• Commission on the Status of Women

    Justin Trudeau, Self-Described Feminist, Wows the UN Crowd

    by  • March 17, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    “Because it’s 2015,” Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada and self-proclaimed feminist, said simply, using the vernacular of his generation to reinforce his position on gender equality as he spoke at the United Nations recently during an “armchair conversation.” Trudeau, who is 44, was addressing a large audience at an event presented as...

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    Women’s Rights and the UN: A Long History of Ups and Downs

    by  • August 10, 2015 • UN Agencies, Women • 

    The 2010 creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (or UN Women) represented an unusual organizational consolidation instead of the typical proliferation. It had a promising start under strong leadership but faces serious challenges with growing resistance to gender equality. Support for women’s rights has a long and checkered...

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    Minding Your Pronunciations and Protocols at That ‘Women’s Conference’ [Video]

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    Are you wondering what happened at that “women’s conference at the United Nations,” as one (male) writer at The New York Times called it? Here is a recap of things to think about from the annual Commission on the Status of Women, held March 9-20, assessing how women’s rights and related gender issues are...

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    Why UN Peacekeeping Falls Far Short of Female Soldiers

    by  • August 12, 2013 • Peace and Security, Women • 1 Comment

    Sudanese police women in North Darfur

    Since Security Council resolutions began demanding more significant attention to roles for women in conflict areas and the peace-building that follows, much of the discussion has justifiably centered on protection of civilians, because women and their children suffer most in war and dislocation. Less attention has been paid to the woeful numbers of women...

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    Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Chief, Resigns

    by  • March 16, 2013 • GOINGS-ON, Women • 3 Comments

    Michelle Bachelet, the head of the United Nations agency promoting the rights of women and gender equality, has told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she is stepping down after two years in the job. Bachelet, a former Chilean president, is likely to run for president of her country again in elections this fall. She made the announcement...

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    Assessing the Power of Farm Women: A New Approach

    by  • February 28, 2012 • Development, Women • 4 Comments

    index of women farmers

    As the world pins hopes on more effective farming to end cycles of hunger in many developing countries, an important factor holding back food production is a persistent cultural opposition to giving women more power over the land. Nearly half the farm labor in the developing countries is done by women, who are hardworking...

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