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Human Rights Day 10 December

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. To commemorate this year’s International Day...
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WWSF awards Iran’s Azizi for women’s creativity in rural life

Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) granted the 2018 international prize for women’s creativity in rural life to Iran’s Ziba Azizi for her tireless leadership for the education of students in rural areas, especially girls, WWSF website reported. Azizi, 35, a teacher from Qasr-e Qand city in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, has also been addressing...
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‘Iran 9th country with lowest maternity death worldwide’

 Iran achieved MDG 5 [United Nations Millennium Development Goals] by being the 9th country with the lowest maternity death worldwide, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times. It’s a big achievement because to end the death during childbirth is a goal that UNFPA...
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9 key issues affecting girls and women around the world

In an effort to remedy my glaring cluelessness in time for Girls & Women Month, I consulted my more knowledgeable colleagues and combed the Web to put together this list of 9 key issues affecting girls and women worldwide. Whether you’re new to the topic or a veteran advocate, this cheat sheet should help clarify what we...
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Intl. Day of Mathematics to honor late Iranian mathematician Mirzakhani

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared March 14 as the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) to pay tribute to late Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani and some other female scientists. According to the UNESCO official website in mid-September through a proposal, prepared by the International Mathematical Union, UNESCO proclaimed the IDM,...
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From where I stand: “Not being able to see was not an obstacle”

Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico, is among the 70,000 women who ran for gender equality as part of the largest 5K race for women in the world. My passion for running started when I was 35 years old. Not being able to see was not an obstacle. For me it has been...
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UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October

International Day of Rural Women In most countries around the world, rural women and girls face daily challenges of access to sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection. The ubiquity of these challenges offers a large scope for change so that they no longer dominate and constrain women’s and girls’ lives. Rural women make up 43 per...
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In the words of Marta Vieira da Silva: “Believe in yourself and trust yourself”

Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva is UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Marta, as she is popularly known, wants to inspire women and girls to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport. An icon and role model for many, Marta...
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