

This day, UN agencies have come together to focus on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl's life. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were married before they reached age 18. One third of them entered into marriage before they turned 15.

Preventing child marriage will protect girls' rights and help reduce their risks of violence, early pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability. 

For more information on UN Women's position to end child marriage, see: UN Women: approaches to end child marriage OR watch this film: