Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee – the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Africa – reflects on women overcoming differences and leading movements for peace, gender equality and women’s rights In 2015, I became Ghana’s first female ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, I reflect on this […]

How we are moving the gender agenda forward in Sierra Leone

Ms. Manty Tarawalli, Gender and Children’s Affairs Minister, says a new landmark gender equality and women’s empowerment law is a game changer for women In January 2023, President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone signed into law the country’s landmark Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act, which provides that at least 30 per cent of […]

“We must break down barriers that push girls away from studying scientific subjects at an early age”

UN Chief Antonio Guterres, to mark International Women’s Day. Around the world, progress on women’s rights is vanishing before our eyes. The latest forecasts estimate that on our current track, it will take another 300 years to reach full gender equality. Today’s cascading crises, from the war in Ukraine to the climate emergency, affect women […]

UN deputy chief warns of faltering progress towards SDGs

Multiple interconnected global crises are putting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at risk – both in the Arab region and the rest of the world, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed warned on Tuesday 14th march 2023.  “Let me be frank: we are not doing well. Our progress towards the SDGs has faltered and even […]