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UN Women
Sep 24, 2018

Press release: Global winners of "SDGs and Her" Competition celebrated at New York event
the global winners of the SDGs and Her Competition were celebrated at a side-event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. The contest showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their businesses.

UN Women
Sep 21, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the second Eurasian Women's Forum
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the second Eurasian Women's Forum Opening Ceremony, "Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development" in Saint Petersburg, Russia

UN Women
Sep 19, 2018

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2018
Bringing the voices of women and girls to the global forum on top priorities and solutions to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Malian women call for urgent action to sustain peace and ensure women's participation
Three years since the signing of the peace agreement, Malian women are impatient to see its provisions at work.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly
A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what's at stake

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar
Women in Thar, Sindh, Pakistan find economic empowerment and leadership opportunities in the workplace through dump truck driving.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Somalia
Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Somalia on 13 September

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Press release: UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women's economic empowerment in crisis situations
UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women's cash for work programmes at the Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2018

Statement: Final decision on the sexual misconduct investigation at UN Women
The following is a statement from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, regarding the sexual misconduct allegations involving a UN Women staff member.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2018

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"
Marquita da Cunha is an army lieutenant with the Falintil-Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) who recently participated in a training designed for female military officers organized by UN Women and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in preparation for future deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. She spoke to UN Women about her journey. Her story is part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér at the ODA International Conference in Seoul
Remarks delivered by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the session on "the role of inclusive ODA by realizing human rights and gender equality" at the 12th ODA International Conference in Seoul, the Republic of Korea

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Women and democracy: What does it take to change politics as usual?
Right now, countries around the world are facing a range of risks that threaten their stability, from rising environmental crises to deepening inequality and economic pressures. It's also a time of brilliant possibilities. The hope and momentum for advancing women's full and equal political participation have never been stronger.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN-Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN-Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities

UN Women
Sep 13, 2018

One year into UN Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity
Today marks the first anniversary of the UN Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, a progressive roadmap adopted by the UN to reach parity at its senior levels of leadership by 2021, and across the board by 2028.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér on first official visit to the Republic of Korea
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

Closing remarks by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board
In his remarks at the close of the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec thanked all the delegates for their insightful remarks and statements over the past few days.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

Press release: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York visits UN Trust Fund grantees in Serbia
Princess Eugenie of York visited grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) in Belgrade, Serbia and was introduced to the work of organizations that are changing the lives of victims/survivors of trafficking in persons for the better.

UN Women
Sep 11, 2018

From where I stand: "I have my dignity back and I am proud of my little business"
For over a decade, Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over 200,000 people within the borders of Cameroon. After being on the run for years, Rachel Medivede and her family settled in the northern town of Mora, where she received counselling and livelihood support from a UN Women-supported programme. Medivede now works as a dressmaker and has also started her own business of selling beignets.

UN Women
Sep 11, 2018

Take five: "Yemeni women and girls are the ones who are paying the price of war"
Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms. Al-Khawlani shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

In the words of Nabila Musleh: "Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other"
Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan's Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women's empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Executive Board second regular session
Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at UN Women Executive Board second regular session 2018

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam
Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success with her pig farm, but has harvested waste from the pigs to be converted into combustible methane gas that can be used as energy for cooking and household needs.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in jam
By making jam, a woman-run organization is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

United Nations and Thomas & Friends™ Launch collaboration to introduce Sustainable Development Goals to Preschoolers
The United Nations and Mattel, Inc., today launched at UN Headquarters a collaboration to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschool audiences through the extremely popular animated children's series Thomas & Friends™.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

Press release: UN Women's Global Innovation Coalition for Change launches the Gender Innovation Principles
The Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, facilitated by UN Women to develop the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment, is launching a set of global standards called the "Gender Innovation Principles". The Principles aim to take a gender-responsive approach to innovation and technology.

UN Women
Sep 05, 2018

From where I stand: "Not being able to see was not an obstacle"
Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico, is among the 70,000 women who ran for gender equality as part of the largest 5K race for women in the world.

UN Women
Sep 04, 2018

From where I stand: "We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions"
Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils.

UN Women
Aug 30, 2018

Media advisory: UN Women, Global Innovation Coalition for Change launch the Gender Innovation Principles at Nasdaq ringing of the bell ceremony
UN Women, in partnership with the Global Innovation Coalition for Change, a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, is hosting the launch of the Gender Innovation Principles.

UN Women
Aug 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2018
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's second regular session on 10 and 11 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Aug 29, 2018

Land rights at last for Sulaliyyate women in Morocco
After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2018

"We must leverage women's voice and influence in water governance"— Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the World Water Week celebration in Stockholm on 27 August

UN Women
Aug 28, 2018

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government
Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections.

UN Women
Aug 24, 2018

Statement: Conclusion of the sexual misconduct investigation at UN Women
The Office of Audit and Investigation of UNDP has completed its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations involving a UN Women staff member.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Gender and Media Summit
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Gender and Media Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Gender and News Summit
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Gender and News Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Tanzania
During her three-day visit to Tanzania, UN Women Executive Director visited women market vendors, met with government officials and dignitaries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, women parliamentarians, women's rights organizations and youth groups, among others. She also attended the Gender and Media Summit organized by UN Women in Dar es Salaam from 22 to 24 August.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

In the words of Spartak Kosta: "The media should raise awareness about the issue of trafficking of women and girls"
Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

From where I stand: "Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women"
Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women's rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.

UN Women
Aug 22, 2018

Women at the helm of cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Gita, one of the worst storms to pass by Tonga in the last 60 years, made landfall on 12 February 2018 as a Category 4 cyclone with winds up to 230km per hour. It impacted 79,556 people—75 per cent of the country's population. Today, many rural Tongan women are tackling the various challenges wrought by Tropical Cyclone Gita with hard work and leadership.

UN Women
Aug 20, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director in Mogadishu, Somalia
Remarks delivered by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to prominent women in politics, business and civil society in Mogadishu, Somalia, at an event hosted by the Benadir Chapter of the National Coordination Platform on Women, Peace and Security

UN Women
Aug 20, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Somalia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka hailed the political empowerment of women in Somalia's South West State during her visit to the country.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

The Road towards a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Lebanon
Wedged between prolonged conflict on both its northern and southern borders with Syria and Israel, respectively, Lebanon has endured immense stress over the past several decades. Presently, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, and the country is still reeling from the effects of an internal armed conflict that dates to the 1970s. Recognizing that women and girls are differently impacted by conflict and the critical role they play in building and sustaining peace, in 2017 the Council of Ministers tasked the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), to develop Lebanon's first National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

From where I stand: "I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights"
Aleeza Hafeez from Sailkot, one of Pakistan's most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez's father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us
Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

UN Women
Aug 17, 2018

Expert's take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights
Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir is a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey. She has over 15 years of experience in migration policy and refugee response, working with the United Nations, the Government of Iceland, the local government in Reykjavik and with non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she served as a Senior Advisor on Migration for the Ministry of Justice in Iceland.

UN Women
Aug 16, 2018

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa
A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Using gender budgeting to empower ethnic minority women in Viet Nam
The experiences of ethnic minority households are shaping UN Women's advocacy efforts in Viet Nam, to incorporate gender issues into development policies and programmes that benefit ethnic minorities.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Crisis update: Restoring dignity and livelihoods after storms in the Caribbean
Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2018

Crisis update: Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh now
UN Women is on the ground, addressing the needs of women and girl refugees arriving in Bangladesh. We've provided dignity kits, safe spaces and skills training, while engaging in high-level advocacy to promote women's leadership in peacebuilding, disaster mitigation and resilience. On World Humanitarian Day, find out more about the Rohingya crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics. In 2003, barely a decade after the genocide, nearly 50 per cent of Parliamentary seats went to women. Even though women have continued to hold the majority of seats in the Parliament for several years now, many women leaders in Rwanda still find their competency and capabilities questioned.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Press release: UN Women's HeForShe Initiative partners with the California Institute of Arts to create animated films promoting gender equity
UN Women's HeForShe movement partners with internationally renowned, California Institute of Arts (CalArts), to promote gender equality through the arts. The partnership engages students in CalArts's animation programs to tackle persisting gender stereotypes and drive cultural change through the production of original animated short films addressing serious barriers to gender equality.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2018

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan
1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women's resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za'atari and Azraq.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Panama
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regnér wrapped up a two-day trip to Panama, visiting a Government-sponsored safe space for survivors of gender-base violence.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

From where I stand: "When we sing, we feel free"
Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia's Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

Update: Investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at UN Women
Following our earlier statement on our website, the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a UN Women staff member by the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) of UNDP is nearing its completion and UN Women continues to urge for the speedy finalization of the investigation process.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

From where I stand: "It's possible to achieve the just and humane society that I envision"
Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
UN Women joins our sister UN agencies in today's recognition of the vital importance of the world's indigenous peoples. At a time when human mobility is on the increase, we recognize that together, they maintain 80 per cent of global biodiversity. All of humanity is indebted to their custodianship.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

UN Women convenes experts on sexual harassment at the workplace
Feminists, gender experts and UN officials came together to discuss promising practices to curb sexual harassment and assault in a UN Women-organized "Feminist Think Space" from 30 to 31 July in New York.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

Remembering Yazidi genocide, four years later
On 1 August 2018, ahead of the fourth anniversary of the ISIS attack on the Yazidi community in Sinjar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and Free Yezidi Foundation Executive Director Pari Ibrahim participated in a panel discussion to mark and remember the genocide victims.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

In South Africa, women call for #TotalShutdown of gender-based violence
Thousands of women embarked on protest action on 1 August across South Africa to protest the scourge of gender-based violence. Women from all walks of life used the start of the country's Women's Month to demonstrate their frustration and anger at the increasing levels of gender-based violence in South Africa.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

In the words of Anny T. Modi: "Young women want to be considered as actors and agents of change"
Anny Tengandide Modi is a 36-year-old single mother living in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In July 2017, she joined the African Women Leaders Network, launched by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Permanent Mission of Germany. Modi serves as the Youth Advocate within the Network. She is also the Executive Director of Afia Mama (Women's Health), an organization committed to the reproductive health and access to justice for women, as well leadership development, economic empowerment, legal assistance and social development for young women.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

In the words of: "People voted for me because they wanted to see change"
Irlanda Pop is the Mayor of Lanquín, a municipality in the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala. She is the only indigenous Mayor and one of three women Mayors in the country. Elected in 2015 for a term of four years, Pop has survived serious political attacks and continues to fight discrimination on account of her gender and indigenous identity. UN Women supported Pop to participate in the IV Ibero-American Summit of Local Gender Agendas that took place in Cuenca, Ecuador, in May 2018. There, she led an exchange between women leaders of different indigenous communities of the region about political participation of indigenous women and how to address violence against women in politics. UN Women supports the leadership of women in politics and peacebuilding in Guatemala through several initiatives, including through Women's Political Empowerment and Leadership flagship programme.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

Women's cooperatives boost agriculture and savings in rural Ethiopia
Through women's cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving.

UN Women
Jul 27, 2018

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo's minority communities
In Kosovo, young men are volunteering to go door-to-door in minority communities to prevent early marriages and encourage girls' education.

UN Women
Jul 27, 2018

From where I stand: "The solutions really are with communities and the people"
Rukmini Rao, from India, is the founder of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women that tackles the issues of land rights for women, their right to education, and the prevention of violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Jul 26, 2018

Statement: UN Women applauds historic advances towards gender parity in the Mexican Congress
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director

UN Women
Jul 25, 2018

Speech: Making women unstoppable
Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director during her first official visit to Senegal.

UN Women
Jul 24, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Senegal
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first official visit to Senegal on 23 July. In her meetings with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, and key government representatives, civil society partners and international development actors, the Executive Director stressed upon accelerating women's access to resources, skills and the formal employment sector, as well as their right to equal participation in decision-making.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

Dalit rights activists break new grounds in South Asia
Moni Rani Das speaking to a Journalist about the situation of her colony situated at Ganaktuli, Dhaka. Photo: Nagorik Udyog

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

Take Five: "If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation"
Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon, a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and defines herself as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender, and her organization, supports women to become leaders and raise their communities' awareness regarding human rights, gender equality, and issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Senegal to put women farmers at the heart of the gender equality agenda
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins today an official visit to Senegal, to highlight the importance women's economic empowerment in the agricultural sector, encourage the repeal of discriminatory laws and to promote women's leadership and political participation across the country.

UN Women
Jul 19, 2018

Take Five: "We have the expertise to bring solutions"
Svitlana Moroz is a Ukrainian women's rights activist living with HIV. She is one of the founders of the Union of Women of Ukraine affected by HIV "Positive Women" and since 2013 she has coordinated activities for the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS. As thousands of HIV activists from around the world attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam from July 23 to 27, Moroz spoke to UN Women about the importance of women's voices in the conference and beyond.

UN Women
Jul 19, 2018

High school students in the Philippines paint "roads to safety for women and girls"
The Quezon City Local Government held the Street Art Painting Project in partnership with UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme. In bright, bold colors, the student artists painted the roads from the entrance to the main building of Quezon City Hall with words and images depicting the problem of harassment and calls for everyone to help build safe public spaces. "Stop Violence against Women," was among the painted appeals.

UN Women
Jul 18, 2018

Speech: "We need to strengthen accountability for gender equality commitments at all levels"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, at the side event on "Partnerships that Deliver for Girls and Women" organized by the Deliver for Good campaign during the 2018 HLPF

UN Women
Jul 17, 2018

United Nations agencies and civil society organizations call for the repeal of gender-discriminatory nationality laws
UN Women, UNICEF, UNHCR and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights urge Member States to uphold gender-equal nationality laws at the High-Level Political Forum

UN Women
Jul 17, 2018

From where I stand: "I am among the few women who aspire to a seat in the Adamawa State House of Representatives"
Jamila Babuba from Adamawa, Nigeria, is a strong advocate for Nigeria's pending bill that aims to provide equal rights to men and women. She has championed women's participation in her community and hopes to serve as an elected official in the future.

UN Women
Jul 16, 2018

In Mexico, female soccer players take centre stage to break gender stereotypes
The HeForShe Flash Tournament brought together women's soccer teams from eight major universities in Mexico, aiming to break gender stereotypes, promote women's participation in sport and inspire actions to end violence against women.

UN Women
Jul 12, 2018

For women in Gaza, having their own income is key to changing power dynamics at home
The Hayat Business Incubator (Food Incubator) initiative for women survivors of violence, supported by UN Women and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is piloting a comprehensive model for addressing violence against women by providing skills training and income-generating opportunities to five women who are survivors of domestic violence, while also providing them with essential services, such as psychosocial support and social workers who assist them in accessing legal aid.

UN Women
Jul 12, 2018

Take Five: "We are seeking nothing more than our due share of services and opportunities"
Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women's Economic Rights across South Asia. The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women's economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus of a two-year programme funded by UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality.

UN Women
Jul 11, 2018

Press release: UN Women announces Marta Vieira da Silva as Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women today announced the appointment of world-renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Ms. Vieira da Silva, popularly known by her fans as Marta, will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women's work for gender equality and women's empowerment across the world, inspiring women and girls to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Speech: "Turn promises into progress"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, during the session "Reviewing progress in achieving the SDGs" at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 9 July in New York.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Interview with Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian Minister of International Development.
In 2017, the Government of Norway donated a core contribution of USD 9 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government contributed USD 14.5 million in non-core support - bringing its overall 2017 contribution to approximately USD 23.5 million and making Norway UN Women's third largest contributor. In an interview, Minister of International Development of Norway, Nikolai Astrup, explains why gender equality is a top priority in foreign and development policy.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Saving for a rainy day
Indigenous women of Guatemala's Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before, with the help of a joint UN programme that's empowering rural women.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad
Halima Yakoy Adam won't forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Breaking stereotypes and transforming masculinity in Viet Nam
The Male Advocates and Volunteerism Club in Da Nang, Viet Nam is a part of UN Women's efforts to transform harmful masculinities and promote respectful relationships in the prevention of violence against women and girls. The intervention works with men of all ages to transform harmful masculinities and engaging them to become male advocates in their communities for the prevention of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Take five: "Leaving no one behind requires specific attention to those that have less resources and opportunities"
Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is an economist and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the Executive Committee member of the organization, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and contributed towards UN Women's report "Progress of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean" in 2017. As the High-Level Political Forum meets in New York to review progress on Sustainable Development Goals, Enríquez spoke to UN Women about the SDGs under review, and what it will take to leave no one behind.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2018

Take Five: "To change the culture of tolerance of sexual harassment, we need unequivocal leadership"
Purna Sen is UN Women's Director of the Policy Division, and has been recently appointed as the UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In an interview, she explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2018

Blog: At this year's HLPF, let's not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals
The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development.

UN Women
Jul 05, 2018

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women
In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 - 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women's use of time and space and address their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work.

UN Women
Jul 04, 2018

Syrian women come together to create a common framework for their movement
On June 25 - 26, June 2018, almost 200 Syrian women leaders met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss ways to safeguard and advance women's rights in Syria, as part of a conference titled, "Toward a Framework for the Syrian Women Movement". The conference was grounded on UN Women's ongoing advocacy and coalition-building work with Syrian women leaders and activists.

UN Women
Jul 03, 2018

Comedy for Equality: Harnessing the power of laughter for empowerment and peace
"I believe in women having control over their own bodies, but I feel like my own body is getting a little out of control. I'm in my 30's, and it feels like my body is a band. The older I get, different parts are pursuing solo careers," joked Aparna Nancherla to a packed house of delegates, United Nations staff and civil society organizations at the event Comedy...

UN Women
Jul 03, 2018

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women releases annual report 2017
In its 2017 annual report, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women highlights the life-changing results grantees working to prevent and end violence against women and girls around the world. It also aims to show the UN Trust Fund's increased investment and efforts in building capacity and ensuring the sustainability of grantees.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2018

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2018
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 02, 2018

From where I stand: "Not only did we have no money to buy food with, we didn't know how to change that"
Birtukan Fekadu, 22, and her husband struggled to find a way to support themselves until Fekadu joined a women's savings and credit cooperative. Through the cooperative, she learned about agriculture productivity, business skills, leadership and women's rights, and received a small loan. Now she earns enough to feed her family, and no longer worries about money to send her son to school.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Six activists who are using social media for change offline
On Social Media Day (30 June), we're celebrating women who are leading the charge through social media. By harnessing the power of social media, these trailblazers are engaging women and men in tough conversations and raising awareness about gender equality and women's rights.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Speech: "Women's economic empowerment and financial inclusion remain unfinished business"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, on Women's Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion at Group of 77 and China, UNDP and UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Speech: "Preventing violent extremism policies and efforts should be human rights-based and gender-sensitive"— Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary General and Deputy Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér at the High Level Panel Discussion on Youth as Protagonists in Preventing Violent Extremism

UN Women
Jun 28, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to join UN Deputy Secretary-General for a high-level visit to South Sudan, Chad and Niger
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations will travel to South Sudan, Chad and Niger, starting 3 July, in a joint visit with the African Union and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström.  She will also be accompanied on different legs of the trip by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other heads of agencies.

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