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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".

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

In the words of Françoise Gbeko: "Now I can support my family…and send my children to school"
Françoise Gbeko , 36, is one of the many Christian women married to Muslim men who were living in harmony in the Central African Republic (CAR) until the latest crisis erupted in December 2012. Despite the short respite following the Peace Agreement in February 2019, an estimated 2.6 million people (63 per cent of the population) are still in need of humanitarian assistance, half of them are women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Fatmira Dajlani, child marriage survivor 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. Fatmira Dajlani has been working as an activist for 14 years in Albania and is leading "Roma Gateway for Integration" organization in Fushe Kruje.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

I am Generation Equality: "I am a child born out of wartime rape"
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
Nov 18, 2019

From where I stand: "If we talk more about sexual harassment in our society, we'll change mindsets"
Law graduate and Thai women's rights activist Thararat Panya, 23, used her experience of sexual assault to drive change at the Thammasat University in Bangkok.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

The men who are standing tall against early marriages in the Gaza Strip
After taking part in UN Women's Regional Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, men and boys have become change makers to promote gender equality and challenge the tradition of early marriage.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

16 ways you can stand against rape culture
Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2019

Media advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women official commemoration at UN Headquarters
The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 25 November 2019, at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2019

When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines
"They didn't say no"… "We were drunk"… "She was asking for it because of what she was wearing"… "You need to be more assertive. While those that use these lines may have fuzzy understandings of consent, the definition is crystal clear. When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

Commitment statement by UN Women at the ICPD@25 Nairobi Summit (12-14 November 2019)
UN Women fully supports the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in putting "the rights, needs and aspirations of individual human beings at the centre of sustainable development", noting the close alignment with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Women and girls must have full control over their bodies.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia attends Paris Peace Forum
UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Anita Bhatia, attended the Paris Peace Forum, an international event on global governance issues and multilateralism, on 12 November, to discuss the upcoming 2020 Generation Equality Forum. The Forum is a civil society-centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

The second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism highlights how tourism can advance gender equality and women's empowerment
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, launched the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism on 6 November 2019.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Shireen Huq, anti-violence crusader
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. Shireen Huq helped found the non-profit organization Naripokkho, which has become a leading voice for women's rights in Bangladesh. From 1987 to 2006, she served as an advisor to the Danish development agency, DANIDA.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Racha Haffar, anti-trafficking 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. Racha Haffar, 30, is an award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia, and the founder and president of ‘Not 4 Trade,' the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is member of UN Women's Beijing 25 Youth Task Force.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Teodora Mileska, champion of sexual and reproductive health and rights
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. Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia and an aspiring diplomat for peaceful conflict resolution. She is a senior peer educator for Comprehensive Sexual Education and a concept writer for radio show Seksi Maalo that advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

UN Women statement: Confronting femicide—the reality of intimate partner violence
We must get better at preventing violence from occurring in the first place and in supporting the women and girls who experience it. Those responses must prioritize the safety of women and girls and hold perpetrators to account for their actions. Above all, as societies, we have to recognize and adjust the unequal power relations that feed and permit these behaviours.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

From Cairo to Beijing: 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development
UN Women sister organization UNFPA is celebrating this week the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) - a milestone in global reproductive health and rights. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark along with UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

My take, your take: Changing social attitudes and stopping violence against women in Bangladesh
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zefroon Afsary, 25-year-old human rights activist talks with Ayesha Khanam, President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a women's rights organization that started during the independence struggle in 1970.

UN Women
Nov 08, 2019

Participants in the Africa Beijing 25 review call for implementation of the commitments made 25 years ago
Member States, civil society and other stakeholders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 October to 1 November to review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women's empowerment, and agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2019

From Sudan to the Security Council: Sudanese women lead drive for change
On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest movement. By 11 April, the President of Sudan had been arrested, and a photo of Salah, standing atop a car in all white and leading a crowd in a chant, had gone viral.

UN Women
Nov 06, 2019

UN Women Executive Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 3-6 November to reaffirm UN Women's commitment to support the country in its efforts to advance gender equality and the women and girls' empowerment.

UN Women
Nov 04, 2019

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention
At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

In Geneva, Member States and gender advocates call for urgent and effective measures to accelerate gender equality
From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women's and girl's human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

Ten years on from mandate on sexual violence in conflict, survivors and experts call for promises to be fulfilled
On the margins of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, at a side event on 30 October, survivors, leaders and experts came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Demecia Yat continues her search for justice
This interview features Demecia Yat, one of 15 women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Guatemala. From 2011 - 2016, they fought for justice at a national high court. The groundbreaking case resulted in the conviction of two former military officers of crimes against humanity and granted 18 reparation measures to the women survivors and their communities.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2019

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York
In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Progress is too slow, political will is not strong enough, and pushback against the needs and interests of women is threatening the progress we have made and pushing further away those who need the resolve and support most".

UN Women
Oct 29, 2019

Statement by Alaa Salah at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
Alaa Salah was selected to represent civil society at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October 2019. She spoke in her capacity as an activist, community leader, and member of MANSAM, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Nigeria to strengthen partnerships
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Åsa Regnér, completed her first official mission to Nigeria from 21 to 25 October.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2019

The power of women peacebuilders
Women do groundbreaking work for justice, peace and security. Yet, they continue to be sidelined in formal peace processes. As conflict continues to affect every region of the world, urgent action is needed to ensure that women are part of peacebuilding, and their contributions are visible and valued.

UN Women
Oct 22, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Anna Lavreniuk, student leader and opinion shaper
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

UN Women
Oct 18, 2019

In Colombia, peace is a journey
The conflict in Colombia has left deep scars, and lasting peace is more of a journey than a destination. The one thing that remains constant in this journey is the power and perseverance of women forging peace against all odds, defending human rights every day. Through projects funded by the Government of Sweden and Norway, UN Women has accompanied Colombian women in this journey.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2019

From where I stand: "I am now ready to create positive changes"
Olena Halkanova fled her home in the city of Pervomaisk after the start of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Now living on the contact line between government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region, she has become a community mobilizer after UN Women-led training.

UN Women
Oct 17, 2019

My take, your take: Women's rights in Kosovo, then and now
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marigona Shabiu, 26-year-old, a human rights activist from Kosovo is talking with Igballe Rogova, 58 years, whose women's rights activism spans three decades.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2019

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director and the President of Finland visit Ethiopia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director's first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2019

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ethiopia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director's first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2019

From where I stand: "My dream is to own my own garage"
Christine Wambulwa, 40, is the only woman mechanic in Kakuma Town, Turkana County, Kenya. As the sole breadwinner of her family, she works to send her children to school, so they can have the education she couldn't afford for herself.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2019

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day of Rural Women
The lives and livelihoods of rural women and girls, including indigenous women and girls, are deeply affected by industrial agriculture, extractive industries, and dependency on fossil fuels. The dire consequences of these have been unequivocally demonstrated in the past decades, affecting economies, societies, cultures, and the global environment and climate.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2019

From where I stand: "We must start by uniting the people because together we're stronger"
Natalia Slavinskaia, 42, is a community mobilizer from Komysh-Zorya, a small village in the conflict-affected Zaporizhzhia region, south-east Ukraine.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2019

Climate-friendly biogas becomes ‘fashionable' in rural Tanzania
In Ngorongoro, a remote district in Arusha, rural communities are bearing the brunt of a changing climate that is ravaging many parts of East Africa. The Energize project is working to build new skills for out-of-school pastoralist adolescent girls and young women on biogas and solar energy products, as well as on how to run sustainable businesses.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Isaacs, climate action warrior
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. Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Amika George, period poverty and education champion
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. Amika George is a 19 year old student at Cambridge University, who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty in the UK.

UN Women
Oct 09, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019
In her statement for International Day of the Girl on 11 October, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stands with young women and girls around the world who are asserting their rights and calling for the future they want

UN Women
Oct 04, 2019

If you teach a girl to code, she will change the world
In Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya, girls are empowered by their new-found passion for computer coding.

UN Women
Oct 03, 2019

Growing women's entrepreneurship in Bangladesh
The "Inclusive and Equitable Local Development Programme (IELD)", a joint initiative of UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women, facilitates women's access to the labour market and entrepreneurial ventures by fostering local public and private investments in women-led enterprises and small businesses that benefit women as well as their communities.

UN Women
Oct 01, 2019

From where I stand: "Now I have bigger dreams"
Sufia Khatun from Pirganj, Rongpur, found herself without any source of income after her husband passed away. Through a joint UN programme, she was able to learn tailoring and get access to finance to invest in her own business. Today she employs 20 women in her community.

UN Women
Oct 01, 2019

Chapter by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Lumos: Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children
First published in Lumos' publication,  A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind , September 2019.

UN Women
Sep 30, 2019

Women, peace and security experts call for women's meaningful participation in peace processes
On 25 September, at an event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ministers, heads of regional organizations, focal points on women, peace and security and civil society representatives called for urgent action to secure women's equal and meaningful participation in peace processes.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

International Day of Rural Women theme: "Rural women and girls building climate resilience"
This year's theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), "Rural women and girls building climate resilience" serves as a reminder that the world's sustainable future is not possible without rural women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

Press release: EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls
On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations hosted a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative - inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

Women leaders galvanize for UN Women's Generation Equality campaign
At a high-level event during the 74th UN General Assembly, UN Women and the Council of Women World Leaders came together to lend their voices and power to the Generation Equality campaign.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2019

UN Women launches Women Count Data Hub
On 24 September, on the margins of the UN General-Assembly, UN Women hosted an interactive data lab to showcase the new Women Count Data Hub, the first of its kind to provide public access to gender data that can be used to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing 25 Generation Equality Forum on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly
In her remarks at the event Gender Equality:from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing 25 Generation Equality Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said "We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow".

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Investing in gender equality for transformative climate actions
Global leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly announced on 23 September concrete commitments to address climate change, at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit. Among the commitments, there was a gender-specific initiative through which governments commit to clear action points to promote gender equality in the context of climate action.

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

From G7 to Generation Equality, partners galvanize for gender equality actions
At the  74th UN General Assembly, leaders and gender equality advocates from around the world came together to look ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in 2020 and to take stock of the gender equality outcomes of the G7 Biarritz Summit .

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Press release: Multilateral agencies launch a joint plan to boost global health goals
Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

UN Women leads efforts to improve gender equality across the UN system
It has been two years since the  System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity was launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in order to reach parity at the most senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028. To coincide with the anniversary of the Strategy, UN Women hosted the Global Gender Focal Point (GFPs) Meeting.

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Press Release: Why solidarity and allyship matter: UN Women HeForShe Global Gender Equality Champions release annual IMPACT Report
Marking the fifth anniversary of the iconic HeForShe movement, over 30 male global leaders from its flagship HeForShe Champions initiative release their annual IMPACT Report today.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

The United Nations steps up efforts to promote young women's leadership within the UN
On the opening week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an inter-generational conversation convened by UN Women, placed youth leadership at the centre of its new campaign, Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

New UN Women publication addresses how to end sexual harassment
UN Women today launched a publication to support the fight against end sexual harassment, entitled "What will it take? Promoting cultural change to end sexual harassment". The publication focuses on the influence of beliefs on actions and offers guidance to policymakers, employers and universities on how to achieve cultural change and address this scourge making sure that the needs of the victims and survivors are at the heart of all efforts.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2019

Press release: UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality
HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women
As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women's leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women's efforts around the world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukureh receives Council of Europe North-South Prize 2018
UN Women's first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, has today received the North-South Prize 2018 by the Council of Europe, recognizing her role in the fight to end female genital mutilation.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2019
Starting 17 September, world leaders will gather for two weeks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, to discuss and work together on the most pressing global issues, from gender equality to climate change and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2019

From Tanzania to Algeria, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods
A recently organized learning visit brought two rural women's collectives together to share strategies, insights and experiences. In the world of international development, such exchanges are termed "South-South cooperation"—exchange of ideas, experiences, and opportunities between entrepreneurs, communities, and experts from the Global South. "It enabled both organizations to monitor and analyse the impact of their projects on the quality of lives of women in Tanzania and Algeria, consulting each other on alternatives and progress in their livelihoods systems and value chains."

UN Women
Sep 11, 2019

Closing remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, at the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board
On behalf of the Executive Director, Asa Regner and myself, may I reiterate thanks to you Madame President Pennelope Beckles for leading us through this session so effectively, and for your fantastic time management skills.  We would also like to thank the Vice-Presidents for their work, and all the delegations for all the statements made over the past two days, which have contributed to such a rich exchange of views.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2019

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves
While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

Empowering Venezuelan migrant women in Brazil
In Brazil, UN women is supporting vulnerable Venezualan migrant women though various services and training, including psychosocial assistance and cash support.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women wins home Clio Gold Award and ADCOLOR MVP Award in 2019
The video series "Courage to Question" produced by UN Women and Google has been awarded ADCOLOR's Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Award. Additionally, the campaign "Closer Than You Think", produced by UN Women's National Committee in Iceland has been awarded the Clio Gold Award.

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