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Three Ways to Help Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Celebrating International Women's Day in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2015

Everyone has a fundamental right to live free of violence. Yet violence against women and girls is a health epidemic and a leading cause of injury and disability for women across the globe. In many regions, it kills as many women and girls from ages 15 to 44 as cancer and surpasses injury from traffic … Read more

In Congo Republic, Struggling Efforts to Get Child Prostitutes Off the Street

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — On the outskirts of the capital here, it is dark and loud in a makeshift bar as Congolese music blares across the room. When we ask two patrons if children are there, they point to one girl and suggest she could be a prostitute. Young and slim, she might indeed … Read more

Nations Reject Gender Violence, but the Suffering Endures

Nepal flash mob

The 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women ended in mid-March more with a sigh of relief than with jubilation. The commission, comprising 45 national delegations, managed to reach a final agreement (which it could not do last year) without losing ground on women’s rights that had been gained, at … Read more

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UN Women’s Conference Agreement Is Under Assault

UN Commission on the STatus of Women

As the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s annual conference enters its final week, the political agendas of different countries are reflected in the deep divisions over how to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, the theme this year. Furious arguments are going on over the use of such language as … Read more

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