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Pass Blue - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

In Bamako, a signing ceremony of an agreement between the UN and Mali through its Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, to strengthen the response to Covid-19 with approximately $2.6 million, April 6, 2020. HARANDANE DICKO/MINUSMA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Covid-19 poses major challenges for...

Pass Blue - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Reports of domestic violence are rising as Covid-19 races across the planet and people are ordered to stay home. But as UN Secretary-General Guterres said on April 5: “For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest. In their homes.” Like many countries, Spain,...

Pass Blue - 2020-04-04 - Original post - cached version

UN Women’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka, speaking at the Commission on the Status of Women’s annual meeting in March 2020, at UN headquarters. The conference had been cut to a single day from 11, as the Covid-19 virus began racing from China to the rest of the world. Now, the...

Pass Blue - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Certain factors contributing to gender imbalances in some populations have resulted in “missing girls,” like in Vietnam, above, and “disappearing men,” like in Russia. The Covid-19 pandemic will have enduring effects on the imbalances as well.

Normally, the numbers of males and females in...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

UN headquarters in New York, during the opening of the General Assembly’s annual debate, above, September 2019. The Generation Equality Forum scheduled for May in Mexico City, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference on women’s rights, is likely to be postponed or cancelled. AMANDA...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

The authors, Samea Shanori, left, and Fiona Shukri, at a pomegranate festival in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. They argue that participation of women in the US-Taliban peace deal will only hurt them without their “methodical, sustained and substantive engagement.”

Afghan women’s...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Grammy Award-winning singer and a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, Angélique Kidjo performing at an event for International Women’s Day, March 2020. This year was supposed to be a time for heralding women’s rights, but so far that is not working out. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

This year was...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Striking on International Women’s Day, 2019 in London. One way to gauge whether a society that has been at war will ever be peaceful is to see how it treats women and girls at home.    

Nearly 700 people, many of them young adults and students, flocked to the United Nations recently to...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-06 - Original post - cached version

Zhang Jun, China’s envoy to the United Nations, in the Security Council, Sept. 17, 2019. Zhang has been in the post for less than a year and now leads the Council as president in March, just as the world reels from the coronavirus outbreak. ARIANA LINDQUIST/UN PHOTO

Over the past year...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-04 - Original post - cached version

UN Secretary-General António Guterres received an honorary degree from the New School university in New York City on Feb. 17. He spoke at length on “women and power,” blaming patriarchy for the injustices inflicted on women and girls. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

With International Women’s Day,...

Pass Blue - 2020-03-03 - Original post - cached version

UN Secretary-General António Guterres received an honorary degree from the New School university in New York City on Feb. 17. He spoke at length on “women and power,” blaming patriarchy for the injustices inflicted on women and girls. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO 

With International Women’s Day,...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

A participant at the 2019 annual women’s rights meeting at the UN in New York. This year’s preparations for the gathering, held in early March, have already forced diplomats working on a political declaration to take sides in promoting or excluding certain rights. AMANDA VOISARD/UN WOMEN

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Pass Blue - 2020-02-26 - Original post - cached version

A health worker in Togo, supported by the US, discussing family planning choices with local women. Trump’s new budget proposal would continue to restrict money for reproductive health sharply, “to suit the antichoice crowd” in the US electorate, the writer says. USAID

Whether or not...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Eighteen-year-old Millicent lives at an orphanage and school for formerly trafficked children, in Kete Krachi, near Lake Volta. As a child, she had been forced for years to do such labor as smoking fish captured from the lake. She would ask herself, When will I be rescued from this mess? Now she...

Pass Blue - 2020-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The Women’s Day march in Istanbul, 2017. The leaders of Brazil, Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, all friends of Trump, have been steadily eroding the rights of women. In Turkey, for example, a bill has been introduced to grant amnesty to men convicted of statutory rape if they marry their...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-27 - Original post - cached version

The annual Commission on the Status of Women, 2019. This year’s meeting, March 9-20, could be as contentious on such sensitive topics as reproductive health rights as they were last year. This time, however, the session reviews the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Jonathan Moore, the new head of International Organization Affairs, a US State Department bureau that works closely with the US mission to the UN.

The naming of Jonathan Moore, a senior United States Foreign Service officer, to the position of Acting Assistant Secretary of State for...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Fannie Munlin, the chair of the NGO Executive Committee, the liaison between the civil society world and the UN. She manages the needs and demands of 1,600 nongovernmental organizations, including their egos. It seems to come easily to her. DULCIE LEIMBACH

Fannie Munlin has led a...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-21 - Original post - cached version

A detail from a mural being painted on a memorial for victims of Guatemala’s civil war, San Juan Comalapa, 2018. As UN-led global commemorations push ahead on women’s rights and equality in 2020, a set of six “action coalition” themes was announced by UN Women. Not everyone is happy with the...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

In 2017, a contingent of UN peacekeepers in Haiti holding a closing ceremony to their operations and the start of peacekeepers’ overall withdrawal from the country that year. New research focusing on how sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers in Haiti has affected women and girls there...

Pass Blue - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

This year, the status of women on many fronts, from political involvement to personal justice, will be evaluated in international forums. It is widely recognized, for starters, that women in poor countries need more access to information on basic health care for themselves and their families....

Pass Blue - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres arriving at the Security Council meeting on upholding the United Nations Charter, Jan. 9, 2020. The debate was scheduled long before the recent US-Iran attacks, but those alarming actions were referred to directly or alluded to by member states as...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

President Trump speaking at the UN’s luncheon for heads of state, September 2019. He and other certain global leaders attending the General Assembly opening session signaled the rise of nationalism coupled with pushback on women’s rights. LIZ MUZI/UNCA POOL

Once again, 2019 marked...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-25 - Original post - cached version

A street scene in Kabul, taken by the author, who is originally from Boston but worked for many years in Afghanistan. A Christmas she spent in the capital one year, she writes, was the most touching and surprising she had ever experienced.

The Christmas spirit finally found me drinking...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in her office in the Secretariat building, New York, December 2019. DiCarlo, who is from Rhode Island in the United States, is the first person to lead the new department. JOE PENNEY

This year was a...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-14 - Original post - cached version

The Netherlands hosted a conference with governments and the financial sector on human trafficking and slavery, June 2019. Sexual extortion, or “sextortion,” the author says, is a crime against humanity that is not only part of human trafficking transactions but is also found in other arenas of...

Pass Blue - 2019-12-12 - Original post - cached version

Rosemary DiCarlo, the highest-ranking US official at the UN, is the first person to lead the newly created Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. Being the first woman in the post, she said, is a “heavy burden,” as she acts as a model for aspiring men and women at the organization....

Pass Blue - 2019-11-27 - Original post - cached version

President Trump with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, at the 74th session of the General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2019. Melania Trump is in the center. The US is blocking progress on women’s reproductive rights globally. ARIANA LINDQUIST/UN PHOTO

It did not take long after the 74th ...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-25 - Original post - cached version

Marie Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine who testified in the US impeachment hearings recently, was attacked in her testimony in real time by President Trump on Twitter. He attacked a female White House adviser, also on Twitter.

Although the first hearings by the...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

One of the most popular activities at the Russian-African summit in Sochi in late October was trying out the virtual reality booth with Russian rifles. President Putin wants investments and closer friendships in Africa, while the United States takes a back seat. JOE PENNEY

African summits...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

At the Nairobi summit marking the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population Development, a session focusing on indigenous women and girls featured Tarcila Rivera Zea Chirapaq of Chirapaq, a nonprofit group in Lima, Peru.

NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 6,000 delegates in...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

The intensifying controversy over decriminalizing “sex work” has prompted the head of UN Women to declare its neutrality on the subject, possibly further enflaming the dispute as preparations marking women’s rights begin for 2020. CREATIVE COMMONS

The surprising controversy over women in...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Karen Pierce of Britain in the Security Council with Riyad Mansour, center, Palestine’s envoy to the UN, May 15, 2018. Britain’s theme for its Council presidency is the effects of conflict on ordinary people, not a controversial issue. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

While Britain...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-05 - Original post - cached version

Refugees, above, from the territory of Western Sahara have been living in Tindouf, Algeria, for decades. Western Sahara is the last colonial outpost in Africa, now occupied by Morocco. Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton tried to resolve the situation, but his departure from the...

Pass Blue - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Scenes from a UN women, peace and security in Mali event, with Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, one of the speakers, Oct. 22, 2015. Wallstrom, who created the world’s first feminist foreign policy, has left the Swedish ministry after five whirlwind years. Her “political engagement,”...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version

In the cyclone-hit city of Beira, Mozambique, the World Food Program springs into action, 2019. A new external survey of the agency’s workplace found a range of grievances, including sexual harassment. DEBORAH NGUYEN/WFP

The World Food Program may be receiving millions of more donations...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s top diplomat to the UN, briefing the media, Oct. 16, 2019. Russia and Iran have been vigorously protesting US visa denials to dozens of their diplomats. Our new podcast episode explains their strategy. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

While Turkey has carried out its plan...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

A new free dedicated hotline in Britain for women to report sexual harassment at work has been inundated with calls from women of all ages, suggesting the problem may be pervasive. 

A new hotline is offering free, confidential legal advice to women in England and Wales who...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

A coalition of civil society organizations is petitioning UN Women, which is devoted to promoting gender equality worldwide, to think twice about supporting the decriminalization of prostitution, as UN preparations begin to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women’s rights conference in...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, speaking on Oct. 15, 2019, about China, Syria/Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other current US foreign policy points. Moderating is William Burns of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK

Hillary Clinton...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-15 - Original post - cached version

An ambitious plan to guide the new Sudanese government’s transition to democracy has been presented by a Darfuri women’s rights group to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who is also brand-new to office. Kindergarteners, above, performing in El Fasher, North Darfur, organized by the UN’s...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-10 - Original post - cached version

Ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila of South Africa speaking to reporters outside the UN Security Council, Oct. 9, 2019. As president of the Council for the month, he is taking its members on a trip to Ethiopia and South Sudan. STEPHANIE FILLION

Jerry Matthews Matjila, South Africa’s point...

Pass Blue - 2019-10-09 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration and its allies in the US Congress have again refused to end their severe restrictions on aid to health programs for women globally, including a repeal of the global gag rule. A protest in the US, above, to protect women’s reproductive rights. CREATIVE COMMONS

For...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-27 - Original post - cached version

António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, and Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, at the VIP luncheon during the annual UN General Assembly opening session, Sept. 24, 2019. It was Merkel’s first time to the UNGA, as it is called, in four years and may be her last. EUROPANEWSWIRE/UNCA...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

A historic first at the UN General Assembly high-level debate: an all-female bench from Norway. From left front row: Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide; Ambassador Mona Juul; and parliamentarians in the back row. NORWAY MISSION TO THE UN

How women’s...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Secretary-General António Guterres giving a toast at the annual heads of state luncheon during the opening session of the UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2018. This year, the session will include conferences on climate change, universal health care and the Sustainable Development Goals. And, of...

Pass Blue - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Kersti Kaljulaid, the president of Estonia, after her country’s election to the UN Security Council, June 7, 2019. She is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 25. Eastern Europe appears to dominate now with the most female government leaders globally. LOEY FELIPE/UN PHOTO

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Pass Blue - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Lieut. Comdr. Marcia Braga, left, a 45-year-old Brazilian naval officer, spent a year as a UN military gender adviser in the war-wracked Central African Republic, above. She called it “the most rewarding experience she has ever had.” BRAGA ARCHIVES

In one of the world’s most fragile and...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

At an entrance to the UN headquarters in New York, Indonesian diplomats passing one of the many signs, including some sterner than others, announcing the ban on single-use plastic in the UN dining areas. DULCIE LEIMBACH

People who regularly work or visit the United Nations headquarters in...

Pass Blue - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Joanna Wronecka, Poland’s ambassador to the UN, is president of the Security Council in August. She is known in the UN for speaking Arabic fluently, drawing admiration from that community of diplomats and reporters. Besides Polish, she also speaks English, French and German. DULCIE LEIMBACH...

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