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UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

The United Nations steps up efforts to promote young women's leadership within the UN
On the opening week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an inter-generational conversation convened by UN Women, placed youth leadership at the centre of its new campaign, Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

New UN Women publication addresses how to end sexual harassment
UN Women today launched a publication to support the fight against end sexual harassment, entitled "What will it take? Promoting cultural change to end sexual harassment". The publication focuses on the influence of beliefs on actions and offers guidance to policymakers, employers and universities on how to achieve cultural change and address this scourge making sure that the needs of the victims and survivors are at the heart of all efforts.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2019

Press release: UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality
HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women
As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women's leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women's efforts around the world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukureh receives Council of Europe North-South Prize 2018
UN Women's first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, has today received the North-South Prize 2018 by the Council of Europe, recognizing her role in the fight to end female genital mutilation.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2019
Starting 17 September, world leaders will gather for two weeks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, to discuss and work together on the most pressing global issues, from gender equality to climate change and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2019

From Tanzania to Algeria, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods
A recently organized learning visit brought two rural women's collectives together to share strategies, insights and experiences. In the world of international development, such exchanges are termed "South-South cooperation"—exchange of ideas, experiences, and opportunities between entrepreneurs, communities, and experts from the Global South. "It enabled both organizations to monitor and analyse the impact of their projects on the quality of lives of women in Tanzania and Algeria, consulting each other on alternatives and progress in their livelihoods systems and value chains."

UN Women
Sep 11, 2019

Closing remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, at the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board
On behalf of the Executive Director, Asa Regner and myself, may I reiterate thanks to you Madame President Pennelope Beckles for leading us through this session so effectively, and for your fantastic time management skills.  We would also like to thank the Vice-Presidents for their work, and all the delegations for all the statements made over the past two days, which have contributed to such a rich exchange of views.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2019

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves
While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

Empowering Venezuelan migrant women in Brazil
In Brazil, UN women is supporting vulnerable Venezualan migrant women though various services and training, including psychosocial assistance and cash support.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women takes home Clio Gold Award and ADCOLOR MVP Award in 2019
The video series "Courage to Question" produced by UN Women and Google has been awarded ADCOLOR's Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Award. Additionally, the campaign "Closer Than You Think", produced by UN Women's National Committee in Iceland has been awarded the Clio Gold Award.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women wins home Clio Gold Award and ADCOLOR MVP Award in 2019
The video series "Courage to Question" produced by UN Women and Google has been awarded ADCOLOR's Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Award. Additionally, the campaign "Closer Than You Think", produced by UN Women's National Committee in Iceland has been awarded the Clio Gold Award.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

Speech: Preparing for a new decade of UN Women 2.0
In her opening remarks to the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, looks ahead to 2020, and the commemoration of 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women Executive Board convenes its second regular session 2019
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's second regular session from today Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Sep 06, 2019

Boosting harvests for women in the hills of Nepal
UN Women's Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment (AWEE) Programme works in Kavrepalanchokand five other districts of Nepal to support over 2,000 marginalized women including those affected by conflict, survivors of human trafficking, migrants who have returned home, home-based workers and women living with HIV and AIDS.

UN Women
Sep 04, 2019

From where I stand: "We can break barriers and provide a better future for ourselves and our families"
Gabriela Avila migrated from Venezuela to Brazil two-and-a-half years ago in the hope of offering her 6-year-old daughter better living conditions. When they arrived in Boa Vista, the capital of the Brazilian border state of Roraima, they lived on the streets until Avila found a job as a kitchen assistant and could afford paying rent. Having overcome many challenges, she now works with other refugees and migrants from Venezuela.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2019

From where I stand: "I think of my grandfather when I make Jikos"
Refika Cornoleus, escaped the war in Sudan with her her six children, but had to leave behind her home, her husband and her grandparents. She lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where she makes eco-friendly stoves, which are high in demand.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2019

Take five: A bigger push for better data on violence against women in Tanzania
Tanzania recently hosted the Planning and Implementation of Prevalence Surveys on Violence Against Women Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa, organized by UN Women in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID). In this interview, UN Women Representative for Tanzania, Hodan Addou explains why having reliable data and evidence is key to preventing and addressing violence against women.

UN Women
Aug 27, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France
In her remarks at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on not just the G7, but all governments around the world to strengthen legislative frameworks in support of gender equality.

UN Women
Aug 27, 2019

UN Women Executive Director urges G7 leaders to commit to gender equality and join the Biarritz Partnership
At the G7 Summit in France on 25 August, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, together with Nobel Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, presented the report of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 leaders in Biarritz.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2019

Op-ed: Every G7 country should have a feminist foreign policy
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, President/CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen, and Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign Michael Kaufman urge countries to ditch archaic and discriminatory laws and promote empowerment

UN Women
Aug 21, 2019

Strengthening resilience, investing in passion: Zonta International Foundation and UN Women empower women across Jordan
From 28-31 July, on their first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, four members of a delegation headed by Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International Foundation, gained first-hand insight into UN Women's work and witnessed the opportunities that are being provided to women through continuous support from the Zonta International Foundation.

UN Women
Aug 21, 2019

Ask an activist: How is Hollywood faring on gender equality and representation of women on screen and why does it matter?
UN Women spoke to Academy-Award winning actor and activist Geena Davis, who the Executive Producer of This Changes Everything, a feature-length documentary just released, uncovering what is beneath the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry.

UN Women
Aug 20, 2019

Publication of the report of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council
The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council releases today its Recommendations for advancing Gender Equality and the empowerment of girls and women and Call to Action.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2019

In Rwanda, weaving baskets and brighter futures
To support livelihoods of women in Kigeme Refugee Camp, UN Women funded the Women Opportunity Centre, supported by the Government of Sweden. The Centre provides women a safe space, trainings and a showroom for their products to improve their livelihoods at the camp and beyond.

UN Women
Aug 16, 2019

Not waiting for handouts: Five stories of resilience from one of the world's largest refugee camps
In some of the world's largest camps, refugees and the native communities power their own economies. Students compete for admission into a better school, journalists report on daily news, entrepreneurs learn new skills and health workers deliver babies. And women are often a forgotten part of this workforce. Meet five women and girls who are doing the usual and unusual jobs that keep life going, and aspiring for more.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2019

In the words of Madina Mousa: "I could not stay idle in the face of hardship"
Madina Mousa fled the war in Syria with her family in 2013, and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She started volunteering to help other refugees and now works as a Protection Supervisor at the Women's Empowerment Organization (WEO), local partner organization of UN Women implementing the regional programme, "Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey", funded by the European Union under the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU MADAD Fund).

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

From where I stand: "A woman can and should be able to work"
Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never had the opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

UN Women announces Beijing 25 Youth Task Force
UN Women is pleased to announce the "Beijing 25 Youth Task Force", comprising of 30 young leaders from different youth-led and youth-serving organizations, with diverse areas of expertise and from all regions of the world.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

Take five: "Addressing gender and protection issues in humanitarian action is lifesaving and planning and budgeting needs to reflect that"
Nimarta Khuman, a Gender and Protection Advisor, explains what it means to incorporate gender and protection in humanitarian action and why it's important.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

Ask a director: What can men in the film industry do to end underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women on screen and behind the camera?
Tom Donahue is the acclaimed director of This Changes Everything, a feature-length documentary releasing on Friday, 9 August, uncovering what is beneath the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry. Donahue teamed up with actor and activist Geena Davis, who is the Executive Producer of the film, for a conversation with UN Women.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

In the words of Claudia Macz Chen: "I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself"
As a mentor, Claudia Macz Chen, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women's support, she participated in the National Women's Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

In the words of Claudia Macz: "I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself"
As a mentor, Claudia Macz, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women's support, she participated in the National Women's Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "Young women's inclusion in peacebuilding will create sustainable peace"
At 32, Susan Sebit is an accomplished lawyer and advocate from South Sudan. She works to protect women and children from violence and to ensure the implementation of existing women, peace and security global frameworks.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "People said, how are you going to play football, you're a girl!"
Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "We fight prejudices by raising our voices"
Alexandra Tomasevic, 25, is an aspiring journalist, a literature student in Belgrade, Serbia, and she has cerebral palsy. Tomasevic has advocated for children and youth with disabilities since she was a young girl, and is a participant of UN Women's mentoring programme.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2019: Transforming education for a new generation of leaders
In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to transform education by making learning accessible to all young people, regardless of their access to a physical classroom and better integrating technology into education, so that girls can connect to educational materials wherever they are.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2019

The 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
In her 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka considers where the breakthroughs have been in gender equality, and to point out where we have opportunities for targeted action, and investments that will bring us closer to substantive equality and change that will last.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2019

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year's theme of "Indigenous Languages" challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

Press Release: HeForShe at the World Scout Jamboree, Youth Leading the Way
World Scouting, in partnership with HeForShe - the global solidarity movement for gender equality, invites international Scouts to commit to gender equality, engaging over 40,000 Scouts at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

UN Women to host Facebook Live with actor and activist Geena Davis ahead of "This Changes Everything" premiere
On 5 August, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Geena Davis, ahead of the premiere of the film, This Changes Everything, beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT).

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

In rural Kyrgyzstan, Coding Caravan encourages girls' leadership and entrepreneurship
In rural Kyrgyzstan, the first ever Technovation Coding Caravan for girls has taught more than 600 girls the basics of computer programming. Launched in Talas Province, the caravan reached Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Batken, and Osh provinces this spring.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2019

Creating spaces of empowerment and leadership for women key to achieve an inclusive 2030 Agenda, says President of the UN General Assembly during visit to Jordan
The President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 21-24 July. Commending Jordan's efforts in response to the refugee crisis, she also noted the government's awareness and commitment to work towards attaining Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls as well as Jordanian women leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to promote women's empowerment.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2019

In the words of Milica Gudovic: "Economic empowerment is crucial, not only for survivors, but for any woman"
Milica Gudovic is an activist of the Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA). Here she speaks about the work of ATINA which is supported by UN Women with funding from the European Union. With vocational training and business skills, the organization helps survivors of trafficking to reintegrate into society, become independent and and earn an income. ATINA also provides psychosocial support, legal aid and safe-houses for the survivors of trafficking.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2019

Trafficked: Three survivors of human trafficking share their stories
On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, three women survivors tell us their stories. Their words are testament to their incredible resilience and point toward the urgency for action to prosecute perpetrators and support survivors along their journeys to restored dignity, health and hope.

UN Women
Jul 26, 2019

Press release: Young leaders propel African authorities to deliver actions to end FGM and child marriage
The first African Summit to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage convened by the governments of Senegal and The Gambia, in partnership with the survivor-led NGO, Safe Hands for Girls, and with the support of multilateral organizations, including UN Women, UNFPA and the World Bank, took place in Dakar, Senegal on 16-18 June 2019.

UN Women
Jul 25, 2019

In the words of Dorcas Amakobe: "We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold"
Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of "Moving the Goalposts", a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women's active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2019

The Generation Equality Forum - Save the date!
The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

UN Women
Jul 22, 2019

From where I stand: "Girls need to believe in themselves"
Wilma Riziki Kazunguis learned to play football as a teenager. Today she is an entrepreneur and a football coach from Kilifi, Kenya.

UN Women
Jul 21, 2019

Inclusive peace in Afghanistan means ‘women at the centre', urges UN deputy chief in Kabul
The UN deputy chief issued an impassioned plea on Sunday for Afghans to reconcile with the past and put "women at the centre" of all efforts to forge a durable peace, and a truly inclusive political process where women's voices are truly heard.

UN Women
Jul 18, 2019

UN Women hosts first high-level event on gender diversity and non-binary identities at UN headquarters
In the first ever high-level meeting on gender diversity and non-binary identities held at UN headquarters in New York, Member States, UN entities and civil society came together to discuss the current state of LGBTI rights globally.

UN Women
Jul 18, 2019

Take Five: "Elected Women Representatives are key agents for transformational economic, environmental and social change in India"
Rahul Bhatnagar serves as the Secretary for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, a branch of the Indian Government responsible for the ongoing process of decentralization and local governance. UN Women works with the Government of India and local organizations to promote women's leadership and participation in governance at all levels. In this interview, Mr. Bhatnagar elaborates on the importance of elected women representatives in the Panchayati Raj (local governance) institutions and their role in advancing primary education, health, agricultural developments, and women and child development.

UN Women
Jul 17, 2019

Ensuring public services for Venezuelan migrant women
In Colombian cities straddling the Venezuelan border, women hawking coffee or sweets at traffic lights while their children line the sidewalks are a common sight. Many of them have migrated from Venezuela, the scene of the largest exodus in Latin America's recent history. More than 4 million Venezuelans[ 1 ] have fled the country's dire economic conditions, insecurity, lack of food, medicine and essential services.[ 2 ]

UN Women
Jul 16, 2019

From where I stand: "There are things for which life doesn't prepare you"
Rosarged López González, 31, was a natural sciences teacher in her homeland, Venezuela. With her husband and 8-year-old daughter, she decided to leave the country due to the social and economic situation, migrating to the city of Cartagena, Colombia, in March of 2018.

UN Women
Jul 12, 2019

From where I stand: "Equality between men and women…is a moral imperative"
Taher Sellami, a young entrepreneur and business student, is striving to use innovative technologies to drive social change in Tunisia and worldwide.

UN Women
Jul 11, 2019

Ask an activist: Why are women lacking land rights in Tanzania and what can be done about it?
Elizabeth Maro Minde is the Managing Director of Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange Community Organization in Tanzania, a grantee of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality. Minde and her organization provides legal counselling and representation to marginalized women in rural communities. She spoke to UN Women during the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about the issue of land rights.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2019

Press release: IIX and UN Women partner to empower millions of women through innovative finance
With the shared goals to close the funding gap for advancing gender equality and the dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, IIX and UN Women will collaborate on a series of activities including the development of financial instruments that leverage public funding to unlock greater private capital for women; the engagement of new actors to increase investments that are sensitive to gender issues; and a commitment to measure social and economic outcomes for women beneficiaries. The partnership, announced at a signing ceremony in New York today, aims to unlock billions in capital for millions of women.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2019

From where I stand: "My dream is to open the first baby photography studio in Palestine"
Doaa Eshtayeh, from Nablus, Palestine, found her talent and passion in photography and has made it her profession. Doaa is the main provider for her family, thanks to the support she received through a UN Women project that helped her develop her skills and buy the equipment she needed.

UN Women
Jul 08, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court
UN Women welcomes the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 July 2019 for crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002 and 2003. The former rebel leader was found guilty on 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, sexual slavery, displacement of civilians, and enlisting and conscripting child soldiers under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities.

UN Women
Jul 08, 2019

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2019
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 - 18 July.

UN Women
Jul 03, 2019

UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director visits Thailand, meets migrant women workers along the border towns
During a visit to Thailand, UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visited a market town bordering Myanmar this week to see first-hand how migrant women workers can avoid the hazards of human trafficking by learning about their rights and developing their work skills.

UN Women
Jul 03, 2019

Ask an activist: What is being done to help Venezuelan women migrants?
Zuneyka Dhisnays Gonzalez is a 26-year-old mother and Venezuelan migrant to Barranquilla, Colombia. It's one of the border cities where UN Women is implementing a project funded by USAID, to improve information services for migrants and to mitigate the risks of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation of migrant women. Dhisnays Gonzalez created a social network-based community dubbed "Venezolanos Unidos en Quilla" (Venezuelans united in Barranquilla), to support and guide fellow migrants. She disseminates relevant information and content via social networks, and by talking to other migrants.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2019

Empowering South Asian women migrant workers through improved contracts
Ensuring that women know their rights as migrant workers, including what should be in their employment contracts, is a crucial step in protecting them from abuse and exploitation - especially since some are not aware that their rights are being violated.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2019

Call for applications: Beijing 25 Youth Task Force
The year 2020 will be a confluence of anniversaries including the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), the five-year review of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325, and the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2019

Press release: To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians
In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing 25) and UN Women's ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, "Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future", UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, today called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2019

UN Women Executive Director visits Japan ahead of the G20 Summit
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Japan this week, where she will attend the Annual Global Summit of the Women Political Leaders (WPL), the largest global network of women in politics.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Speech: Families can be critical drivers of gender equality, only if decision-makers deliver policies rooted in the reality of how people live today
Keynote speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the launch of UN Women's flagship report, Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Press release: New UN Women report puts forth policy agenda to end gender inequalities within families
"Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World" examines how the transformations in families impact women's rights, and reveals most countries can afford family-friendly policies

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Op-ed: ‘Homes for equality in a changing world'
Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, on the occasion of the launch of UN Women's flagship report, Progress of the World's Women 2019-2020, Families in a Changing World.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Reforming the laws that forced women to marry their rapists
Years of collective mobilization, strategizing and innovation by women's rights groups culminated in the repeal or reform of archaic laws across the Northern Africa and Western Asia region

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

The simple scheme that's driving a quiet revolution for Brazil's family farmers
Detailed logging of produce, and addressing gender bias in censuses, is helping to raise the profile of the women vital to production on the country's farms.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

‘Compassion was a key message'
In May 2018, Ireland voted to overturn its near-total ban on abortions—a long-awaited victory for women's rights activists.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Gaining protection for Indonesia's migrant workers and their families
Millions of Indonesians working abroad now have hard-won legal protection against exploitation, thanks to the work of pioneering campaigners

UN Women
Jun 25, 2019

Accra's female market traders blaze a trail on childcare
An early years education centre at Ghana's biggest outdoor market has weathered tough economic challenges to give children—and women—the support they need

UN Women
Jun 24, 2019

Op-ed: Unequal under the law
Too many countries enshrine different legal rights for men and women. Why is this, and how can we rid legal systems of this long-standing prejudice?

UN Women
Jun 20, 2019

Ask an activist: Why do we need more women and girls in technology fields, and how can we inspire girls to pursue tech opportunities?
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. In 2010, Saujani became the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. In April 2019, Saujani, also a best-selling author, visited UN Women to discuss her work.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2019

Statement: Peace Hut Women of Liberia wins 2019 UN Population Award
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, to honour the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia selected as 2019 UN Population Award laureates

UN Women
Jun 20, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director for International Widows' Day, 23 June
On this International Widows' Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to recognize widows in all their diversity, and acknowledge the need to integrate them fully and visibly into work on gender equality so that we break cycles of poverty and disadvantage and ensure that all widows can enjoy their full human rights.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2019

Speech: African youth lead the way on ending harmful practices
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Dakar, Senegal on the African Day of the Child

UN Women
Jun 18, 2019

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2019 annual session of the UN Women Executive Board in New York
In her opening remarks at the annual session of the UN Women Executive Board, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We operate in a context of heightened pushback to women's rights but also growing awareness and sensitivity to gender issues".

UN Women
Jun 17, 2019

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage in an event in Senegal
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, represented the United Nations at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18. The summit aims to translate the commitment of governments, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders into action on the ground that eliminates these harmful practices.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2019

Take Five: "We all have the responsibility to create and cultivate gender equality, whether at home or in the workplace"
Lynnette Cooke is the Global CEO for the Health Division of Kantar. As part of the Unstereotype Alliance, Kantar and UN Women collaborated to develop the Gender Equality Attitudes Study to explore gender attitudes across broad topics, such as education, work, marriage and family life, safety and violence, and control over personal decisions, among others. Ms. Cooke spoke to UN Women about the findings of the study and how it can be used to drive policy changes.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2019

A Father's Day message from HeForShe Champions
On Father's Day, HeForShe Champions call upon other leaders, employees, and men globally to take a stand for gender equality in families and in society

UN Women
Jun 14, 2019

Ask an activist: What does it mean to be a man and a feminist?
Gary Barker is CEO and Founder of Promundo, an international organization working to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. As Promundo launched its State of the World's Fathers 2019 report at the Women Deliver global conference, Barker spoke to UN Women about men's role in gender equality advocacy, and the importance of closing the gap in unpaid care work.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2019

From where I stand: "I lived in terror every day"
Bage Jidda spent three years as a hostage of Boko Haram. Inspite of all her suffering, today she is the sole provider for her family, in Mora, the Far North Region of Cameroon. She embodies resilience, her optimism is infectious. Empowering women like Jidda is at the heart of building resilience among communities torn apart by the Boko Haram crisis.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2019

UN Women Executive Board convenes annual session 2019
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's annual session from Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 June at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2019

From where I stand: "I am the living proof of what you can do if you don't give up hope"
Narjis Mohaisen lost her eyesight at the age of 13, but didn't give up her studies. After graduating from university, through UN Women's Cash for Work project in Palestine supported by the Government of Japan, she has discovered ways to support students with disabilities pursue their dreams.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2019

Statement: Placing victims at the centre of investigations spurs justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict
In a joint message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Nina Suomalainen, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response, stress the importance of preventing sexual violence by addressing its root causes, including gender inequality.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2019

Take five: "Impunity is not acceptable"
Drita Hajdari is a prosecutor for the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo, where she investigates and prosecutes war crimes. Conflict-related sexual violence was not recognized as an international crime in Kosovo until 2018. Today, police investigators and special prosecutors, like Ms. Hajdari, are working on an increasing number of cases, with a victim-centred approach. UN Women, through the Gender-Sensitive Transitional Justice project, funded by the European Union, has facilitated mentoring support from international criminal law experts to prosecutors and investigators in Kosovo.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2019

UN Women scores goals for gender equality at the FIFA Women's World Cup
This month the world of football is looking to France, where the top 24 teams compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup. UN Women attended the opening match in Paris and joined FIFA's Global Women's Football Convention on 7 June.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2019

Press release: FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding
The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at the FIFA Women's Football Convention

UN Women
Jun 03, 2019

Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF and WFP jointly visit Colombia
From 11-18 May, members of the Executive Board of UN Women visited Colombia for the first time to observe UN Women's programmes and policy work in the country and assess how they contribute toward the implementation of national development priorities.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2019

UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP Executive Boards jointly visit Colombia
From 11-18 May, members of the Executive Board of UN Women visited Colombia for the first time to observe UN Women's programmes and policy work in the country and assess how they contribute toward the implementation of national development priorities.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2019

UN Women Executive Board visits Colombia
From 11-18 May, members of the Executive Board of UN Women visited Colombia for the first time to observe UN Women's programmes and policy work in the country and assess how they contribute toward the implementation of national development priorities.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2019

News: In Fiji, teaching life skills and changing mindsets through rugby
A new sport programme in Fiji is breaking gender stereotypes among students and coaches alike, as both male and female school teachers get trained as coaches.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2019

From where I stand: "It's about lifelong skills on and off the rugby field"
Neli Nabogi, 34, grew up in a family where girls were expected to listen and not speak. As a result, she lacked confidence as a young woman. That, and so much more, has changed since she was selected to become a rugby coach for the new Get Into Rugby PLUS programme. The programme is empowering coaches and adolescent players, who learn rugby and life skills.

UN Women
Jun 02, 2019

News UN Women Executive Board visits Colombia
From 11-18 May, members of the Executive Board of UN Women visited Colombia for the first time to observe UN Women's programmes and policy work in the country and assess how they contribute toward the implementation of national development priorities.

UN Women
Jun 01, 2019

Joint statement: One UN for family leave and childcare
In a joint statement, the Heads of UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNDP and UNFPA committed to strong gender-responsive, family-friendly policies for all United Nations staff, including paid parental leave for all parents regardless of gender, including parents who adopt, foster, or have children through surrogacy or assisted reproductive technology; flexible working arrangements for parents; designated private rooms and appropriate breaks for nursing and pumping; quality and affordable childcare; and child grants for all staff.

UN Women
May 31, 2019

Promoting women's leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience
The need for women's leadership and gender-responsive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience-building were at the centre of the sessions recently organized by UN Women in the context of the World Reconstruction Conference 4 (WRC4), on 13-14 May, and the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP), on 15-17 May, in Geneva.

UN Women
May 31, 2019

Editorial spotlight: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019
At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, from 3 to 6 June, UN Women is joining forces with women's rights activists, governments and next generations of changemakers, to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

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