Author Archives: UN Women
For centuries, indigenous populations in Latin America have had their own forms of governance and justice systems. In recent decades, the legitimacy of these institutions has been recognized in laws and constitutions across the region. Indigenous women, who face triple … Continue reading
Five United Nations Security Council resolutions have together recognized the impact of conflict on women, established that sexual violence in conflict is a matter of international peace and security and have put in place concrete measures to ensure accountability. When … Continue reading
In the 2010 thematic report on reparations, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women identified the growing demand for ‘transformative justice’ in response to gender-based crimes. Reparations that support women’s economic empowerment can contribute to transformative justice by … Continue reading
Women are more likely than men to live in poverty in 22 out of the 25 countries for which data are available. Source: UN Women calculations using MEASURE DHS latest available (2004–2009), based on methodology presented in ECLAC 2004. Note: … Continue reading
Gender parity has been achieved in secondary attendance in 17 out of 40 countries. However, for some this has been achieved at very low overall rates and poor girls from rural areas are missing out. Source: Seck and Azcona 2010. … Continue reading
Developed regions have reached 30 percent critical mass for share of women in ministerial positions, but no region has achieved the mark for the proportion of women in parliament. Source: UN Women calculations based on women in parliament data from … Continue reading
Sex ratios remain high in countries where sons are traditionally preferred over daughters. Source: UN DESA 2011b. Note: The biologically normal sex ratio at birth is approximately 102–106 boys for every 100 girls.
Only a fraction of reported rape cases result in conviction. Source: Lovett and Kelly 2009. Note: The data are from metropolitan or regional areas, and thus may not be representative of all rape cases in the country.
Rural poor women are much less likely than urban rich women to receive assistance from a skilled heath professional during childbirth. Source: Seck and Azcona 2010. Based on calculations commissioned by UN Women from Harttgen and Klasen 2010. Note: Data … Continue reading