Will women be turned away from the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to be held in March, in New York? The world's global institutions must fight the 'Muslim Ban', starting with the United Nations.
interviews for the job of the next UN Secretary-General are continuing in New
York. Female candidates are speaking of leadership, while male candidates speak
more of administration and management.
Key issues that remain unresolved within the Women, Peace, and Security agenda include: the
nature of gender, the advisability of including counter terrorism efforts, and
generational gaps within the movement.
UN Security Council resolution 2242 passed with overwhelming support. but effective implementation was immediately called into question when the Russian
Ambassador then spoke out against the resolution’s key provisions.
in adolescents. We’re not only the future, we’re the present, and we deserve to
be happy." Twelve year old Stephanie Mendez Asturias, from Guatemala, speaking at the UN ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.
incompetent policies and hierarchical understandings of rights dominate global
economic governance programmes. Integrating a feminist political economy into
the analysis reveals the interconnections of structural
inequalities that underlie women’s subordination.
Many of the assumptions about who wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are wrong. The less known story of the men and women who wrote this foundational, emancipatory and anti-colonial document must be told in today's world.
dangerous process is taking place in the UN system that threatens the
universality of human rights by seeking to make them contingent on subjective
‘traditional values’ such as ‘responsible behaviour’.
Human rights instruments have enabled women’s
movements to access a normative and analytic framework for fighting
discrimination, and rights discourses have been deployed to legitimise
women’s demands for social and economic rights, political representation and
well-being. Maxine Molyneux spoke to Deniz Kandiyoti about the new trends and
threats to women’s rights and UN frameworks.
Women’s human rights discourse and movements have
become entangled within a culture-versus-rights dualism. Yakin Ertürk
argues that this is a false dualism which serves both private
patriarchy and public patriarchy of neo-liberal globalisation
As the UN moves to create a strong women's agency led by an Under Secretary General, Charlotte Bunch argues that leadership and funding will determine the real success of the new unit and how powerful it will be.