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UN Women
Oct 15, 2018

From where I stand: "Women don't have to follow orders from men…women have rights too"
At thirty, Olga Macz is a teacher and entrepreneur, and a force to be reckoned with. She leads a women's group in Campur, a small municipality in the mostly rural Alta Vara Paz department of Guatemala, which makes and sells organic shampoo. For many of the women, this is the first time that they are making their own money and making decisions.

UN Women
Oct 12, 2018

UN Women Executive Director calls for increased support for women at the Sahel Region during the IMF-WB Annual Meetings
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is on a visit to Bali, Indonesia, from 12 to 16 October to participate in the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

Empowering women farmers in Rwanda to grow better crops, better food and incomes
A collaboration between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UN Women works with rural women and their communities to build sustainable livelihoods, engage women in shaping laws, policies and programmes and to improve food and nutrition security.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October
On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls upon the international community to work with rural women and girls everywhere and to invest in the sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection that can revolutionize their livelihoods, well-being and resilience.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

We are equal, we are important, say nofotane women of Samoa
In Samoa, the term ‘nofotane' refers to indigenous women who, after marriage, live in their husband's village with the husband's family. Nofotane is an identity that defines their low social stature in the village. Traditionally, they were not allowed to dress as other women in the village and often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. The Fund for Gender Equality project implemented by Samoa Victims Support Group, improved nofotane women's access to sustainable employment and increased their participation and leadership within village decision-making bodies.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

Ask a Journalist: What does 18 look like around the world through girls' eyes?
Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times and has recently led an exciting multi-media project releasing on the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), "This is 18". It shows what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. The project was photographed entirely by young women, each of whom was paired with a professional mentor. Ms. Bennett spoke to UN Women about the making of the project.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child
On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "This is a critical time for the girls of our world".

UN Women
Oct 10, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Brussels
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Brussels, Belgium, from 10 to 11 October 2018. The visit is intended to continue strengthening partnerships with the European Union and the Government of Belgium.

UN Women
Oct 09, 2018

Announcer: International Day of Rural Women 2018
On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year's theme, "Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls", places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

Coverage: Women's participation is key for sustaining peace in South Sudan
Women of South Sudan urge the visting AU-UN delegation to ensure women's meaningful participation in the political process and future security arrangements in the country.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

In her footsteps: The Day of the Girl
On International Day of the Girl (11 October), themed "With Her: A Skilled Girl Force", meet some amazing (s)heroes who are rising against all odds, inspiring others and innovating for a better future.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

Sport paves the way for skills and jobs for young mothers in Brazil
After empowering hundreds of girls and young mothers in poor communities across Rio de Janeiro, the joint programme by UN Women and International Olympic Committee enters its second phase

UN Women
Oct 05, 2018

Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka warmly welcomes the decision of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

UN Women
Oct 05, 2018

Executive Director to join African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and co-chair of AU FemWise for a visit to South Sudan and Ethiopia
The Executive Director of UN Women,  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui; the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix; and the co-chair of the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation, known as AU FemWise, Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe will jointly visit South Sudan from 7 to 9 October.

UN Women
Oct 05, 2018

From where I stand: "We are trying to build a drone…to dispense medicines in rural areas"
Fifteen-year-old Eno Ekanem was among 80 girls from 34 African countries who attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 August 2018. The camp marked the launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission, UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union

UN Women
Oct 05, 2018

In the words of Taffan Ako: "I believe you have to be in the system in order to change the system"
A refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan, Taffan Ako fled to Sweden in 1997 with her family. Today she is the Coordinator of One Young World Ambassadors for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and founder of EmpowHERment, an organization that assists women and young girls who have been former ISIS sex slaves or victims of human trafficking. Her foundation finances integration projects for children and women in Europe and in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ako was one of the Young Leaders attending the EU Development Days in June 2018 and spoke to UN Women about her experience growing up as a refugee in Sweden and her activism today.

UN Women
Oct 04, 2018

Meet the African girls who are coding to make a difference
More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

UN Women
Oct 02, 2018

Op-Ed: Fostering an unstereotyped culture for a legacy of gender equality
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

UN Women
Oct 01, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Argentina to highlight women's economic empowerment and inaugurates new office
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Argentina from 2 to 5 October, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society and women's groups, private sector representatives and other development partners.

UN Women
Sep 30, 2018

Press release: Global Citizens stood up for gender equality and education — and world leaders took action
Over 2.1M actions led to commitments worth $7.75B, set to affect the lives of 254M.

UN Women
Sep 28, 2018

Event coverage: Towards an international agreement on migration policies that work for women
On Friday, 28 September, during the high-level week of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York, a side event on "Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration" discussed the importance of human rights-based and gender-responsive implementation of the Global Compact for Migration.

UN Women
Sep 28, 2018

Press release: Fondation CHANEL and UN Women partner to accelerate women's economic empowerment and counter climate change
Fondation CHANEL USD 3 million investment to boost programming in China, Nepal and Viet Nam

UN Women
Sep 28, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the event Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the high-level event on Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration, New York, 28 September 2018

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Fulfilling the promise of women's meaningful participation in peace processes
Taking place on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly, the side event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network titled, "The Security Council and Women, Peace and Security: Fostering Practical Action" convened ministers, UN officials and civil society organizations to discuss progress made in the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda and ways to increase women's meaningful participation in peace processes, as well as protect them from conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, especially through the WPS Focal Points Network.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Coverage: Fulfilling the promise of women's meaningful participation in peace processes
Taking place on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly, the side event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network titled, "The Security Council and Women, Peace and Security: Fostering Practical Action" convened ministers, UN officials and civil society organizations to discuss progress made in the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda and ways to increase women's meaningful participation in peace processes, as well as protect them from conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, especially through the WPS Focal Points Network.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Press Release: UN Women convenes global business and philanthropic leaders to help accelerate SDG action through women's empowerment
One thousand days into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and counting down to 2030, UN Women convened business and philanthropic leaders on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly to step up commitments on gender equality and women's empowerment. Global business and philanthropic leaders pledged more than USD 70 million in 2018 to advance gender equality and women's empowerment through UN Women.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative regional programme on Femicide in Latin America
Closing Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the high-level launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative regional programme on Femicide in Latin America

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Improving gender data to make every woman and girl count
UN Women and the Government of Mexico launch Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Speech: Empowering women through the sustainable management of natural resources
Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the high-level breakfast event on Adapting to Climate Change - Empowering women through the sustainable management of natural resources: Women as agents of change in tackling interlinked challenges related to climate change - sustainable land use, resilience and human security

UN Women
Sep 27, 2018

Press release: The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a EUR 50 million investment to end femicide in Latin America
With today's EUR 50 million financial contribution, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative will fund new and innovative programmes in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, to help women and girls live lives free from violence and to eradicate femicide in Latin America.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Press release: Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway and actor Winston Duke make global call to action for gender equality at the HeForShe IMPACT Summit
On the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, award-winning actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway, and actor and activist Winston Duke joined world leaders, global CEOs, university presidents and activists to unveil groundbreaking solutions to achieve gender equality around the world.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Gender equality is good for business, leaders say at 2018 WEPs Forum
The 2018 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Forum convenes business leaders and policy experts from Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union; launches the programme, Win-Win: Gender equality means good business.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Speech: Leveraging AU-UN partnership to enhance the role and leadership of women in Africa's transformation
Remarks by Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Regner at the African Women Leaders Network high-level side event during the 73rd UN General Assembly

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Press release: Global leaders and companies pledge to reduce the gender pay gap by 2030
Global leaders from governments, private sector companies, trade unions and civil society pledged to take concrete action towards closing the gender pay gap by 2030. The global commitments—to ensure women in every sector of the workforce are paid equally to men for doing work of equal value—were made at the Equal Pay International Coalition pledging event held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner on eliminating child marriage in Africa
Remarks by Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Regner, at the high-level side event, "Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate Child Marriage in Africa by 2030" during the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Press release: Alwaleed Philanthropies joins UN Women's groundbreaking global initiative to close gender data gaps
Alwaleed Philanthropies today joined UN Women's groundbreaking public-private initiative, "Making Every Woman and Girl Count," which aims to improve the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics of around the world.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2018

Speech: Empowering Africa's rural women for zero hunger and shared prosperity
Opening remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the FAO-AUC side event Leaving no one behind: Empowering Africa's Rural Women for Zero Hunger and Shared Prosperity on 26 September.

UN Women
Sep 25, 2018

Remarks by Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér at She Is Equal: Levelling the Law for Women and Girls by 2030
Opening remarks by Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at a UN High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment reception hosted by UN Women, Global Citizen and Group of Champions for Women's Economic Empowerment, on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly

UN Women
Sep 25, 2018

In the words of Marta Vieira da Silva: "Believe in yourself and trust yourself"
Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva is UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Marta, as she is popularly known, wants to inspire people to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport. An icon and role model for many, Marta is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time and a top scorer of the FIFA Women's World Cup tournament. During her recent visit to UN Women headquarters in New York, Marta spoke about her personal journey, motivation and what she hopes to do as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

UN Women
Sep 24, 2018

Press release: Global winners of "SDGs and Her" Competition celebrated at New York event
the global winners of the SDGs and Her Competition were celebrated at a side-event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. The contest showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their businesses.

UN Women
Sep 21, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the second Eurasian Women's Forum
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the second Eurasian Women's Forum Opening Ceremony, "Women for Global Security and Sustainable Development" in Saint Petersburg, Russia

UN Women
Sep 20, 2018

Testing new approaches to leave no woman and girl behind
Women's rights organizations from eight countries gather to identify and prototype new solutions to gender equality challenges

UN Women
Sep 19, 2018

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2018
Bringing the voices of women and girls to the global forum on top priorities and solutions to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Malian women call for urgent action to sustain peace and ensure women's participation
Three years since the signing of the peace agreement, Malian women are impatient to see its provisions at work.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly
A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what's at stake

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar
Women in Thar, Sindh, Pakistan find economic empowerment and leadership opportunities in the workplace through dump truck driving.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Somalia
Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Somalia on 13 September

UN Women
Sep 18, 2018

Press release: UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women's economic empowerment in crisis situations
UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women's cash for work programmes at the Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2018

Statement: Final decision on the sexual misconduct investigation at UN Women
The following is a statement from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, regarding the sexual misconduct allegations involving a UN Women staff member.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2018

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"
Marquita da Cunha is an army lieutenant with the Falintil-Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) who recently participated in a training designed for female military officers organized by UN Women and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in preparation for future deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. She spoke to UN Women about her journey. Her story is part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér at the ODA International Conference in Seoul
Remarks delivered by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the session on "the role of inclusive ODA by realizing human rights and gender equality" at the 12th ODA International Conference in Seoul, the Republic of Korea

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Women and democracy: What does it take to change politics as usual?
Right now, countries around the world are facing a range of risks that threaten their stability, from rising environmental crises to deepening inequality and economic pressures. It's also a time of brilliant possibilities. The hope and momentum for advancing women's full and equal political participation have never been stronger.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN-Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN-Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities

UN Women
Sep 14, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disability
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN-Women Executive Board informal briefing on UN-Women's work and approach to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with disabilities

UN Women
Sep 13, 2018

One year into UN Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity
Today marks the first anniversary of the UN Secretary-General's System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, a progressive roadmap adopted by the UN to reach parity at its senior levels of leadership by 2021, and across the board by 2028.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér on first official visit to the Republic of Korea
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

Closing remarks by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board
In his remarks at the close of the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec thanked all the delegates for their insightful remarks and statements over the past few days.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2018

Press release: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York visits UN Trust Fund grantees in Serbia
Princess Eugenie of York visited grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) in Belgrade, Serbia and was introduced to the work of organizations that are changing the lives of victims/survivors of trafficking in persons for the better.

UN Women
Sep 11, 2018

From where I stand: "I have my dignity back and I am proud of my little business"
For over a decade, Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over 200,000 people within the borders of Cameroon. After being on the run for years, Rachel Medivede and her family settled in the northern town of Mora, where she received counselling and livelihood support from a UN Women-supported programme. Medivede now works as a dressmaker and has also started her own business of selling beignets.

UN Women
Sep 11, 2018

Take five: "Yemeni women and girls are the ones who are paying the price of war"
Areej Jamal Al- Khawlani has worked with UN Women as a Programme Associate in Yemen since 2017. Prior to joining UN Women, she was part of the Yemen Parliamentarians Against Corruption and worked for the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. As the conflict in Yemen nears its fourth year, the conditions are worsening for women and girls: 76 per cent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are women and children, and an estimated 3 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence, according to UNFPA. In this interview, Ms. Al-Khawlani shares the current needs and priorities of Yemeni women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

In the words of Nabila Musleh: "Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other"
Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan's Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women's empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Executive Board second regular session
Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at UN Women Executive Board second regular session 2018

UN Women
Sep 10, 2018

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam
Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success with her pig farm, but has harvested waste from the pigs to be converted into combustible methane gas that can be used as energy for cooking and household needs.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

In Serbia, mothers and their children with disabilities find hope in jam
By making jam, a woman-run organization is earning money to improve the inclusion of children with disabilities, while also building a whole community of support and encouragement.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

United Nations and Thomas & Friends™ Launch collaboration to introduce Sustainable Development Goals to Preschoolers
The United Nations and Mattel, Inc., today launched at UN Headquarters a collaboration to introduce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to preschool audiences through the extremely popular animated children's series Thomas & Friends™.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2018

Press release: UN Women's Global Innovation Coalition for Change launches the Gender Innovation Principles
The Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, facilitated by UN Women to develop the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment, is launching a set of global standards called the "Gender Innovation Principles". The Principles aim to take a gender-responsive approach to innovation and technology.

UN Women
Sep 05, 2018

From where I stand: "Not being able to see was not an obstacle"
Palmira Martínez, a blind professional runner from Mexico, is among the 70,000 women who ran for gender equality as part of the largest 5K race for women in the world.

UN Women
Sep 04, 2018

From where I stand: "We learned how to deal with conflicts in a constructive manner, transforming them into positive solutions"
Bakirova Kyzdarkan is one of 124 women who have been elected to local water user councils across Kyrgystan, where water scarcity is threatening the livelihoods of many. She is mobilizing women in her community to advocate for equal access to water, and because of her work, several women now serve on local water management councils.

UN Women
Aug 30, 2018

Media advisory: UN Women, Global Innovation Coalition for Change launch the Gender Innovation Principles at Nasdaq ringing of the bell ceremony
UN Women, in partnership with the Global Innovation Coalition for Change, a unique alliance with 27 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, is hosting the launch of the Gender Innovation Principles.

UN Women
Aug 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2018
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's second regular session on 10 and 11 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Aug 29, 2018

Land rights at last for Sulaliyyate women in Morocco
After 10 years of advocacy, ethnic Sulaliyyate women of Morocco finally have equal land rights. On 23 July, a State-run lottery distributed some 860 plots of land equally among men and women, as part of ongoing efforts to privatize land throughout the country.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2018

"We must leverage women's voice and influence in water governance"— Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the World Water Week celebration in Stockholm on 27 August

UN Women
Aug 28, 2018

Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government
Seven years after the 2011 Revolution and four years after the adoption of the Constitution, women now make up 47 per cent of the local council positions in Tunisia following the May 2018 elections. The dramatic increase in women members is the result of a 2016 electoral law that includes the principles of parity and alternation between men and women on candidate lists for all elections.

UN Women
Aug 24, 2018

Statement: Conclusion of the sexual misconduct investigation at UN Women
The Office of Audit and Investigation of UNDP has completed its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations involving a UN Women staff member.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Gender and Media Summit
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Gender and Media Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Gender and News Summit
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Gender and News Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Tanzania
During her three-day visit to Tanzania, UN Women Executive Director visited women market vendors, met with government officials and dignitaries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, women parliamentarians, women's rights organizations and youth groups, among others. She also attended the Gender and Media Summit organized by UN Women in Dar es Salaam from 22 to 24 August.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

In the words of Spartak Kosta: "The media should raise awareness about the issue of trafficking of women and girls"
Spartak Kosta is a third-year journalism student at the University of History and Philology in Tirana, Albania. He was among the first group of students to take a new university course on the reporting of trafficking of women and girls. The educational course was developed at the recommendation of a UN Women monitoring report. The study finds that journalists often write shallow trafficking stories that lack deep analysis and use unethical language with regards to victims.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2018

From where I stand: "Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women"
Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women's rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.

UN Women
Aug 22, 2018

Women at the helm of cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga
Tropical Cyclone Gita, one of the worst storms to pass by Tonga in the last 60 years, made landfall on 12 February 2018 as a Category 4 cyclone with winds up to 230km per hour. It impacted 79,556 people—75 per cent of the country's population. Today, many rural Tongan women are tackling the various challenges wrought by Tropical Cyclone Gita with hard work and leadership.

UN Women
Aug 20, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director in Mogadishu, Somalia
Remarks delivered by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to prominent women in politics, business and civil society in Mogadishu, Somalia, at an event hosted by the Benadir Chapter of the National Coordination Platform on Women, Peace and Security

UN Women
Aug 20, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Somalia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka hailed the political empowerment of women in Somalia's South West State during her visit to the country.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

The Road towards a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for Lebanon
Wedged between prolonged conflict on both its northern and southern borders with Syria and Israel, respectively, Lebanon has endured immense stress over the past several decades. Presently, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, and the country is still reeling from the effects of an internal armed conflict that dates to the 1970s. Recognizing that women and girls are differently impacted by conflict and the critical role they play in building and sustaining peace, in 2017 the Council of Ministers tasked the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW), to develop Lebanon's first National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

From where I stand: "I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights"
Aleeza Hafeez from Sailkot, one of Pakistan's most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez's father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us
Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

UN Women
Aug 17, 2018

Expert's take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights
Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir is a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey. She has over 15 years of experience in migration policy and refugee response, working with the United Nations, the Government of Iceland, the local government in Reykjavik and with non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she served as a Senior Advisor on Migration for the Ministry of Justice in Iceland.

UN Women
Aug 16, 2018

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa
A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Using gender budgeting to empower ethnic minority women in Viet Nam
The experiences of ethnic minority households are shaping UN Women's advocacy efforts in Viet Nam, to incorporate gender issues into development policies and programmes that benefit ethnic minorities.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Crisis update: Restoring dignity and livelihoods after storms in the Caribbean
Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2018

Crisis update: Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh now
UN Women is on the ground, addressing the needs of women and girl refugees arriving in Bangladesh. We've provided dignity kits, safe spaces and skills training, while engaging in high-level advocacy to promote women's leadership in peacebuilding, disaster mitigation and resilience. On World Humanitarian Day, find out more about the Rohingya crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics. In 2003, barely a decade after the genocide, nearly 50 per cent of Parliamentary seats went to women. Even though women have continued to hold the majority of seats in the Parliament for several years now, many women leaders in Rwanda still find their competency and capabilities questioned.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Press release: UN Women's HeForShe Initiative partners with the California Institute of Arts to create animated films promoting gender equity
UN Women's HeForShe movement partners with internationally renowned, California Institute of Arts (CalArts), to promote gender equality through the arts. The partnership engages students in CalArts's animation programs to tackle persisting gender stereotypes and drive cultural change through the production of original animated short films addressing serious barriers to gender equality.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2018

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan
1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women's resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za'atari and Azraq.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Panama
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regnér wrapped up a two-day trip to Panama, visiting a Government-sponsored safe space for survivors of gender-base violence.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

From where I stand: "When we sing, we feel free"
Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia's Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

Update: Investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at UN Women
Following our earlier statement on our website, the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a UN Women staff member by the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) of UNDP is nearing its completion and UN Women continues to urge for the speedy finalization of the investigation process.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

From where I stand: "It's possible to achieve the just and humane society that I envision"
Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
UN Women joins our sister UN agencies in today's recognition of the vital importance of the world's indigenous peoples. At a time when human mobility is on the increase, we recognize that together, they maintain 80 per cent of global biodiversity. All of humanity is indebted to their custodianship.

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