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Gender-biased sex selection an extreme form and manifestation of gender discrimination and inequality against women, say UN Women and UNFPA


New Delhi, July 22, 2014 – The sharply declining child sex ratio in India has reached emergency proportions and urgent action must be taken to alleviate this crisis. The study ‘Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions,’ undertaken by Dr. Mary John on behalf of UN Women and with support from UNFPA, helps to understand gender-biased sex selection more holistically, and aids in the identification of the important way forward for organisations and people working on the problem.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets India’s Minister for External Affairs and gender equality champion

New Delhi, 16 July 2014 – UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with India’s second woman Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj last Friday to congratulate her on her appointment. Ms Puri also sought her engagement and support to promote gender equality in India, as well as the regional and global levels, and briefed her on UN Women’s mission to empower women.

UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets with key ministers during visit to India

New Delhi, 9 July 2014 – UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri yesterday met with key ministers of the new Government in India whose efforts will be crucial to the progress of the country’s women and girls – who represent over 18 per cent of the world’s women.

UN Women announces Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador

UN Women Announces Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador

New York, 9 July 2014 - UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, today announced the appointment of British Actress, Emma Watson, as Goodwill Ambassador.