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March 11, 2013

UN News Centre on the Commission on the Status of Women

One news media providing coverage of the 57th Session on the Commission of Women is the United Nations News Centre. Here are several of their stories:

VIDEO STORIES: Women from around the world share their ideas of the greatest challenges to eliminating violence against women and girls, and how to overcome them

FEATURE: UN peacekeeping - on the front lines to end violence against women
8 March – “I know what it means to lose your house, to be looted. To look a child in the eye and say, 'If they come for me, you need to run'," said the newly appointed United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. "I know what it means to give testimony and to investigate the documents.”

By 2020, more than 140 million girls will have become child brides – UN
7 March – If current child marriage rates continue, more than 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020, the United Nations said today, warning that little progress has been made towards ending this harmful practice.

Gender equality essential for women’s economic participation – UN officials
6 March – Senior United Nations officials today emphasized that women will not be able to fully participate in their countries’ economic and political activities until gender equality is achieved, during an event focusing on how businesses can help empower women.

Legislative change ‘fundamental’ to halting gender violence, lawmakers tell UN event
5 March – The importance of strong laws against sexual, domestic and other gender violence was highlighted today as members of parliaments from around the world gathered on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations women’s commission on its second day.

UN women’s commission begins annual session with call to stop gender-based violence
4 March – The United Nations commission focusing on women today kicked off its annual session with a call to eliminate violence against women and girls, a global scourge that affects millions around the world.

Categories: Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights, Justice, Women, Young Women

Tags: child brides, un peacekeeping, united nations news centre, women's economics

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