The UN Commission on Status of Women, Session 57, debated inclusion of child marriage in agreement on eliminating violence against women, as Malawi seeks to raise its legal age of marriage from 15 to 18. More than 140 million girls will become child brides by 2020 if current rates of early marriage continue, according to the UN.

تعرب المنظمات النسائية المصرية المشاركة فى الاجتماع السابع والخمسين لمجنة وضع الم أ رة بالأمم المتحدة بمدينة نيويورك عن بالغ الاستياء من طبيعة المشاركة المصرية فى أعمال المجنة من حيث طريقة التمثيل الحكومى، وكممة السمطات المصرية والتى ألقتيا الدكتورة باكينام الشرقاوى، مستشارة الرئيس لمشئون السياسية، وكذلكما يجرى تداولو بشأن الدور الذى تمعبو الحكومة المصرية مع بعض الحكومات الأخرى، المعروفة بعدم احت ا رميا لحقوق الإنسان، من أجل التأثير السمبى عمى توصيات المجنة.

Une Commission de l’Assemble générale des Nations unies a adopté une résolution contre les mutilations génitales féminines (MGF), ce qui représente un immense encouragement pour les organisations de la société civile qui luttent en vue de mettre fin à cette pratique destructrice.

Jubilant Palestinians have rejoiced at the historic - but largely symbolic - vote at the UN General Assembly in New York granting them non-member observer status.

GENEVA – “Women and girls who are forced to marry find themselves in servile marriages for the rest of their lives,” warned United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, in a statement to commemorate the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which is celebrated on 2 December. “They are deprived of their genuine right to make their own choice for their future.”

تبنت الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة أول قرار لها يندد بختان النساء والذي تعاني منه حوالي 140 مليون امرأة في العالم وتعتبره منظمات حقوقية عديدة تشويها لأعضاء الأنثى التناسلية واعتداء على حقوقها الجنسية.

“Ensuring women’s and girls’ rights, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender equality lie at the heart of the international human rights system, starting with article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states unequivocally: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…’

Pakistan’s second review under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place on the 30 October 2012, and was attended by a large delegation led by Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and including the Advisor on Human Rights and the Advisor on Minorities.

SARAJEVO / GENEVA (5 November 2012) – United Nations human rights expert Rashida Manjoo said that heightened domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina is linked in many cases to the legacy of the war, and women and men suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related mental health problems as well as unemployment, poverty or addiction.

Realizing women’s cultural rights can play a key role in ensuring that women’s rights are respected more widely. Farida Shaheed, UN expert in the field of cultural rights, proposed to shift the paradigm from one that views culture merely as an obstacle to women’s rights to one that seeks to ensure women’s equal enjoyment of cultural rights.

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