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Violence against women and girls ‘shames every society,’ UN anti-crime chief warns

Voicing concern over the continued killing of women and girls, the United Nations anti-crime chief today issued a strong call to end such acts, as well as to unravel the gender at the heart of the “dreadful daily experiences of violence” that blight so many of their lives.

South Sudan: UNICEF warns women and children being victimized ‘with frightening regularity’

Almost two years since the eruption of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation continues to deteriorate with women and small children making up the majority of most recent casualties, a representative from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the country said today.

On International Day of Families, Ban spotlights need for gender equality, children's rights

It is time to change social norms that support male control over women and reinforce discrimination against vulnerable family members, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on International Day of Families.

Ban kicks off meeting to boost commitment to ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has gathered senior leaders from around the world for a meeting that began today in New York on ways to step-up commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents globally under a United Nations initiative.

UN-facilitated accord leads to release of some 350 children in Central African Republic

In the single largest release of children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic since violence erupted there some two years ago, some 350 children have been freed following an agreement facilitated by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that will allow them and thousands of others to reclaim their lives and resume their childhood.

Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection, says UN labour agency

Calling for greater “social protection” for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth every day, only 28 per cent of employed women receive cash benefits during their maternity leave, and that child poverty is rising in 18 of 28 countries in the European Union.

Yemen’s children at immediate risk of severe malnutrition as fighting continues – UNICEF

More children in Yemen are at risk of dying from hunger and lack of health services than from bombs and bullets, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today amid ongoing fighting across the Gulf country.

Senior UN official warns of ‘widespread and systematic’ sexual violence in Syria, Iraq

Sexual violence is being committed strategically, in a widespread and systematic manner, and with a high-degree of sophistication by most parties to the conflict in Syria and Iraq, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, said today as she briefed journalists on her “scoping mission” to the region in April.

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.