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Women, Children, Population - UN News Centre

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On International Day, UN says more midwife training will help tackle maternity and child deaths

Nearly 800 women continue to die every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations spotlighted as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for greater investment to increase the number of midwives and enhance the quality and reach of their services.

Central African Republic: armed groups agree to release child soldiers, says UNICEF

As part of an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), up to 10,000 children currently associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be released from roles such as combatants, sex slaves and cooks, a spokesperson for the agency told reporters in Geneva today.

UN launches #SaveKidsLives campaign to boost road safety for children

Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations warned today as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children.

UN lauds South Sudan as country ratifies landmark child rights treaty

The United Nations has hailed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the African nation takes a critical step towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children.

UN envoy Gordon Brown welcomes release of 200 Nigerian girls held captive by Boko Haram

The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has welcomed the release of 200 girls from captivity by Boko Haram and called for the immediate release of all abducted girls, ahead of his meeting tomorrow with Nigerian President-Elect.

Top UN official in South Sudan urges release of remaining child soldiers

The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town in the eastern part of the country, where she met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining children still being held by a militia group in the region.

UN agency unveils alternative policy agenda to transform economies, make gender equality a reality

A major new report released today in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN Women) calls for the transformation of economies to make women’s rights and equality a reality.

UNICEF welcomes final release of child soldiers by armed group in South Sudan

Militants in South Sudan have handed over to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) a final group of 283 children in what the agency described as “a small piece of good news in what is otherwise a terrible situation for children in other parts of [the country],” where many boys and girls have been abducted and forcibly recruited as child soldiers.

On ‘Girls in ICT Day,’ UN urges increased opportunity in information and communications technology

Aiming to attract women to fields “where strong demand is creating global skills shortfall,” the tech community is gearing up to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ around the world.

‘Youth represent promise – not peril,’ Ban tells Council debate on countering extremism

Involving youth in peacebuilding processes the world over is essential to lasting global stability and stemming the growth of radicalism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in remarks delivered to a Security Council session devoted to the role of youth in countering violent extremism and promoting peace.