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Britain has cut its international aid several times since 2020 and, by the government’s own admission, the well-being of women around the world has been substantially impacted. The 2021 cut to UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, is a prime example. If …

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The United Nations-led meeting in Doha with the Taliban next week offers another opportunity for Afghanistan and all opposing sides in the country to come together to end the war. Any achievement, however, depends on whether all factions, including women …

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Pramila Patten, the United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict, is reportedly going to Israel at the end of January. She was invited by the government to visit the country more than a month ago to hear first-hand …

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In the Taliban’s Afghanistan, it’s not uncommon for three women to share a hospital bed. Nor is it rare for premature babies to share incubators. This occurs in the most developed city, the capital of Kabul, and all over the …

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[…] Edwards, the first woman special rapporteur on torture for the United Nations, inspecting prison cells for compliance with international standards during an official visit to Chile, October 2023. In her first year in the post, Edwards, an …

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Sima Bahous, the head of UN Women since 2021 and a former Jordanian envoy to the United Nations, faced intensifying criticism for not declaring Hamas a terrorist group since its Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel. CATIANNE TIJERINA/UN WOMEN …

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The Rapid Support Forces, an independent military group with a long history of abuse in Sudan, has reached El Fasher, the only major city in the Darfur region still outside its control. Since April, the RSF have been fighting the …

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A high court in Kenya has temporarily blocked the United Nations Security Council-backed Multinational Security Support mission from going to Haiti. “That a conservatory order is hereby issued restraining the respondents from deploying police officers to Haiti or any other …

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Welcome to This Week @UN, where we summarize the most important news coming out of the organization as well as promote our own articles, focusing on Armenia and Azerbaijan, the tail end of the UN General Assembly’s big week, Russia’s human …

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With the death of Yevgeny Prgozhin, the leader of the brutal Wagner Group, Russia seems determined to allow the mercenaries to operate in Africa, particularly in Mali and the Central African Republic. Murders, theft of resources and rape characterize the Wagner Group’s …

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We believe that war crimes, crimes against humanity and potentially genocide are currently being deliberately perpetrated in Sudan. We urge all of those committed to the collective responsibility to protect people from these crimes to listen to populations whose lives …

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Fatima Gailani, a pre-eminent Afghan woman activist, believes that engagement with Taliban is essential, but that doesn’t imply recognition. She says: “In my religion, in my national interest, …

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The United Nations Office of Counterterrorism says it is growing its offices overseas to become more efficient, but some civil society experts who follow the UN’s counterterrorism work closely remain skeptical. They contend that the new centers expand a somewhat-secretive …

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The phrase “gender apartheid” is used in a new United Nations report describing the continuing grave violations of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. The goal of using the term, the experts who wrote the report say, is …

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Thankfully, many women judges have escaped Afghanistan with the help of the International Association of Women Judges and other organizations and governments. Sixty-eight women judges still desperately need sanctuary. I am deeply concerned for the safety of women who, like …

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