Nicola Sturgeon was recognized by the UN for her contribution to the advancement of gender equality.

Today, during his working visit to North America, the First Minister met with the Administrative Director of UN Women Fumzil Mlambo-Ngkuka in New York.

Upon the gathering, it was announced that UN Women stated Ms. Sturgeon as the first world defender for the UN campaign #HeForShe.

She, in turn, told that the Scottish administration has launched a campaign in which men and boys participate in the struggle for parity.

The first minister also declared a new pilot blueprint to lower the rate of early and child wedlock in rural Malawi as part of a further cooperation of the Scottish Administration with UN Women.

A backing of £ 113,000 was reaffirmed for the UN-Women blueprint in Malawi. WeLearn is an online school pilot, whose goal is to provide young women and girls with data, skills and support networks to lower social and economic exclusion.