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Gendered Justice: Breaking Barriers and Building Narratives - A perspective from Pakistan

International Day of Women Judges 2023

Women of Pakistan face cultural and social barriers where they are cast in a given gendered role, which is conditioned and limited. Although more women are educated now and the number of working women has increased, women do not have a fair share of representation in leadership and decision-making positions.

Antje Boetius

Diversity in science. Filling the dream gap

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

It appears especially astonishing for a wealthy country like Germany, where I am from. Despite high socio-economical investment in the academic education of women, who now make up the majority of university graduates, we seem stuck at 27% female professors, and less than 15% in top leadership positions as presidents of universities, or directors of non-university institutions. Even in the new digital disciplines and enterprises, the figures are dire – only 18% female participation in IT professions, and even less as owners of start-ups.

UN Photo / Loey Felipe

The key to eliminating gender bias is to change perceptions of women

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women are less likely than men to occupy positions of power but also technical roles. When women are less visible, this situation can foster gender bias and gender stereotyping. It also deprives high-level decision-making and research and innovation of the female perspective.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Inequality and the paradox of educational investment

International Day of Education

As of today, we are told by the experts that the combination of longstanding poverty, increasing inequality, wrong policies, and the impact of the pandemic, are leaving a vast majority of children in less developed countries with so little education that only three out of ten would be able to read and understand a simple text by age ten.

Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Why the International Human Rights Day is important to the work of frontline human rights defenders

Human Rights Day 2022

International Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10 to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United National General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

A. Preusch

The importance of multilateralism for neutral Switzerland

United Nations Day 2022

Never before has civil society been so actively engaged in global politics as today. While in Iran, the population is fighting for women’s rights following the death of Jina Mahsa Amini and causing women worldwide to cut their hair in support, climate activists are closing roads in Berlin and Geneva and occupying Black Rock headquarters in New York.


Promoting Democracy around the world: Reflecting from the United Nations

International Day of Democracy

This year, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the International Day of Democracy. In 2007 The General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe the 15th of September each year for promoting and consolidating the principles of democracy worldwide.

Back to Basics

Anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary

Amid attacks on judicial independence carried out by the governments of some European Union Member States, these words enshrined in the UN Principles have gained new momentum.

UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

Nelson Mandela International Day, 2002: South African Scholars reflecting on Madiba’s legacy

Nelson Mandela International Day

Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholars at the South African Institute of International Affairs reflect on Nelson Mandela’s legacy and on his almost inimitable dedication to improving the lives of all South Africans. Although this aspiration remains largely unfulfilled, his inspiration still resonates with many South Africans. Democratic South Africa has achieved undeniable gains such as the right to vote, basic education, and primary health care; the introduction of an extensive social security system that has lifted many people out of poverty; the provision of affordable housing and basic services to millions. However, it is common knowledge that true prosperity remains lost in the quagmire of social, economic, and political challenges confronting South Africa today.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Sexual violence as a weapon of war - support to victims and survivors

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On June 12, 2022, Kosovo marked the 23rd anniversary of freedom. Many people still remember that day. With the pain of the losses and hardships experienced and the relief that the nightmare was over, they were embarking towards the next chapter. One where they were free and the war was in the past. Yet, among all, there was one group whose war did not end with the NATO intervention – the survivors of sexual violence during the war.

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Welcome to the UN AGORA Blog by the New York Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Democracy, Peace and Security, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law are key pillars of our work around the world, but specifically here in New York and in liaison with the United Nations.


Join us in our virtual discussions and follow the international experts whom we are inviting to contribute to our UN AGORA Blog in order to honor specific international UN Days or to draw attention to current topics in the realm of peace and justice globally.


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