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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

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

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

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.

UN Women
Aug 12, 2020

Nothing less than equality and a seat at the table for youth
At a global virtual event co-hosted by UN Women and ITU, youth activists imagine a "new normal" where diverse youth have a seat at the table to shape policy and decisions.

UN Women
Aug 11, 2020

Youth voices for change: Are you listening?
We asked some youth activists about their hopes for the future and what building back better means for them.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2020

Youth voices for change: Why we should all be listening to young leaders
We asked some youth activists about their hopes for the future and what building back better means for them.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2020

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2020: "Youth Engagement for Global Action"
In a statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the immense value of young people who are at the forefront of global action for change, both in responding to the pandemic and in working to address the systemic inequalities it has unearthed.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Maya Tutton, youth activist to end public sexual harassment
Maya Tutton, 21, co-founded the Our Streets Now campaign in the United Kingdom with her sister Gemma to demand the right of women and girls to feel and be safe in public space.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Maya Tutton, youth activist working to end public sexual harassment
Maya Tutton, 21, co-founded the Our Streets Now campaign in the United Kingdom with her sister Gemma to demand the right of women and girls to feel and be safe in public space.

UN Women
Aug 07, 2020

From where I stand: "Women become migrants because they cannot find a job in their countries, so governments should think about their economic reintegration."
Alejandra Mónica Quijua Tintaya is a 34-year-old Bolivian national who packaged fruits in Santiago de Chile. She, along with other migrant workers, lost her job as cases of COVID-19 surged in Latin America. Her journey back to Bolivia illustrates the increased hardships that migrant workers are facing during the global pandemic, but also the importance women-led groups to protect their rights.

UN Women
Aug 04, 2020

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples we consider not only the enormous challenges faced by indigenous women, many of which are now further compounded by the pandemic, but also the valuable accomplishments, leadership and resilience that they bring to the recovery.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2020

Call for applications: Expanding the Beijing 25 Youth Task Force
The Beijing 25 Youth Task Force is announcing a call for applications to expand the composition of the Youth Task Force that will work in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) process closely with UN Women, civil society organizations and other stakeholders from September 2020 to September 2021, to ensure the meaningful involvement of young people in the global processes of the 25th review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2020

Shining a Spotlight on Mexico's pandemic heroines
As COVID-19 ravages the world, Mexico is among the countries hardest hit. Despite the myriad ways this global crisis is devastating women and girls, it has also served as a powerful reminder of the essential contributions of women. The women featured in this article represent just some of Mexico's many pandemic heroines.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2020

Press release: UN Women launches new UK chapter of advertising alliance to fight gender-based stereotypes in the industry
Convened by UN Women, the United Nations entity for women's empowerment, a new advertising coalition to tackle harmful stereotypes in UK advertising and media content launches today. The initiative will focus on encouraging diverse, inclusive and non-stereotypical representations of marginalised groups, initially focusing on the experiences of women of colour.

UN Women
Jul 30, 2020

Press release: UN Women and Inter-American Development Bank urge governments to integrate gender as a catalyst for economic recovery (COVID-19) in the Caribbean
The UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), convened High-Level representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for an in-depth  discussion on the urgency of addressing the care economy and the impact on women, who comprise the majority of unpaid care workers.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2020

In Yemen, women face added challenges posed by COVID-19 amidst ongoing armed conflict
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has cut short the success of many small businesses in Yemen, and the closure of schools has increased the burden of care for mothers.

UN Women
Jul 28, 2020

In the words of Christine Sadia: "Women must be given tools and training, so they fully comprehend what the risks are"
Dr. Christine Sadia is a gender and public health expert with over 30 years' experience advising governments on health and gender issues, such as psychosocial needs of women in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and HIV programming during the Indonesia tsunami. UN Women is supporting Dr. Sadia in her current role as a Gender and Public Health Advisor for Kenya's State Department for Gender Affairs, to advise on the country's national emergency response for COVID-19.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2020

Op-ed: How COVID-19 can bring gender justice
In the midst of another pandemic, we are still fighting hard for gender equality, with the coronavirus crisis amplifying existing inequalities and power imbalances and disproportionately affecting women - including in the devastatingly sharp increases in domestic violence. Yet the pandemic is also an opportunity to ‘build back better' and transform structural gender inequalities.

UN Women
Jul 22, 2020

Small business owners in South Sudan bear the brunt of COVID-19 as livelihoods shrink
As of early July, South Sudan confirmed more than 2,000 coronavirus cases. The implementation of social distancing rules, curfews and the closure of non-essential business has had a drastic impact on small businesses, especially in the informal sector where women constitute the majority of the work force. Now that businesses have been allowed to re-open with social distancing measures in place, women are working to adapt their businesses and get back on their feet.

UN Women
Jul 22, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis in Morocco disrupts value chains for women's cooperatives
Following the declaration of a state of emergency in Morocco due to COVID-19, rural women are struggling to maintain their cooperatives.

UN Women
Jul 21, 2020

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic's devastating impact on women
A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women's and men's lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

UN Women
Jul 21, 2020

Take five: Why we should take online violence against women and girls seriously during and beyond COVID-19
Cecilia Mwende Maundu is a broadcast journalist based in Kenya and a specialist in gender digital safety. She is also the current Secretary General of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Kenyan chapter. During COVID-19, women and girls are using the internet more than ever to stay connected with the world, but they are also the targets of online violence in the form of physical threats, sexual harassment, stalking, zoombombing and sex trolling.

UN Women
Jul 17, 2020

Six women's issues explained with emojis
Take a closer look at some of the urgent issues women are facing during the time of COVID-19, and we ask you to use your voice and platforms to spread the word.

UN Women
Jul 17, 2020

Media advisory: UN gathering to call for a stronger multilateral approach to deliver on the Beijing Platform for Action - the blueprint for advancing gender equality
Member states and observers, civil society organisations, gender equality leaders, CEOs, and heads of academia will gather virtually on 21 July 2020 in a multi-stakeholder hearing to bolster priority actions at the global and national level that will address the challenges that threaten the bold vision of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, twenty-five years after its adoption.

UN Women
Jul 16, 2020

Call for youth-led organization applications for Generation Equality Action Coalitions leadership
The call for youth-led organizations to apply for leadership positions in the six  Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions  has been re-opened.

UN Women
Jul 15, 2020

Inspirational Black women you should know
Here are just six incredible Black women who are standing against oppression and discrimination and leading the way towards a better future for all.

UN Women
Jul 14, 2020

Charting the future: more equal, inclusive and sustainable
In her remarks at the closing of the 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the need to work together to continue implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and put gender perspectives centre-stage in order to build back better.

UN Women
Jul 14, 2020

Speech: Addressing the needs and rights of at-risk and crisis-affected women and girls
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Humanitarian Donor Roundtable: Strengthening gender in humanitarian action for the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

UN Women
Jul 14, 2020

Press release: UN Member States announce next years' Commission on the Status of Women themes as its 64th session concludes
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN, concluded its 64th session in a virtual meeting, and announced next year session will focus on women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence.

UN Women
Jul 14, 2020

Women as drivers of economic recovery and resilience during COVID-19 and beyond
In a statement to G20 Finance Ministers ant Central Bank Governors, UN Women and Women 20 (W20) call for COVID-19 recovery plans to address women's distinct economic roles, contributions and constraints, and put women at the centre of investment design to realize sustainable recovery.

UN Women
Jul 14, 2020

Press release: UN Women and Women 20 call on G20 members to recognize women as drivers of economic recovery and resilience during COVID-19 and beyond
Amidst a COVID-19 pandemic that is expected to cause an unprecedented global economic downturn, UN Women, the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and Women 20 (W20), the official G20 engagement group on women, today called on G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to put women at the heart of recovery efforts.

UN Women
Jul 13, 2020

In Gaza, helping mothers reunite with children separated by the COVID-19 lockdown
The COVID-19 lockdown in Palestine left many women with no legal backing to secure child visitation and custody rights. Former partners took advantage of the legal paralysis to prevent mothers from seeing their children or to stop sending alimony. A joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF has trained lawyers and provided free legal aid for 371 Palestinian women.

UN Women
Jul 13, 2020

From where I stand: "I want the views of older persons included in the planning of COVID-19 recovery programmes for my community"
Monica Chiwalo is 82 and mostly dependent on her children. She raised four children on her own after the death of her husband. The COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania has devastated the livelihoods of families that rely on the informal sector and have no safety nets. Elderly women like Chiwalo are especially vulnerable to its health and economic impacts. Their voice and experience must be included in recovery efforts.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2020

In Nepal, a woman-managed quarantine centre tends to women's unique needs and recovery
Across the globe, many migrants have been waiting to reunite with their families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions to prevent its spread.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2020

Despite compounding challenges, women in Iraq play vital roles in the country's COVID-19 response
Despite the unprecedented challenges, Iraqi women are playing vital roles in the country's COVID-19 response, serving as leaders, health and social workers, and responders to domestic and gender-based violence.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2020

Op-ed: The role of digitalization in the Decade of Action
In an op-ed on the role of digitalization in the decade of action, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the role of digitalization in achieving the SDGs, and the importance of technology and innovation to achieving gender equality and inclusive development has never been clearer nor more urgent.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2020

Op-ed: Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response
By UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, on the occasion of the Brussels IV Syria Conference

UN Women
Jul 02, 2020

UN Women turns 10, placing women's rights, priorities and voices centre-stage
In a statement on the anniversary of UN Women's creation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says , the human rights of women and girls have more prominence, universality and more urgency than ever before.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Announcement of the Global Leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions to accelerate gender equality
Leaders from Member States, civil society, women's rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Generation Equality Forum to develop new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
The Generation Equality Forum will develop a new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action to drive action on the existing extensive normative frameworks and commitments and to strengthen coordination across existing mechanisms, systems, networks, partnerships and capacities.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now
From the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in communities around the globe to international protests against racism and discrimination, current events have shown that we are far from achieving equality. Trying to interpret and battle a multitude of injustices right now may feel overwhelming. How do we take on all these issues, and why should we? Intersectional feminism offers a lens through which we can better understand one another and strive towards a more just future for all.

UN Women
Jun 30, 2020

In Guatemala, investing in indigenous women's economic empowerment is key to building back better after COVID-19
Since March 2020, Guatemala has recorded more than 600 COVID-19 deaths and over 11,000 infections. Amidst this crisis, indigenous women have continued to use their voices, knowledge and capacities to assist their communities and adapt their livelihoods. To build back better, their needs and concerns, but also their leadership must be placed at the centre of COVID-19 recovery plans.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2020

Op-ed: Build back better: women at the centre of decision-making
In an op-ed on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "It is critical now to ensure that women lead and participate fully in decision-making on COVID-19 response and recovery."

UN Women
Jun 26, 2020

Advice from activists: Pride is a protest, and marginalized communities must be centre-stage
This year Pride goes digital, but its activism is as vibrant as ever. To commemorate Pride Month, we asked a few members of the LGBTQI community what Pride means to them, and what building-back-better from COVID-19 means.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2020

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter
In a statement released today on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, UN Women Executive Director stressed, "The words of the Charter resonate now more strongly than ever before. They reiterate our shared work across all parts of the UN ‘to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom'. Today we in UN Women recall and recommit to those aspirations, as we build back better from the consequences of conflict and coronavirus, and engage in concerted efforts for equality and racial justice in all segments of society and in all sectors."

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

Tech giants partner with UN Women to provide life-saving information to survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19
UN Women offices around the world have partnered with tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook to provide important information about helpline services for domestic violence survivors.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

UN Women supports Maasai women-led enterprises to respond to COVID-19
The Ngorongoro district in Arusha region is a land of craters, sacred forests and mountains, wild animals and the unique Maasai people. It is striking how this noble community has learnt to co-exist with nature, sharing land, wild food, herbs and water with the wild animals that roam freely in this beautiful paradise. This remarkable way of life has endured for many years and attracted thousands of tourists from around the world to Tanzania's tourism hub, creating business opportunities for the Maasai people.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19
In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Women survivors of violence receive vital support from shelters in Kosovo during the pandemic
Around 550 women survivors of domestic violence from Kosovo were admitted to shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, with support from UN Women within the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," funded by the European Union.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Take five: "This year's Pride is marked by a critical need to not just stand but act in solidarity in seeking racial justice and equality"
Sophie Browne (she/her; they/them) is UN Women's recently appointed LGBTIQ Policy Specialist. In this newly created, dedicated post, Browne will work across the organization, globally, and with external partners to integrate an LGBTIQ lens to UN Women's work. Browne has long worked on gender and social justice causes in research, policy, advocacy, law reform and programming capacities . Sophie is also on the board of UN-GLOBE, the system-wide staff body for LGBTIQ personnel, and...

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Gulbahor Majidova: Overcoming loss with a determination to help others in Tajikistan
Gulbahor Majidova's life has been full of losses. But she has not let that deter her from becoming an activist in her community and a leader in advancing the reform of the civil registration system in Tajikistan.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2020

Op-ed: On the Black Lives Matter protests and other mass demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality
United Nations Senior African Officials, including UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka commit to harnessing their expertise and leadership to address the root causes and structural changes that must be implemented to bring an end to racism.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Annual Session of the Executive Board
In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Since the Executive Board met for the first regular session of 2020, which was on 14 February, COVID-19 has changed the world. We have responded rapidly to the demands, with agile reprioritization, enabled by the flexibility granted by our partnerships with governments, donors and the other stakeholders that we collaborate with."

UN Women
Jun 19, 2020

Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya
Separated by their country's divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

UN Women Executive Board convenes first virtual Annual Session
The  UN Women Executive Board  will convene for this year's Annual Session on Monday 22 June to Tuesday 23 June 2020,  remotely via the Zoom platform.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

When fathers share the care
As COVID-19 impacts parents around the world, sharing the care work is critical. This Palestinian couple living in a refugee camp in Lebanon shows how it's done.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

Women refugees on the front lines of COVID-19 response
We're bringing forward the voices of women refugees who have been on the front lines of the pandemic, and who know the specific needs of their community better than anyone else. From sharing information on how to prevent the virus spread in Bangladesh to sewing protective face masks in Kenya, women refugees have stepped up to protect their communities and they cannot afford to be invisible in recovery plans.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

Speech: "We must be united to end racism as well as gender inequality"
Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest during the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

Including widows in the work to "build back better" from COVID-19
In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to "build back better" from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

New study from the Unstereotype Alliance finds that increased equality for women is essential to a country's success
Ten countries surveyed in partnership with Kantar demonstrate that harmful gender-based stereotypes and attitudes act as barriers to a more fair and balanced society

UN Women
Jun 16, 2020

Take Five: "Women leaders around the world have demonstrated successful management of the pandemic"
Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate, empathetic, strong communicators and they show solidarity. Her Excellency Vjosa Osmani, the first woman assembly president in Kosovo, has been praised for her professionalism in leading the assembly during the crisis. She is a Doctor of Legal Sciences, former professor and mother of two girls.

UN Women
Jun 16, 2020

As Bangladesh battles COVID-19 and the aftermath of Super Cyclone Amphan, women's organizations lead their communities through recovery
"When the first storm hit, I knew that this time around it would be a bigger challenge for the women in Satkhira. Between a pandemic and a disaster, we didn't know what to worry about more. But the starting point in helping these communities is to engage women in the response and planning," said Shampa Goswami, who leads ‘Prerona Nari Unnayan Sanggathan' (Prerona), a community-based women's organization in the Satkhira district in the southern tip of...

UN Women
Jun 15, 2020

Women peace mediators become key actors on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention in refugee settlements in Uganda
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda continues to rise, women peace mediators, who resolve community disputes and challenges, have joined the fight against the pandemic in refugee settlements in the districts of Yumbe and Adjumani, bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of 9 June, Uganda has recorded 646 infections.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2020

Across the Pacific, crisis centres respond to COVID-19 amid natural disasters
Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women's Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2020

Unstereotype Alliance and WFA call on the ad industry to fight racism and inequality
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women and Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance and Stephan Loerke, CEO, World Federation of Advertisers and founding member of the Unstereoptype Alliance call on ad agencies to champion equality and fight racism in advertising and media.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

Supporting local women-run businesses in COVID-19 response
The Government of Sweden and UN Women Moldova provided 28,000 units of protective equipment to social assistance staff from 36 territorial departments throughout the country. The coveralls and masks were purchased from three local companies run by women. Thus, the procurements provided financial support both to factories and to employees who kept their jobs and salaries during this time of crisis provoked by COVID-19. At the same time, textile enterprises took steps to help front-line workers.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

In the words of Zahra Namuli: "I'm happy that I have been able to change people's perception about COVID-19"
Zahra Namuli is a journalist reporting on health issues at NBS TV in Uganda. During a time when most people are quarantined at home, Namuli is one of the few remaining female journalists at the front line reporting about COVID -19 in Uganda. UN Women works to strengthen gender-sensitive reporting in countries around the world.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

New report from UN Women brings forth voices of Palestinian women under COVID-19 lockdown
Early into the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women, in partnership with Arab World for Research and Development, conducted in-depth interviews with Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza for a new study that sheds new light on the situation and needs of Palestinian women and girls.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

Press release: Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report
As COVID-19 layers crisis upon crisis in communities affected by climate change and conflict, gender-responsive action is urgently needed

UN Women
Jun 08, 2020

Tajik businesses run by women living with HIV supply key protective gear for COVID-19 response
Dilyora Mammadova, a woman living with HIV from Tajikistan, is working with affected women and high-risk groups, helping identify new cases of local HIV infection, supporting women with the same diagnosis, and bringing them medicine. Through a joint UN Women- UNAIDS project for women living with HIV in 2019, her small sewing workshop and her business proposal received funding. Nowadays, due to the high demand for COVID-19 protection masks, Mammadova is supplying masks.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2020

Op-ed: Personal Protective Equipment standards must respond to women's needs to ensure the safety of all front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova and UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir highlight the need for gender-responsive standards for Personal Protective Equipment that respond to the differentiated needs of women and men.

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