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FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations
Fifteen Guatemalan women from the Q’eqchi indigenous group, who were enslaved and raped by the military during the Central American country’s 36-year-long civil conflict, are still waiting for hard-won reparations to materialize.
FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee

French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee
Following complaints by two French Muslim women, fined for wearing a full-body veil or niqab, a UN Committee of independent human rights experts ruled in their favour on Tuesday, stating that their freedom to practice their religion had been infringed.
French full-body veil ban, violated women’s freedom of religion: UN Human Rights Committee
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.
‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief

Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief
Marking International Day of Rural Women, on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on countries to ensure that women and girls living in rural areas can enioy their human rights as this would enable making “progress for all”.
Investing in rural women and girls, ‘essential’ for everyone’s future: UN chief
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts

Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts
UN human rights experts are urging Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release all women human rights defenders, including six imprisoned on charges relating to their peaceful defence of human rights.
Continuing incarceration of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, ‘reprehensible’: UN experts
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help 600 million-plus adolescent girls realize full potential: UN chief

‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help 600 million-plus adolescent girls realize full potential: UN chief
There are “multiple barriers” including “systemic discrimination” bias and lack of training, which are keeping the largest generation of girls in human history from reaching their full potential, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Thursday, marking International Day of the Girl Child.
‘Concerted effort’ must be made to help 600 million-plus adolescent girls realize full potential: UN chief
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief

‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief
Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing “in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls”, said the UN’s leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation to the country this week.
‘Stronger’ effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege awarded Nobel Peace Prize

UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist helping victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC) won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year – UN rights experts

Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year – UN rights experts
States across the world should act now to decriminalise abortion and make every effort to ensure women and girls have the right to make their own decisions about pregnancy, said a group of United Nations human rights experts on Friday, in a statement marking International Safe Abortion Day.
Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year – UN rights experts
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population

Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’

Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’
A 50 million Euro investment aimed at helping to end the scourge of femicide – where women and girls are killed just because of their gender – was announced at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday, thanks to the ‘political courage’ of a group of Latin American countries, said the UN deputy chief.
Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’
Source: UN News – Women, Children, and Population