The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General wishes to pay tribute to the first-ever all-female Formed Police Unit deployed to a United Nations peacekeeping operation, which will end its mission in Liberia after nine years. The 125 women and supporting personnel will return to India this weekend.
Programme helps local initiatives rebuild lives in liberated areas.
By Hadia Mansour
Alya recently delivered her first child at the Maternity and Child Welfare centre in the town of Hass, in Syria’s Idlib province. All her care was absolutely free, which came as a great relief to the 22-year-old.
“Pregnant women are in desperate need of free healthcare,” Alya told Damascus Bureau. “These days most families live below the poverty line, and cannot afford to seek care at private hospitals.”
Today, the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura, will issue invitations to Syrian women and civil society representatives, to contribute to the United Nations-facilitated talks, being held in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition.
Both women and civil society organisations can provide vital ideas and insight to the talks, by presenting the views and recommendations of important segments of Syrian society.
A team of Gender experts from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) attended the first Forum on women role in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Waberi District. The Forum was organized by Ms Hawa Mohamud, Waberi District Commissioner following the recommendations of the Somali Women Role in CVE Conference that she attended in Djibouti in December 2015.
Dr. Priscillah Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent.
“How could we achieve gender equality if we do not have peace, and how can peace be achieved without the involvement of women?” asks the medical doctor from South Sudan, who has a passion for human rights.
A number of observers drew attention to the gender imbalance at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (30 November–12 December 2015). The United Nations’ Special Envoy on Climate Change, Mary Robinson, remarked, for instance, that the underrepresentation of women at the conference was detrimental to taking action to save people from the ravages of climate change (1).
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms casualties and people affected per inhabitant. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
Local campaigners say that they are not invited to political or cultural gatherings.
By Ahmad Shah
Women activists in the southeastern province of Khost complain that they being excluded from communal occasions, accusing local officials of having no interest in anything more than a token female presence at public events.
This lack of representation extended to important consultative meetings, said Kamila Akbari, the head of a women’s capacity building organisation in Khost.
By Godwin Atser
In rural North Shan, close to Myanmar's border to China, youth working for a Youth Information Corner (YIC), supported by UNFPA, are creating change out of challenge. According to young people here, early marriage is one of the main issues, in addition to problems such as drug abuse and unsafe abortions. In order to address these challenges, young people are dedicating their spare time to affect change in their communities. The way in which they are doing this is a ground-breaking example of how young people in multi-ethnic societies can work together to bring about positive change.
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The important linkages between gender issues and the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to support the implementation of the peace agreement are being emphasized as the New Year begins.
Kasumi Nishigaya, head of the Gender section of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, told Miraya breakfast show, that her section is shifting focus from direct engagement with women in public office and civil society, to support the substantive units in the mission to incorporate gender perspectives Into their activities.
No. 278/2015 dated 23 December 2015
By Tamara Nair
ASEAN’s move towards a post-2015 community presents an opportune moment to relook at issues surrounding women and their role in this envisioned integration. This is especially so in addressing women’s roles, in a milieu of change and reformation, in bringing about and maintaining peace in the region.
As UN Resolution 1325 celebrates its 15th anniversary, it is time to take stock of its progress and challenges. On one central theme of the resolution, gender and peacekeeping, there is a need for more systematic knowledge about how we can create a more equal peace for men and women, and how we can ensure a more gender-aware implementation.
80e séance – après-midi
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
L’Assemblée générale a adopté, aujourd’hui, 57 résolutions, dont 17 par vote, et 7 décisions du rapport de sa Troisième Commission, chargée des questions sociales, humanitaires et culturelles, prenant note, en particulier, du rapport* annuel du Conseil des droits de l’homme.
Due to a variety of factors, women and girls are especially vulnerable at times of crisis.
Torrential rains and the onset of Cyclone Komen triggered severe and widespread floods and landslides in July and August 2015 across 12 out of 14 states and regions in Myanmar. Records show that an estimated 1.6 million individuals were temporarily displaced from their homes by the disaster, and 132 lost their lives. Women and girls were among the worst affected.
17 December 2015: The UN General Assembly today adopted by consensus a resolution which for the first time recognises the distinction between the human right to water and the human right to sanitation.
Amnesty International, WASH United and Human Rights Watch welcome this step and the additional clarification of States’ obligations contained in General Assembly resolution 70/169.
Highlighting the right to sanitation
80th Meeting (PM)
Delegates See Four Actions Postponed Due to Possible Programme Budget Implications
Acting on the recommendation of its Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), the General Assembly adopted 57 draft resolutions and seven draft decisions today, tackling a wide range of issues from the global refugee crisis to the rights of the child, as well as human rights defenders and country-specific human rights situations.
The Government has today adopted a new five-year aid strategy for the Syria crisis that aims to alleviate the effects of the conflict both inside Syria and on vulnerable groups in the neighbouring countries. The Government is reinvigorating its efforts and will increase support by almost SEK 300 million per year.
"The challenges are enormous and disaster relief is not enough. We also have to find new ways of helping people, building hope for the future and improving the prospects for future peace," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.