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New York: Around four million girls worldwide suffer female genital mutilation every year. Although it is forbidden in Kenya, COVID-19 has led some families to revive itthe traditional practice, and a UN-supported phone helpline for victims of gender-based violence in the country has seen a big rise in calls since the pandemic hit. more
COVID-19 underscores need to deliver on promise of landmark women’s rights conference

New York: Unless countries act now, the COVID-19 pandemic could erase recent “fragile progress” towards gender equality, the UN Secretary-General warned on Thursday, urging go ...

Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chief

New York: Young women are fighting interconnected battles for “environmental, economic and racial justice”, the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.

World’s richest nations must protect child well-being in COVID-19 fallout: UNICEF

New York: Children in the world’s richest countries are grappling with mental health concerns, obesity and poor social and academic skills, according to a new study published on Thu ...

Women bear the brunt, as COVID erodes progress on eradicating extreme poverty

New York: The coronavirus pandemic and its fallout will likely push 47 million more women into poverty, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty, new data released on We ...

Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns

Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to ...

One step at a time: UN women’s health agency helping shift dangerous social norms

New York: One of the largest chiefdoms in Zambia’s Eastern Province is challenging harmful social norms, including child marriage, risky initiation and impunity for perpetrators of ...

Human rights report details ‘heartbreaking’ accounts of women detained in DPRK

New York: Women forcibly returned to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations, according to a rep ...

Harness multilateralism’s power to urgently advance women’s rights amid COVID recovery

With essential resources for women’s health being diverted to emergency COVID-19 response around the world, Governments, civil society leaders, CEOs and academic experts gathered vi ...

Rise in women prisoners and COVID measures, ‘making sentences worse’

More than 700,000 women are in prison around the world, and that number is growing much faster than men, the Human Rights Council has heard.