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UN Women
Apr 03, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Lee Mi-kyung, overseas aid administrator and women's rights activist
Lee Mi-kyung is President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). She served five terms as Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from 1996 to 2016, and was Standing Vice-Chairperson and Representative of Korea Women's Association United from 1987 to 1996.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2020

Announcement: Generation Equality Forum postponed
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. In light of this crisis, the Generation Equality Forum will be postponed until the first half of 2021. The new dates will be announced in the coming months.

UN Women
Apr 01, 2020

From where I stand: "I am fearful for smaller countries that have limited resources during COVID-19"
Ryancia Henry is originally from Antigua and Barbuda, she moved four months ago to Montecito, California, to take up the position of Director of Housekeeping, managing a team of 60 people, at a hotel that has now closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. With international travel disrupted, and movement restrictions within the United States of America, Ryancia is among millions of workers in the hospitality industry considering what the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on her, her staff, her family and her friends.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2020

Gender equality starts with you: Nine ways you can keep up your activism from your couch
As everyone does their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and isolation, we're sharing some of the best ways we know to support gender equality in your homes and in the world, without leaving the safety of your own home, or your couch.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, champion for women, education and disability rights
Ibtsam Sayeed Ahmed, 40, is a Syrian refugee enrolled as an incentive-based volunteer in the UN Women Oasis Center, in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. She is actively empowering women, youth and people with disabilities to stand up for that rights and pursue their education.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2020

Take five: "We need to have a common vision and ideology to advocate for the rights of all women and girls with one voice"
Getrude Mligo, 23, was born two years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. As a high school student in Songea region of Tanzania, the gender inequalities she saw in her community, especially child marriages that forced girls out of school, prompted her to look back to the 1995 blueprint and begin asking questions. In 2020, Mligo participated in a UN Women mentorship programme as part of UN Women's Generation Equality campaign, in partnership with Plan International, which paired her with UN Women Representative in Tanzania, Hodan Addou. In this interview, Mligo shares what it means to be a champion for Generation Equality.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2020

Press release: Greater support needed for working families as COVID-19 takes hold
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its exponential growth, a technical note from UNICEF, ILO and UN Women on family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 shows that it is essential to support working families to minimize negative consequences for children.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2020

Ending violence against women in the context of COVID-19
As the current COVID-19 global pandemic spreads through the world, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), and its grantees, recognize the gender dimensions of the impact from the COVID-19 outbreak. In this challenging time, the need to respond to the immediate and long-term consequences of the current crisis for women and girls is critical.

UN Women
Mar 25, 2020

Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19: Women front and centre
In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2020

Checklist for COVID-19 response by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér
As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner, calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls

UN Women
Mar 19, 2020

Five big wins ushered in by the landmark Beijing Platform for Action
Since 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as a blueprint for advancing global gender equality. But if you're wondering what really changed and why it still matters to women and girls today, here are just five big wins it brought about for women and girls everywhere.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2020

Paying attention to women's needs and leadership will strengthen COVID-19 response
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.

UN Women
Mar 17, 2020

Elena Crasmari: How a Moldovan woman with disabilities fought for her rights and won an election
Thirty-five-year-old Elena Crasmari was fed up with not being able to access the medical centre in her home village of Dolna - a rural community of 1,155 people, fifty-three kilometres from the Republic of Moldova's capital city of Chisinau.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Xiaoying Zhang, media expert, gender equality activist
Xiaoying Zhang is the deputy head of International Relations and Diversity at Deutsche Welle, a long-standing partner with UN Women's Media Compact for gender equality. She has been an advocate for gender equality in the media for many years and represents DW at Gender@International Bonn, a professional network for development cooperation and gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Jerry Azilinon, HeForShe champion, youth activist
Jerry Azilinon, 23, is a HeForShe Champion for UN Women in Senegal and also a champion for the One Campaign against extreme poverty.. He is part of UNICEF Youth Council in Senegal and in his spare time he serves as Vice-Coach of an all-female soccer team.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update regarding the Generation Equality Forum timeline
In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ahmed Albalkhi, women's rights and empowerment advocate
Ahmed Albalkhi, 40, is an incentive-based volunteer enrolled in the UN Women Oasis Center in Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Albalkhi is working to raise the awareness of men and boys, and encourage them to stand up for women's rights.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Lana Ghneim, gender equality advocate
Lana Ghneim, 23, from Jordan, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Ghneim has recently graduated as a Pharmacist from the Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Vanina Escales, journalist and activist
Vanina Escales is one of the founders of Ni Una Menos, a cultural, political and social movement that swept across Latin America and the world. She also works with the Centre of Legal and Social Studies in Argentina.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2020

Press release: International Olympic Committee takes leadership role in UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative
A few days after having made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the olympic games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken a leadership role in the UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative, which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The initiative was launched today by UN Women in partnership with the IOC.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Sport for Generation Equality: advancing gender equality in and through sport
Led by UN Women, the Sports for Generation Equality Initiative is an invitation for the sports ecosystem to be part of a powerful multi-stakeholder coalition to make gender equality a lived reality in and through sport.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Press release: Twenty-five years after Beijing Declaration, the world "cannot afford" so few women in power
Women's representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data's publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world's most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2020

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women 9 March 2020
In her remarks at the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25 percent—one quarter—of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough. Only half is an equal share, and only half is enough".

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Women's organizations advocate for localized humanitarian and crisis response
UN Women's Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office, together with the informal Friends of Gender Group (created at a Grand Bargain meeting in Bonn in September 2016), organized three regional consultation workshops with local women's organizations - in Addis Ababa, Amman and Jakarta - which culminated in an informal Friends of Gender Group annual meeting in December 2019.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Op-ed: It is time for action! Uniting for Africa's transformation
In a joint op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde call to support African women in taking their rightful place in the next chapter of the continent and building a future where women and girls can live out their lives freely, in purpose and happiness.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2020

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back
The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women's rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

UN Women
Mar 06, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Subina Shrestha, journalist and filmmaker
Subina Shrestha is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker from Nepal. Subina has steered major news coverage, often as the only international broadcast journalist on the scene; and told stories of people whose lives have been affected by natural and human-made disasters - from undercover reporting in Myanmar during cyclone Nargis, to investigating child slavery, and to covering Nepal's earthquake and its aftermath.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2020

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of International Women's Day in New York
In her closing remarks at the UN's official commemoration for International Women's Day in New York, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Together we will build the society that we want and together we will make the changes that we want to make. It is not yet time to rest. We have a lot of work to do".

UN Women
Mar 05, 2020

Press release: Ahead of International Women´s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat
Aligned with 2020 theme, "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights", the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2020

Press release: Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment
"Because She Watched" collection celebrates the power of storytelling this International Women's Day

UN Women
Mar 03, 2020

Press release: 25 years of uneven progress: Despite gains in education, world still a violent, highly discriminatory place for girls
More girls are going to school and staying in school than ever before, but remarkable gains in education have made little headway in helping shape a more equal, less violent environment for girls, UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women warned today in a new report.

UN Women
Feb 29, 2020

CSW 64 Advisory
In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the UN Secretary-General has suggested to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that Member States consider amending the format and conduct of the session. Options could include holding a scaled-down, shortened session with the participation of New York-based delegations only, or postponing the session to a later date.

UN Women
Feb 28, 2020

UN Women Executive Director attends the UN Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with a high-level panel discussion during its high-level segment on Tuesday the 25 February.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2020

Take Five: A decade of making public spaces safe for women and girls
Lizette Soria works as policy specialist for UN Women's flagship initiative Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces. The initiative was launched in 2010 with local and national governments, grassroots women and girls, women's rights organizations and other civil society groups, UN agencies, and other partners in five cities: Quito (Ecuador), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Kigali (Rwanda), Cairo (Egypt), and Delhi (India). The initiative aims to develop and implement evidence-based and comprehensive approaches to prevent and respond to sexual harassment against women and girls in public spaces. Today, nearly 50 cities, including cities in the Global South and North, are part of the initiative.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2020

Media advisory: International Women's Day 2020 events
This year's International Women's Day (8 March) takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive roadmap on women's rights. As the forthcoming UN Women report on women's rights reveals, 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration, the emerging global consensus is that despite some progress in areas such as primary education and maternal heath, real change has been too slow for the majority of the world's women and girls.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Statement for International Women's Day by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
In her statement for International Women's Day (8 March), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls 2020 the year for gender equality and calls on everyone to tackle the persistent barriers against gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her
Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2020

Press release: Safety of women and girls in public spaces is in focus at UN Women-led global forum
Local and National Governments, women's rights and community leaders gather in Rabat to discuss safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

My Take, Your Take: Fighting for justice and gender equality in Liberia
In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Gwendolyn Myers, a 29-year-old peace activist from Liberia, talks with a veteran activist, Abla Gadegbeku William, 59, who has fought for the rights of women and children for more than two decades.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

Marta Vieira da Silva and One Win Leads to Another girls celebrate women's empowerment in Brazil Carnival
Global soccer star, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and UN SDG Advocate, Marta Vieira da Silva was honoured in the Carnival parade in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus, rugby player, community facilitator
Hingride Marcelle Leite de Jesus is a 20-year-old graduate of One Win Leads to Another, a joint programme between UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, which provides weekly sport practice and life skills sessions for adolescent girls in Brazil. She recently met with the football player Marta Vieira da Silva, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and participated in a Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

12 Small Actions with Big Impact for Generation Equality
Change isn't just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women's rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality
Change isn't just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women's rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Saif Dabbas, HeForShe and youth activist
Saif Dabbas, 19, is a member of the HeForShe campaign in Jordan, a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality led by UN Women. Dabbas has been a feminist advocate since age 14 and believes youth should be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

My Take, Your Take: Ushering in a new generation of women leaders in Central African Republic
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marguerite Ramadan, Social Affairs Advisor Prime Minister's Office in in the Central African Republic and Chairperson of the longest standing women's organization (the Organisation of Central African Women), talks about women's leadership with Pamela Audrey Derom, who was recently elected to the National Youth Council.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

My take, your take: Women's rights in Thailand, and men's role in advancing them
In this new intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zaak Garrett, 25, a US student and gender activist currently based in Thailand, talks with Jaded Chouwilai, 57, the founder of Thailand's Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Cindy Sirinya Bishop, celebrity and activist
Cindy Sirinya Bishop is a Thai supermodel, actor, TV host and activist, who's challenging social attitudes around sexual violence and the treatment of victims. She created an exhibition with UN Women, which sparked a public conversation and social media campaign, #donttellmehowtodress in Thailand about sexual harassment and assault.

UN Women
Feb 21, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Nicholas Niwagaba, young leader, human rights advocate
As the Executive Director of Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV/AIDS (UNYPA) Nicholas Niwagaba is a Ugandan Health advocate who works to improve the quality of life for young people living with HIV in Uganda. Nicholas leads a youth movement to increase access to quality sexual and reproductive health services and information and to create an enabling environment for young people living with HIV.

UN Women
Feb 18, 2020

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board
In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board first regular session of 2020, UN Women executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Now is the time for giant steps. We just cannot afford baby steps anymore. It cannot be incremental change. We want change that is fast, but also it must be change that lasts. That is the caveat."

UN Women
Feb 18, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Abel Koka, champion for youth and reproductive rights
Abel Koka, 30, is an Assistant Programme Coordinator for Restless Development in Tanzania. Koka is working to raise youth awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and Family Planning 2020, and encouraging young activists to hold their government accountable. Koka is also a member of UN Women's Beijing 25 Youth Task Force.

UN Women
Feb 14, 2020

Speech: Impatient for change: Global action for gender equality
Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first regular session 2020 of the UN Women Executive Board, 14 February 2020.

UN Women
Feb 12, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Pip Gardner, LGBTQI leader and activist
Pip Gardner is a gender equality and human rights activist with a focus on sustainable development. They are currently the Communications Manager for Woodcraft Folk, a co-operative youth movement in the United Kingdom (UK), and the Chief Executive of The Kite Trust, a charity for LGBT young people. Pip is a member of UN Women's Beijing 25 Youth Task Force and attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region.

UN Women
Feb 12, 2020

Calling for action to meet the unfulfilled promise of education for girls
Celebrities, youth activists and world leaders gathered yesterday at the UN Headquarters to put a spotlight on adolescent girls' education, in an event co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ireland, together with UN Women, the One Campaign and the Global Partnership for Education.

UN Women
Feb 11, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Brussels and the new European Union leadership
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visited Brussels, Belgium, from 4 to 5 February 2020.

UN Women
Feb 11, 2020

Expert's take: By undercounting single mothers, we underserve families
Antra Bhatt is a Statistics Specialist with UN Women's Research and Data Team. Prior to joining UN Women, she was a researcher at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Rome -‘Tor Vergata', Italy and a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

UN Women
Feb 10, 2020

Report published on the importance of accountability for child rights violations
Investigating child rights violations in armed conflict was the topic discussed by experts at an event at the UN Headquarters in New York on 30 January, organized by UN Women and Justice Rapid Response, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada and Sierra Leone to the United Nations.

UN Women
Feb 10, 2020

UN Women Executive Board convenes its first regular session 2020
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's first regular session on Friday, 14 February at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Feb 07, 2020

Devoted to discovery: seven women scientists who have shaped our world
For centuries, women have made significant contributions to the field of science. They've discovered life-saving remedies, devised world-altering inventions, and produced far-reaching research, but in many cases their invaluable advances are minimized or neglected.

UN Women
Feb 06, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Kiara Nirghin, scientist and advocate


UN Women
Feb 06, 2020

Take Five: From awareness-raising to action, how trained paralegals in Uganda are stopping FGM
Christine Awori is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Legal Aid and Pro-bono Services for the Uganda Law Society (ULS), which established a satellite clinic in Amudat District in northeastern Uganda in 2019, with support from UN Women under the EU-UN Spotlight initiative. Going forward, the organization plans to continue its awareness raising, legal and referral services, and also secure partnerships with local radio stations for media campaigns.

UN Women
Feb 06, 2020

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to harness the power of innovation and technology as drivers of change, and work together to empower all women and girls across the science fields. 

UN Women
Feb 06, 2020

Unleashing youth power: A decade of accelerating actions towards zero female genital mutilation
Joint statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

UN Women
Feb 05, 2020

Press release: Launch of ‘Women's SDG Bond' gender equality finance initiative
On 6 February 2020, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Global Media Campaign Charity to End FGM (GMC) and global law firm White & Case LLP have come together to support the achievement of gender equality by using innovative financial tools.

UN Women
Feb 04, 2020

Looking back and pushing forward: the global fight to end FGM
On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, take a look at how action and understanding around FGM has evolved in recent decades, take stock of global trends and progress, and amplify the voices of survivors and activists the fight.

UN Women
Jan 31, 2020

UN Women and Unilever team up in Tanzanian tea plantations to create safer communities for women
Under a new partnership with UN Women, Unilever is supporting over 1,000 smallholder farmers and raising awareness among its 6,000 employees in Tanzania.

UN Women
Jan 30, 2020

From where I stand: "Expanding economic opportunities of women is key to ensure safety and prosperity"
24-year-old Kursanali kyzy Begimai is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Running a profitable agro-business and conflict-resolution initiatives, her group is now an example to other community members in the village.

UN Women
Jan 22, 2020

From where I stand: "I didn't let myself become a victim; I used my pain to rise."
Kaushilla Nepali advocates for the legal rights of Dalit women in Nepal, in particular enabling their access to justice, and regarding critical issues such as citizenship, domestic violence, and sexual violence. Committed to ending the entrenched discrimination against Dalit community on the basis of caste, Nepali started her journey with her own empowerment.

UN Women
Jan 20, 2020

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia to attend World Economic Forum
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia will participate at the 2020 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum from 21 to 24 January in Davos, Switzerland. They will meet with the world's top academics, politicians, business and civil society leaders to discuss gender-responsive solutions to today's global challenges.

UN Women
Jan 16, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Celina Jaitly, actor and activist
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Celina Jaitly is an acclaimed Indian actress, human rights activist devoted to advocating for the rights of the members of LGBT communities in India, and a Champion of the UN Free & Equal campaign.

UN Women
Jan 15, 2020

In lead up to Generation Equality Forum, Action Coalition themes announced
Today, UN Women, together with feminists across the world, and the Governments of Mexico and France, announced the Action Coalition themes for the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Mexico City and Paris this year.

UN Women
Jan 13, 2020

New Year's Resolutions: Committing to a gender-equal 2020
We asked our social media followers what their gender equality resolutions are for 2020, and here are some highlights that inspired us.

UN Women
Jan 08, 2020

Strengthening women's livelihoods and resilience to disasters and climate change in Viet Nam
When Tran Thi My Linh, a 51-year-old rural woman first said that she would replace her rice fields with lotus fields, she raised many eyebrows. In the little commune of Hoa Dong in Phu Yen province, just south of Viet Nam's capital, Ha Noi, villagers had planted rice for generations. However, with the changing weather patterns in recent years, millions of people have been affected in Phu Yen and in rural Viet Nam in general and people have started looking for new livelihoods.

UN Women
Jan 07, 2020

Marlène Schiappa: "For generations, we have been nominating men just because they are men"
Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region. She highlighted why this meeting is key for advancing the gender equality agenda and the priorities for the Generation Equality Forum in 2020, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico.

UN Women
Jan 03, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Majandra Rodriguez Acha, youth leader, climate justice believer
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Ajna Jusic, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, a psychologist and a feminist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN Women
Dec 23, 2019

Seed grants and training boost prospects for Georgian refugee women
The six-day "How to Start a Business" course taught women in Georgia how to generate start-up ideas and validate them, as well as how to build the right team and create a product. They also developed strategic and innovative thinking, and learned about planning and product distribution, financial documentation, business modeling and investment proposals.

UN Women
Dec 19, 2019

Fifteen defining moments for women in 2019
As 2019 comes to an end, we're taking a look back at some of the memorable moments for gender equality and women's rights around the world.

UN Women
Dec 17, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Wasfia Nazreen, mountaineer and activist
Wasfia Nazreen, 37, is a Bangladeshi mountaineer, activist, social worker and writer. She is the only Bangladeshi and the first Bengali to scale "the Seven Summits" [the highest peaks on each of the seven continents]. She holds the simultaneous titles of National Geographic Explorer and Adventurer.

UN Women
Dec 12, 2019

Rickshaw drivers break stereotypes in Nepal
After returning to Nepal from working abroad in Dubai, Hira Kumari Sewa took part in UN Women's Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment Programme and learned to drive an e-rickshaw in order to support herself and her family.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2019

Take five: Morocco's Anti-Trafficking Law and its link to migration
Amina Oufroukhi is President of the International Judicial Cooperation Department headed by the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Morocco.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2019

International Women's Day 2020 theme— "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights"
The theme for International Women's Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women's new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2019

The world went orange: Putting a spotlight on ending violence against women
Every year, from 25 November to 10 December, activists around the world campaign to end violence against women, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The international campaign has its roots in the feminist movement, and started at the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University, USA, in 1991.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Francy Jaramillo Piedrahita, human rights defender and peacebuilder
Francy L. Jaramillo Piedrahita is a human rights defender with over a decade of experience working on women's rights, LGBTQ issues and peacebuilding in Colombia. She has been leading the localization of the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 and the peace agreement between the Government and the FARC in Cauca, Colombia.

UN Women
Dec 06, 2019

Civil society and youth from the Arab States review Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Over 70 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and youth advocates from across the Arab States region met in Amman, Jordan on 26 and 27 November, to conduct a parallel review and discussion on the progress and lessons learned in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , in the lead up to the Arab States High-Level Conference on the Beijing 25 Review.

UN Women
Dec 06, 2019

Arab States region looks ahead to 25th Anniversary of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
Following a comprehensive and inclusive regional review process that has spanned nearly 12 months, on 28 November governments, civil society organizations, and youth representatives from across the Arab States region met to agree on a set of priorities and strategies to advance gender equality and women's empowerment in light of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

UN Women
Dec 03, 2019

In the words of Chinyere Eyoh: "I could not become one more statistic"
Chinyere Eyoh is the Executive Director of Sexual Offences Awareness and Victims Rehabilitation Initiative (SOAR), Nigeria, which received a grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. She spoke to UN Women about what motivated her to start the organization.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2019

Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to advance gender equality and women's empowerment
Ministers and high-level officials from 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to intensify priority actions towards realizing women's rights and fundamental freedoms for an equal future. The Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing 25 Review was adopted after intense negotiations at a three-day Ministerial Conference, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific this week.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2019

Asia-Pacific UN Ministerial Conference opens with urgent call for change to make gender equality a reality
Over 500 Ministers, senior policymakers, UN officials, civil society, youth and private sector representatives from across Asia and the Pacific region today gathered in Bangkok to chart out priority actions to support accelerated progress on gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women
Nov 29, 2019

In the words of Yana Panfilova: "You can talk about HIV a lot, but a personal example is what can really change people's attitude"
Yana Panfilova, 22, is a Ukrainian HIV positive activist and co-founder as well as chairwoman of Teenergizer, an organization that supports and advocates for the rights of HIV positive youth in Europe and Central Asia (Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia). She was also nominated as a heroine for UN Women's Generation Equality campaign in Ukraine.

UN Women
Nov 27, 2019

Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December
The contribution of women and girls, particularly those living with HIV, is indispensable in the HIV response at the community level. Women and girls provide critical care for family and community members living with HIV, and help ensure they start and stay on treatment.

UN Women
Nov 27, 2019

Changing mindsets and improving police response in Solomon Islands to combat violence against women
The SAFENET approach ensures that all front-line service-providers—from police to hospital and crisis centre staff—coordinate with one another to provide the best possible survivor-centred response and ongoing support to gender-based violence survivors, in a timely way

UN Women
Nov 25, 2019

Press release: UN Women announces United Nations Police Adviser Luís Carrilho as HeForShe Advocate for gender equality
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and inaugural day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women announced Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser in the Department of Peace Operations, as its newest HeForShe Advocate supporting the movement for gender equality.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2019

Message from the Secretary-General for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The United Nations is committed to ending all forms of violence against women and girls. These abuses are among the world's most horrific, persistent and widespread human rights violations, affecting one in every three women in the world.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Official Commemoration in New York
In her remarks on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls on everyone to make sure that we do not turn our backs on the millions of women and girls whose lives have been forever changed by rape and gender-based violence.

UN Women
Nov 24, 2019

Press release: UN Women rallies partners to take a stand against sexual violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, multiple events worldwide, such as marches, art competitions, cycling rallies and marathons will be organized as part of the UN System wide activities for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end this scourge that impacts one in three women worldwide.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2019

Take Five: "We should not tolerate any violence and should not be bullied into silence"
Anna Ryl is a women's right activist and heads the "Korgau Astana" public foundation in the capital city of Kazakhstan. The foundation created the first shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence in Nur-Sultan, providing free legal and psychological services for survivors.

UN Women
Nov 20, 2019

Survivors of sexual violence during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia speak out
Since 2011, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has funded two generations of projects supporting the Victims Support Section of the ECCC, which has worked to ensure that women survivors of violence under the Khmer Rouge become visible and participate in the justice process.

UN Women
Nov 20, 2019

Student leaders in Guatemala lead research and advocacy to end sexual harassment
For far too long, sexual harassment and violence have been normalized in college campuses across Guatemala, creating a pervasive rape culture. Armed with new data and research, students and leading and shaping public opinion for recognizing sexual harassment as a crime.

UN Women
Nov 19, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Marissa Gabriela Solano, feminist and human rights activist
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Marissa Gabriela Solano, 33, is a Honduran audiovisual producer, human rights activist, and a self-proclaimed feminist. She focuses on afro-descendant people's rights and published studies and led audio-visual workshops on the issue.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

UN Women Executive Director's Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019
In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

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