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In Focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why does it matter? Recent studies suggest that 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will have jobs that do not yet exist. While more girls are attending school than before, girls are significantly...
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From where I stand: “I was the first woman to apply for a firefighter’s job”

Merve Erbay, 21, became the first woman firefighter in the Turkish Parliament after outperforming competitors in the firefighting exam.   It has been my dream since childhood to be in a profession that touches people’s lives. My role model was my uncle who was a firefighter at an airport. I often used to visit him...
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Women snagged record 28% of 2019 Oscar nominations, an all-time high

Women accounted for 27.5 percent of all the Oscar nominees in 2019, a slight uptick from last year’s record-setting year, in which only 26.8 percent of the nominations went to women. Of the 225 individuals nominated this year in the 24 competitive categories, 62 women were named, based on a tally from TheWrap. That’s compared...
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Kermanshah exhibit explores history of ties between UN, Iran

An exhibition of photos and documents featuring major events occurring over 73 years of relations between Iran and the United Nations opened on Monday at a complex in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah. Tehran and the northwestern city of Tabriz were the previous hosts of the exhibit in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Maria Dotsenko,...
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From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to...
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From where I stand: “We must believe in ourselves that we can be leaders”

Betty Mtehemu, Deputy Chairperson of Fabric Clothes Sector, and Chairperson of the Women’s Union in Dar es Salaam’s Mchikichini Market has seen how raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market.   Betty Mtewele, a market vendor and Chair of the National Women’s Association for Informal Market Traders....
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International Human Solidarity Day

Background Solidarity is identified in the Millennium Declaration as one of the fundamental values of international relations in the 21st Century, wherein those who either suffer or benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most. Consequently, in the context of globalization and the challenge of growing inequality, strengthening of international solidarity is indispensable. Therefore,...
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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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