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UN Women
Mar 22, 2019

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women's social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities
After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women's and girls' access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field' for women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 22, 2019

Overheard at CSW, UN's largest annual gathering on women's rights
Some 5,000 women and men representing civil society representatives, along with at least 1,850 delegates from governments attended this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN's largest gathering on women's rights issues.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2019

UN Women and partners launch new initiative to repeal discriminatory laws worldwide
A high-level event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on 20 March, launched the "Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: A Multistakeholder Strategy for Accelerated Action". The strategy, developed by UN Women, the African Union, Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Secretaría General Ibero-Americana, and many other UN and NGO partners, seeks to fast-track the repeal or revision of discriminatory laws in 100 countries by 2023.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2019

IOC and UN Women celebrate women and girls' empowerment through sport
On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) co-hosted the Women and Sport Awards celebrating the role models and change makers in advancing women and girls in and through sport.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2019

Press release: SDGs and Her Initiative announces the winners of 2019 global competition
On 18 March, the global SDGs and Her Competition announced the winners of the 2019 global competition.The winning entries are Taxshe, owned by Vandana Suri from India, and Green Business Innovation, owned by Saida Yusupova from Uzbekistan.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2019

"Sport is a very powerful tool for achieving gender equality"—Marta Vieira da Silva
Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport Marta Vieira da Silva, at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Awards on 19 March in New York.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2019

After reaching gender parity in senior management, UN pushes for parity at all levels
At the ongoing UN Commission on the Status of Women, a UN Women side event on 18 March, titled, "The Road Ahead: Making Gender Parity a Reality", brought together senior UN officials, civil society and Member States to discuss how to expand the momentum for gender parity.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2019

Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon announce 2019 'March On' for women campaign
Iconic beauty brand and actor/activist advance philanthropic campaign supporting UN Women

UN Women
Mar 18, 2019

Women, peace and security experts look ahead to 2020
As the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution 1325 approaches in 2020, experts and advocates on the women, peace and security agenda came together on 15 March to take stock of progress and the way forward

UN Women
Mar 15, 2019

Strong partnerships and bold actions to stamp out child marriage and FGM
On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a high-level side event on "Accelerating the elimination of harmful practices to reap the demographic dividend in Africa" convened Member States, civil society, youth and development partners to discuss decisive measures to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the continent.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2019

New global report calls for urgent measures to close justice gap for women
The High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), comprising of justice, human rights and gender experts from different parts of the world, launched a pathbreaking global report on Justice for Women on 13 March, at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2019

‘Power is not given, power is taken', UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo
After hearing from many of the world's top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on "Women in Power", Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2019

At CSW 63, youth ask for increased investment, accountability and seat at decision-making tables
At a side event during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth leaders from 100 countries urged political leaders and senior UN officials to make strong commitments that safeguard and improve access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure for women and girls, including young women and girls, worldwide. Equally important, they said, was to engage young people in shaping the solutions that affect their lives.

UN Women
Mar 12, 2019

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression', General Assembly President warns
There has been a "serious regression" in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

UN Women
Mar 12, 2019

Press release: One in five ministers is a woman, according to new IPU/UN Women Map
Women's representation in political decision-making continues to rise slowly, with slight improvements since 2017, according to the data presented in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics. The map was launched at a press conference during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2019

Take five: "Delivering the quantum change we need is not just a woman's issue."
Geraldine Byrne Nason is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, and the Chair of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN''s largest gathering on gender equality and women's empowerment, taking place in New York from 11 to 22 March. A career diplomat, Ms. Bryne Nason previously served as Ireland's Ambassador to France and Monaco, as well as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union. A passionate advocate for women's rights, she spoke to UN Women recently about the importance of CSW.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2019

In Cabo Verde, domestic workers call for legal protections and right to social protection
In Cabo Verde, more than a quarter of all employed women (26 per cent) are domestic workers, many of whom work without contracts, without recognition as formal workers and the social protections that come with formal jobs. For instance, domestic workers are unable to enrol in the National Institute of Social Security and do not have access to pensions when they retire or health coverage for them and their children.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2019

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
In her remarks at the opening of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for "change that lasts, and that can withstand the shocks of political climates that may be unconducive to human rights and women's rights".

UN Women
Mar 08, 2019

Press release: As economic uncertainties, exclusionary politics, push-back on civil society, and labour informality rise, UN's largest meeting on gender equality begins
Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women's lives

UN Women
Mar 08, 2019

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on International Women's Day in New York City
In her speech at the commemoration of International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka called for intentional innovation, multiplied so that technology can raise the voices of many more women and change their lives irreversibly.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo
Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn't long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique's capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women's Safe Cities Global Initiative.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

In rural Georgia women are asking for kindergartens, here's why
In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women's agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

Social protection to domestic workers in Guatemala
A grantee of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality is pushing for better income, health insurance, safer working conditions; and helping exploited domestic workers take their cases to the courts.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

The journey along the gender road in Cameroon
A 200-kilometre road (124 miles) project stretches between the townships of Batschenga, Ntui and Yoko, in central Cameroon. The road crosses farms, forests, water bodies and pastoral areas that sustain the mostly agrarian economy of nearly 40 villages and three towns.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

The UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day
In a statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says: "Gender equality and women's rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development".

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

Press release: Commemoration of International Women's Day will celebrate individuals and activists who are finding innovative ways to advance gender equality
With technology and innovation playing an integral role in our everyday lives, it is not easy to imagine development in the 21st century without it. This year's theme for International Women's Day is "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change". The theme explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

Yemeni women leaders call for recognition and support of women-led organizations as part of humanitarian response in Yemen
Yemeni women's rights leaders call for recognition, support and funding at the event themed, "Yemeni women's leadership in the peace process, humanitarian space and beyond", taking place in Geneva on 25 February, in the context of the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen. The event was organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations (UN), UN Women, CARE International, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Oxfam International.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2019

Women taking the lead in tourism
UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Bank Group and Amadeus, has today released preliminary findings of the Global Report on Women in Tourism, Second Edition.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2019

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women's lives
Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2019

A safe city for women and girls in El Alto, Bolivia
Most women and girls are told to stay inside after dark for their safety, it's one of the pitfalls of living in the sprawling city of El Alto. Once a desolate bedroom community just 15 km away from the Bolivian capital, La Paz, El Alto is the country's second-biggest and fastest growing city.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2019

Migrant workers lacking work benefits learn how to save in the Philippines
Every year, about 172,000 Filipino women leave the country as migrant workers, seeking higher income to provide for their families. Research has shown that women migrant workers are more likely than men to send money home to families.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2019

Listen, believe, support: the power of mental health care for survivors of violence
Around the world, one in every three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way—most often by someone she knows. Yet public services, such as quality mental health services, are rarely planned with women's safety, recovery and healing from violence in mind.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2019

New law in Albania will provide low-cost housing for domestic violence survivors
Women in Albania, much like women around the world, face many roadblocks when they try to leave an abusive partner—housing. The Shelter for Abused Women and Girls is part of the Monitoring Network against Gender-Based Violence, a network of 48 civil society organizations across Albania. The creation of the network was facilitated by UN Women under its regional programme on ending violence against women, funded by the European Union.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2019

United Nations and Georgetown to Celebrate Congressional Women Leaders in Foreign Policy
Washington, DC-UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will celebrate Congressional women leaders in foreign policy at a reception this evening.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2019

Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all
From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2019

Women in rural Kyrgyzstan bring change through water, technology and better infrastructure
Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn't shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2019

From where I stand: "I never gave up and I am learning everyday"
Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked, and 56 per cent of them are women, according to latest data from The World Bank. The trend continues in Africa, where up to 95 million unbanked adults receive cash payments for agricultural products, and 65 million save using semiformal methods. Lack of access to banking services and financial skills such as savings, budgeting and debt management, means women who are already poor, have little or no means to invest, retire or build a cushion against emergencies. In humanitarian crisis, these challenges are compounded. Esperance Mutegwaraba, 61, fled the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 along with 30,000 refugees.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2019

Statement: "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change"
In a statement for International Women's Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls to put innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2019

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines
Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2019

Latin America and the Caribbean hold regional consultation in lead up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)
Regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean in the lead up to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) started on 11 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2019

Women rising: Women's activism that has shaped the world as you know it
On International Women's Day, we're celebrating women activists around the world who have insisted on a better world and persisted in the face of adversity.

UN Women
Feb 28, 2019

Media advisory: International Women's Day 2019
On 8 March, UN Women is observing International Women's Day to celebrate the tireless work of activists who are central to the global push for gender equality and who strive every day to make women's rights a reality.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2019

UN Women to host Facebook Live conversation ahead of "Saint Judy" premiere
On 28 February, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation ahead of the premiere of the film, SAINT JUDY

UN Women
Feb 27, 2019

Ask a Senator: How does Bolivia have such a high representation of women in politics, and why is it important to include women's voices in politics?
Women account for 53.1 per cent of Parliamentarians in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the third-highest percentage globally. Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2019

Grooming her business in Nepal: Beautician-turned entrepreneur
In the historical town of Banepa, 35-year-old Sulochana Timalsina runs a little shop, half of which is a grocery store and the other half a beauty parlour. The two units share a single space with different purposes for her clients, but one single purpose for this young entrepreneur - empowerment.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2019

UN Women Executive Director in Finland for annual consultations
Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Finland to meet with Finnish Government officials, Members of Parliament, private sector and the academia.

UN Women
Feb 20, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in Paris
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér attended the first meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the Elysée Palace on 19 February, on behalf of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

UN Women
Feb 20, 2019

Ahead of CSW 63, regional stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific call for holistic and gender-responsive approach to social protection
Bangkok, Thailand - Gender inequalities remain profound and entrenched across Asia and the Pacific, despite recent rapid economic progress. Women's inequitable access to health, education and other basic social services starts young and has a life-long, cumulative impact on their social and economic opportunities.

UN Women
Feb 20, 2019

Take five: "Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships"
Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bavi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Phillipines. Cerillo's organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around Manila, where infrastructure problems place a burden on women. In February 2019, Cerillo attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing 25 Review.

UN Women
Feb 19, 2019

In the words of Rajaa Altalli: "Women are leading efforts to push forward in Syria"
Rajaa Altalli was 12 years old when her father was arrested by the Syrian government for being part of a political party. She thought she would never be involved in public life, but as the Syrian revolution erupted, she decided otherwise. Altalli is now a member of the Syrian Women's Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria to ensure that women's perspectives and leadership is taken into account in the peace process.

UN Women
Feb 18, 2019

Take five: "One of the main obstacles to gender parity is the glass ceiling"
Angela Mwai leads the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat and serves as the agency's Gender Focal Point. The Gender Equality Unit works to ensure gender perspectives are encompassed in all of UN-Habitat's work by mainstreaming gender equality and women's empowerment in all of UN-Habitat's policies, projects and programmes.

UN Women
Feb 18, 2019

Governments and civil society representatives from the Arab States region come together to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women
Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019

UN Women
Feb 18, 2019

African Union calls upon its Member States to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women
Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019.

UN Women
Feb 18, 2019

Press release: Procter & Gamble announces newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit
Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G's first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 18, 2019

Press release: UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit
Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G's first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 17, 2019

UN Women Executive Director in India, calls for investment in women
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting India this week to meet with gender equality advocates, youth and private sector partners to build momentum towards the upcoming 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (11-22 March), and to re-ignite public discourse towards the full implementation of the visionary Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Feb 15, 2019

Now you can get gender equality stories on your Alexa device
UN Women's new Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing Skill, "Stories on Gender Equality," captures the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, through compelling accounts of their daily sustainable development challenges and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Feb 13, 2019

Five ways you can break-up with toxic behaviour
From the words we use at work or with our loved ones to the assumptions we make about strangers, we can all be better at promoting equality in our daily lives.

UN Women
Feb 13, 2019

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka delivered closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session 2019 on 12 February.

UN Women
Feb 12, 2019

Opening Remarks to the UN Women Executive Board first regular session 2019 by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director
In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session 2019, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we can make the voices of women and girls vibrate everywhere ".

UN Women
Feb 12, 2019

Take five with Tchonko Becky Bessong: "With my voice, I can impact the masses"
Tchonko Becky Bessong is a popular radio presenter with CRTV, Cameroon's public radio and television broadcasting company. Over 20,000 Cameroonians tune in to her weekly programme ‘Calling the women'. In a recent conversation with UN Women, Ms. Tchonko talked about the situation of women's political participation in Cameroon and the role that media can play in raising awareness. In the 2018 elections the representation of women in the Senate increased from 20 per cent to 26 per cent.

UN Women
Feb 12, 2019

Take five with Tchonko Becky Bissong: "With my voice, I can impact the masses"
Tchonko Becky Bissong is a popular radio presenter with CRTV, Cameroon's public radio and television broadcasting company. Over 20,000 Cameroonians tune in to her weekly programme ‘Calling the women'. In a recent conversation with UN Women, Ms. Tchonko talked about the situation of women's political participation in Cameroon and the role that media can play in raising awareness. In the 2018 elections the representation of women in the Senate increased from 20 per cent to 26 per cent.

UN Women
Feb 11, 2019

UN Secretary-General to African girl coders: It needs a movement of girls to bring more women in science and technology
On the sidelines of the African Union Summit, 11 girls from the African Girls can Code Initiative met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to share their experiences and ambitions.

UN Women
Feb 07, 2019

Opening new opportunities for tech careers for women in Moldova
More than 1,000 women are learning new skills through an online platform supported by the Moldovan Association of ICT Companies and UN Women, with the financial support of the Government of Sweden. The programme trains young women for ICT careers as front-end developers and technology creators.

UN Women
Feb 07, 2019

Sticking points in STEM
A look at three challenges women and girls face along their STEM journeys

UN Women
Feb 07, 2019

Joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science 11 February
In a message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO highlight the importance of encouraging a new generation of women and girl scientists to tackle to major challenges of our time.

UN Women
Feb 07, 2019

Joint message on from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science 11 February
In a message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO highlight the importance of encouraging a new generation of women and girl scientists to tackle to major challenges of our time.

UN Women
Feb 06, 2019

It's election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?
Ahead of Nigeria's presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been

UN Women
Feb 06, 2019

From where I stand: "Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams."
The status of women's political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the upcoming elections for the House of Representatives and received capacity-building training from UN Women.

UN Women
Feb 05, 2019

UN Women Executive Board convenes its first regular session 2019
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's first regular session on 12 February at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Feb 05, 2019

Statement: Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030
In a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, reaffirm their commitment to end this violation of human rights.

UN Women
Feb 04, 2019

Survivors speak: Women leading the movement to end FGM
On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, here are four women, among many, many more, who are fighting for girlhoods free of FGM.

UN Women
Feb 01, 2019

From where I stand: "I want to get involved in decision making in my community"
Sella Esther Sowa, 42, grows and sells vegetables to support her four children, her nephews and her parents in Kenema in the Eastern Province, Sierra Leone. When a dispute over land rights erupted within Sowa's family, she decided to take a stand.

UN Women
Jan 31, 2019

Women's groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective
Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women's Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections.

UN Women
Jan 30, 2019

Women's centres in Jordan support refugee and Jordanian women
The Arab Women's Organization (AWO), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, runs two women's centres to respond to the unmet needs of women and girl survivors of violence; serving both Syrian refugees and the local Jordanian community.

UN Women
Jan 30, 2019

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change" on International Women's Day
The United Nations' gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls

UN Women
Jan 30, 2019

From where I stand: "I'm the first woman in my family to own property"
Awaho Talla is the first woman in her family to own land. Next, she plans on building a house that she can rent to supplement her income. In her tribe, socio-economic status is often determined by the number of cattle they own and women rarely own property or have decision-making powers in the family. But times are changing.

UN Women
Jan 23, 2019

Youth, innovation and irreversible progress for gender equality on the agenda as UN Women Executive Director visits Denmark
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Denmark to attend the annual consultations with the Danish Government.

UN Women
Jan 22, 2019

The future of a globalized economy is female
Stories of five women entrepreneurs who are transforming their own lives and shaping better future for their families, communities and nations.

UN Women
Jan 21, 2019

In the words of Mereng Bessela: "I am a fighter and I do everything I need to"
Mereng Alima Bessela, age 50, is a successful entrepreneur from Ntui, in the Central Region of Cameroon. She is a cocoa farmer, which is traditionally farmed by men, has her own restaurant business and a fish farm. Like thousands of women in the region, Madame Bessala has no lack of acumen, but needs access to skills, markets and finance.

UN Women
Jan 21, 2019

In the words of Nur Omar: "I've healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future"
The SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre provides livelihood skills and psycho-social support and referral services to refugees like Nur Omar and local women in Gaziantep, Turkey. Set-up by UN Women, the Centre helps women like Nur Omar learn new skills and start a brighter future.

UN Women
Jan 15, 2019

From where I stand: "I was the first woman to apply for a firefighter's job"
Merve Erbay, 21, became the first woman firefighter in the Turkish Parliament after outperforming competitors in the firefighting exam.

UN Women
Jan 14, 2019

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia
Through UN Women's new programme to prevent human trafficking in Cambodia and Myanmar, three friends were able to start their own salon.

UN Women
Jan 10, 2019

From where I stand: "Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement"
After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household's income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur.

UN Women
Jan 08, 2019

From where I stand: "They forced me to get pregnant"
Aung Ja* was 18 when a woman from Myitkina, northern Myanmar, convinced her to take a ‘factory' job in China. She was rescued in 2017 and is taking part in a UN Women-supported trafficking prevention programme.

UN Women
Jan 07, 2019

Getting Fatouma back to school
UN Women supports girls and young women in Mali to pass high school exams - and to pursue their dreams.

UN Women
Jan 02, 2019

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar
In 2005, Myanmar passed an anti-trafficking law, but trafficking is still rampant in the conflict-affected state, especially in the northern region, where it borders China. A UN Women programme is supporting local partner, Htoi Gender and Development Foundation, in providing legal support and vocational training to survivors.

UN Women
Dec 24, 2018

From where I stand: "We must believe in ourselves that we can be leaders"
Betty Mtehemu, Deputy Chairperson of Fabric Clothes Sector, and Chairperson of the Women's Union in Dar es Salaam's Mchikichini Market has seen how raising awareness of women's rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market.

UN Women
Dec 21, 2018

Six things we learned from women's resistance in 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at stories from some of the women who rose against injustice, defied stereotypes and inspired us all.

UN Women
Dec 20, 2018

UN Women statement: Ensuring the protection of women human rights defenders in Nicaragua
UN Women expresses its concern in face of the acts of violence, intimidation and harassment against women human rights defenders and women's organizations in Nicaragua.

UN Women
Dec 19, 2018

In the words of Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa: "There is a need for female peacekeepers"
Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, participated in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers' Course in April 2018. The course aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. Women currently represent only 4 per cent of the more than 80,000 UN Peacekeepers, despite their key role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve, especially women and girls. Captain Vuniwaqa spoke to UN Women about women's role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve.

UN Women
Dec 14, 2018

UN Women statement for International Migrants Day 2018
International Migrants Day provides us with a chance to reflect on the positive contributions that migrant women and men, and their families make in countries of origin, transit and destination, and reaffirms the importance of ensuring that their human rights are protected and promoted at all stages of migration.

UN Women
Dec 14, 2018

Take five: "We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change"
Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of FGM and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the "North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C", organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls.

UN Women
Dec 12, 2018

Take five: UN Women at the global climate conference, COP 24
Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions - climate change, desertification and biodiversity. She works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes incorporate a gender perspective. Dedicated to improving women's participation in global processes, Ms. Collantes works to ensure that women, including grassroots, indigenous and young women are represented in intergovernmental fora.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to visit China
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits China
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

Ask an activist: What are the most important lessons learned on sexual harassment in this last year of activism?
Catharine A. MacKinnon is a radical feminist legal scholar and Advisor to UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. As an expert in sex equality, women's rights and gender crimes, specifically sexual abuse and exploitation, she pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment as sex discrimination in the United States of America and has worked to raise awareness of sexual abuse as a violation of equality rights. MacKinnon also represented Bosnian and Croatian women survivors of Serbian sexual atrocities in 1992, establishing the legal recognition of rape as an act of genocide.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

Press release: Bringing 16 Days of Activism campaign to a close, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, survivors and activists spotlight solutions to end violence against women
Fundraising event for the life-changing work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held in Los Angeles, with #HearMeToo voices taking centre-stage

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

The sheroes of human rights
As we close out the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Human Rights Day (10 December), we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women human rights defenders who are leading the fight for universal human rights and lives free from violence.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

UN Women applauds UAE President's decision to increase Emirati women's representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent
UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to raise the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent.

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