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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.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2018

Women play a key role in rescue, reconstruction and resilience after volcanic eruption in Guatemala
Thousands of Guatemalans recently lost their homes in the eruption of Volcán de Fuego, and many victims have sought refuge at temporary shelters. María Ohong, resident of El Porvenir, and a victim of the disaster herself, is working to help others who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods. UN Women has supported a government-run shelter at the Escuela Mendez Montenegro in Alotenango, where women like Ohong have organized themselves to ensure equitable distribution of relief items and protection for women and girls.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2018

How the Islamic State talked women into subjugation: New UN Women report analyzes the use of gendered messaging by ISIL
Today, UN Women launched a new report that examines the use of gendered messaging by the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as its control and governance tactics. The report, based on analysis of ISIL's magazines in Arabic, English and French, was released at an event in New York, co-organized by UN Women, the United Kingdom Mission to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2018

Media advisory: Prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism in Africa: The role of women
On the margins of the United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa in cooperation with UNOWAS, UN Women, the Department of Public Information and the Permanent Missions of Germany and Japan to the United Nations, is organizing a side event on "Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Cooperation with Women to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Africa"

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

From where I stand: "Every girl has the potential to be who she wants to be in life if she knows her rights"
Sylvia Nansat Nwantu-Julde, 59, had been a teacher for 35 years when she heard about the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Scheme (GEMS). She started a club to empower her students, which now has 50 members.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

One in four women in Jamaica experience intimate partner violence, reveals the first national survey
The results of the first national survey on gender-based violence in Jamaica shows a high prevalence rate of 27.8 per cent, with more than 1 in every 4 women in Jamaica experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

Interview with Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland
In 2017, the Government of Finland donated a core contribution of USD 11.6 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government contributed USD 6.9 million in multi-bi support - bringing its overall 2017 contribution to approximately USD 18.6 million and making Finland UN Women's fifth largest contributor. In an interview, Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland, Anne-Mari Virolainen, explains why gender equality is Finland's top priority in foreign and development policy.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2018

From where I stand: "If women are empowered, we can create more peaceful societies"
Papiya Parvin from Debhata Upazilla, Bangladesh, has just bought a cow to start her own farm. She is also the first woman from her village who travelled to Tokyo to share her experience as part of a UN Women and BRAC programme that is empowering women to curb the rising tide of extremism in rural communities.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2018

Announcer: We are the United Nations, standing together for gender equality
Announcing the launch of a system-wide HeForShe UN platform

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

From where I stand: "The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management"
Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women's leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women's unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Life after loss: Rights, dignity and justice for widows
The loss of a partner is devastating. For many women, that loss is magnified by a long-term struggle for basic needs, their human rights and dignity. They may be denied inheritance rights to the piece of land that they relied on for livelihood or evicted from their homes, forced into unwanted marriages or traumatizing widowhood rituals. They are stigmatized for life, shunned and shamed. And, many of these abuses go unnoticed, even normalized.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Widows' Day, June 23, 2018
On the occasion of International Widows' Day, we must consider both the vital role widows play in our society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from all of us.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Speech: Achieving access to justice for all through the SDGs
Remarks by Asa Régner, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the 2018 UNDP annual meeting, "Strengthening the Rule of Law for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Speech: "Only together can great results be achieved"—Asa Régner
Remarks by UN Assistant-Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Régner at the launch of the UN-SWAP 2.0 and UNCT-SWAP

UN Women
Jun 20, 2018

Unstereotype Alliance celebrates its first anniversary and launches new report ‘Unstereotype: Beyond Gender. The Invisible Stereotypes'
The Unstereotype Alliance, an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women to end harmful stereotypes often perpetuated through advertising, celebrates major achievements on its first anniversary at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

Healing from trauma in conflict-affected Gaza
There are 1.9 million people living in Gaza and 72 per cent of them are refugees. Samia Asaf and her family have lived as refugees across three generations now. After a devastating injury, Asaf found her bearings through a UN Women-supported programme. Today she is an inspiration to many others.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

One woman's journey to find hope in Turkey, after escaping Syria
Menal Suleyman, at the age of thirty, is a mother of three, a widow, and a refugee from Syria. Fleeing the violence in Syria, Suleyman has found a new life, and hope, in Turkey, assisted by the "SADA Women-only Centre", a UN Women-led project in Gaziantep.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018
"On 31 May, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on the re-positioning of the UN Development System. Thank you to many of you who helped to make that possible. I particularly also want to thank the Permanent Representative of Denmark who also played a significant role, and who I think is with us in the house today... UN Women fully supports this bold new agenda, which must work for women and girls so that we achieve gender equality by 2030 in as many countries as possible and leave no one behind."—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

Open Letter: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues open letter to the advertising industry
"This is ultimately about so much more than eliminating stereotypes. It is about making cultural change that has the potential to transform our societies, and our future." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues open letter to the advertising industry

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day 2018
On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

Resilient and empowered, South Sudanese refugee women find new beginnings in Uganda
More than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed over the border into Uganda since 2013. Along with immediate assistance, they need long-term support, including therapy to cope with trauma and opportunities to earn a living. UN Women-supported therapy groups in one refugee settlement have helped women come together, heal and discover new beginnings.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

From where I stand: "Always rely on yourself"
Maha Aasi Emm Ala'a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women's centre in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women's centres in Za'atari Refugee Camp are building women's resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

From where I stand: "We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls"
E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the frontlines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centred response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

UN Women statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)
This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council's landmark resolution 1820 (2008), which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

Take five: "Nothing about disability should be done without women with disabilities"
Renowned disability rights activist, Ana Peláez Narváez, from Spain, is the first woman with disability to be elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on 7 June, 2018.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

From where I stand: "Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong"
Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

In the words of Nidhi Goyal: "These spaces belong to everyone"
Nidhi Goyal, 32, is a disabled feminist from India who works on disability rights and gender equality. After losing her sight as a teenager, Goyal committed herself to changing the lives of persons with disabilities, and particularly women and girls with disabilities. As a researcher, writer, trainer, stand-up comedian and advocate, she works to raise awareness on the intersection of the disability rights movement, and the women's movement.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner on first official visit to Japan
Asa Régner will be on her first official visit as UN Women Deputy Executive Director to Tokyo, Japan, from 13 to 15 June. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with Japan towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

Joint Statement: Contribution will help us deliver better results for the communities we serve
UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women welcome with appreciation the Government of Sweden's decision to enter into multi-year core funding agreements with our agencies. This SEK 6.8 billion contribution will help us deliver better results for the communities we serve.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

Op-ed: We have told G7 leaders to make gender inequality and patriarchy history
For most people, the annual G7 meeting may just seem like an expensive photo-op that doesn't connect with any concrete change in people's lives. But for us, appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit on his G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, it was a unique opportunity to push for strong commitments for girls' and women's rights.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

Speech: "Ending FGM is possible in our generation. It is no longer a dream"—Jaha Dukureh
Remarks by Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, at the Opening Session of the European Development Days, Spotlight Initiative section

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

In the words of Ruth Kihiu: Empowering Maasai women in northern Tanzania
Ruth Kihiu is a Programme Manager at The Pastoral Women's Council (PWC), which works to socio-economically empower marginalized pastoralist Maasai women in Ngorongoro, Monduli, and Longido districts in Tanzania, through livelihood and income-generating activities. PWC, supported by UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, also aims to educate women and girls about their rights and equip them with leadership skills.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

Game changing commitment from G7 Development Finance Institutions to invest USD 3 billion for women
UN Women welcomes the major new commitment announced on the margins of the G7 meeting in Canada on 9 June by the development finance institutions (DFI) of the G7 to mobilize USD 3 billion by 2020 to advance women's economic empowerment.

UN Women
Jun 08, 2018

Op ed: What we can do to empower women in the workplace
"How to improve gender equality in the workplace" reached Google's top five searches around gender equality in the last year. Interest in women's rights is at an all-time high: this is a powerful moment to drive for change. Women have tremendous potential to transform our economies, societies and businesses. Research from Citi shows that reducing gender inequalities in the workplace over the next two decades could add around 6% to GDP in advanced economies. That makes empowering women in the workplace both a priority issue of rights and a powerful economic lever.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 calls for bold actions and investments to advance women's empowerment
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on 8 June, as part of the Gender Equality Advisory Council to present their recommendations to G7 leaders.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

Op-ed: The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women; Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Population Fund; and Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme

UN Women
Jun 06, 2018

UN Women Executive Board to convene Annual Session 2018
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's Annual Session on 19-20 June at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Jun 05, 2018

Coverage: UN Women at the European Development Days
UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, are taking part in the  European Development Days , Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. The event gathers every year more than 6,000 participants from over 140 countries. The overarching theme of the 12 edition of the forum will be "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest".

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

From where I stand: "Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis"
The Rohingya crisis started decades ago, but the intensity and the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh since last year has been unprecedented. Noor Nahar is a Rohingya woman in her thirties, who has lived in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh since she was seven years old. Today she is working as a mentor to newly arriving Rohingya women refugees as part of a UN Women-supported programme.

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

Announcer: Gender equality takes centre stage at Europe's leading forum on development
UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will take part this week in the European Development Days, Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2018

Op-ed: Women and the future of work
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

Take five: "Women pay the highest price in the Syrian conflict"
Lina Sinjab is a Syrian journalist who has covered the conflict in Syria for BBC and other media outlets since 2011. She served as the moderator of a dialogue between Syrian women and policy-makers, held on the sidelines of the EU-UN conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" organized in Brussels last month. Ms. Sinjab spoke to UN Women about her views on the role of Syrian women in the conflict and the construction of peace.

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

High-level Group on Justice for Women meets in The Hague
The inaugural meeting of the High-level Group on Justice for Women took place in The Hague from 28 - 29 May.

UN Women
May 31, 2018

Dads from Moldova: A photo exhibit that challenges stereotypes, showing men alone with their kids
In Moldova, widespread patriarchal attitudes and gender-based stereotypes perpetuate the idea that women are responsible for child and home care, with fathers expected to be breadwinners. To challenge this widespread notion, the Embassy of Sweden organised in partnership with the UN in Moldova the photo exhibition Dads from Moldova and Sweden.

UN Women
May 31, 2018

From where I stand: "I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes"
Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can't wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

UN Women
May 30, 2018

Running for a cause in Mexico
More than 70,000 women ran for gender equality in Mexico as part of the Carrera Bonafont con Causa [Bonafont Race for a Cause], the largest 5K race in the world for women in the world.

UN Women
May 29, 2018

Take five: "We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution's budgeting processes"
Mimoza Dhembi has been the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. UN Women offers technical assistance in gender-responsive budgeting to the government of Albania with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

The men and women shaping Africa today
25 May is Africa Day, a day to celebrate Africa's liberation from colonialism and formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, precursor to the African Union.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: "Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you."
Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence', which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police officers and humanitarian actors from ten Member States on strategic, operational and tactical approaches to end conflict-related sexual violence.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens
The Female Military Officers' Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

UN Women
May 24, 2018

UN Joint Global Programme calls for coordinated, multi-sectoral responses for survivors of violence
At the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which took place in Vienna from 14-18 May 2018, UNODC, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and WHO organized a side event on coordinated, multi-sectoral responses to such violence, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Peru and Vietnam.

UN Women
May 23, 2018

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy announced, features UN Women prominently
The Apolitical inaugural list of 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018, which was announced today, includes five gender equality experts from UN Women.

UN Women
May 23, 2018

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009
In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists.

UN Women
May 22, 2018

News: UN Women Executive Board visits Malawi
In early May 2018, the UN Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time.

UN Women
May 21, 2018

In the words of Deeba Ayubi: "I am fighting a good fight and it's worth the sacrifice."
Deeba Ayubi, 27, is a women's rights activist and defense lawyer with UN Women's partner organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which protects and supports survivors of violence. Ayubi is passionate about helping women and girls achieve a life free from all forms of violence and dreams of becoming a judge.

UN Women
May 18, 2018

New programme to boost the rights of women migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific
The Safe and Fair programme will focus on women migrant workers in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

UN Women
May 17, 2018

UN Women Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, our focus must be strongly on inclusion. That means advocating for change in ways that acknowledge the intersections between multiple forms of discrimination.

UN Women
May 15, 2018

Advocating for services and legislation to protect survivors of violence in Ecuador
In 10 districts in Ecuador ACDemocracia, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, is working to address gaps in service delivery and to guarantee women's access to justice within the project titled,"Integral intervention to guarantee access to justice for women survivors of violence."

UN Women
May 14, 2018

In the words of Sohini Shoaib: "Women are building the economy, yet denied their basic economic rights"
Sohini Shoaib works with The Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, a non-party political union of landless rural workers, marginal farmers and youth, currently operating out of six districts of the state of Bihar, India. Shoaib's work includes supporting the mobilization of labourers and farmers—especially those from oppressed castes, genders and communities, to fight for their rights and entitlements. She spoke to UN Women during the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about her work, and the issues that women from the communities she works with are facing.

UN Women
May 13, 2018

Statement: Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein
UN Women, UNFPA and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa join the people of Sudan who are appealing for clemency in the case of 19-year-old Noura Hussein of Sudan, who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband. Reports indicate that she was forced against her will into marriage at the age of 16. She was raped by her husband while his three male relatives held her down. Speaking as the voices of women and girls of the world, we plead with the government of Sudan to save the...

UN Women
May 11, 2018

Five activist moms who inspire us
As many countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day this week, meet some moms who are fighting the good fight, for women's rights and equality for us all.

UN Women
May 08, 2018

From where I stand: "I am passionate about promoting peace"
Lyop Chong is one of few women to become a member of her local traditional council in conflict-affected Nigeria. Since being trained as a woman mentor for peacebuilding, she has become a passionate advocate for peaceful conflict resolution, starting from home and extending to the larger community.

UN Women
May 07, 2018

In the words of Yuan Feng: "Different sectors need to work together to fight domestic violence"
Yuan Feng, from China, is the co-founder of Equality, an NGO based in Beijing, dedicated to women's rights and gender equality. The organization, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, managed by UN Women, works to end domestic violence and helps survivors of violence. Since the mid-1990s, Feng has also been a founding member, coordinator, chair-person, and board member of countrywide organizations, such as the Gender and Development Network in China, Anti Domestic Violence Network, Women's Network Against Aids/China, and Media Monitor for Women Network.

UN Women
May 04, 2018

In Bangladesh, women garment workers gain confidence, promotions and better futures
A project is carried out by UN Women and CARE is helping women get into positions of decision-making, not only at home and in the community but at the workplace as well.

UN Women
May 03, 2018

Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network meets in Berlin to promote women's role in peace processes
About 150 representatives from UN Member States, regional and international organizations and civil society from around the world met in Berlin, Germany, for the annual capital-level Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network (WPS-FPN) meeting on April 9-10, 2018.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

From where I stand: "It's not just men who can do business"
Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

In the words of Marija Andjelkovic: "The girls are getting younger…poverty is driving trafficking in persons"
In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

Statement from Purna Sen, UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination
Saddened by the pain caused to women that is now being heard through the #MeToo movement across the world, UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment, Purna Sen, honours victims who have spoken and who continue to come forward.

UN Women
May 01, 2018

Take five: "A feminist in decision-making roles makes a difference"
Thelma Aldana is the Public Prosecutor and Head of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, who will complete her term in May 2018. She is known as a champion of women's rights, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and the force behind the creation of specialized courts for femicide and violence against women cases in 2010. Today, there are 12 of these specialized courts in Guatemala. UN Women has supported the Public Ministry in adopting and implementing the Women and Men´s Equality...

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Speech: Winning the fight for equality with the whole of society
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Tribeca Film Festival's Tribeca Talks - Times up event in New York City

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Remarks by Executive Director of UN Women at the African Women Leaders Network
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

From where I stand: "I am worried about the monsoon…will our small shelter keep standing?"
Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleased by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women's Centre in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Canada's G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council meeting
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated at the first in-person meeting of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council from 25 - 26 April in Ottawa, Canada, in the lead up to the G7 Leaders' Summit, which will be hosted by Canada in June this year.

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