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UN Women
May 22, 2020

From where I stand: "It has become impossible to meet daily needs"
Esther Macharia, 37, is a single mother and the only breadwinner for herself and her daughter. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Kenya, she lost nearly her entire income as a rideshare driver in Nairobi, as people are no longer requesting rides. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers with low wages and without safety nets.

UN Women
May 22, 2020

In Myanmar, women work to protect small businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
UN Women has been working with other United Nations agencies, partners and the Government to raise public awareness about COVID-19. Initiatives by UN Women's Sittwe office include providing information geared toward women, helping women get health and social protection services, and ensuring that virus control measures, such as quarantine centres, meet women's needs and concerns

UN Women
May 21, 2020

Press release: COVID-19 sparks urgency around justice for women, new report calls for action
A new report documents major challenges to women's access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts forth recommendations to accelerate action and push back against threats to progress.

UN Women
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 exposes the harsh realities of gender inequality in slums
The COVID-19 pandemic is largely concentrated in cities and urban areas, with around 2,600 cities globally reporting at least one case of the disease. While the epicentre of the global health crisis is still Europe and North America, its impact on developing countries may be more devastating, especially for the poorest. The 1 billion people living in slums and slum-like settings in developing countries, where population density is high, are those most at-risk and least prepared.

UN Women
May 21, 2020

In the words of Sylvia Karungi: "Life has been challenging with social distancing."
Sylvia Karungi is a member of the National Association of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NAWODU), an organization for women with disabilities that receives funding from UN Women under the EU spotlight programme. She is also a community Psychologist.

UN Women
May 20, 2020

From where I stand: "The COVID-19 crisis has completely changed my life"
Red Cross employee Marijana Tosheva works tirelessly to assist the most vulnerable in North Macedonia. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, she's been supporting the people with disabilities.

UN Women
May 19, 2020

Ten things you can learn from women's resilience that will help you stay strong in the time of COVID-19
During these uncertain and difficult times, we turn to women leaders from around the world for inspiration. They have forged peace when ravaged by war; they have driven innovation despite all odds; and they persisted in the face of challenges and insisted on building a better future.

UN Women
May 18, 2020

Take five: As Haiti battles COVID-19, services to protect women and girls with disabilities are critical
Emanuela Paul is the Rethinking Power Program Coordinator with Beyond Borders/Depase Fwontyè yo. The programme focuses on preventing violence against women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities, in Haiti and implements a project with funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. In light of COVID-19, she explains how her organization has adapted its approach to community mobilization and the dialogues they create in the community.

UN Women
May 18, 2020

Take five: COVID-19 will pass, but will anything change in the protection system?
Meliha Sendic is President of the Center of Women's Rights, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, that provides free legal assistance to women, primarily to women survivors of all forms of post-conflict violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). During an online Stakeholder Community Exchange on 16 April 2020 organized by the UN Trust Fund, she shared how her organization has adapted to COVID-19 measures.

UN Women
May 15, 2020

Op ed: The pandemic's gender imperative
Given that the COVID-19 crisis affects men and women in different ways, measures to resolve it must take gender into account. For women and girls, vulnerabilities in the home, on the front lines of health care, and in the labor market must be addressed.

UN Women
May 14, 2020

In the words of Sylvia Karungi: "Social distancing has been there for people with disabilities."
Sylvia Karungi is a member of the National Association of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NAWODU), an organization for women with disabilities that receives funding from UN Women under the EU spotlight programme. She is also a community Psychologist.

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Take five: The COVID-19 challenges "are just too many to mention"
Pamela Grace P. Español-Solano is one of nine female doctors volunteering at a COVID-19 facility in southern Philippines.

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Fathers in Turkey take on more childcare responsibilities during COVID-19
As many people find themselves indoors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, fathers in Turkey are spending more time with their children and taking on more childcare and domestic responsibilities, thanks to the Father Support Programme, implemented by the civil society organization Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV).

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Press Release: Gender equality experts recommend key actions for COVID-19 response and recovery for G7 leaders
As the pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and European Commission Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments Hilde Hardeman, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General for Policy Deborah Greenfield today convened Ministers, CEOs, and business associations, trade unions, civil society and academia representatives at the High-Level Roundtable, "The G7's role in ensuring women's economic empowerment and security in the post-COVID future".

UN Women
May 11, 2020

Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women's Affairs on "COVID-19 Response and Recovery" - a Gendered Framework
UN Women and the African Union, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women's Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme "COVID-19 Response and Recovery" - a Gendered Framework."

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women delivers lifeline support to women's and grassroots organizations for COVID-19 response
New York, 11 May 2020 - In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the COVID-19 global pandemic has presented grave new threats to the critical work and very existence of local civil society organizations working on the front lines of crises, making the need to mobilize support for their efforts more urgent than ever before.

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, 2020
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, with often-devastating impacts for LGBTIQ people, who are already among the most marginalized and excluded. The theme of this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia - break the silence - calls our attention to these inequalities across the world and asks us to speak out together against the discrimination, restrictions on basic freedoms, and hate that LGBTIQ people face in the current context and beyond.

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 2020
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, with often-devastating impacts for LGBTQI people, who are already among the most marginalized and excluded. The theme of this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia - break the silence - calls our attention to these inequalities across the world and asks us to speak out together against the discrimination, restrictions on basic freedoms, and hate that LGBTQI people face in the current context and beyond.

UN Women
May 09, 2020

Extra things to thank Moms for in 2020
On Mother's Day, learn how COVID-19 is impacting moms and make their extraordinary contribution visible.

UN Women
May 08, 2020

Take Five: "What we are going through right now is a life lesson for everyone."
Natalia Klinsky Amelunge is a 28-year-old doctor working on the front lines of COVID-19 at the National Health Fund in Bolivia and the Anita Leigue Municipal Health Center. She spoke with UN Women about the challenges that women face in the front-line response and what we can learn from them. In Bolivia, UN Women has launched public communication campaigns to make women's role visible and to prevent the shadow pandemic of violence against women. In coordination with the government, UN Women is also distributing food, clothing and other necessities in migrant camps bordering Chile.

UN Women
May 06, 2020

Op-ed: We cannot allow COVID-19 to reinforce the digital gender divide
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and CEO of Plan international Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen highlights the alarming lack of connectivity girls, women, and marginalized groups continue to face as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved so many aspects of daily life online.

UN Women
May 06, 2020

Youth volunteers combat online misinformation on COVID-19 in Arab States
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, emerging evidence shows that underlying gender inequalities are exacerbated by this crisis. As observed in previous pandemics, women are -and will be- disproportionately affected in myriad ways, including by an increased incidence of domestic violence, loss of jobs and increased unpaid care burden. Previous experiences also indicate that failing to collect gender-disaggregated data can have a negative impact in the effectiveness of the response and recovery efforts.

UN Women
May 05, 2020

From where I stand: "Domestic workers should also be entitled to a salary during times of crisis"
Ana Paula Soares, 27, has been her family's breadwinner since 2017. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Timor-Leste, she lost her income as a domestic worker with no way to support her family. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers in the informal economy.

UN Women
May 01, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Fatma Ahmed, activist for women's inclusion in sport
Fatma Ahmed, 25, is a Generation Equality Champion and Founder of the Girls' Inclusion in Sports Campaign based in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2020

From where I stand: "Stay home and stay safe—but what if home is where she feels unsafe?"
Sia Kukaewkasem is an advocate, social worker and survivor of domestic violence. For most people in Mae Sot, north of Thailand, she is a "big sister and friend" who listens and cares for others. With four billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are trapped in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2020

"Women and girls are left behind in COVID-19 response" - warn women's organizations in Europe and Central Asia
Women's organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia urged governments and development partners to recognize the unique and vital needs of women and girls in pandemic response and recovery efforts. Activists warned the international community that the world risks a roll back in women's rights if necessary efforts are not urgently undertaken.

UN Women
Apr 29, 2020

Calling to support indigenous peoples in COVID-19 response
The United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on Indigenous Issues calls to include indigenous peoples needs and input in response efforts around the world.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2020

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2020

Five women on the front lines of COVID response
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the lives of women and girls everywhere are changing. While some spheres of work and personal life are on pause, others face increased strains and new challenges. Millions of women worldwide are part of the essential workforce on the front lines of COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2020

Far from the spotlight, women workers are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Bangladesh
In 2019, over 700,000 Bangladeshi workers migrated overseas, through the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and around 100,000 of them were women. As countries around the world implement lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many Bangladeshi migrants are back home with no income.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Samaira Mehta, champion for girls in technology
At only 11 years old, Samaira Mehta is already the founder and CEO Coderbunnyz and Codermindz, two board games that introduce kids to the concepts of computer programming and artificial intelligence. She's also the creator of the "Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code" initiative, which aims to help one billion kids in the world gain access to STEM and coding tools by 2030.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2020

Statement: Get girls connected for equality
In a statement for International Girls in ICT Day Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges governments not to leave behind the millions of girls in developing countries without access to the internet and remote learning opportunities.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2020

Imprisoned, quarantined women need hygiene supplies in El Salvador
In El Salvador, UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ramida "Jennie" Juengpaisal, designer and developer of a COVID-19 tracker in Thailand
Ramida Juengpaisal, 24, from Thailand, is a digital product designer and front-end developer from 5 Lab Group co., ltd. a creative software company that created the COVID-19 Tracker in Thailand. She aims to bridge design and technology to make a better society.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2020

Press release: Women Leaders' Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future issues call to put women and girls at the centre of response efforts
On 20 April 2020, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, convened and chaired the Women Leaders´ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future to address the disproportionately negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on women and girls and to identify and prioritize policy measures that facilitates a more gender-inclusive recovery path.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2020

Advice from activists: How COVID-19 is changing climate activism for young women
This year on Earth Day, 22 April, we asked young women and girls on the front lines of climate activism how all of us can be a part of the movement, from the safety of our own homes, and what we can we learn from how the pandemic is affecting our planet.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values
Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values

UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

From where I stand: "Policies and regulation can be updated day-to-day…we have to quickly and firmly handle the situation"


UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

Take five: "After this pandemic, we will have to work much harder than before to improve Roma women's lives"
Slavica Vasic is the chair and one of the founders of BIBIJA Roma Women's Centre in Serbia, a partner of the EU-UN Women regional programme "Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Mind". She spoke to UN Women about the impact of COVID-19 on Roma women and girls and vulnerable groups in Serbia and in the region, and how the lives of many women will change after the outbreak.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2020

Women mobilize to prevent COVID-19 in crowded Rohingya refugee camps
To prevent an added humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 Rohingya volunteers are working with UN Women to mobilize their communities and raise awareness on COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 15, 2020

Roses in the battlefield: rural women farmers join the fight against COVID-19 in China
In January 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic began spreading across China. Of the 42,600 medical workers dispatched to the hardest-hit Hubei Province, as of early March, two-thirds (28,000) were women, who have been dubbed "roses in the battlefield". Women without any medical background also joined the fight, volunteering for vital roles across other provinces.

UN Women
Apr 15, 2020

HeForShe launches #HeForSheAtHome campaign
In providing useful tools and tips, the #HeForSheAtHome campaign seeks to inspire men to help balance the burden in their households. Whether its learning to use that new vacuum cleaner, or the game you play when washing the dishes, we want to hear your stories. In sharing these stories of positive male role models from all over the world, we hope to inspire many more to do their fair share.

UN Women
Apr 13, 2020

From where I stand: "I want to hug my daughter and take care of my parents, but this sacrifice needs to be made to keep them and others safe"
Dr. Runa Jha is the Chief Pathologist and Director at the National Public Health Laboratory in Nepal, which is linked with 277 government laboratories across the country and is the only lab authorized to conduct COVID-19 testing. Jha, along with 67 team members, is playing a crucial role in the front-line response to COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2020

From where I stand: "The fact that domestic violence is not a criminal offence in Kazakhstan is hurting women during COVID-19 crisis"
Dina Smailova, a well-known activist from Kazakhstan, recently spoke to UN Women about the rising reports of domestic violence since the introduction of quarantine measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. With 4 billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are left in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems. In some countries, helplines have registered an increase in calls by more than 30 per cent.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2020

Press release: Women hit harder by socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, says UN Women report
The coronavirus is exacerbating pervasive gender inequalities and discrimination facing women in the region.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

Op-ed: Can we turn the tide on gender equality
In an unequal world, a health crisis like the one we face today hurts women disproportionately. We call on leaders to act now to include strong gender dimensions in the response.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"—Statement by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. Today we are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women's rights - and recommends ways to put women's leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

Voices from the front lines of COVID-19
UN Women is bringing the voices of women on the front lines of the pandemic. As essential workers, care givers and journalists, here are some s(h)eroes who are out there, every day, protecting and serving their communities.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

"Nurses are the real heroes," says Albanian doctor in the front line of COVID-19 response
Women are playing a key role—often disproportionate to men—in responding to the disease, as frontline healthcare workers, as well as care givers at home. Experience of other disease outbreaks shows that they have the highest risk to be infected. Almost 12 per cent of Albania's reported cases of coronavirus have been health workers, but no fatalities have been reported yet.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

In a Serbian town, survivors of domestic violence are sewing face masks for those in the front line of COVID-19 response
In an undisclosed location in Sombor, Serbia, 41-year-old Marija Tomic* is putting the finishing stitches on face masks. She has made hundreds of these fabric masks since Serbia declared the COVID-19 epidemic in March.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

Step it up G7: An extraordinary time requires extraordinary solidarity
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies and the implications on women become more clear, members of the 2018 and 2019 G7 Gender Equality Advisory Councils urgently called on G7 member states to take into account the gendered dimensions of the crisis and to prevent the deterioration of gender equality and women's rights worldwide.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

She persists: Sport is a tool for empowering girls in Brazil
UN Women and the International Olympic Committee's programme, "One Win Leads to Another" gives tools of empowerment to girls and young women from vulnerable communities across Brazil through weekly sport practice and life skills training.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic
With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Lee Mi-kyung, overseas aid administrator and women's rights activist
Lee Mi-kyung is President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). She served five terms as Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from 1996 to 2016, and was Standing Vice-Chairperson and Representative of Korea Women's Association United from 1987 to 1996.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2020

Announcement: Generation Equality Forum postponed
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. In light of this crisis, the Generation Equality Forum will be postponed until the first half of 2021. The new dates will be announced in the coming months.

UN Women
Apr 01, 2020

From where I stand: "I am fearful for smaller countries that have limited resources during COVID-19"
Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2020

Gender equality starts with you: Nine ways you can keep up your activism from your couch
As everyone does their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and isolation, we're sharing some of the best ways we know to support gender equality in your homes and in the world, without leaving the safety of your own home, or your couch.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, champion for women, education and disability rights
Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, 40, is a Syrian refugee enrolled as an incentive-based volunteer in the UN Women Oasis Center, in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. She is actively empowering women, youth and people with disabilities to stand up for that rights and pursue their education.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2020

Take five: "We need to have a common vision and ideology to advocate for the rights of all women and girls with one voice"
Getrude Mligo, 23, was born two years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As a high school student in Songea region of Tanzania, the gender inequalities she saw in her community, especially child marriages that forced girls out of school, prompted her to look back to the 1995 blueprint and begin asking questions. In 2020, Mligo participated in a UN Women mentorship programme as part of UN Women's Generation Equality campaign, in partnership with Plan International, which paired her with UN Women Representative in Tanzania, Hodan Addou. In this interview, Mligo shares what it means to be a champion for Generation Equality.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2020

Press release: Greater support needed for working families as COVID-19 takes hold
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its exponential growth, a technical note from UNICEF, ILO and UN Women on family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 shows that it is essential to support working families to minimize negative consequences for children.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2020

Ending violence against women in the context of COVID-19
As the current COVID-19 global pandemic spreads through the world, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), and its grantees, recognize the gender dimensions of the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. In this challenging time, the need to respond to the immediate and long-term consequences of the current crisis for women and girls is critical.

UN Women
Mar 25, 2020

Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19: Women front and centre
In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2020

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér
As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

UN Women
Mar 19, 2020

Five big wins ushered in by the landmark Beijing Platform for Action
Since 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as a blueprint for advancing global gender equality. But if you're wondering what really changed and why it still matters to women and girls today, here are just five big wins it brought about for women and girls everywhere.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2020

Paying attention to women's needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

UN Women
Mar 17, 2020

Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election
Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna - a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova's capital city of Chisinau.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Xiaoying Zhang, media expert, gender equality activist
Xiaoying Zhang is the deputy head of International Relations and Diversity at Deutsche Welle, a long-standing partner with UN Women's Media Compact for gender equality. She has been an advocate for gender equality in the media for many years and represents DW at Gender@International Bonn, a professional network for development cooperation and gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Jerry Azilinon, HeForShe champion, youth activist
Jerry Azilinon, 23, is a HeForShe Champion for UN Women in Senegal and also a champion for the One Campaign against extreme poverty.. He is part of UNICEF Youth Council in Senegal and in his spare time he serves as Vice-Coach of an all-female soccer team.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update regarding the Generation Equality Forum timeline
In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ahmed Albalkhi, women's rights and empowerment advocate
Ahmed Albalkhi, 40, is an incentive-based volunteer enrolled in the UN Women Oasis Center in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Albalkhi is working to raise the awareness of men and boys, and encourage them to stand up for women's rights.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Lana Ghneim, gender equality advocate
Lana Ghneim, 23, from Jordan, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Ghneim has recently graduated as a Pharmacist from the Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Vanina Escales, journalist and activist
Vanina Escales is one of the founders of Ni Una Menos, a cultural, political and social movement that swept across Latin America and the world. She also works with the Centre of Legal and Social Studies in Argentina.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2020

Press release: International Olympic Committee takes leadership role in UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative
A few days after having made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the olympic games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken a leadership role in the UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative, which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The initiative was launched today by UN Women in partnership with the IOC.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Sport for Generation Equality: advancing gender equality in and through sport
Led by UN Women, the Sports for Generation Equality Initiative is an invitation for the sports ecosystem to be part of a powerful multi-stakeholder coalition to make gender equality a lived reality in and through sport.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Press release: Twenty-five years after Beijing Declaration, the world "cannot afford" so few women in power
Women's representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data's publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world's most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 9 March 2020
In her remarks at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25 percent—one quarter—of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough. Only half is an equal share, and only half is enough".

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Women's organizations advocate for localized humanitarian and crisis response
UN Women's Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office, together with the informal Friends of Gender Group (created at a Grand Bargain meeting in Bonn in September 2016), organized three regional consultation workshops with local women's organizations - in Addis Ababa, Amman and Jakarta - which culminated in an informal Friends of Gender Group annual meeting in December 2019.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Op-ed: It is time for action! Uniting for Africa's transformation
In a joint op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde call to support African women in taking their rightful place in the next chapter of the continent and building a future where women and girls can live out their lives freely, in purpose and happiness.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back
The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women's rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

UN Women
Mar 06, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Subina Shrestha, journalist and filmmaker
Subina Shrestha is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker from Nepal. Subina has steered major news coverage, often as the only international broadcast journalist on the scene; and told stories of people whose lives have been affected by natural and human-made disasters - from undercover reporting in Myanmar during cyclone Nargis, to investigating child slavery, and to covering Nepal's earthquake and its aftermath.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2020

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of International Women's Day in New York
In her closing remarks at the UN's official commemoration for International Women's Day in New York, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we will build the society that we want and together we will make the changes that we want to make. It is not yet time to rest. We have a lot of work to do".

UN Women
Mar 05, 2020

Press release: Ahead of International Women´s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat
Aligned with 2020 theme, "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights", the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2020

Press release: Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment
"Because She Watched" collection celebrates the power of storytelling this International Women's Day

UN Women
Mar 03, 2020

Press release: 25 years of uneven progress: Despite gains in education, world still a violent, highly discriminatory place for girls
More girls are going to school and staying in school than ever before, but remarkable gains in education have made little headway in helping shape a more equal, less violent environment for girls, UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women warned today in a new report.

UN Women
Feb 29, 2020

CSW 64 Advisory
In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the UN Secretary-General has suggested to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that Member States consider amending the format and conduct of the session. Options could include holding a scaled-down, shortened session with the participation of New York-based delegations only, or postponing the session to a later date.

UN Women
Feb 28, 2020

UN Women Executive Director attends the UN Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with a high-level panel discussion during its high-level segment on Tuesday the 25 February.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2020

Take Five: A decade of making public spaces safe for women and girls
Lizette Soria works as policy specialist for UN Women's flagship initiative Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces. The initiative was launched in 2010 with local and national governments, grassroots women and girls, women's rights organizations and other civil society groups, UN agencies, and other partners in five cities: Quito (Ecuador), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Kigali (Rwanda), Cairo (Egypt), and Delhi (India). The initiative aims to develop and implement evidence-based and comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment against women and girls in public spaces. Today, nearly 50 cities, including cities in the Global South and North, are part of the initiative.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2020

Media advisory: International Women's Day 2020 events
This year's International Women's Day (8 March) takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive roadmap on women's rights. As the forthcoming UN Women report on women's rights reveals, 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration, the emerging global consensus is that despite some progress in areas such as primary education and maternal heath, real change has been too slow for the majority of the world's women and girls.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Statement for International Women's Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
In her statement for International Women's Day (8 March), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls 2020 the year for gender equality and calls on everyone to tackle the persistent barriers against gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her
Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Press release: Safety of women and girls in public spaces is in focus at UN Women-led global forum
Local and National Governments, women's rights and community leaders gather in Rabat to discuss safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

My Take, Your Take: Fighting for justice and gender equality in Liberia
In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Gwendolyn Myers, a 29-year-old peace activist from Liberia, talks with a veteran activist, Abla Gadegbeku William, 59, who has fought for the rights of women and children for more than two decades.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

Marta Vieira da Silva and One Win Leads to Another girls celebrate women's empowerment in Brazil Carnival
Global soccer star, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and UN SDG Advocate, Marta Vieira da Silva was honoured in the Carnival parade in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus, rugby player, community facilitator
Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus is a 20-year-old graduate of One Win Leads to Another, a joint programme between UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, which provides weekly sport practice and life skills sessions for adolescent girls in Brazil. She recently met with the football player Marta Vieira da Silva, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and participated in a Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

12 Small Actions with Big Impact for Generation Equality
Change isn't just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women's rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality
Change isn't just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women's rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Saif Dabbas, HeForShe and youth activist
Saif Dabbas, 19, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Dabbas has been a feminist advocate since age 14 and believes youth should be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

My Take, Your Take: Ushering in a new generation of women leaders in Central African Republic
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marguerite Ramadan, Social Affairs Advisor Prime Minister's Office in in the Central African Republic and Chairperson of the longest standing women's organization (the Organisation of Central African Women), talks about women's leadership with Pamela Audrey Derom, who was recently elected to the National Youth Council.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

My take, your take: Women's rights in Thailand, and men's role in advancing them
In this new intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zaak Garrett, 25, a US student and gender activist currently based in Thailand, talks with Jaded Chouwilai, 57, the founder of Thailand's Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.

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