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Steps taken to end Saudi ‘guardianship’ system for women, ‘encouraging’ start

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 17:39
Allowing Saudi women to apply for passports and travel without their guardians’ permission is “an encouraging move” towards the “complete abolition of the ‘guardianship’ system,” independent United Nations rights experts said on Thursday, but more action is needed to fully dismantle these restrictions.

Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF

Thu, 01/08/2019 - 15:52
While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, the Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.  

Voices of Afghan women ‘must be heard at the table in the peace process and beyond’ UN deputy chief tells Security Council

Fri, 26/07/2019 - 21:56
Afghan women have “paid a high price” during their country’s nearly four decades of conflict, the United Nations deputy chief said on Friday, addressing the Security Council a day after Kabul had been hit with a fresh round of “horrific” bomb attacks.

New President of top UN economic and social body to push for development financing, fundamental freedoms ‘for all’

Thu, 25/07/2019 - 20:10
In her inaugural speech as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mona Juul, of Norway, underscored that the body’s mandate today remains “as relevant and compelling” as it did back in 1945 when it was tasked with “fostering international cooperation on economic, social, and cultural issues”.

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre’ urges UN deputy chief in Kabul

Sun, 21/07/2019 - 19:02
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put “women at the centre” of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women’s voices are truly heard. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: solidarity with Japan, call for DR Congo support, family-friendly workplaces, hottest June ever, Venezuela and Afghanistan updates

Fri, 19/07/2019 - 21:56
In today’s Daily Brief: UN stands in solidarity with Japan; avoid panic over DR Congo Ebola emergency; ‘transformative shift’ needed towards family-friendly work policies; hottest June EVER; Venezuelan migrant dangers; stop targeting Afghanistan civilians call.

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

Fri, 19/07/2019 - 04:00
Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.

25 years after population conference, women still face challenges to ‘well-being and human rights’, says UN chief

Wed, 17/07/2019 - 00:13
Many women and girls “still face enormous challenges to their health, well-being and human rights”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a High-level General Assembly meeting on Tuesday conevened to mark the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), a milestone in reproductive health and rights. 

‘No hope’ global development goals can be achieved without women, says UN Assembly President

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 23:43
Without the full participation and leadership of women, “we have no hope” of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly told gender equality leaders on Monday.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: funding for Palestine refugees, families today, tech surveillance

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 21:20
This Tuesday, we cover: a key fundraising conference for the UN Palestine refugee agency (UNRWA); a new UN report on families in 2019-2020; a call by an independent human rights expert to ban surveillance technology; 20,000 migrants rescued in the Sahara; and malnutrition in India.

FROM THE FIELD: Changing world, changing families

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 18:04
The world is changing rapidly and so are families according to the United Nations gender-focused agency, UN Women.

New UN report on families in a changing world puts ‘women’s rights at their core’

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 17:20
While women’s rights have advanced over the decades, gender inequalities and other fundamental human rights violations within families persist, according to a flagship study released on Tuesday, from the UN’s gender empowerment agency.

FROM THE FIELD: Children in warzones denied right to education 

Mon, 24/06/2019 - 17:19
Millions of children around the world are being denied a “safe place to learn”, due to ongoing conflicts according to the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives

Fri, 21/06/2019 - 20:36
About 3,340 women, children and men, many of whom are victims, have been given support to recover from or help put an end to the scourge of sexual exploitation or abuse (SEA) by United Nations personnel, thanks to a Trust Fund established in 2016. On Friday, a meeting was held at UN Headquarters in New York, to report on the progress and impact made, and collect new pledges from Member States.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: ending rape in war, Khashoggi, forced displacement, North Korea and Mali

Wed, 19/06/2019 - 22:54
On Wednesday, these are the main stories: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict; the UN independent investigator for the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi presents findings which show State responsibility; in 2018, world hit record number of war-displaced people; South Korea sends food aid to North; new attack in northern Mali.

Yemen: maternal and newborn health ‘on the brink of total collapse’, UNICEF alerts

Fri, 14/06/2019 - 21:18
After more than four years of grinding conflict in Yemen, healthcare for mothers and their babies is “on the brink of collapse”, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, in a report that highlights the difficulties of childbirth and parenting in a war zone.

Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 23:36
Following recent reports of attacks and rape by security forces and paramilitaries against the pro-democracy protesters in Sudan who have been holding a sit-in outside army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, expressed “grave concern” on Thursday and called for an “immediate and complete” end to the violence.

Monday’s Daily Brief: the cost of maternal healthcare, Sudan and Chad updates, sustainability in focus

Mon, 03/06/2019 - 20:04
This Monday, top stories includes: the “catastrophic” cost of maternal healthcare; UN condemnation following violence against protesters in Sudan and the killing of a journalist in Chad; and the urgent need for sustainability highlighted through an exhibit in Geneva and a special event in London.

‘Catastrophic’ healthcare costs put mothers and newborns at risk

Mon, 03/06/2019 - 17:23
Pregnant women are putting their lives and their babies at risk because of “catastrophic” and prohibitive healthcare costs before, during and after childbirth, UNICEF said on Monday.

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

Sat, 01/06/2019 - 12:50
Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in family-friendly policies that support parents to give their children “the best start in life”.