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When the United Kingdom's former Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, was visiting Pakistan during Benazir Bhutto's term as Prime Minister, his wife asked a little boy what he would like to be when he grew up. "A truck driver, maybe," mused the child. Surprised at his modest ambitions, Lady Howe persisted: "But surely you would like to go into politics, even become Prime Minister?" Back came the answer, "No, that's women's work."
On the eve of International Women's Day, the United Nations has launched the "He for She" campaign urging men to stand up for the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters, while top UN officials stressed that human rights for girls and women are not a dream but a duty of all.
The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution setting out practical steps to combat violations against children in armed conflict, as United Nations officials underscored the need to do more to ensure that children are protected and perpetrators are brought to justice.
The United Nations today launched a new initiative to end the recruitment and use of children in Government forces in conflict by 2016, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns.
With preparations under way to mark International Women's Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released a set of recommendations for countries to ensure that women, girls and couples have access to the tools needed to avoid unwanted pregnancies, thereby improving health and allowing for better family planning.
Outbreaks of fresh fighting in South Sudan is likely to displace tens of thousands of additional people and is hampering efforts to help children in need, warns the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Moved by the dire plight of more than 5 million war-traumatized Syrian children - both inside and outside the country - United Nations agencies and their partners today joined forces to urge the world to demand an end to the "relentless horror and suffering" those children face before an entire generation is lost.
The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria.
David Beckham, a United Nations Children's Fund Goodwill Ambassador, today met with children in the storm-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban as part of the UN agency's relief efforts in the country.
A new report launched today by the United Nations spotlights the significant impact of young migrants on origin, transit and destination countries and communities, as well as the challenges they face, as told in their own voices.