UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, March

A Brief Survey of Women's Rights from 1945 to 2009
The story of the global struggle for women's rights since 1945 is just beginning to be told. (1) For a proper understanding of the continuities and changes in the struggle for women's rights during this period, we need to go back to the League of Nations,...
A Mutually Reinforcing Goal
There is no question that educating girls is a prerequisite for eradicating poverty. Education empowers and transforms women. It allows them to break the "traditional" cycle of exclusion that keeps them at home and disengaged from decision making....
Armed Conflict and Women: 10 Years of Security Council Resolution 1325
In October this year, the United Nations will commemorate the tenth anniversary of an important, but inadequately recognized international development landmark: Security Council resolution 1325, which recognized the importance of understanding the...
A Story of Violence
Let us call her Magda. The name is invented, but the story is real. She was born in Lesotho 35 years ago. Her life exemplifies the burden of physical, sexual, and psychological violence against women. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Magda's grandmother,...
At What Point Does One Lose One's Humanity?
I have been incredibly blessed in my life to be able to travel. Seeing the world and its diversity first hand has been the greatest teacher, and never have 1 learned a more difficult lesson then when I visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...
In Haiti ... the World from Her Mother's Side
AS THE EARTHQUAKE shook the house around her, ten-year-old Dessica ran outside and into a field behind her small street. "Did you run out alone?" 1 asked. "Yes", she says. "You didn't wait for your mother or your sisters or brothers?" "No", she says....
Invisible in the Media
Back in the eighteenth century, the Anglo Irish philosopher George Berkeley summarized his theory of "immaterialism" in the following dictum: to be is to be perceived. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is safe to assume that...
Lives of Widows a Hidden Issue
I grew up the son of a widow and witnessed first-hand the suffering my mother endured. When my father passed away, my grandmother ordered my mother to remove her jewellery, including her bindi, and never to wear brightly-coloured clothes again. I was...
Navigating Refugee Life
Those of us concerned with violence against refugee women and girls may agree on two things: the first is that the magnitude of the problem is grave, and the second is that although there have been numerous efforts to address the problem in the past...
Prevention Prosecution Protection
How much would you pay for a winter coat? How much would you pay for the child that made it? Fifty years ago, the abomination of slavery seemed like a thing of the past. But history has a way of repeating itself. Today, we find that human slavery...
Sexual Violence as a War Tactic & Security Council Resolution 1888 Next Steps
At the end of September 2009, two sharply contrasting events coincided: the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton introduced resolution 1888 at the United Nations Security Council on 30 September which, like resolution 1820 passed the previous...
Social Protection for Woman
Periods of economic upheaval are always destabilizing and, as such, outcomes are uncertain. We are right now faced with a great danger and a great opportunity. The danger is that "recovery" efforts will favour those in positions of strength, reinforcing...
The Fight to End Violence against Women
Despite the remarkable progress of women in many professions, politics is not one of them. Indeed, around the world, women have been conspicuous by their absence in decision and policy making in government. When the United Nations First World Conference...
Time for Solidarity with Women of Haiti
I will never forget the time an earthquake shook Dodoma in 2002 when I was a parliamentarian in my home country of Tanzania. I had no idea how to react to the tremors and instinctively ran outside. Though I was fortunate that the tremors caused minimal...
United Nations Agencies Forward Together in the Response to Violence against Women
Momentum is building to eliminate the most pervasive yet least recognized human rights abuse in the world--violence against women. Studies show that 70 per cent of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Everywhere,...
When Things Fall Apart: Liberia Shows the Way to Deal with Gender-Based Violence by Establishing Special Courts and Laws to Try Rapists and through Empowering Women and Girls
TYPE IN THE WORDS "LIBERIA RAPE" AND "AFTER THE WAR" AND GOOGLE'S SEARCH ENGINE WILL RETURN 470,000 RESULTS IN 0.38 SECONDS. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One such result is a blog written in 2008 by Azama who witnessed a group of Liberian women share...
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