Three Iraqi women journalists have been selected as winners of a United Nations contest which seeks to highlight the everyday challenges faced by women living in the Middle Eastern country.
The stories submitted by Suha Audah, Enas Jabbar and Shatha al-Shabibi were selected by an independent panel for their depiction of women’s situation in Iraq.
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A few facts: Violence is the order of the day for up to 7 in 10 women across the globe, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not a crime.
In New York, politicians, activists, and professionals gather now for the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. And world leaders are urged to implement concrete initiatives to ending the violence.
Follow the proceedings as Ms Lisbeth Pilegaard, Head of KVINFO's MENA Department, reports on WoMenDialogue's Facebook page.
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United Nations officials joined millions of people around the world who are taking a stance against violence against women as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign on February 14th.
“The global pandemic of violence against women and girls thrives in a culture of discrimination and impunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message for the occasion. “We must speak out.”
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UN human-rights chief Navi Pillay on Saturday criticized restrictions on women’s employment in some Gulf countries and called for those barriers to be lifted. “Women now have access to higher education in all six” Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Pillay said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
“The next stage, which I hope will quickly gather momentum, is to ensure all these educated young women have access to meaningful careers.”