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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 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

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

‘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

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.

UN Women
May 30, 2019

UN Women Executive Board visits programmes in the Caribbean
During a four-country visit in the Caribbean region from 18 to 23 May, the UN Women Executive Board discussed measures to improve court processes to assist survivors of gender-based violence; observed initiatives at work to identify and mitigate the gendered risks of natural disasters; and emphasized their support towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Women
May 30, 2019

Secretary-General appoints Anita Bhatia of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Anita Bhatia of India as Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

UN Women
May 30, 2019

Using AI in accessing justice for survivors of violence
In Thailand, an Artificial Intelligence chat bot offers support to help survivors of sexual violence navigate the justice process.

UN Women
May 29, 2019

In the words of Oksana Potapova: "We need radical transformation"
Oksana Potapova, 35, is a Ukrainian peace activist, community theatre practitioner and a feminist. She is the co-founder of ‘Theatre for Dialogue', an organization that uses community-based theatre to work with conflict-affected communities. UN Women Ukraine works in partnership with Theatre for Dialogue to raise women's awareness of their rights. Ms. Potapova spoke to UN Women about her work and her reflections on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

UN Women
May 29, 2019

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2019 features UN Women experts
Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government, today announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2019. On this crucial year in the battle for gender equality, the 100 Most Influential People include six gender equality experts and influencers from UN Women.

UN Women
May 28, 2019

UN Women Executive Director visits Mexico to launch EU-UN initiative to end violence against women and girls
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Mexico from 29 to 30 May, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society, women's groups, as well as private sector and other development partners to build alliances for advancing gender equality.

UN Women
May 28, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director for the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
In her statement for International Day of UN Peacekeepers, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the important role women peacekeepers play in tackling critical issues, such as helping to make the peacekeeping force approachable to women in the community, interacting with women in societies where they are prohibited from speaking to men, and addressing the specific needs of female ex-combatants as they reintegrate into civilian life.

UN Women
May 23, 2019

From where I stand: "We are the solution in Brazil, not the problem"
Valdecir Nascimento has been part of the women's rights movement in Brazil for 40 years. When asked what inspired her, she said, "being a black woman in Brazil".

UN Women
May 22, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director joins the call to end sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises at the Oslo Conference
UN Women's Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner is visiting Norway this week to participate in the international conference on Ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises, taking place in Oslo, from 23 to 24 May, and to meet with partners and dignitaries.

UN Women
May 22, 2019

Media Advisory: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference
At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference, UN Women will organize several events with civil society and women's rights activists, along with the next generations of changemakers, including youth and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As the global champion for women and girls, UN Women stands at the centre of mobilizing governments and civil society to keep the promises of the Beijing Platform for Action to all of society.

UN Women
May 20, 2019

Coverage: UN Secretary-General meets with women market vendors in Vanuatu at the forefront of climate resilience
UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with market vendors at the Port Vila Market in Vanuatu. Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera

UN Women
May 16, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Kazakhstan
Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for the Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau will be on her first official visit to Kazakhstan from 15 to 18 May to further deepen the partnership and cooperation between the Government of Kazakhstan and UN Women in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the country.

UN Women
May 16, 2019

Five LGBTI activists you need to know
Day in and day out, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists fight for their right to live, love, work, be heard and respected. They risk their safety to push for a world where all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics, are treated with equality. On some fronts, there have been joyous victories, but there is still much to fight for.

UN Women
May 16, 2019

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia UN Women calls to change the social norms that lead to the exclusion of LGBTI people that keep them living in the shadows and rupture their ties with their families and communities.

UN Women
May 15, 2019

Gender equality starts at home: Seven tips for raising feminist kids
From breaking down gender stereotypes to sharing the care work, and educating children about women's rights and gender equality, here are some ways you can inspire the future feminists in your family.

UN Women
May 15, 2019

Media Advisory: Launch of "Progress of the World's Women 2019: Families in a Changing World"
The 2019 edition of Progress of the World's Women, to be released on 25 June, is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today, taking into account sweeping economic, demographic, political and social transformation.

UN Women
May 14, 2019

From where I stand: "I believe times have changed and my community needs adapt to this change"
Ibrahim Hamawa, is the Lamido— traditional leader— of Zamay Kanton, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The 63-year-old leader has already appointed the first-ever woman as a Lawal (Chief) and encouraging more women to take up decision-making roles within the traditional council. If women from other countries can make good leaders, why shouldn't they in his community, he challenges.

UN Women
May 13, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment in Paris, France
In her remarks at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted legislation as an important instrument for change that is systemic and irreversible.

UN Women
May 13, 2019

UN Women Executive Director attends the G7 Equality Ministers meeting in France
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated in the second meeting of the G7 Gender Advisory Council and met G7 Gender Equality Ministers on 9-10 May in Paris, France.

UN Women
May 10, 2019

Five things you can thank your mom for on Mother's Day
Today, we want to thank mothers everywhere, in all shapes and forms, for the immeasurable contributions that they make every day. Here are just five things you can thank your mom for, today and every day.

UN Women
May 10, 2019

Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions.

UN Women
May 09, 2019

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva appointed as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of world-renowned soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for 2019-2020. The Advocates are 17 influential public figures who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

UN Women
May 09, 2019

From where I stand: "I work in construction, I am living my dream!"
Maira Assane Amade, 23, fulfilled her lifelong dream of working in construction after participating in the Rapariga Biz Joint Programme implemented by UN Women, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF.

UN Women
May 07, 2019

A place of peace, reconciliation and growth
In 2014, one year after the region was freed from the extremists, a small hut was built in Gao, surrounded by larger buildings and barely visible from the street. Anyone who passes through the driveway and enters the hut in the middle of the dusty courtyard has a specific goal: Dialogue, exchange and cohesion. Welcome to the Women Peace Hut.

UN Women
May 06, 2019

From where I stand: "We won the First International Women's Blind Cricket Series"
Bhagwati Bhattarai-Baral is the Team Captain of Nepal's National Women's Blind Cricket Team. The team recently won the First International Women's Blind Cricket Series held in Pakistan in February 2019. Bhattarai-Baral and her teammates have overcome many challenges to prove that women with disabilities can be competitive professional athletes.

UN Women
May 06, 2019

Press release: UN Women announces global intergenerational campaign to bring women's rights and empowerment to the forefront
To mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, campaign "Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future" will catalyze global actions on gender equality

UN Women
May 05, 2019

Statement by UN Women on discrimination against female athletes
UN Women expresses its strong concern that the recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on female athletes with naturally elevated levels of testosterone contravenes the international human rights norms and standards expressed in the United Nations Human Rights Council's resolution of March 2019 on the ‘Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Girls in Sport'.

UN Women
May 03, 2019

From where I stand: "Every journalist must be aware of the power they have to help change things"
Chissana Magalhães is a journalist from Cabo Verde who reports on gender equality issues regularly. Since undergoing a training programme through UN Women, she feels that the media has the responsibility to report on gender and human rights issues and stories can change lives.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

Specialized investigation into sexual violence in conflict is essential for justice, experts say
On the sidelines of the UN Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict, experts came together to discuss what it takes to achieve justice for conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes, through investigation and documentation.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

Making women count in Vienna
On 11 April, new Enabling Environment Guidelines were launched, as part of efforts to create a working environment in the UN Office at Vienna that embraces equality, eradicates bias and is inclusive of all staff.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

From where I stand: "That is what we all want: a peaceful life."
Narimbai leads by example when teaching women in her community to lead peaceful lives while supporting their families through entrepreneurship. Photo: UN Women/Joser Dumbrique

UN Women
Apr 29, 2019

Making harassment at work history
Across the globe, women workers rise each day to power our world. They build, create, and drive progress across all sectors. Yet for millions of women, workplaces are sites of insecurity, abuse and vulnerability. For far too long, the working world has been dominated by unequal power dynamics that endanger the safety and security of women, but change is underway.

UN Women
Apr 29, 2019

Press release: Cannes Lions honours UN Women's Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with LionHeart Award 2019
Cannes Lions has today announced Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as the recipient of the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in recognition of her advocacy for women, human rights, and social justice throughout the world, and for her leadership of the industry-wide diversity initiative, The Unstereotype Alliance.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

Ask an activist: What are the main challenges for LGBTI people in Jamaica and what solutions should be prioritized?
Nicolette Bryan is a Jamaican youth activist and Executive Director of WE-Change, an advocacy group supporting women in the LGBTI community. They run a support group for survivors of sexual violence each summer and participants sometimes opt to share their stories at events. Ms. Bryan is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality, where she is emphasizing the importance of the Beijing Platform for Action in global women's rights and feminist advocacy, and the need for understanding existing gender inequalities in the local contexts.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

Take Five: "The economic participation of rural women is essential for growth and a more equitable distribution of wealth"
Maher Khalifi, a young Tunisian engineer, has developed a project that improves the coverage of Tunisia's social protection system for rural women. The Tunisian Government has agreed to use a new application dubbed "Ahmini", which should allow 500,000 rural women to be integrated into social assistance system, allowing them access to benefits such as pensions. He is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 - 26 April), co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Tunisia in collaboration with UNDP and UN Women. The Forum is the first of many global meetings leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

UN Security Council event calls for renewed commitments to advance the women, peace and security agenda
Leading up to the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, Germany and the United Kingdom, in collaboration with UN Women, hosted an event, bringing together Member States, United Nations entities, regional organizations and civil society to who pledged new commitments and actions to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

UN Women
Apr 25, 2019

Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?
Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women's Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women's negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 - 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

From where I stand: "Local and global political and economic systems create and maintain social inequality"
Durga Sob is a Nepalese activist who founded the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in 1994, just ahead of the adoption of the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. She is among the 500 activists meeting in Tunisia from 24-26 April for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

Take five: We need "initiatives to raise the status of women, led by Muslim leaders"
Bukuru Elie Khalfan, President and Legal Representative of the Northern Corridor Alliance of Imams for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) in Burundi. Through his involvement in the #ImamsForShe campaign—launched in 2015 by the Muslims for Progressive Values Initiative in the spirit of UN Women's #HeForShe campaign—he promotes women's rights and access to education, as well as women's empowerment through cooperatives.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

Ask a girl who codes: What's your message to girls who want to join ICT?
Rebecca Azanaw, 17, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the first coding camp as part of the joint UN Women and ITU "African Girls Can Code Initiative", funded by the Government of Denmark. In February 2019, she and 10 other girls from the programme met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, to share their experiences and ambitions. On International Girls in ICT Day, we hear from Azanew on how she has continued to hone her skills and empowered others.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2019

Ask an activist: Why is economic independence important for indigenous women in Kenya?
Agnes Leina is an Indigenous woman from northern Kenya. She is the founder and Executive Director of the I'llaramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a resource centre offering livelihood options for women and working with pastoralist communities to recognize the equal value and potential of women and girls to contribute towards their families and communities. Ms. Leina was one of the participants of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN's largest annual gathering on women's rights issues.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2019

From where I stand: "Technologies are the best and most effective tools for making change"
Nino Nanitashvili was just 18 when she became the only girl in Georgia involved in a Google developer group. She went on to found Women Techmakers, which encourages women to explore new roles in IT.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2019

From where I stand: "Just the act of wearing our traditional clothes is an expression of resistance"
Sonia Maribel Sontay Herrera is an indigenous woman and human rights defender from Guatemala. Her vision is for Guatemala to respect the rights of indigenous women and hear their voices.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Ask a climate activist: Why is it important to engage women in promoting biodiversity and sustainable waste management in the Caribbean?
Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women's conservation efforts.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Take five: "Changing everyday habits will have an impact"
Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Design thinking workshop in Namibia tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security
On 11 April 2019, the conference room at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management pulsated with energy, as 40 youth activists from around the world debated challenges and solutions to ensure young women's meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes in their countries and regions.

UN Women
Apr 17, 2019

From where I stand: "Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology"
At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2019

The Tunis Forum on gender equality
Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women's rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women's rights.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2019

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to step up leadership of women in all areas of peace and security at the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points meeting in Namibia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Namibia this week to attend the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points Network meeting being held in Windhoek from 10 to 11 April.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2019

UN Women's texting video series nominated for a Webby Award
For three years in a row, UN Women has been nominated for a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honouring excellence on the Internet. UN Women's "Changing the narrative - texting video series to end violence against women" has been nominated under the "Public Service & Activism" category for Social Media.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2019

Executive Director to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in France
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting on 5 April to discuss reducing gender inequality globally, with a focus on protecting women from sexual violence in conflicts and strengthening the role of women in peace processes and crisis resolution. She is a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, established by French President Emmanuel Macron.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2019

Ask an athlete: How can we empower women and girls in sport?
Marta Vieira da Silva is a Brazilian soccer player and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Marta, as she is popularly known, is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time. She is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA Women's World Cup tournament and has been named Player of the Year six times.

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