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UN Women
Nov 23, 2020

Addressing the economic fallout of COVID-19: Pathways and policy options for a gender-responsive recovery
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges G20 leaders to take this opportunity to rebuild better, creating sustainable economies and reducing inequalities between and within countries.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2020

Media Advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, will call for urgent actions to Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect data to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19
The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign - running from 25 November until 10 December - under the theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!".

UN Women
Nov 18, 2020

Hand over the mic: Women on the front lines of violence against women during COVID-19
Along with UN Women, our UN partners are working to end violence against women and girls. Hear from women leaders who are part of UN programmes from Kosovo to Kenya, who highlight what they need to stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild after COVID-19.

UN Women
Nov 17, 2020

Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic
Ending violence against women is everyone's business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference, safely and impactfully.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Naruthai Tansukasem, Thailand
Naruthai Tansukasem, 20, became a singer in the girls-led band, ‘Siamese Kittenz', at age 12, with a passion for stage performance and dancing. After being in the group for six years, she quit because of the online harassment that's all too common and often unaddressed in the entertainment industry.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya
Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Teodora Stojilkovic´, Serbia
Teodora Stojilkovic´, 18, is a student and women's right activist from Bujanovac, Serbia. She was one of the ambassadors of the "Women Talk" campaign, supported by UN Women, and is currently serving as a WAVE Youth Ambassador as part of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey that targets changing social norms.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aida Nour ElDin, Egypt
Aida Nour ElDin is the Chairperson of the Women and Development Association (WDA), a grassroots civil society organization that specializes in providing various services to survivors of violence and raising community awareness in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Nepal
Women's land rights are key to their economic independence and better decision-making power within families. In many parts of the world, research shows that lack of land rights makes women more vulnerable to gender-based violence. Dhana*, 38, is among the 218 gender-based violence survivors who have received life-saving assistance from the ‘Provision of Emergency Legal Assistance to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the COVID-19 Context' project run by Forum for Women, Law and Development in Nepal.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Lebanon
Meserat Hailu, was 29 years old when she travelled to Beirut, Lebanon as an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker. For more than eight years, she suffered abuse by her employer until Legal Action Worldwide received word of her situation and took up her case and demanded her release.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19: Albania
Jana Kote* and her three children lived with an abusive husband and father for 12 years until they received support from a local organization, Human Rights in Democracy Centre, based in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

UN Women Executive Director appeals to governments worldwide to take action to end violence against women and girls
In a letter addressed to Member States of the United Nations and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged Heads of State/Governments worldwide to take tangible actions and express their commitments to end violence against women, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December).

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Malawi
In Malawi, thirty-one-year old Alepher Matemba Banda is a nurse responding to a hotline at Chipatala cha pa foni, a national health helpline. Banda was among 40 helpline nurses and technicians who received training in gender-based violence and health, through a UN Women initiative funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Thailand
Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government's Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan's work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home. Like in many other countries, the hotline has become a critically essential platform to provide information and refer survivors to the support services they require.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aras Kocaoglan, Turkey
Aras Kocaoglan is a marketing manager and the founder of the Instagram account, Turkish Dictionary, that reaches around 400,000 Turkish and international followers. Alongside UN Women, Kocaoglan sparks conversations on social media about commonly used Turkish proverbs and expressions that discriminate against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Bolivia
Yobanca Fernandez Flores has been a women's rights activist for more than 35 years. She is also the National President of the Community Promoters for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in Bolivia. Together with hundreds of women leaders in the country, the Community Promoters have formed a network of advocates who provide direct support to victims and survivors of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

We are Generation Equality: Champions for ending violence against women
For the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we are featuring some of the leaders and groundbreakers who added their voices to UN Women's Generation Equality movement, and take action to fight violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 10, 2020

Op-ed: Investing in a feminist peace
For all the devastation it has caused, the COVID-19 crisis also represents a generational opportunity to build more inclusive economies and societies, free of the scourge of violent conflict. A concerted effort to demilitarize our world and build a feminist peace - beginning with a global ceasefire, and followed by a comprehensive reappraisal of how we allocate our resources - must be central to this vision.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2020

In the words of Gladys Koech: "It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability."
Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya's coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma. UN Women's partnership with the Council of Governors in Kenya has boosted resources to helplines around the country. As COVID-19 has increased demand for psychosocial services, Koech has witnessed a growing trend of mothers of children with disabilities being abandoned by their partners. Part of UN Women's COVID-19 response in Kenya is being carried out in conjunction with UNICEF and UNDP as part of the Joint Devolution Programme supported by the Governments of Sweden, Finland, and Italy.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2020

International Women's Day 2021 theme - "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world"
UN Women announces the theme for International Women's Day, 8 March 2021 (IWD 2021) as, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world."

UN Women
Nov 05, 2020

Safeguard women's rights and participation in peacebuilding now, says Afghan activist Zarqa Yaftali to the UN Security Council
Zarqa Yaftali, renowned activist and researcher from Afghanistan, addressed the UN Security Council during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, which set a new framework for women's leadership and inclusion in all aspects of peace.

UN Women
Nov 02, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ixchel Lucas, youth advocate for girls' leadership
Ixchel María José Lucas Adolfo, 21, is the Training Coordinator at Las Niñas Lideran in Guatemala and a youth leader in the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence.

UN Women
Oct 30, 2020

Chronically underfunded, women peacebuilders need support more than ever
Women peacebuilders mediate disputes, diffuse tensions and save lives in the hardest to reach places, yet their front-line work is consistently underfunded. When progress made on gender equality is at risk of reversal worldwide, and inequalities and instability are growing, sustained funding for women's work for peace is desperately needed.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, award-winning playwright and actor
In her speech at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, playwright and actor, highlighted women around the world who speak up and take action for peace in their communities and countries.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
At the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the Secretary-General's report on women, peace and security on the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Press release: 20 Years on, radical change needed to realize women's inclusion in peace and political power
As 2 billion people across the world struggle to survive in areas afflicted by armed conflict in the midst of a global pandemic, women - who are disproportionately affected by such strife and play a key role as mediators and peacebuilders -remain largely excluded from formal peace processes and post-conflict power structures, a new United Nations report on Women Peace and Security shows. The report, presented to the UN Security Council during today's annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security that commemorated the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, outlines five goals to realize inclusive and sustainable peace in the next decade.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2020

Mobilizing action for impact: The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact
At a global virtual event co-hosted by UN Women, the Governments of France and Mexico, in collaboration with civil society, Board and Catalytic Members were announced as part of the new Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

UN Women
Oct 26, 2020

Two months on, Beirut's elderly women are still reeling from the blast
According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon's poorest.

UN Women
Oct 26, 2020

Op-ed: How to build a more equal world
Like other global crises, the pandemic disproportionately affects women. It shows that nothing less than urgent, radical, transformative action is needed to create a post-COVID-19 world that empowers all women and girls

UN Women
Oct 26, 2020

Media advisory: UN Security Council marks 20 years of Women, Peace and Security
As Security Council resolution 1325 celebrates women's successful contributions to human security, sustainable peace, and justice, the promise of inclusive and women-led peace processes remain unfulfilled.

UN Women
Oct 22, 2020

Ending sexual harassment against women and girls with disabilities
Joint statement by UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UN Women
Oct 21, 2020

From where I stand: "I'm a changemaker and not afraid of standing up for what I believe in."
Nadia Tutarieva is a women's rights activist and peacebuilder from Luhansk, a region in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia that has been affected by the ongoing conflict in the region. At 19, she became a teacher to help girls learn and take charge of their own futures. But as she grew, she saw the challenges stacking up against girls and women.

UN Women
Oct 20, 2020

UN Women engages Civil Society organizations on the road ahead
UN Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director, Asa Regner, addressed over 600 civil society activists in a town hall meeting on the state of gender equality in the COVID-19 world. The 19 October meeting came on the heels of the UN General Assembly high-level meeting to mark 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, where world leaders made significant commitments to achieving gender equality.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2020

From where I stand: "Teaching girls how to read and write is one of the biggest ways I can make a difference"
Rimu Sultana Rimu knows education is power. As a young Rohingya activist living in Cox's Bazar, one of the world's largest refugee settlements, she's made literacy her mission.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2020

From where I stand: "Forgiveness is still very far from our reality"
Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a Guatemalan human rights activist, has never given up looking for truth and justice, since her father and husband were disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war. After her father and husband were kidnapped and murdered by government forces during the Guatemalan civil war, she founded the National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA). It is now a leading national human rights organisation. In 1995, she was elected as a Congressional deputy, and in 2004 she chaired the National Reparations Commission to investigate crimes committed during the civil war, which raged for over three decades.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2020

In the words of Habiba Sarabi: "Our vision is of an Afghanistan where every woman can live in peace and recognize her rights"
Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a trailblazing leader in Afghanistan, is one of only four women negotiating peace with the Taliban as part of the ongoing intra-Afghan talks. Trained as a hematologist, she became a peace activist, politician and reformer in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. She has served as Minister of Women's Affairs and in 2005 became the first Afghan woman to serve as a governor. She continues to be instrumental in promoting women's rights and peacebuilding at a crucial turning point for her nation.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2020

From where I stand: "It won't be easy… reach out, grab the baton and keep running forward"
Fatima Askira is a young Nigerian leader, activist and peacebuilder born and raised in the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. As the founder of Borno Women Development Initiative (Nigeria), she empowers women and girls to promote peace in communities affected by violent extremism.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2020

Interview with Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden
In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson, explains why his Government believes UN Women's work is such an important priority for its multilateral aid.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2020

Interview with Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland
In an interview, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, Ville Skinnari, explains why gender equality is Finland's top priority in foreign and development policy.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2020

In the words of Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: "I became the first female negotiator to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group"
Miriam Coronel-Ferrer made history as the first female chief negotiator in the world to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines in 2014. Today, she teaches political science at the University of the Philippines and works on mediation with the United Nations.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2020

Press release: UN Women joins Centre for Sport and Human Rights to champion women and girls' participation in sport
UN Women, the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has joined the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

UN Women
Oct 15, 2020

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event
In a speech at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of sport in showcasing the strength and leadership of women and girls, both on the field.

UN Women
Oct 15, 2020

Op-ed: Where is the economic stimulus for women?
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia calls for governments and international institutions to take decisive action in favor of women, before progress achieved in the last decades is lost.

UN Women
Oct 15, 2020

Press release: Thai celebrity Cindy Sirinya Bishop campaigning for women's rights as new UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific
Thai celebrity and rights activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop is working to stop violence and other abuses against women as the newly appointed UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. Bishop, 41, is a model and actress who is best known as the host of Asia's Next Top Model, a television show broadcast in most countries in the region.

UN Women
Oct 13, 2020

Rural women lead solutions and solidarity in the wake of COVID-19
This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), UN Women is drawing attention to the urgent need to build rural women's resilience in the wake of COVID-19 by strengthening their livelihoods and wellbeing. Take a look at just five ways that rural women are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 and leading the response in their communities.

UN Women
Oct 13, 2020

Indigenous women in Colombia-Ecuador border are leading community efforts to end violence against women
As COVID-19 confinement measures started in Colombia, the country saw a rise in cases of violence against women, including those reported through hotline numbers. There was a 107 per cent increase in calls for help this year, between 25 March and 30 July, in comparison to the same period in 2019. Eighty-nine per cent of those calls were rerouted to hotlines dedicated to serve victims and survivors of violence against women.

UN Women
Oct 12, 2020

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day of Rural Women
On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for building rural women's resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

UN Women
Oct 12, 2020

Calling for nominations for the 2021 UN Public Service Awards
UN Women joins the United Nations in announcing the call for nominations for the 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2020

Letter from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to her 15-year-old self
For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka tells her 15-year-old self: "The best way to prepare for your future in the world is showing up in the fights for good causes and doing your best.".

UN Women
Oct 09, 2020

Op-ed: Why we're uniting in support of African girl leaders to beat AIDS and shift power
In a joint op-ed for International Day if the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, Executive Director of UNFPA Natalia Kanem and Executive Director Henrietta Fore highlight the need for vital investments and transformational policy shifts so that all of Africa's girls can enjoy all of their rights to education and empowerment.

UN Women
Oct 09, 2020

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, 75th session
In her remarks to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, 75th session, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner emphasized how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of all nations and peoples, and disproportionately affected women and girls everywhere who bear the brunt of the massive health, social and economic impact of the pandemic.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2020

From where I stand: "Together we'll leave the world a much better place than we found it"
As part of a partnership to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Ananya Banerjee, 17, was featured by Humans of Bombay in collaboration with UN Women India, for their #GenerationEquality campaign. As a champion of girls rights and gender equality, Ananya has been working against female foeticide and climate change and to promote education. Currently, she is pursuing her final year of school and is studying Humanities. She is a passionate social activist and poet.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Munnira Katongole, youth activist for social change and climate justice
Munnira Katongole is a 17-year-old South African activist fighting for social change and climate justice. She is part of the South African Institute of International Affairs' Youth Policy Committee on climate.

UN Women
Oct 07, 2020

Girls to know: The next generation is already leading the way
Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

UN Women
Oct 06, 2020

After the Beirut blasts, Lebanon urgently needs medical and mental health care
One of UN Women's partner on the ground, the Restart Center, is providing treatment, psychosocial support and distributing medicine to the most vulnerable.

UN Women
Oct 06, 2020

International Day of Rural Women theme: "Building rural women's resilience in the wake of COVID-19"
This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), the spotlight is on the urgent need for Building rural women's resilience in the wake of COVID-19, for "building back better" by strengthening rural women's sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.

UN Women
Oct 06, 2020

UN Women and Plan International to host Instagram Live on digital youth activism
Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, UN Women and Plan International are co-hosting a conversation on digital youth activism. Tune in on 7 October, at 8 a.m. EDT on Instagram Live.

UN Women
Oct 05, 2020

UN Trust Fund assesses COVID-19 impact on violence against women and front line organizations
Six months into the crisis, the UN Trust Fund's second assessment shows that the continued economic insecurity and movement restrictions are still driving increased violence against women and girls. It also highlights the urgent need to resource support services for survivors of violence provided by CSOs and women's rights organizations (WROs) that are on the frontline of community responses.

UN Women
Oct 05, 2020

Press release: 25 years after a landmark global agreement, the numbers still don't add up for women in Europe and Central Asia
New regional report launched by UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia tracks incremental progress in gender equality and women's rights, shows rampant inequalities.

UN Women
Oct 02, 2020

Press release: At UN high-level meeting, world leaders reignite the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action, the most transformative agenda for advancing gender equality
Leaders make concrete commitments to accelerate the realization of gender equality as COVID-19 threatens to take a toll on gains made in the last few decades.

UN Women
Oct 01, 2020

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1 October 2020
In her remarks at the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: " The future needs a meaningful intergenerational engagement with all races, genders, and people of different abilities, so that everywhere in the world, a 10 year-old girl in 2020 will be a thriving young woman in 2030."

UN Women
Oct 01, 2020

The Generation Equality Youth Task Force strengthens its membership with new leaders
Today, UN Women's Generation Equality Youth Task Force, which represents youth around the world, announced the addition of 11 new youth leaders to strengthen its membership.

UN Women
Sep 29, 2020

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the high-level side event of the UN General Assembly, "Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context - activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies"
In her remarks at the "Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context - activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies" event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "The pandemic has forced us all to think differently and re-build better and that is now what we need to spell out in much more detail. What does it mean to build back better in the context of violence against women, for instance?"

UN Women
Sep 29, 2020

As COVID-19 exposes the fault lines of gender equality, a strong focus on violence against women at the UN General Assembly
There is a need to mobilise all actors to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19, and to FUND women's organisations and services, RESPOND by strengthening services to survivors, PREVENT by addressing harmful social norms that normalise violence against women and COLLECT data to inform policies and programmes.

UN Women
Sep 28, 2020

COVID-19: Only one in eight countries worldwide have measures in place to protect women against social and economic impacts, new data shows
UN Women and UNDP's newly launched COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker shows the social protection and jobs response to the pandemic has largely overlooked women's needs.

UN Women
Sep 25, 2020

Media advisory: Historic gathering to call for political commitment at the highest levels for the achievement of gender equality
As the Beijing Platform for Action turns 25, high-level meeting to accelerate implementation efforts for advancing women's rights

UN Women
Sep 23, 2020

UN agencies, together with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, call for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender
At a high level event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, UN Women, the UN Development Programme, UNHCR, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights called for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender. Twenty-five countries retain nationality laws that deny women the right to confer citizenship on their children on an equal basis with men. More than fifty countries have nationality laws with gender-discriminatory provisions, with most denying women the same right as men to pass nationality to a non-citizen spouse.

UN Women
Sep 19, 2020

Women's leadership and decision-making has never been more urgent, say women leaders from across the world
At a global, virtual intergenerational event co-hosted by UN Women, the Government of Mexico and the Council of Women World Leaders, in collaboration with the Generation Equality Forum, women leaders convened to discuss the importance of diverse and inclusive feminist leadership.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2020

UN Women Statement for International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020
UN Women stands with all the women, including young women, around the world upholding peace: from the mothers holding vigil for the disappeared, to the women marching against police brutality; from the women in refugee camps navigating a complex gender landscape, to those negotiating ceasefires all over the world.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2020

UN Women to host Ask Me Anything with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
UN Women is calling on young people from all over the world to submit their questions to Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on social media. In a special edition of Ask Me Anything, she will select a few lucky audience members' questions and feature them in a video that will premiere across UN Women's channels on 28 September.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2020

Press release: Equal Pay International Coalition calls?to?prioritize pay equity in COVID-19 recovery with support from Megan Rapinoe
To mark the first International?Equal Pay Day,?the?Equal Pay International Coalition?(EPIC) called all leaders to take necessary steps to ensure pay equity?is at the heart of?COVID-19?recovery efforts worldwide.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2020

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the SDG Moment 2020
In her remarks at the SDG Moment during the 75th UN General Assembly, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Societies benefit when women can rise to opportunities. A profound transformation of economies is required for a just, sustainable future where women are at the centre".

UN Women
Sep 16, 2020

COVID-19 and its economic toll on women: The story behind the numbers
While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Here's how COVID-19 is rolling back on women's economic gains of past decades, unless we act now, and act deliberately.

UN Women
Sep 15, 2020

Remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the UN Women at 10 years event
Within the United Nations family, UN Women has established itself as a strong voice for women's rights, advancing, educating and pushing all parts of the system to mainstream gender in all our work.

UN Women
Sep 15, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board
In her opening remarks to the UN Women Executive Board on 15 September, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called attention to the continuing inequalities faced by women and girls which are made starker by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2020

Explainer: Everything you need to know about pushing for equal pay
Workers around the world look forward to payday. A paycheck may bring a sense of relief, satisfaction, or joy, but it can also represent an injustice—an expression of persistent inequalities between men and women in the workplace. Take a closer look at the gender pay gap and what can be done to close it.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2020

Everything you need to know about pushing for equal pay
Workers around the world look forward to payday. A paycheck may bring a sense of relief, satisfaction, or joy, but it can also represent an injustice—an expression of persistent inequalities between men and women in the workplace. Take a closer look at the gender pay gap and what can be done to close it.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2020

Why is women's leadership not in the headlines?
This year, International Day of Democracy comes as a reminder that unlocking the full breadth of perspectives, experiences and leadership of women is vital for building back better from this pandemic.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2020

A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women
We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women's movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women's rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2020

Media advisory: In a pandemic world, where does gender equality fit in?
UN Women at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, 15-25 September 2020.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2020

Press Release: UN Women and Asian Development Bank (ADB) join forces to step up COVID-19 gender-sensitive responses
UN Women and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have announced a new collaboration that would aim to protect women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region from the COVID-19 pandemic's multiple negative consequences on jobs, livelihoods and well-being.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2020

Op-ed: A month after the blast, let's rebuild Beirut as the Arab region's first feminist city
While we mourn, we must not romanticise the Beirut we lost. Lebanon before 4 August was one where inequalities were rife and insufficiently addressed

UN Women
Sep 09, 2020

Value the work that sustains families, demand domestic workers across Latin America
As Latin America enters a critical phase of the COVID-19 emergency, recently surpassing 5 million cases and 200,000 deaths , women domestic workers are raising alarm about the lack of economic relief, healthcare and other social protection, and organizing in solidarity to help other workers.

UN Women
Sep 04, 2020

On the 25th anniversary of landmark Beijing Declaration on women's rights, UN Women calls for accelerating its unfinished business
Urges for delivery on the commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action

UN Women
Sep 03, 2020

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women
On the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for new alliances across generations and sectors to ensure we seize this opportunity for deep, systemic change for women and for the world.

UN Women
Sep 03, 2020

In Palestine one couple shows the benefit of sharing the care at home
Ilham Edaes, a 28-year-old health worker in the West Bank, Palestine has been back to work, every day, since May, serving the hardest-to-reach communities through a mobile clinic that offers breast cancer screening. Edaes has a five-year-old son, Majd, who is growing up watching his parents share childcare and domestic chores - an unusual occurrence in the region, where domestic and unpaid care work is largely seen as women's work.

UN Women
Sep 03, 2020

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session of 2020
In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of UN Women and the role of Member States and key partners in its work, a special commemorative informal side event will take place immediately ahead of the opening of the Executive Board's second regular session on 15 September 2020. Thereafter, the President of the UN Women Executive Board, Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, will declare this year's second regular session open at 10 a.m EDT.

UN Women
Sep 03, 2020

Interview with Motegi Toshimitsu, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Government of Japan is a vital partner in UN Women's mission to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment. UN Women and Japan work together in the areas of humanitarian action; women, peace and security; and preventing violent extremism in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Arab States. In an interview with UN Women, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motegi Toshimitsu, highlights why realizing gender equality is an important goal for Japan.

UN Women
Sep 02, 2020

Press release: COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new UN Women and UNDP data shows
The pandemic will push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty.

UN Women
Sep 01, 2020

Some good news about gender equality that you may have missed
Join us in celebrating some of the highlights for gender equality and women's rights you may have missed over the last few months.

UN Women
Aug 31, 2020

Secretary-General's remarks at Town Hall with Young Women from Civil Society Organizations
In his remarks at the virtual Town hall Meeting with Women's Civil Society in light of the COVID-19 crisis, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a major push to prevent "years, even generations" worth of progress on women's empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

UN Women
Aug 31, 2020

Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns
Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent "years, even generations" worth of progress on women's empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2020

Expert's take: Four lessons from COVID-19 that should shape policy decisions everywhere
Laura Turquet is a Policy Advisor at UN Women, where she leads the organisation's flagship report, Progress of the World's Women. For the past decade, she has worked at UN Women leading major research and data initiatives that inform the organization's advocacy objectives and empower civil society and governments to seek and implement change. She is also a co-founder of the UN Feminist Network.

UN Women
Aug 24, 2020

Young women and men step up to rebuild Beirut after the blasts
While humanitarian action in Beirut is in full swing after the two explosions that hit the city on 4 August, killing hundreds and displacing more than 300,000 people, even as COVID-19 cases rise, Lebanese youth have taken to the streets, masks on, providing food and assistance to those in need.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2020

From where I stand: "Organizations share the voices of women […] but we want to put our voices into action"
Nelly is a South Sudanese refugee leader in the Bidibidi settlement in Uganda. In this story, adapted from the Who Holds the Microphone Series, she discusses her engagement with the humanitarian community and emphasizes the need for resources, income-generating activities and spaces dedicated to women, where they can freely discuss their experiences and challenges.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2020

"We have been transforming lives. We have been agents of change."
Around the world, women play critical roles as first responders and leaders when humanitarian crisis occurs. They change and save lives in the hardest to reach places. Yet, their work is consistently under-funded and often unrecognized. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities, the need to support women and women's organizations in humanitarian action has become urgent. Through participatory videos, women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan and Uganda share their perspectives.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2020

From where I stand: "Together, we are building peace and equal rights in our territories"
Johana, a trans woman, is the founder of the Johana Maturana Foundation, an organization that promotes LGBTI people's rights in the Chocó Department of Colombia. She stresses the need for financial resources to reach local communities and that communities must shape humanitarian action.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2020

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Humanitarian Day 2020
In a statement for World Humanitarian Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joins the global community in advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and for the survival, well-being and dignity of women, men, girls and boys affected by crises.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2020

Stronger partnerships and investment needed to support women's recovery from COVID-19 in the Global South
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on governments to ensure gender-responsive national plans to build back better after COVID-19

UN Women
Aug 13, 2020

UN Women and partners provide immediate relief to women and girls impacted by the Beirut blasts
Reeling from deep economic crisis, COVID-19, and now the blasts, Lebanon needs women at the centre of recovery plans.

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