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Equal pay essential to build a world of dignity and justice for all, UN says, commemorating first International Equal Pay Day

18 September 2020 – Globally, despite decades of activism, and dozens of laws on equal pay, women still earn less than 80 cents for every dollar men do. For women with children, women of colour, women refugees and migrants, and women with disabilities, that figure is even lower. Women’s unequal status at work “feeds inequality” in other areas of their …


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Social workers on the frontline during COVID-19

18 September 2020 – Livhuwani knows first-hand the value of social work in supporting children and young people who have suffered violence in South Africa. “In terms of violence, it was there where I grew up,” says the Johannesburg-based Childline South Africa social worker, “I didn’t know it as ‘gender-based violence’, I knew it as ‘a man must rule his …


Digital solutions to help tackle Fall Armyworm in South Africa

17 September 2020, Pretoria – A new app developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) helps South African farmers track the Fall Armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The Fall Armyworm is a formidable enemy. They are nocturnal and complete their lifecycles within twenty-one days. They attack maize, wheat, and sorghum …

Secretary-General António Guterres offers insights into the challenges facing the world

17 September 2020 – On the eve of the 75th United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres offers insights into the challenges facing the world and the solutions offered by multilateralism. At a time of unprecedented global crisis, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other threats, the Secretary-General sees opportunities to shift course away from isolationism and toward …

UN Women: 10 years of championing women and girls

On 2 July 2010, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to merge four parts of the United Nations system into the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – known as UN Women. In the ten years since our establishment, we have worked with governments, civil society, the private sector and our sister agencies in …

COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy this International Democracy Day

15 September 2020 – The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has resulted in major social, political and legal challenges globally. As states around the world adopt emergency measures to address the crisis, it is critical that they continue to uphold the rule of law, protect and respect international standards and basic principles of legality, and the right to access justice, remedies and …