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UN Women
Nov 30, 2022

"Their courage should give us hope and direction": Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership uplifts the contributions and priorities of women human rights defenders
On 29 November, the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership, together with UN Women and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, held their first official commemoration of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day to centre the voices and experiences of women human rights defenders and call on the international community to provide them necessary public, political and financial support and protection.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2022

Statement: Push forward - act now to end violence against women and girls
Five years ago, the global #MeToo movement brought new urgency and visibility to the extent of violence against women and girls. Millions of survivors came forward to share their experience. They forced the world to recognise a reality that shames every one of us. Their courage and voice led to a powerful collective activism and a sea-change in awareness.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2022

Statement: Transformative solutions for inclusive development - the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world
This year's theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities underlines the strong links between gender equality and disability inclusion. These issues are crosscutting and key to an equitable world. It is estimated that one in five women lives with a disability, among one billion people with disabilities. They are some of the most excluded in our society and are among the hardest hit in the current multiple global crises, including in terms of fatalities. These crises are deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing the extent of exclusion, and highlighting the urgent need for work to address it comprehensively.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2022

Statement: For HIV progress - listen, respect, and respond to young women and girls
This World AIDS Day, I call upon all stakeholders to accelerate their work towards meeting both Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality and SDG 3 on health and well-being. The current rates of HIV infections among young women demonstrates how closely these two goals are are interlinked, and how pressing it is to achieve both. I further urge stakeholders to deliver on the commitments made to Generation Equality, specifically those made to the Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and to invest in feminist and youth-led HIV movements.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2022

Statement: We must urgently defend the rights and lives of women human rights defenders
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day is an occasion to celebrate and thank those women and girls who tirelessly advocate for human rights, and all people who defend women's rights. Around the world, women human rights defenders give of themselves to bring about a future in which all persons enjoy the dividends of equality and the fullest range of rights.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2022

Statement: Defending migrants' human rights must not cost women their lives
Statement by Mr. Jemimah Njuki, Chief, Economic Empowerment Section, UN Women, for the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 29 November 2022.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2022

Statement: Call to Action — "UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls!"
Joint statement by United Nations entities for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2022.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2022

Five essential facts to know about femicide
Gender related killings (femicide/feminicide) are the most brutal and extreme manifestation of a continuum of violence against women and girls that takes many interconnected and overlapping forms. Defined as an intentional killing with a gender-related motivation, femicide may be driven by stereotyped gender roles, discrimination towards women and girls, unequal power relations between women and men, or harmful social norms. With the aim of galvanizing global action against this all too pervasive crime, in line with the vision of the Generation Equality Forum action coalitions, UNODC and UN Women have joined forces to produce the second edition of a report on gender-related killings of women and girls. Here are 5 key findings:

UN Women
Nov 23, 2022

Pushing forward: Protesting women's rights abuses in Iran
Mana Shooshtari is an Iranian American feminist activist and organizer whose work—spanning issues like immigration reform, gun violence prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights—focuses on the protection and promotion of human rights. In the midst of widespread protests across Iran, she's working to amplify the voices of Iranian feminists and to bring their women-led movement to the global stage.

UN Women
Nov 23, 2022

Statement: Push forward — act now to end violence against women and girls
Five years ago, the global #MeToo movement brought new urgency and visibility to the extent of violence against women and girls. Millions of survivors came forward to share their experience. They forced the world to recognise a reality that shames every one of us. Their courage and voice led to a powerful collective activism and a sea-change in awareness.

UN Women
Nov 23, 2022

Press release: Women and girls are more at risk to be killed at home, new UNODC and UN Women report on femicide shows
A new study by UNODC and UN Women shows that, on average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021. The report comes ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide.

UN Women
Nov 23, 2022

Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The Official UN Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will take place on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 from 10 am - 11.30 am (EST) at the ECOSOC Chamber, at the Unite Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2022

In the words of Salma*: "We, as women and girls, deserve better."
Salma*, 26, a Lebanese mother of 3 girls, was 13 years old when she eloped with her 16-year-old next door neighbor. Looking to escape her abusive stepmother, she thought marriage would offer her liberty. Instead, it opened a door to further abuse and violence.

UN Women
Nov 21, 2022

Statement: Call to Action - "UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls!"
Joint statement by United Nations entities for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2022.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Providing survivor-centered police and justice services in Morocco
Despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is preventable. This 16 Days, we're highlighting the UN Women and partner programmes and initiatives making a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. These impact stories prove that a better future is not only possible—it's already being built. The Regional Flagship Programme to address Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States, developed by UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNODC and WHO, is working to bridge research with policy recommendations, provide guidance to adapt international standards in service provision to the region, and strengthen interagency collaboration in areas such as prevention.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Led by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary General's UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme "UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls".

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Push forward: 10 ways to end violence against women
Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation in the world, affecting more than 1 in 3 women—a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade. Ending violence against women is everyone's business. This 16 Days, show your solidarity with feminist movements and advocates around the world. Whether you're a seasoned activist or just getting started, here are ten ways you can act now to end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Pushing forward: Dismantling anti-LGBTIQ discrimination in Argentina
Fernanda Rotondo is an Argentinian feminist, LGBTIQ and human rights activist, and writer and photographer. She is also the Gender and Human Rights Coordinator for the organization ANDHES (Lawyers in Human Rights and Social Studies in the Argentinean Northeast). In the face of inconsistent national policies and protections, Fernanda is fighting to advance the human rights of Argentinians across the country and to ensure a violence free future for all.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Stepping up for women and girls during the flood crisis in Pakistan
Despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is preventable. This 16 Days, we're highlighting the UN Women and partner programmes and initiatives making a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. These impact stories prove that a better future is not only possible—it's already being built. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), established in 1996 and managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system, is the only global grant-giving mechanism dedicated to eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls. Since its establishment, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 215 million to 646 initiatives in 140 countries and territories.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Pushing forward: Preventing violence against women in online spaces
Marwa Azelmat is a digital rights expert and lead policy advocate for the Association for Progressive Communications. She is also an activist involved with women's rights movements and organizations around the world. At the intersection of these issues, Marwa is facing off against a central barrier to progress on both: online violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Driving data-based progress on violence response and prevention in Colombia
Despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is preventable. This 16 Days, we're highlighting the UN Women and partner programmes and initiatives making a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. These impact stories prove that a better future is not only possible—it's already being built. UN Women's strategy for change on gender data is Women Count. The programme seeks to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created, and accessed. Women Count supports countries to improve the production and use of timely statistics to inform policies and programmes and effectively monitor the SDGs from a gender perspective.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Changing social norms to end violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan
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UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

How male champions are helping to end gender-based violence in Uganda
Despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is preventable. This 16 Days, we're highlighting the UN Women and partner programmes and initiatives making a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. These impact stories prove that a better future is not only possible—it's already being built. Under the Spotlight Initiative, UN Women is working to train men as advocates for women's rights and against gender-based violence.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Pushing forward: Ending conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine
Hrystyna Kit is a Ukrainian women right's advocate, jurist and attorney. She is also the co-founder of the Ukrainian Women Lawyers Association JurFem, which focuses on increasing gender sensitivity within the legal community and Ukrainian legislation as well as improving survivors' access to justice. As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues into its ninth month, she's pushing forward against a rising tide of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Pushing forward: Resisting systemic violence in Afghanistan
Malalay* is an Afghan lawyer and activist working to support and restore the rights of women and girls affected by family and social violence in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban's takeover last August, her work has gotten significantly more difficult—and more dangerous.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Pushing forward: Countering anti-feminist backlash in Ethiopia
Hanna Lemma is a women's rights advocate and feminist researcher from Ethiopia. She is also the founder and director of Addis Powerhouse, a young women-led feminist knowledge production platform that conducts gender research and works to ensure young women's meaningful representation in Ethiopian politics and society. In the wake of civil war, Hanna is fighting hard to prevent progress on women's rights from becoming a casualty.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2022

Op-ed: Ramp up investment to support Asia-Pacific women to overcome climate disasters
The disastrous floods in Pakistan have proven, yet again, that our climate crisis disproportionately hurts women. Of the 33 million people affected, nearly 70 per cent have been women and children, according to the latest United Nations flash appeal. This is just one of the many accelerating, and devastating, climate impacts around the world.

UN Women
Nov 17, 2022

Media advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
This year, the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at UN Headquarters will take place on 23 November and will be followed by a press conference on the joint UNODC and UN Women global study on gender-related killings (femicide/feminicide).

UN Women
Nov 14, 2022

G20 op-ed: Unlocking the full potential of women
The effects of gender inequality are far-reaching, but with a package of bold measures the G20 can drive investment in delivering systemic, gendered solutions to the issues we face.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2022

Speech: Focus on gender equality as central to climate action with concrete solutions
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the Twenty-seventh session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 14 November 2022.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2022

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway calls on leaders of the business community worldwide to put women at the heart of economic growth
In the midst of interlinked crises around the world threatening progress on women's rights and pushing women out of the paid economy, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway has today called for women to be at the heart of economic growth and recovery.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2022

Op-ed: Three asks on gender equality to COP27
On today's Gender Day at COP27, the Executive Director of UN Women lays out what the UN Climate Conference must deliver to advance gender equality.

UN Women
Nov 11, 2022

Press release: UN Women launches first-ever National Committee in Spain
UN Women has today [11 November 2022] announced the launch of its first-ever National Committee in Spain to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Spain is now the thirteenth country to have a UN Women National Committee, joining others such as Germany, the United States, and Japan.

UN Women
Nov 10, 2022

Op-ed: Unlocking the full potential of women
The effects of gender inequality are far-reaching, but with a package of bold measures the G20 can drive investment in delivering systemic, gendered solutions to the issues we face.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2022

Afghan journalist Zahra Nader: Creating a platform for Afghan women's voices to be heard
Zahra Nader is an Afghan Canadian journalist and editor-in-chief of Zan Times, a newly launched media outlet that covers human rights in Afghanistan with a focus on women, the LGBT community and environmental issues. Born in Afghanistan, she is from the Hazara community, an ethnic group that faces marginalization and violence. She began her journalism career in Kabul in 2011, before moving to Canada in 2017 to purse higher education. She is currently completing a Ph.D in Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies. On 20 October, 2022, Zahra briefed the UN Security Council during the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. While at the UN, she spoke with UN Women about the Taliban, human rights in Afghanistan, and why women's representation—in peacebuilding, in journalism and everywhere else—matters.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2022

Women's meaningful participation in peace processes builds lasting peace
Around the world, persistent conflict is exacerbating social and gender inequalities and is hindering the progress of countries struggling to recover from the fallout of COVID-19. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is among those experiencing the most severe and persistent impacts, with humanitarian crises continuing to proliferate, disrupting the prosperity and wellbeing of communities. This, paired with the outbreak of new humanitarian emergencies, including in Afghanistan and Ukraine, adds to the urgency of advancing women's meaningful participation in peacebuilding and sheds light on the important role they play in fostering lasting peace.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2022

In focus: COP 27
The 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—otherwise known as COP 27—opens Sunday, 6 November 2022. Hosted by the Government of Egypt in Sharm El-Sheikh, COP 27 is an opportunity for the international community to catalyse much-needed progress on climate action. It is also a chance to highlight Africa's leadership in tackling climate change and its vision for a just and sustainable future that leaves no one behind.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2022

UN Women at a time of change
One year ago, UN Women found itself at a moment of change with the imminent start of a new Strategic Plan and the arrival of a new Executive Director. In the time since, the world's women and girls have faced multiple compounding crises: the persisting impacts of COVID-19, a raging climate crisis and seemingly intractable violent conflict. Committed as ever to the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls worldwide, UN Women is facing a deepening range of challenges.

UN Women
Nov 04, 2022

In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)
This year, the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the UN's largest annual gathering on gender equality and women's empowerment, will take place from 14 to 25 March, under the theme, "Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes".

UN Women
Nov 02, 2022

No peace without women: Afghan activists on why women's representation matters
The Taliban takeover of Kabul on 15 August 2021 erased years of hard-won progress towards national peace and security. In the year since, the regime has systematically erased women from Afghan society, too: mandating face coverings in public, excluding women from most jobs, banning girls from high school and dismantling all institutions that protected and promoted the rights of women and girls. And yet, in the face of these innumerable human rights violations, Afghan women continue to resist and to work towards lasting peace and security for their country.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2022

Empowering students in Albanian schools through self-defense training
A UN Women initiative, as part of a joint UN project funded by the Government of Sweden, is training teachers across the country in self-defense and communications skills to prevent and mitigate the risk of violence in schools.

UN Women
Oct 24, 2022

Kenyan women lead peace efforts in longstanding conflicts
Across Kenya, local conflicts driven by diverse factors have one thing in common: they're increasingly being mediated by women. From ethnic tensions to land disputes, some of these conflicts stretch back decades; remaining unresolved despite the lasting instability and violence they create among communities. So women are stepping up to end longstanding strife through local dialogues and outreach, approaches male-dominated leadership has not always been willing to take. But in order to build lasting peace, they need support from both their communities and the state—which some are receiving, and many are not.

UN Women
Oct 21, 2022

Women at the UN Security Council: a sea change in numbers
For much of its 76-year history, the Security Council barely heard from women. Most of the diplomats and policymakers seated there were men. From 1990-2022, a mere 8 per cent of its Permanent Representatives were women, and more than a third of them were appointed only in the last four years. In total, only 26 women Permanent Representatives have served on the Security Council between 1946 and today.

UN Women
Oct 21, 2022

UN Women Executive Director visits Tanzania, calls for investment in women and girls
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous conducted a four-day mission in Tanzania, where she met with government officials, civil society groups, and partners, to strengthen partnerships, ignite public discourse towards Generation Equality and galvanize action for gender equality and women's empowerment in the country.

UN Women
Oct 21, 2022

The reintegration of former guerrilla female fighters, a key piece in the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Colombia
The Peace Agreement in Colombia, signed in 2016 between the Government and the guerilla group FARC-EP, put an end to the longest war in Latin America. Six years later, more than 13,000 ex-combatants—a third of which are women—continue to face daily challenges resulting from their reintegration into civil life. The country's new government has generated momentum both domestically and internationally towards the reactivation of the women, peace and security agenda, emphasizing the importance of the reintegration process to achieve a stable peace.

UN Women
Oct 20, 2022

Statement: Making choices to place women at the heart of our agenda
This is a vitally important time for the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  A reversal of generational gains in women's rights is taking place against surging threats to security. Violent conflict, displacement, the repercussions of the global pandemic and the growing climate emergency all exact their highest price from women and girls.

UN Women
Oct 20, 2022

Press release: Amidst increase in violent conflict, the situation for women, peace and security worsens, new UN report shows
Against a backdrop of increasing violent conflicts and reversal of generational gains in women's rights, the women, peace and security agenda is farther from achieving its goals than ever before, as the latest UN Secretary-General report shows. The report points out that the sharp deterioration in peace and security globally is causing immense suffering and has a significant and specific impact on women and girls in conflict-affected countries.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2022

In focus: Women, peace and security
WPS

UN Women
Oct 18, 2022

In the words of Anastasia Perepylytsia: "Women are half of the population, whose opinions and needs must be taken into account."
Anastasia Perepylytsia, 44, is no stranger to displacement. In 2014, she had a stable job in finance and lived a normal life together with her husband and two children in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. But when the Russian army invaded her hometown, she had to flee with her family to Zaporizhzhia, a city situated on the banks of the Dnieper River in the southeast. When the war began in 2022, she had to leave again, relocating to Novovolynsk in western Ukraine. At first, she struggled to find employment, information or psychological support—until she came across UN Women's ‘Community Mobilization for Empowerment' project. Now, she is using her experiences of displacement to help others in similar situations adapt.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2022

In the words of Mahbouba Seraj: "We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together."
My name is Mahbouba Seraj. I am 74 years old. I am an activist and women's rights defender and I live in Afghanistan. A historian by education, for the last 12 months I chose to stay in Afghanistan to witness what was happening to my country and its people and to work for a better Afghanistan—one that belongs to all of us.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2022

How Syrian women navigate security risks to mediate local conflicts
For over a decade, Syria's protracted conflict has taken countless lives, displaced millions in and outside the country and left much of its infrastructure in tatters. International mediation efforts to end the conflict have largely stalled, in part because the local dynamics that help fuel the crisis are often overlooked by formal mediators. This makes mediation efforts that seek to resolve inter- and intra-community conflict and address local concerns vital to advance formal peacemaking efforts led by national actors. Syrian women have been instrumental in these mediation efforts.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2022

Statement: Rural women confronting the global cost-of-living crisis
The cost-of-living crisis facing the world is putting women's livelihoods, health and wellbeing at risk and jeopardizing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Propelled by disruptions in supplies of oil, gas and staple food commodities linked to the war in Ukraine and the intensifying climate emergency, food, fuel and fertilizer prices have skyrocketed. Women and girls face energy poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity as well as related gender-based violence such as sexual exploitation and trafficking, and early, child, and forced marriage.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2022

Climate-smart agricultural practices deliver life-changing benefits for women farmers in Tanzania
Mariam Ntungu, a woman farmer from Singida's Ikungi district in central Tanzania, spent decades cultivating the small piece of land behind her home and had resigned herself to yielding only enough to sustain her family."If we got lucky, we had a little extra to sell and give our children some meat or eggs that week, but sustaining this didn't seem possible at the time". Mariam's story is similar to that of many women farmers in the country, where—although women are the majority of the agricultural labour force—multiple barriers stand in the way of their empowerment.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2022

Three challenges for rural women amid a cost-of-living crisis
71 million people in the developing world have fallen into poverty in just three months as a direct consequence of global food and energy price surges. The impact on poverty rates is drastically faster than the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current cost-of-living crisis is expected to hit women the hardest, with persistent pay inequality and undervalued work being the main reasons behind the increased financial load they have to shoulder. These difficulties are particularly challenging for rural women, who face additional hurdles on their way to financial independence and stability. When crisis hits, rural women are hit the hardest, usually due to poor access to resources, services and information, the heavy burden of unpaid care and domestic work, and discriminatory traditional social norms.

UN Women
Oct 13, 2022

Press release: Inter-generational collective of African women leaders champion young women's role in global HIV response
On the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania co-hosted a high-level meeting in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, bringing together emerging young women leaders with women ministers and leaders in health, education and gender equality.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2022

Leaving no girl behind in education
We know from decades of research that when girls and women are educated, we see faster poverty reduction, better maternal health, lower child mortality, greater HIV prevention and reduced violence. Each additional year a girl spends in school can also boost her earnings as an adult by up to 20%.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2022

In South Africa, girls join forces to overcome adversity and drive change
The sounds of laughter, singing and clapping emanate from a small event space deep in Mamelodi township on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. Inside, a group of girls are excitedly preparing to begin a group dialogue session. The participants, whose ages range from 15 to 25, have been brought together by their desire for change—and their belief that they can drive it themselves by speaking directly to powerful groups and decision-makers. This is the Young Women for Life (YWfL) movement.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2022

Through Generation Equality, young activists hold the world accountable
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, an occasion devoted to celebrating the girls and young women driving change around the world. From fighting against bias and discrimination to advocating for climate action, girls are at the forefront of some of the biggest battles of our time—pushing to make the future better not just for women but for everyone.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2022

Statement: Girls - leading from the front for their future
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to celebrating adolescent girl leaders, in all their diversity. This year's theme, "Our time is now - our rights, our future", reflects their tenacity to drive change as transformative feminist leaders—right now.

UN Women
Oct 06, 2022

Newly launched Generation Equality Accountability Platform and 2022 Report demonstrate initial progress and high aspirations for the road ahead
On 23 September, leaders and allies gathered at the first Generation Equality Accountability Moment to reflect on one year of progress and reaffirm accountability and transparency as the cornerstones for Generation Equality success. Held in the context of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, the event brought together a vibrant group of multi-stakeholder partners to review and track initial implementation of the commitments made across the six Action Coalitions and Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action launched at the 2021 Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France.

UN Women
Oct 03, 2022

Statement: Protect the rights of all Afghans
Confined to their homes, excluded from work, murdered in classrooms—this is what faces Afghan women and girls. With inequality imposed everywhere, nowhere is safe. Friday's suicide attack in Kabul killed or wounded many students who were simply taking an exam. The majority were young women. Education is a fundamental human right and a driving force for the advancement of social, economic, political, and cultural development, a?vision?agreed at the UN General Assembly's recently concluded "Transforming Education Summit".?I join the?UN Secretary-General?in his?call?for the de facto authorities to protect the rights of all Afghans—regardless of ethnicity or gender—to access education safely and securely. I urge the de facto authorities to take immediate action to protect the full rights of Afghan women and girls and to hold perpetrators to account in line with international standards.

UN Women
Sep 30, 2022

In the United Arab Emirates, UN Women Executive Director calls for increasing women's leadership in global peace and security?and climate action
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous carried out a two day mission in the United Arab Emirates, where she delivered opening remarks at the Women, Peace and Security conference held in Abu Dhabi, and met with government officials, civil society representatives and women peace advocates from around the Arab region and the world.

UN Women
Sep 30, 2022

The first Generation Equality Accountability Moment demonstrates initial progress and high aspirations for the road ahead
On 23 September, leaders and allies gathered at the first Generation Equality Accountability Moment to reflect on one year of progress and reaffirm accountability and transparency as the cornerstones for Generation Equality success. Held in the context of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, the event brought together a vibrant group of multi-stakeholder partners to review and track initial implementation of the commitments made across the six Action Coalitions and Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action launched at the 2021 Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2022

UN Women statement on women's rights in Iran
In recent days Iran has seen deep public unrest, with demonstrations and protests taking place in some 80 cities, triggered by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, who was detained by authorities in Tehran on 13 September and died, while in custody, three days later. UN Women stands with the women of Iran in their rightful demands to protest injustice without reprisal, and to be free to exercise their bodily autonomy, including their choice of dress and also supports them in seeking accountability, and the upholding of their basic human rights as stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2022

Speech: Re-calibrating our global conversation on care
COVID has revealed the world's dependence on women as unpaid and primary care-givers. Women's work has proven essential. But it remains largely unrecognized and unsupported, especially in times of crisis. This has had results that have seriously and negatively affected women's livelihoods and futures.

UN Women
Sep 23, 2022

Speech: Taking stronger action to keep the promises of Generation Equality
Generation Equality is our bold collective promise to the world's women and girls. If we succeed, Generation Equality will accelerate the world's progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and transform lives for generations to come. And we must succeed. Our ambitions are urgent. Women and girls continue to face the aftershocks of the pandemic, and all over the world we see rising threats to women's rights. UN Women data show that—at the current rate of progress—it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality. And I don't think that any one of us here today, listening in, or in the world around us, would want to wait another 300 years.

UN Women
Sep 22, 2022

UN Women statement on the death of Mahsa Amini
UN Women is deeply concerned and saddened by the death of Mahsa Amini, in Iran, at the age of 22.  We convey our heartfelt sympathies to her family.

UN Women
Sep 22, 2022

Press release: New UN policy paper shows the devastating impacts of the Ukraine war on women and girls
The war has widened gender gaps in food insecurity, malnutrition, energy poverty, and increased gender-based violence inside Ukraine and around the world.

UN Women
Sep 22, 2022

Ukraine and the food and fuel crisis: 4 things to know
The war in Ukraine is now in its seventh month. The fallout—humanitarian, economic and environmental—continues to grow. Its costs are being felt not only within Ukraine but around the world as well, where they are in turn compounding other conflicts and emergencies. In a new brief, UN Women explores the interrelated crises being driven and exacerbated by the war. Here are 4 key things to know:

UN Women
Sep 21, 2022

Speech: Shaping a more inclusive digital transformation with SDG 5 at the core
I thank the Ford Foundation for leading within Generation Equality and for continuing to inspire us on how best we can work together towards gender equality, women's empowerment and the fulfillment of Generation Equality's objectives.

UN Women
Sep 21, 2022

Press release: Calling on all men to act now to drive action on gender equality, world leaders gather to accelerate progress at UN Women's HeForShe Summit
Gathering Heads of State, CEOs, non-profit and academic leaders alongside activists at the Summit, HeForShe continues to demand progress toward achieving gender equality

UN Women
Sep 21, 2022

Speech: Let's recommit to male allyship for concerted, inclusive action
UN Women and DESA´s recently launched SDG Gender Snapshot tells us that it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality and the realization of women's rights. I don't think that any one of us here today would like to wait 300 years. So we must continue to drive forward.

UN Women
Sep 21, 2022

Speech: Transform education - transform gender equality
We can all agree that education is a fundamental right. Yet, as we have heard here today, that right is not consistently afforded to all girls, and especially not to girls facing other challenges and crises. SDG 4 and SDG 5 must go hand-in-hand. The urgent ambition of this conference cannot be divorced from the urgent global context for gender equality.

UN Women
Sep 21, 2022

Speech: Women leaders - decisive, effective and inclusive
Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the inaugural meeting of the UN General Assembly Platform of Women Leaders: "Transformative solutions by women leaders to today's interlinked challenges".

UN Women
Sep 20, 2022

Speech: Women leaders—decisive, effective and inclusive
Conflict, the climate crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic threaten our planet and all its people more than ever. Today, we have the roadmap. We know that balanced leadership is the key to unlock our common challenges. What we need now is increased political will and the full range of women's life experiences and leadership talents.

UN Women
Sep 20, 2022

Press release: New Platform of Women Leaders meets at UN General Assembly
Women Heads of State and Government highlight women's leadership as crucial to tackling global challenges and achieving a sustainable future.

UN Women
Sep 19, 2022

Speech: Transform education—transform gender equality
We can all agree that education is a fundamental right. Yet, as we have heard here today, that right is not consistently afforded to all girls, and especially not to girls facing other challenges and crises. SDG 4 and SDG 5 must go hand-in-hand. The urgent ambition of this conference cannot be divorced from the urgent global context for gender equality.

UN Women
Sep 19, 2022

Expanding broadband safely and inclusively to reach digital gender equality
Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls is evolving and expanding, including sexual harassment, stalking, and zoom bombing. Innovations, including virtual reality and the metaverse, are creating new digital spaces for misogyny and sexual violence.  Those relying on an online presence for their work, including women journalists, politicians, and activists, are disproportionately affected. And there is growing evidence of the reinforcing connection between online violence and real-life violence against women and girls, acts which often have important consequences for women's and girls' professional and personal lives.  Women and girls must have safe and equal access to information, to become part of the next generation of innovators, tech and software engineers and online content creators.

UN Women
Sep 18, 2022

Speech: Breaking remaining barriers for women and girls in Africa
In Africa, women leaders and entrepreneurs have already proved in so many different ways to be really unstoppable in terms of how much progress they are driving and the inspiration they are giving to us all throughout the world.

UN Women
Sep 15, 2022

In focus: 77th Session of the UN General Assembly
The 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) runs from Tuesday, 13 September to Friday, 23 September 2022, with the high level debate opening on Tuesday, 20 September. This year's theme, "A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges", acknowledges the shared roots of crises such as COVID-19, climate change and conflict—and the need for solutions that build global sustainability and resilience.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2022

Speech: Working together for the world's women and girls
Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2022

Speech: Living up to our crucial mandate
I am pleased to welcome you to the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board 2022. Our agenda in this session covers key areas of our work.  We will look at our financing.  We will continue the discussion we began in the Annual Session about the state of our oversight mechanisms, and how they might be strengthened.  We will also hear about UN Women's work in sub-Saharan Africa as our regular operational update.

UN Women
Sep 08, 2022

Media Advisory: Meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders
The high-level week of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly will feature a meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders. This year's theme is "Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today's Interlinked Challenges". Women Heads of State and Government will be invited to share experiences executing decisive and inclusive leadership and policies, with recommendations for building solutions to interrelated and complex crises that respond to society's needs.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2022

Explainer: Sustainable Development Goal 5
In 2015, UN Member states universally adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, encompassing three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Together, these interconnected principles form the basis of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a blueprint for progress across all areas of life. Gender has its own Goal, SDG 5—with the ambition of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls—and is mentioned explicitly in 10 of the other Goals. Each SDG contains specific objectives that can be measured and tracked over time, allowing us to check our progress as we approach the 2030 deadline. There are nine objectives within SDG 5, which UN Women and UNDESA take annual stock of in our Gender Snapshot report. Learn more about these nine objectives, and find out how near—or far—we are from reaching them in 2022.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2022

Press release: Achieving full gender equality is still centuries away, warns the United Nations in a new report
At the current rate of progress, it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality, the "Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): The Gender Snapshot 2022" shows. Global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, violent conflict, climate change, and the backlash against women's sexual and reproductive health and rights are further exacerbating gender disparities.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2022

Explainer: Sustainable Development Goal Five
In 2015, UN Member states universally adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, encompassing three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Together, these interconnected principles form the basis of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a blueprint for progress across all areas of life. Gender has its own Goal, SDG 5—with the ambition of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls—and is mentioned explicitly in 10 of the other Goals. Each SDG contains specific objectives that can be measured and tracked over time, allowing us to check our progress as we approach the 2030 deadline. There are nine objectives within SDG 5, which UN Women and UNDESA take annual stock of in our Gender Snapshot report. Learn more about these nine objectives, and find out how near—or far—we are from reaching them in 2022.

UN Women
Sep 06, 2022

It will take 22 years to close SDG gender data gaps
When crises hit, not everyone is affected quite the same way. Crises intersect with and exacerbate existing inequalities. Challenges of climate change and its disproportionate impacts on women have been compounded by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine, and cost-of-living crisis. All of these have had a crippling effect on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially on SDG 5 on gender equality. To understand the extent of these impacts and to put in place relevant crises responses and sustain policy action on the SDGs, it's critical we have a clear picture through gendered statistics.

UN Women
Sep 01, 2022

Media advisory: How equal is our world? Latest UN report to reveal the state of gender equality globally
"Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022" brings together the latest available evidence on gender equality and women's empowerment across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting the progress made since 2015, but also the most recent setbacks, including the pandemic of COVID-19 and its aftermath, the impacts of climate change and conflict, and the backlash on women's reproductive rights.

UN Women
Aug 25, 2022

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2022
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its second regular session from Tuesday 13 to Wednesday 14 September 2022 in person at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2022

In focus: Sustainable Development Goal 5
The Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by UN Member States in 2015, set a 2030 deadline for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Now, with under 10 years left to meet it, the world is not on track. Amid the intersecting crises of COVID-19, the climate emergency, and rising economic and political insecurity, progress on gender equality has not only failed to move forward but has begun to reverse. Around the world, a growing backlash against women's rights is threatening even well-established freedoms and protections. Without heightened commitment from the global community, gender equality will remain nothing more than an unrealized goal. The time to act and invest in women and girls is now.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2022

In Uganda, refugee women's leadership drives inclusive humanitarian action
When crises occur, women and girls disproportionately bear the impact. Their low participation in humanitarian response planning and decision making, however, limits their voices from being heard and their needs from being fully met. Empowering women to lead in crisis settings can help catalyse more robust humanitarian action that better addresses the needs of everyone.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2022

Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected
Gender inequality coupled with the climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It poses threats to ways of life, livelihoods, health, safety and security for women and girls around the world.

UN Women
Aug 17, 2022

Statement: In solidarity, we honour the global humanitarian community
On World Humanitarian Day, as humanitarian needs globally have reached an all-time high, we salute and honour humanitarians' life-saving work. They save and protect lives and ensure access to essential resources including food, shelter and health services in the toughest locations for the 305.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2022

In focus: Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover
One year ago, on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul and captured control of the country. Over the past 12 months, human rights violations against women and girls have mounted steadily. Despite initial promises that women would be allowed to exercise their rights within Islamic law—including the right to work and to study—the Taliban has systematically excluded women and girls from public life.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2022

In the words of Mahbouba Seraj: "We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together".
My name is Mahbouba Seraj. I am 74 years old. I am an activist and women's rights defender and I live in Afghanistan. A historian by education, for the last 12 months I chose to stay in Afghanistan to witness what was happening to my country and its people and to work for a better Afghanistan—one that belongs to all of us.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2022

In the words of Najiba*: "Women need women to support each other".
Najiba*, 45, is a mother, former university lecturer and counsellor who helps women heal from trauma in Afghanistan. Despite threats and restrictions on her freedom to move, she continues to enable women to learn and heal.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2022

In the words of Zarina*: "I am heartbroken, but hopeful".
Zarina*, 28, is a young Afghan woman entrepreneur. Her drive for innovating and passion for baking made her one of Afghanistan's youngest entrepreneurs. Her business is still running, but her clients are scarce and her plans for expansion across the country had to be shut down.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2022

In the words of Nasima*: "I realized Afghan women were still fighting. And I chose to be one of them".
Nasima*, 36, is a peacebuilder and a women's rights activists. She has been living in Afghanistan all her life. After 15 August 2021, she continued to work in Afghanistan in what would soon become one of the world's most complex humanitarian emergencies.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2022

Statement: ‘Meticulously constructed policies of inequality' - Afghanistan one year on
Statement on Afghanistan by Ms. Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, 15 August 2022

UN Women
Aug 12, 2022

In Colombia, UN Women Executive Director galvanizes action for women's leadership and gender equality
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous conducted a three-day mission in Colombia, where she met with government officials, civil society groups, and partners. The purpose of the mission was to build on momentum and galvanize action for women's leadership and gender equality across Colombia.

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