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UN Women
May 23, 2019

From where I stand: "We are the solution in Brazil, not the problem"
Valdecir Nascimento has been part of the women's rights movement in Brazil for 40 years. When asked what inspired her, she said, "being a black woman in Brazil".

UN Women
May 22, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director joins the call to end sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises at the Oslo Conference
UN Women's Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner is visiting Norway this week to participate in the international conference on Ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Humanitarian Crises, taking place in Oslo, from 23 to 24 May, and to meet with partners and dignitaries.

UN Women
May 22, 2019

Media Advisory: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference
At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference, UN Women will organize several events with civil society and women's rights activists, along with the next generations of changemakers, including youth and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As the global champion for women and girls, UN Women stands at the centre of mobilizing governments and civil society to keep the promises of the Beijing Platform for Action to all of society.

UN Women
May 20, 2019

Coverage: UN Secretary-General meets with women market vendors in Vanuatu at the forefront of climate resilience
UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with market vendors at the Port Vila Market in Vanuatu. Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera

UN Women
May 16, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Kazakhstan
Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for the Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau will be on her first official visit to Kazakhstan from 15 to 18 May to further deepen the partnership and cooperation between the Government of Kazakhstan and UN Women in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the country.

UN Women
May 16, 2019

Five LGBTI activists you need to know
Day in and day out, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists fight for their right to live, love, work, be heard and respected. They risk their safety to push for a world where all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics, are treated with equality. On some fronts, there have been joyous victories, but there is still much to fight for.

UN Women
May 16, 2019

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia UN Women calls to change the social norms that lead to the exclusion of LGBTI people that keep them living in the shadows and rupture their ties with their families and communities.

UN Women
May 15, 2019

Gender equality starts at home: Seven tips for raising feminist kids
From breaking down gender stereotypes to sharing the care work, and educating children about women's rights and gender equality, here are some ways you can inspire the future feminists in your family.

UN Women
May 15, 2019

Media Advisory: Launch of "Progress of the World's Women 2019: Families in a Changing World"
The 2019 edition of Progress of the World's Women, to be released on 25 June, is an extensive assessment of the reality of families today, taking into account sweeping economic, demographic, political and social transformation.

UN Women
May 14, 2019

From where I stand: "I believe times have changed and my community needs adapt to this change"
Ibrahim Hamawa, is the Lamido— traditional leader— of Zamay Kanton, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The 63-year-old leader has already appointed the first-ever woman as a Lawal (Chief) and encouraging more women to take up decision-making roles within the traditional council. If women from other countries can make good leaders, why shouldn't they in his community, he challenges.

UN Women
May 13, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment in Paris, France
In her remarks at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted legislation as an important instrument for change that is systemic and irreversible.

UN Women
May 13, 2019

UN Women Executive Director attends the G7 Equality Ministers meeting in France
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated in the second meeting of the G7 Gender Advisory Council and met G7 Gender Equality Ministers on 9-10 May in Paris, France.

UN Women
May 10, 2019

Five things you can thank your mom for on Mother's Day
Today, we want to thank mothers everywhere, in all shapes and forms, for the immeasurable contributions that they make every day. Here are just five things you can thank your mom for, today and every day.

UN Women
May 10, 2019

Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists
The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions.

UN Women
May 09, 2019

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva appointed as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of world-renowned soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for 2019-2020. The Advocates are 17 influential public figures who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

UN Women
May 09, 2019

From where I stand: "I work in construction, I am living my dream!"
Maira Assane Amade, 23, fulfilled her lifelong dream of working in construction after participating in the Rapariga Biz Joint Programme implemented by UN Women, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF.

UN Women
May 07, 2019

A place of peace, reconciliation and growth
In 2014, one year after the region was freed from the extremists, a small hut was built in Gao, surrounded by larger buildings and barely visible from the street. Anyone who passes through the driveway and enters the hut in the middle of the dusty courtyard has a specific goal: Dialogue, exchange and cohesion. Welcome to the Women Peace Hut.

UN Women
May 06, 2019

From where I stand: "We won the First International Women's Blind Cricket Series"
Bhagwati Bhattarai-Baral is the Team Captain of Nepal's National Women's Blind Cricket Team. The team recently won the First International Women's Blind Cricket Series held in Pakistan in February 2019. Bhattarai-Baral and her teammates have overcome many challenges to prove that women with disabilities can be competitive professional athletes.

UN Women
May 06, 2019

Press release: UN Women announces global intergenerational campaign to bring women's rights and empowerment to the forefront
To mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, campaign "Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future" will catalyze global actions on gender equality

UN Women
May 05, 2019

Statement by UN Women on discrimination against female athletes
UN Women expresses its strong concern that the recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on female athletes with naturally elevated levels of testosterone contravenes the international human rights norms and standards expressed in the United Nations Human Rights Council's resolution of March 2019 on the ‘Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Girls in Sport'.

UN Women
May 03, 2019

From where I stand: "Every journalist must be aware of the power they have to help change things"
Chissana Magalhães is a journalist from Cabo Verde who reports on gender equality issues regularly. Since undergoing a training programme through UN Women, she feels that the media has the responsibility to report on gender and human rights issues and stories can change lives.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

Specialized investigation into sexual violence in conflict is essential for justice, experts say
On the sidelines of the UN Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict, experts came together to discuss what it takes to achieve justice for conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes, through investigation and documentation.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

Making women count in Vienna
On 11 April, new Enabling Environment Guidelines were launched, as part of efforts to create a working environment in the UN Office at Vienna that embraces equality, eradicates bias and is inclusive of all staff.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2019

From where I stand: "That is what we all want: a peaceful life."
Narimbai leads by example when teaching women in her community to lead peaceful lives while supporting their families through entrepreneurship. Photo: UN Women/Joser Dumbrique

UN Women
Apr 29, 2019

Making harassment at work history
Across the globe, women workers rise each day to power our world. They build, create, and drive progress across all sectors. Yet for millions of women, workplaces are sites of insecurity, abuse and vulnerability. For far too long, the working world has been dominated by unequal power dynamics that endanger the safety and security of women, but change is underway.

UN Women
Apr 29, 2019

Press release: Cannes Lions honours UN Women's Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with LionHeart Award 2019
Cannes Lions has today announced Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as the recipient of the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in recognition of her advocacy for women, human rights, and social justice throughout the world, and for her leadership of the industry-wide diversity initiative, The Unstereotype Alliance.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

Ask an activist: What are the main challenges for LGBTI people in Jamaica and what solutions should be prioritized?
Nicolette Bryan is a Jamaican youth activist and Executive Director of WE-Change, an advocacy group supporting women in the LGBTI community. They run a support group for survivors of sexual violence each summer and participants sometimes opt to share their stories at events. Ms. Bryan is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality, where she is emphasizing the importance of the Beijing Platform for Action in global women's rights and feminist advocacy, and the need for understanding existing gender inequalities in the local contexts.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

Take Five: "The economic participation of rural women is essential for growth and a more equitable distribution of wealth"
Maher Khalifi, a young Tunisian engineer, has developed a project that improves the coverage of Tunisia's social protection system for rural women. The Tunisian Government has agreed to use a new application dubbed "Ahmini", which should allow 500,000 rural women to be integrated into social assistance system, allowing them access to benefits such as pensions. He is attending the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 - 26 April), co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Tunisia in collaboration with UNDP and UN Women. The Forum is the first of many global meetings leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2019

UN Security Council event calls for renewed commitments to advance the women, peace and security agenda
Leading up to the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, Germany and the United Kingdom, in collaboration with UN Women, hosted an event, bringing together Member States, United Nations entities, regional organizations and civil society to who pledged new commitments and actions to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

UN Women
Apr 25, 2019

Ask an activist: Twenty-five years since the adoption of Beijing Platform for Action, how far have we come, and is the Platform relevant for young people?
Hana Faidi, 23, is a project consultant for an economic empowerment project at the Libyan Women's Forum based in Tripoli, Libya. She also hones women's negotiation and mediation skills. She is among the 500 participants of the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality (24 - 26 April) to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

From where I stand: "Local and global political and economic systems create and maintain social inequality"
Durga Sob is a Nepalese activist who founded the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) in 1994, just ahead of the adoption of the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. She is among the 500 activists meeting in Tunisia from 24-26 April for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

Take five: We need "initiatives to raise the status of women, led by Muslim leaders"
Bukuru Elie Khalfan, President and Legal Representative of the Northern Corridor Alliance of Imams for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) in Burundi. Through his involvement in the #ImamsForShe campaign—launched in 2015 by the Muslims for Progressive Values Initiative in the spirit of UN Women's #HeForShe campaign—he promotes women's rights and access to education, as well as women's empowerment through cooperatives.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2019

Ask a girl who codes: What's your message to girls who want to join ICT?
Rebecca Azanaw, 17, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the first coding camp as part of the joint UN Women and ITU "African Girls Can Code Initiative", funded by the Government of Denmark. In February 2019, she and 10 other girls from the programme met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, to share their experiences and ambitions. On International Girls in ICT Day, we hear from Azanew on how she has continued to hone her skills and empowered others.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2019

Ask an activist: Why is economic independence important for indigenous women in Kenya?
Agnes Leina is an Indigenous woman from northern Kenya. She is the founder and Executive Director of the I'llaramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a resource centre offering livelihood options for women and working with pastoralist communities to recognize the equal value and potential of women and girls to contribute towards their families and communities. Ms. Leina was one of the participants of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN's largest annual gathering on women's rights issues.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2019

From where I stand: "Technologies are the best and most effective tools for making change"
Nino Nanitashvili was just 18 when she became the only girl in Georgia involved in a Google developer group. She went on to found Women Techmakers, which encourages women to explore new roles in IT.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2019

From where I stand: "Just the act of wearing our traditional clothes is an expression of resistance"
Sonia Maribel Sontay Herrera is an indigenous woman and human rights defender from Guatemala. Her vision is for Guatemala to respect the rights of indigenous women and hear their voices.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Ask a climate activist: Why is it important to engage women in promoting biodiversity and sustainable waste management in the Caribbean?
Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women's conservation efforts.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Take five: "Changing everyday habits will have an impact"
Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2019

Design thinking workshop in Namibia tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security
On 11 April 2019, the conference room at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management pulsated with energy, as 40 youth activists from around the world debated challenges and solutions to ensure young women's meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes in their countries and regions.

UN Women
Apr 17, 2019

From where I stand: "Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology"
At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2019

The Tunis Forum on gender equality
Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women's rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women's rights.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2019

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to step up leadership of women in all areas of peace and security at the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points meeting in Namibia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Namibia this week to attend the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points Network meeting being held in Windhoek from 10 to 11 April.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2019

UN Women's texting video series nominated for a Webby Award
For three years in a row, UN Women has been nominated for a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honouring excellence on the Internet. UN Women's "Changing the narrative - texting video series to end violence against women" has been nominated under the "Public Service & Activism" category for Social Media.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2019

Executive Director to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in France
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting on 5 April to discuss reducing gender inequality globally, with a focus on protecting women from sexual violence in conflicts and strengthening the role of women in peace processes and crisis resolution. She is a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, established by French President Emmanuel Macron.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2019

Ask an athlete: How can we empower women and girls in sport?
Marta Vieira da Silva is a Brazilian soccer player and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Marta, as she is popularly known, is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time. She is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA Women's World Cup tournament and has been named Player of the Year six times.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2019

Taking the wheel of her destiny on the roads of western Nepal
Padma Chaudhary, a 38-year-old mother of two, leaves early in the morning from her home in the village of Phulwari to her e-rickshaw stall almost 20 km away, in Dhangadhi bazaar. Decked in a smart, long red coat that matches her bright red chariot on wheels, she marvels at how much her life has changed in the months since she acquired the vehicle, which has allowed her to work independently.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2019

A teacher in Moldova learns to lead, changing her community for the better and inspiring others
A local teacher in a remote village in Moldova helped improve the lives of her students and now has her sights set on local leadership, after participating in the UN Women supported "INSPIR-O!" (Inspire it) Mentorship Programme.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2019

From where I stand: "We need more female umpires so that I'm not the exception"
Po Chun Liu, 40, is the first woman international baseball umpire from Taiwan, Province of China. She was awarded this year's World Trophy at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport Awards, co-hosted by UN Women and the IOC, for her advocacy for female empowerment through sport.

UN Women
Apr 02, 2019

Op-ed: Empowering women through sport
In an op-ed for Olympic Review UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka describes sport as one of the great drivers of gender equality.

UN Women
Apr 01, 2019

"I want to change the way the world looks at itself"—Executive Director
Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Unstereotype Alliance Global Member Summit in New York on 28 March 2019

UN Women
Mar 29, 2019

The Elsie Initiative Fund launched to increase uniformed women in UN peacekeeping
Today, a little more than five per cent of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping forces are women. At an event in New York on 28 March, UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the office of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations, and the UN Development Programme's Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, launched the Elsie Initiative Fund for uniformed women in Peace operations (Elsie Initiative) to increase meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peacekeeping operations.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2019

In rural Cambodia, biogas helps offset the effects of climate change
Sok Sopheap sets off to run errands and pick up her two grandchildren from school in Tropang Thom village, southern Cambodia. Sopheap is in her 50's - a stage in life when many women in her country might slow down - but like many local women, she is bearing an increasingly heavy burden as a result of climate change.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2019

Press release: Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes
Two major initiatives of UN Women—"Making Every Woman and Girl Count" and "Buy from Women" are receiving signifcant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2019

Using comedy to promote equality and peaceful communities
The "Comedy for Equality" event on 25 March showcased UN Women's work using comedy to promote women's empowerment and counter extremism, as part of the "Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities" programme.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2019

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City
In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty".

UN Women
Mar 25, 2019

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to the International Civil Service Commission
In her remarks at the International Civil Service Commission Session, Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway asked "are we at the UN ready to take our own advice? Are we ready to turn the critical lens of equality upon ourselves?"

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.

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