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UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

From where I stand: "We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls"
E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the frontlines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centred response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

UN Women statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)
This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council's landmark resolution 1820 (2008), which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

Take five: "Nothing about disability should be done without women with disabilities"
Renowned disability rights activist, Ana Peláez Narváez, from Spain, is the first woman with disability to be elected to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) on 7 June, 2018.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

From where I stand: "Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong"
Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

In the words of Nidhi Goyal: "These spaces belong to everyone"
Nidhi Goyal, 32, is a disabled feminist from India who works on disability rights and gender equality. After losing her sight as a teenager, Goyal committed herself to changing the lives of persons with disabilities, and particularly women and girls with disabilities. As a researcher, writer, trainer, stand-up comedian and advocate, she works to raise awareness on the intersection of the disability rights movement, and the women's movement.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner on first official visit to Japan
Asa Régner will be on her first official visit as UN Women Deputy Executive Director to Tokyo, Japan, from 13 to 15 June. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with Japan towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

Joint Statement: Contribution will help us deliver better results for the communities we serve
UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women welcome with appreciation the Government of Sweden's decision to enter into multi-year core funding agreements with our agencies. This SEK 6.8 billion contribution will help us deliver better results for the communities we serve.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

Op-ed: We have told G7 leaders to make gender inequality and patriarchy history
For most people, the annual G7 meeting may just seem like an expensive photo-op that doesn't connect with any concrete change in people's lives. But for us, appointed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sit on his G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, it was a unique opportunity to push for strong commitments for girls' and women's rights.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

Speech: "Ending FGM is possible in our generation. It is no longer a dream"—Jaha Dukureh
Remarks by Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, at the Opening Session of the European Development Days, Spotlight Initiative section

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

In the words of Ruth Kihiu: Empowering Maasai women in northern Tanzania
Ruth Kihiu is a Programme Manager at The Pastoral Women's Council (PWC), which works to socio-economically empower marginalized pastoralist Maasai women in Ngorongoro, Monduli, and Longido districts in Tanzania, through livelihood and income-generating activities. PWC, supported by UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, also aims to educate women and girls about their rights and equip them with leadership skills.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

Game changing commitment from G7 Development Finance Institutions to invest USD 3 billion for women
UN Women welcomes the major new commitment announced on the margins of the G7 meeting in Canada on 9 June by the development finance institutions (DFI) of the G7 to mobilize USD 3 billion by 2020 to advance women's economic empowerment.

UN Women
Jun 08, 2018

Op ed: What we can do to empower women in the workplace
"How to improve gender equality in the workplace" reached Google's top five searches around gender equality in the last year. Interest in women's rights is at an all-time high: this is a powerful moment to drive for change. Women have tremendous potential to transform our economies, societies and businesses. Research from Citi shows that reducing gender inequalities in the workplace over the next two decades could add around 6% to GDP in advanced economies. That makes empowering women in the workplace both a priority issue of rights and a powerful economic lever.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 calls for bold actions and investments to advance women's empowerment
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on 8 June, as part of the Gender Equality Advisory Council to present their recommendations to G7 leaders.

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

Op-ed: The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women; Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Population Fund; and Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme

UN Women
Jun 06, 2018

UN Women Executive Board to convene Annual Session 2018
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's Annual Session on 19-20 June at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Jun 05, 2018

Coverage: UN Women at the European Development Days
UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, are taking part in the  European Development Days , Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels. The event gathers every year more than 6,000 participants from over 140 countries. The overarching theme of the 12 edition of the forum will be "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest".

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

From where I stand: "Women need support from each other to cope with this crisis"
The Rohingya crisis started decades ago, but the intensity and the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh since last year has been unprecedented. Noor Nahar is a Rohingya woman in her thirties, who has lived in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh since she was seven years old. Today she is working as a mentor to newly arriving Rohingya women refugees as part of a UN Women-supported programme.

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

Announcer: Gender equality takes centre stage at Europe's leading forum on development
UN Women, with a delegation led by its Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will take part this week in the European Development Days, Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development, from 5-6 June in Brussels.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2018

Op-ed: Women and the future of work
By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

Take five: "Women pay the highest price in the Syrian conflict"
Lina Sinjab is a Syrian journalist who has covered the conflict in Syria for BBC and other media outlets since 2011. She served as the moderator of a dialogue between Syrian women and policy-makers, held on the sidelines of the EU-UN conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" organized in Brussels last month. Ms. Sinjab spoke to UN Women about her views on the role of Syrian women in the conflict and the construction of peace.

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

High-level Group on Justice for Women meets in The Hague
The inaugural meeting of the High-level Group on Justice for Women took place in The Hague from 28 - 29 May.

UN Women
May 31, 2018

Dads from Moldova: A photo exhibit that challenges stereotypes, showing men alone with their kids
In Moldova, widespread patriarchal attitudes and gender-based stereotypes perpetuate the idea that women are responsible for child and home care, with fathers expected to be breadwinners. To challenge this widespread notion, the Embassy of Sweden organised in partnership with the UN in Moldova the photo exhibition Dads from Moldova and Sweden.

UN Women
May 31, 2018

From where I stand: "I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes"
Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can't wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

UN Women
May 30, 2018

Running for a cause in Mexico
More than 70,000 women ran for gender equality in Mexico as part of the Carrera Bonafont con Causa [Bonafont Race for a Cause], the largest 5K race in the world for women in the world.

UN Women
May 29, 2018

Take five: "We want to make gender-responsive budgeting a part of every state institution's budgeting processes"
Mimoza Dhembi has been the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Albania since 2000 and is one of the pioneers of the Public Financial Management reform in Albania. She has been crucial in establishing a successful collaboration with UN Women in mainstreaming gender through the introduction of gender-responsive budgeting in the Medium-Term Budget Program. UN Women offers technical assistance in gender-responsive budgeting to the government of Albania with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

The men and women shaping Africa today
25 May is Africa Day, a day to celebrate Africa's liberation from colonialism and formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, precursor to the African Union.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: "Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you."
Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence', which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police officers and humanitarian actors from ten Member States on strategic, operational and tactical approaches to end conflict-related sexual violence.

UN Women
May 25, 2018

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens
The Female Military Officers' Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

UN Women
May 24, 2018

UN Joint Global Programme calls for coordinated, multi-sectoral responses for survivors of violence
At the 27th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which took place in Vienna from 14-18 May 2018, UNODC, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and WHO organized a side event on coordinated, multi-sectoral responses to such violence, together with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Peru and Vietnam.

UN Women
May 23, 2018

Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy announced, features UN Women prominently
The Apolitical inaugural list of 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018, which was announced today, includes five gender equality experts from UN Women.

UN Women
May 23, 2018

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009
In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists.

UN Women
May 22, 2018

News: UN Women Executive Board visits Malawi
In early May 2018, the UN Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time.

UN Women
May 21, 2018

In the words of Deeba Ayubi: "I am fighting a good fight and it's worth the sacrifice."
Deeba Ayubi, 27, is a women's rights activist and defense lawyer with UN Women's partner organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), which protects and supports survivors of violence. Ayubi is passionate about helping women and girls achieve a life free from all forms of violence and dreams of becoming a judge.

UN Women
May 18, 2018

New programme to boost the rights of women migrant workers in Asia and the Pacific
The Safe and Fair programme will focus on women migrant workers in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

UN Women
May 17, 2018

UN Women Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, our focus must be strongly on inclusion. That means advocating for change in ways that acknowledge the intersections between multiple forms of discrimination.

UN Women
May 15, 2018

Advocating for services and legislation to protect survivors of violence in Ecuador
In 10 districts in Ecuador ACDemocracia, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, is working to address gaps in service delivery and to guarantee women's access to justice within the project titled,"Integral intervention to guarantee access to justice for women survivors of violence."

UN Women
May 14, 2018

In the words of Sohini Shoaib: "Women are building the economy, yet denied their basic economic rights"
Sohini Shoaib works with The Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, a non-party political union of landless rural workers, marginal farmers and youth, currently operating out of six districts of the state of Bihar, India. Shoaib's work includes supporting the mobilization of labourers and farmers—especially those from oppressed castes, genders and communities, to fight for their rights and entitlements. She spoke to UN Women during the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about her work, and the issues that women from the communities she works with are facing.

UN Women
May 13, 2018

Statement: Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein
UN Women, UNFPA and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa join the people of Sudan who are appealing for clemency in the case of 19-year-old Noura Hussein of Sudan, who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband. Reports indicate that she was forced against her will into marriage at the age of 16. She was raped by her husband while his three male relatives held her down. Speaking as the voices of women and girls of the world, we plead with the government of Sudan to save the...

UN Women
May 11, 2018

Five activist moms who inspire us
As many countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day this week, meet some moms who are fighting the good fight, for women's rights and equality for us all.

UN Women
May 08, 2018

From where I stand: "I am passionate about promoting peace"
Lyop Chong is one of few women to become a member of her local traditional council in conflict-affected Nigeria. Since being trained as a woman mentor for peacebuilding, she has become a passionate advocate for peaceful conflict resolution, starting from home and extending to the larger community.

UN Women
May 07, 2018

In the words of Yuan Feng: "Different sectors need to work together to fight domestic violence"
Yuan Feng, from China, is the co-founder of Equality, an NGO based in Beijing, dedicated to women's rights and gender equality. The organization, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, managed by UN Women, works to end domestic violence and helps survivors of violence. Since the mid-1990s, Feng has also been a founding member, coordinator, chair-person, and board member of countrywide organizations, such as the Gender and Development Network in China, Anti Domestic Violence Network, Women's Network Against Aids/China, and Media Monitor for Women Network.

UN Women
May 04, 2018

In Bangladesh, women garment workers gain confidence, promotions and better futures
A project is carried out by UN Women and CARE is helping women get into positions of decision-making, not only at home and in the community but at the workplace as well.

UN Women
May 03, 2018

Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network meets in Berlin to promote women's role in peace processes
About 150 representatives from UN Member States, regional and international organizations and civil society from around the world met in Berlin, Germany, for the annual capital-level Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network (WPS-FPN) meeting on April 9-10, 2018.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

From where I stand: "It's not just men who can do business"
Deyanira Cordoba belongs to a family of coffee growers of Tablon de Gomez, in the of Nariño region of Colombia. As part of a UN Women project, she has learned about her economic rights, bodily autonomy and more. The future holds many possibilities for this talented artist and coffee grower, but whichever path she chooses, she feels she belongs with her community, in the mountains of Colombia, watching the coffee grow.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

In the words of Marija Andjelkovic: "The girls are getting younger…poverty is driving trafficking in persons"
In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action.

UN Women
May 02, 2018

Statement from Purna Sen, UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination
Saddened by the pain caused to women that is now being heard through the #MeToo movement across the world, UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment, Purna Sen, honours victims who have spoken and who continue to come forward.

UN Women
May 01, 2018

Take five: "A feminist in decision-making roles makes a difference"
Thelma Aldana is the Public Prosecutor and Head of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, who will complete her term in May 2018. She is known as a champion of women's rights, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and the force behind the creation of specialized courts for femicide and violence against women cases in 2010. Today, there are 12 of these specialized courts in Guatemala. UN Women has supported the Public Ministry in adopting and implementing the Women and Men´s Equality...

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Speech: Winning the fight for equality with the whole of society
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Tribeca Film Festival's Tribeca Talks - Times up event in New York City

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Remarks by Executive Director of UN Women at the African Women Leaders Network
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UN Women
Apr 30, 2018

From where I stand: "I am worried about the monsoon…will our small shelter keep standing?"
Minara Begum is among the thousands of Rohingya women who fled the violence unleased by the Myanmar army in her village, Buchidong, Myanmar. Having learned new skills in a UN Women-supported Multi-Purpose Women's Centre in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, she is speaking out, meeting decision-makers in the camp and helping other Rohingya women.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Canada's G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council meeting
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated at the first in-person meeting of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council from 25 - 26 April in Ottawa, Canada, in the lead up to the G7 Leaders' Summit, which will be hosted by Canada in June this year.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2018

In the words of Sandra Moran: "Being the first openly lesbian Congresswoman in Guatemala has been a big responsibility"
Sandra Moran is Guatemala's first openly lesbian member of the Congress. She organized the country's first lesbian group in 1995, and was elected in 2015. She is well-known for her vocal support for women's rights, indigenous women's rights and LGBT rights in Guatemala.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2018

Madrid joins UN Women Safe Cities Global Programme
The City of Madrid, in Spain, is joining UN Women's "Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Programme Initiative", which aims to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces, including public transport.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2018

Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action launched to improve humanitarian response worldwide
On 17 April, the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), an inter-agency forum on humanitarian action, the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO) and UN Women co-hosted the launch of the " Gender Handbook for Humanitarian Action ", a practical tool that provides guidance to frontline humanitarian workers on how to integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls throughout the humanitarian action cycle.

UN Women
Apr 26, 2018

UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2018
Unprecedented hunger for change brings girls expanded horizons and changed attitudes

UN Women
Apr 25, 2018

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at a parallel session during the second Syria conference in Brussels
Remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at a parallel session during the EU-UN Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", seeking to raise awareness on the added value of women's engagement in the economic recovery of the region.

UN Women
Apr 25, 2018

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Ministerial Segment of the second Syria Conference in Brussels
Remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at a side event during the EU-UN Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", calling for the international community to embed gender justice and social equality in all work responding to the crisis.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2018

The second UN-EU conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region starts in Brussels
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are co-chairing the second conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region', which will take place in Brussels from 24 to 25 April. At the sidelines of the conference, UN Women, together with the European Union, UNFPA, Kvinna till Kvinna, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, CARE International and Oxfam, is organizing a side event, where ten Syrian women will present their distinct perspectives on the conflict.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at side event during the second Syria conference in Brussels
Remarks delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the side event featuring a dialogue between Syrian women and policy makers on women's space and role in humanitarian action, resilience and political dialogue during the EU-UN Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region".

UN Women
Apr 24, 2018

International Girls in ICT Day, 2018
The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It's slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2018

Editorial spotlight: International Girls in ICT Day, 2018
The ICT sector presents tremendous opportunities for women. It's slated to become a very big chunk of the job market, with an estimated 90 per cent of jobs soon requiring ICT skills. But for women to seize these opportunities equally as men, we have to tackle the gender stereotypes and biases that prevent them from pursuing or making it big in STEM-related fields.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2018

UN Women and Justice Rapid Response animated web feature on sexual and gender-based violence wins the prestigious Webby Award
For the second year in a row, a UN Women web feature has won a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honoring excellence on the internet. UN Women's animated web feature Justice now: Ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes, was nominated under the Law category for Websites.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2018

Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: African Women Leaders Network convene for a second forum
The "Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa's Transformation" of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) will run from 24 to 26 April at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, under the theme, "Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action".

UN Women
Apr 20, 2018

In the words of Nandini Chami: "The conversation on ICTs needs to move beyond just accessibility"
Nandini Chami works on policy research and advocacy on the intersection of ICTs, gender equality, and development, at IT for Change, an NGO based in Bengaluru, India. She was part of the IT for Change team that developed a toolkit on mainstreaming gender in e-government ecosystems for policymakers in the Asia-Pacific, with support from UNPOG and UNESCAP. She also supports Prakriye, a centre in Mysore, in developing training programmes for women's rights groups on adopting digital tools in their field practice, and ‘education for empowerment' for rural adolescent girls. Ms. Chami recently spoke to UN Women at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62).

UN Women
Apr 20, 2018

From where I stand: "ICT empowers me to grow without limits"
For Reem El-Dabbagh, from Gaza, Palestine, there's no better sector for women than ICTs, with its limitless potential for growth. She is currently developing a web application which will provide comprehensive online services for survivors of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Apr 19, 2018

UN Women statement to the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UN Women extends its unwavering commitment to the rights of indigenous women of all ages who are here at the Forum as well as to those who are supporting them from behind.

UN Women
Apr 19, 2018

From where I stand: "What we need is free education for girls"
Purity Soinato Oiyie is a Maasai girl from Kenya who escaped Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. She spoke at the opening session of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN's largest gathering on gender equality and women's rights. In her own words, she shares her story and her dream to start a school for girls in her community.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2018

Expert's take: Curbing the tide of violent extremism needs women's voices and inclusion
Hanny Cueva, Regional Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security at UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, discusses women's role in preventing the spread of violent extremism in communities.

UN Women
Apr 18, 2018

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council
In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council.

UN Women
Apr 17, 2018

Four indigenous women who are claiming their space
Indigenous peoples live across 90 countries, represent 5,000 different communities and speak a majority of the worlds languages. They account for less than 6 per cent of the world's population, but make up 15 per cent of the poorest worldwide.

UN Women
Apr 17, 2018

Statement: Sexual violence leaves people behind: we must have accountability and change for women and girls
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the recent cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India, 17 April

UN Women
Apr 17, 2018

Statement: Sexual violence leaves people behind: we must have accountability and change for women and girls targeted for sexual violence
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the recent cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India, 17 April

UN Women
Apr 16, 2018

Op-ed: Closing the gender gap in politics
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls on Commonwealth countries to make democracy more democratic by ensuring that women can participate freely, fairly and safely in elections and politics.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2018

From where I stand: "We want to be heard, to be recognized, this land is ours"
As the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opens today at the UN, focusing on the theme of "Indigenous peoples' collective rights to lands, territories and resources", here is what Alice Lesepen has to say. From the indigenous community of Rendille Community in Marsabit County, Kenya, Ms. Lesepen works with women at the grassroots level, with a focus on the empowerment of indigenous women. She spoke to UN Women recently on what are the top priorities of her community.

UN Women
Apr 13, 2018

Speech: "The women, peace and security agenda is a powerful tool"—Executive Director
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch Event of Finland's 1325 National Action Plan in Helsinki, Finland on 13 April.

UN Women
Apr 13, 2018

Speech: "We need to close the digital gap"—Executive Director
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event ‘All on Board - Closing the Digital Gap for Women and Girls in Developing Countries' at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-hosted by the Executive Director, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Neven Mimica and the Chair of the Development Committee of the European Parliament, Ms. Linda McAvan.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to visit Nordic countries for annual consultations
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Helsinki, Finland, on 12-13th April to discuss the status of gender equality globally, as well as Finland's contribution to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Finland and UN Women share. Following this, the Executive Director will visit Sweden on April 16-18 to attend the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, as well as take part in a ministerial roundtable discussing gender equality as a means for economic development, and the methods and best practices that have proven to be most effective in achieving real change.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2018

From where I stand: "Women have the solutions"
Wekoweu (Akole) Tsuhah, from a rural community in Nagaland, India, is the first generation of women in her family to have been educated. She spoke to UN Women during the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about the situation of women in her community, and what they want.

UN Women
Apr 11, 2018

UN Women appoints Purna Sen as Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination
Saddened and angered by women's experiences of sexual harassment and committed to seeing its end, UN Women's Executive Director has announced a newly created special assignment: Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2018

Speech: The power of proximity
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Skoll World Forum

UN Women
Apr 09, 2018

High-level event organized by UN Women and EU institutions gathers decision-makers on closing the gender digital gap
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will attend the "All on board - Closing the digital gap for women and girls in developing countries" high-level event, co-hosted by the European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women in Brussels, on 11 April.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2018

In the words of Blessing Ihauku Daru: "Women need to be in the corridors of power and politics"
Blessing Ihuaku Duru is a Programme Manager with Alliances for Africa (AfA), a non-governmental organization working in the south-east region of Nigeria, to promote gender justice, participation of women in leadership and in peace, security and conflict resolution. With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, AfA is implementing a project to bridge the gender gap in elected public positions. They are working with the Government, political parties and women leaders to pass a bill that will provide for an affirmative action to ensure a minimum of 35 per cent of women's representation in governance. Ms. Duru spoke to UN Women when she attended the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2018

UN Women and Justice Rapid Response animated web feature on sexual and gender-based violence nominated for Webby Award
For the second year in a row, a UN Women web feature has been nominated for a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honoring excellence on the internet. UN Women's animated web feature Justice now: Ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes, has been nominated under the Law category for Websites.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2018

Take Five: "The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women"
Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women's joint programme with UNEP, called "Women's Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women's productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women's participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women's access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector.

UN Women
Apr 03, 2018

In the words of Lilian Soto: "The presence of diverse women in politics generates different kinds of public policies"
Lilian Soto is a Project Coordinator at the Centro de Documentación y Estudios (CDE) in Paraguay, a non-governmental organization supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality, working to promote human rights and social transformation. Ms. Soto was also councilwoman for Asuncion - the capital of Paraguay - from 1991 to 2000, and continues to participate in politics in the socialist, feminist and environmentalist political movement "Kuña Pyrenda", which means "place where women put their feet" in the local language. She and her organization were behind the law on democratic parity pending before the Chamber of Deputies.

UN Women
Apr 02, 2018

In the words of Rabiha Khalloof: "Our society needs women to help future generations succeed"
Rabiha Khalloof is a 47-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Syria almost three years ago. She is among 520 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who have received training and economic assistance from the third phase of a UN Women project, funded by the Government of Japan and the Ford Foundation. Today Khalloof is earning an income for the first time and aspiring to teach other women to start their own businesses.

UN Women
Mar 28, 2018

Voices from CSW62
More than 4,300 civil society representatives from 130 countries participated in the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), which focused this year on rural women and girls. Why do they come and what do they take back with them from this UN meeting? Here are some of their voices and perspectives.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2018

Take Five: "Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers"
Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2016. Mr Kurbanov spoke to UN Women during his official mission to Kenya and South Sudan about the importance of volunteerism and UNV's contributions in addressing women's issues. UNV is working together with UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in organizing workshops on gender-responsive peacebuilding in conflicted-afflicted areas.

UN Women
Mar 23, 2018

Closing remarks to the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
These agreed conclusions focus on addressing the poverty of women and girls in rural areas; the important issue of access, ownership and control of land and other productive resources; opportunities and challenges in agriculture, including their food security and nutrition; and they also recognize that the lives of women in rural areas are not only confined to food production and agriculture. They address the impact of climate change, and the need for infrastructure such as for ICT, energy, transport, drinking water and sanitation.

UN Women
Mar 23, 2018

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers a blueprint to ensure the rights and development of rural women and girls
The UN's largest annual gathering on gender equality and women's rights concluded today in New York with the strong commitment by UN Member States to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) reached a robust agreement highlighting the urgency of empowering and supporting those who need it most and have, for too long, been left behind.

UN Women
Mar 22, 2018

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls
On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 21, 2018

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Justice Rapid Response Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman on the release of the Syria Commission of Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based violence
UN Women and Justice Rapid Response (JRR) welcome the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, "I Lost My Dignity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Arab Republic."

UN Women
Mar 21, 2018

Press release: EQUALS in Tech Awards now accepting nominations for innovative initiatives to bridge the digital gender divide
The EQUALS Global Partnership is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2018 EQUALS in Tech Awards. Exceptional initiatives that are using the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls across the globe are invited to submit nominations.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2018

Coverage: System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity: How to walk the talk?
At a side event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, senior UN officials, along with Member States and civil society partners, discussed the latest measures to reach gender parity within the UN System.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2018

Youth Dialogue at CSW62 presents policy recommendations for inclusion of young women and girls living in rural areas
"Women and girls who live in rural areas are not at the danger of being left behind, they ARE being left behind," said Lopa Banerjee, Director of the Civil Society Division at UN Women, opening the Youth Dialogue hosted on 17 March, at the 62 nd Commission on the Status of Women. The Dialogue, focusing on the theme, "Leave No One Behind", witnessed spirited discussions revolving around the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of young women and girls...

UN Women
Mar 19, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the CSW62 side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030
At the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo -Ngcuka said "It takes a man and a boy and a father and a brother to say: not my sister; not my child, not my cousin, so that this is not a fight that only the girls are waging."

UN Women
Mar 18, 2018

Press release: Over US$400 million sitting dormant in public funds designed to expand internet access
New research from the Web Foundation, the Alliance for Affordable Internet and UN Women, released today at the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, calls on governments to invest at least 50 per cent of funds collected for expanding connectivity in projects targeting women's internet access and use.

UN Women
Mar 17, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the side event, "#MeToo, Now What?"
At the #MeToo, Now What?",side event co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, The Guardian and UN Women, at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director talks about how to sustain the movement and urges the media to stay with the story

UN Women
Mar 16, 2018

Civil Society calls to leave no woman or girl in rural communities behind in the quest for gender equality
On the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), UN Women, along with civil society partners*, convened a dialogue with activists from rural areas and other allies. The conversation brought together diverse constituencies from around the globe to discuss what it would take to leave no woman or girl in any rural area behind in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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