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UN Women
Jun 30, 2022

One year driving action for gender equality. One year of Generation Equality.
One year ago, the Generation Equality Forum brought together leaders from governments, civil society, youth and the private sector to take bold global action on gender equality, marking the start of an ambitious 5-year journey convened by UN Women. Since the Forum, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of France and Mexico, countries and partners have already initiated implementation of commitments made through six Action Coalitions, and a series of global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships for gender equality. In addition, signatories to the Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action Compact are beginning to make progress on Compact framework actions, designed to drive progress on implementation of existing global commitments to the women, peace and security, and gender in humanitarian action agendas.

UN Women
Jun 30, 2022

One year from the Generation Equality Forum: where are we now?
One year ago today, the Generation Equality Forum brought together leaders from governments, civil society, youth and the private sector to take bold global action on gender equality, marking the start of an ambitious 5-year journey convened by UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2022

In the aftermath of crisis, rural Bangladeshi women pursue economic security
In the wake of crisis, economic response and recovery plans often forget the needs of women and girls, hindering sustained peace and development. In Bangladesh, UN Women supports the Generation Equality Compact on Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA) and is working with local partners to put recovery back on track by increasing economic security for crisis-affected women through grants and job training.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2022

UN Women and UNDP report: Five lessons from COVID-19 for centring gender in crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened a trio of interlocking crises that threaten women and girls around the world: spiking levels of gender-based violence, steep losses in employment and an unmanageable increase in unpaid care work. Coupled with accelerating climate disasters and geopolitical conflict, these crises risk reversing hard-won progress on gender equality. Preventing such rollback - and ensuring a more gender-equal future - critically depends on effective government action. Drawing on a unique global dataset of close to 5,000 COVID-19 response measures adopted by 226 countries and territories, a new report by UN Women and UNDP identifies key priorities for placing gender at the core of recovery efforts and future crisis preparedness.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2022

Statement: Reproductive rights are women's rights and human rights
UN Women remains steadfast in our determination to ensure that the rights of women and girls are fully observed and enjoyed worldwide, and we look forward to continued evidence-based engagement with our partners everywhere in support of rapid progress towards universal enjoyment of universal rights.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2022

Speech: Looking forward to a future of gender equality
Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the annual session of the UN Women Executive Board, 22 June 2022.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2022

Explainer: What you should know about widowhood
On International Widows' Day, 23 June, take a look at some of the issues affecting widows around the world and what must be done to safeguard and advance their rights.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2022

UN Women and UNDP report: Five lessons from COVID-19 for centering gender in crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened a trio of interlocking crises that threaten women and girls around the world: spiking levels of gender-based violence, steep losses in employment and an unmanageable increase in unpaid care work. Coupled with accelerating climate disasters and geopolitical conflict, these crises risk reversing hard-won progress on gender equality. Preventing such rollback - and ensuring a more gender-equal future - critically depends on effective government action. Drawing on a unique global dataset of close to 5,000 COVID-19 response measures adopted by 226 countries and territories, a new report by UN Women and UNDP identifies key priorities for placing gender at the core of recovery efforts and future crisis preparedness.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2022

Op-ed: End the disconnect
We live in a world with a startling disconnect between how women and girls are impacted by current multiple crises, and their involvement in finding and implementing solutions. It's time to recognize this, refocus, and urgently coordinate our efforts to reverse it. I therefore urge G7 leaders to take the lead in fostering women's equal rights, including women's autonomous decision-making over their bodies and health, and support the achievement of their full political, social, and economic participation.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2022

Emergency preparedness requires gender-aware responses to reduce burdens of care, violence and economic insecurity on women: UN Women and UNDP Tracker Report
Countries with greater women's leadership, universal social protection and care systems, and space for feminist organizations to participate in democratic decision-making are more effective at responding to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new global report released today by UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2022

UN Women Statement for International Widows Day
Today's global challenges put widows' rights into sharp relief. In 2020 and 2021, the World Health Organization recorded nearly 15 million excess deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, while the climate crisis and rising conflicts around the world continue to endanger lives and to separate families. Across the world, we face the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945, from the DRC to Ethiopia, from Myanmar to Syria. In Ukraine, women and children constitute an estimated 90 per cent of the 14 million people forced to leave their homes.  These deadly conflicts are undoubtedly leaving behind a tragic cohort of widows. These women may often have the fewest defenses against the hardships of crises but remain almost invisible in many societies. On International Widows Day, we recognize the millions of widows around the world and call for social and economic reforms that address their rights.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2022

UN Women Reveals Concerning Regression in Attitudes Towards Gender Roles During Pandemic in New Study
Cannes, France, 20 June 2022 - UN Women and the Unstereotype Alliance, an industry-led coalition convened by UN Women to eradicate harmful stereotypes in advertising, today launched "The Levers of Change: Gender Equality Attitudes Study 2022, the latest iteration of a bi-annual global study that tracks attitudes towards gender. The 20-country-wide survey shows that some antiquated views of gender have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, developed under the leadership of UN Women in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Kantar, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, examines perceptions across a multitude of areas including leadership and political participation, education, healthcare, the workplace, media representation, marriage and family life, safety and violence, and control over personal decisions. The results of the survey were revealed during the 2022 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which has sharpened its focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion this year.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2022

Speech: Pushing boundaries, together with our partners
Opening remarks by Sima Bahous, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, to the UN Women Executive Board annual session 2022.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Trained in agriculture, women Palestinian refugees gain new confidence
Aida Ghadban is a Palestinian refugee living in Al Rashidieh camp, the second most populous Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Aida helped train over 100 women to grow vegetables on their home's rooftops. This activity was a turning point for these women, who regained self-confidence and felt they were finally making a difference in their community.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Statement: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee Day
In the last year, the world has witnessed a shocking deterioration of the global security climate. Women and girls in particular are experiencing significant consequences, including their displacement within and across borders and an intensified risk of all forms of sexual violence. This situation gives a renewed significance to two international days observed by the UN this month, the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee Day and challenges the international community to address these interlinked issues with urgency.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

In Focus: International Women's Day
This International Women's Day, 8 March, join UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow", and call for climate action for women, by women.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE campaign: "Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!"

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

In focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Join us on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February, as we call for women's full and equal access to and participation in science, and celebrate those that are leading action and innovation around the world.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence calls on all actors to join the five-year collective drive to eradicate violence against women and girls
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), global leaders endorsed the powerful steps being taken by the Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence to inspire action across all sectors and ignite lasting change.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Recognize care as a human right, urge leaders of the Global Alliance for Care
At a high-level event on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the Global Alliance for Care called for a human rights perspective to be incorporated across all efforts to transform the global care agenda.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

New UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022 elected with historic full Permanent Representative composition
In elections taking place on 11 January, the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing its new Bureau for 2022.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Invest in women and girls as science entrepreneurs, urge global leaders from the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation
At a high-level event marking the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation convened global leaders to explore ways to support women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and remove the obstacles women and girls face in pursuing careers as inventors and entrepreneurs. The Coalition and its event are part of a global multi-sector mobilization to accelerate gender equality implementation by 2025, kick-started by the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

New data show women and girls far less likely to receive COVID-19 relief
UN Women's newest report reveals that women and girls have disproportionately suffered the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 - be it through lost jobs and reduced work hours, increased intensity of care and domestic work, and strains on their physical and mental health. And yet, the report also shows that women and girls are far less likely than men and boys to receive COVID-19 relief or social protection, from governments or NGOs.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

The COVID-19 crisis in Morocco disrupts value chains for women's cooperatives
Despite the COVID-19 crisis, members of the women-led Cooperative Tudert continue harvesting aromatic and medicinal herbs while respecting physical distancing and other prevention measures to stop the spread of the virus.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visits Berlin and meets the new German leadership
Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visited Germany from 16-18 February to meet with the new government and members of the German Parliament and to exchange on Germany's new Feminist Foreign Policy and Feminist Development Policy, G7 priorities and UN Women's Strategic Plan.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director completes her first official visit to Egypt
UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Sima Bahous, concluded her first official field visit to Egypt this week.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Youth voices for change: Four young climate action leaders we admire
As we celebrate International Women's Day this 8 March under the theme "Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow", meet some of the youth activists on the front lines of climate activism and movements, and learn what the movement means to them.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2022

Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability
Gender inequality and the climate crisis are two of the most urgent challenges of today. As we better understand and make the critical connections between gender, social equity and climate change, it's time we take action towards solutions.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2022

In the words of Larysa Denysenko, Ukrainian legal expert: "Sexual violence is a tactic of intimidation, torture and humiliation"
Larysa Denysenko is a journalist, attorney, human rights activist and co-founder of the Association of Women's Lawyers of Ukraine, "JurFem". Before the war, Denysenko and JurFem mainly advocated for women's leadership in legal professions, provided mentorship and supported strategic court cases related to domestic violence and gender-based discrimination. Now, this has extended to representing the interests of those who have survived conflict-related sexual violence allegedly perpetrated by the Russian military in Ukraine.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2022

From where I stand: "I see positive change through the power of women's organizations and adolescent peer groups in our community."
Ariet Ojulu is the Head of the Women, Children, and Youth Affairs Office in Itang Woreda, Ethiopia, a district neighboring three refugee camps hosting refugees predominantly from South Sudan.

UN Women
Jun 16, 2022

Enhancing livelihoods and business skills for vulnerable women in Somalia
Ongoing armed conflict and insecurity in Somalia, unprecedented natural disasters-mainly prolonged droughts and locusts - leave women in Somalia with limited options. With support from the Government of Japan, UN Women is creating opportunities for climate security, climate-smart agriculture, livelihoods and business skills for women in Somalia. Overall, 7,400 internally displaced women and other marginalized women in Somalia were able to mitigate the impact of multiple crises on their livelihoods, protect themselves from exposure to gender-based violence, and participate in decision-making processes within their communities.

UN Women
Jun 15, 2022

How the private sector can help women's empowerment and peace
More than two decades on from the adoption of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda — which affirmed the crucial role of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives — women's inclusion in recovery and relief efforts remains under-resourced and under-valued. Reversing this trend is a priority, and though advancing causes around gender and peace may seem the purview of policymakers and non-profits, the private sector has an important role to play.

UN Women
Jun 15, 2022

Speech: Let's put an end to ‘Where are the women'?
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

UN Women
Jun 15, 2022

'Women in Conflicts': Brussels declaration on actions towards empowering women
On Thursday 9 June 2022, European Council President Charles Michel, together with UN Women, Nadia's Initiative and the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation, co-hosted the second edition of "Women in Conflicts" in Brussels, bringing together women leaders and survivors of conflicts.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2022

Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion for Transformation - The Elsie Initiative Fund Shares Results of Funded Projects in its 2021 Annual Report
The Elsie Initiative Fund (EIF) launched its 2021 Annual Report: "Diversity. Inclusion. Transformation" - English version, highlighting initial results and the impact of pilot projects. The report features eleven projects that contribute to the meaningful participation of uniformed women to United Nations peace operations.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2022

"The post-COVID world must not just build back better - it must build forward differently", says UN Women Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General Anita Bhatia on her first official visit to Kazakhstan
On 1-3 June, Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, visited Kazakhstan to participate in the ECOJER international congress at the invitation of the Government of Kazakhstan and held meetings with representatives of the civil and financial sectors in Almaty.

UN Women
Jun 08, 2022

A comprehensive approach to ending violence against women in rural spaces in India
With the support of UN Women, women and men in the rural communities of Assam State in India have found new ways to work together to prevent and respond to violence against women, youth, and children in their neighbourhoods.

UN Women
Jun 08, 2022

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér reiterates commitment to advancing gender equality and long-term cooperation during first official visit to Georgia and Albania
During 24-27 May 2022, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Åsa Regnér made her first official visit to Albania and Georgia. The purpose of the Georgia visit was to become acquainted with and deepen the long-term cooperation that connects UN Women with the country's legislative and executive branches in a variety of directions. The Albania visit focused on the country's progress towards achieving gender equality and women's empowerment and the promotion of gender equality as a key factor in advancing EU integration.

UN Women
Jun 06, 2022

UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2022
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its annual session from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 June 2022 in person at United Nations' Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
May 26, 2022

Speech: Women's land rights are intrinsically and vitally linked to gender equality
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the Global Land Forum in Jordan (via video).

UN Women
May 25, 2022

BlackRock and UN Women to Promote Gender Lens Investing
BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and women's empowerment, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to cooperate in promoting the growth of gender lens investing. As part of the agreement, signed at the World Economic Forum's 2022 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, BlackRock will develop strategies to mobilize capital in support of economic opportunity for women. UN Women will serve as a knowledge partner and collaborate on data and research.

UN Women
May 24, 2022

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous's first official visit to Brussels on 19-20 May 2022
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous was on her first official visit to Brussels, Belgium, on 19-20 May 2022. The visit was intended to continue strengthening partnerships with the European Union and the Government of Belgium, as well as with civil society, to accelerate progress towards gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad.

UN Women
May 23, 2022

Statement at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, 23 May 2022
In a Statement at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said: "2022 is a chance to close the gender gaps in disaster risk reduction and resilience. In doing so, we can achieve the inclusive, sustainable, and resilient planet we all strive for.

UN Women
May 20, 2022

EU-UN Women hand-in-hand for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Ten years ago, the European Union and UN Women established a solid and longstanding partnership to promote gender equality and women's empowerment at global, regional, and national levels. Since then, this partnership has continued to grow and strengthen. With women's rights and gender equality under increased attack, the EU and UN Women partnership is more important than ever.

UN Women
May 20, 2022

Incentivizing collaboration towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals
Ahead of the 75th World Health Assembly, the 13 signatory agencies of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All (SDG3 GAP) have released their third progress report, Stronger collaboration for an equitable and resilient recovery towards the health-related SDGs, incentivizing collaboration.

UN Women
May 19, 2022

Speech: Solidarity and networked, multilateral action for the exercise of women's full human rights
In her remarks at the SheDecides 5 Conference in Brussels, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said: "By working together, we can ensure that women, girls and diverse populations around the world can fully exercise their bodily autonomy and full human rights."

UN Women
May 18, 2022

Interview: "The war in Ukraine may be changing the women's movement, but it's not stopping it"
Olesia Bondar, Director of the Ukrainian Women's Fund (UWF) spoke to the UN Trust Fund on how the current crisis is affecting Ukrainian women and girls, and the key role of civil society and women's rights organizations play in the context of humanitarian and intersecting crises.

UN Women
May 16, 2022

UN Women Statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia, and Transphobia
UN Women stands in solidarity with all people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). We recognize that LGBTIQ rights depend on autonomous decision-making over matters of one's body and health. In many contexts these rights remain out of reach.

UN Women
May 12, 2022

Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director, on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
I am deeply concerned and saddened by the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. Ms. Abu Akleh was a prominent Palestinian-American journalist working for Al Jazeera. She had a long and impressive career covering the front lines of conflict.

UN Women
May 09, 2022

Statement on Afghanistan, by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director
UN Women echoes the Secretary-General's call for the Taliban to keep their promises to Afghan women and girls, and aligns with the statement by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. We urgently call on the de facto authorities to respect their obligations under human rights law and the full human rights of women and girls, including the immediate restoration of women's and girls' independent freedom of movement, and their rights to work and to education to the highest level.

UN Women
May 06, 2022

LuxSE and UN Women join forces to advance gender finance
The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation and promote joint initiatives to advance financing for gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women
May 03, 2022

Ukraine: New UN Women and CARE report highlights disproportionate impact of the war on women and minorities
After more than two months of war in Ukraine, which has forced millions of refugees and displaced people to flee their homes, a new Rapid Gender Analysis by UN Women and CARE reveals that women and minorities are facing immense hardship when it comes to health, safety, and access to food as a result of the crisis. In Ukraine, women are increasingly becoming heads of households and leaders in their communities as men are conscripted, yet they remain largely excluded from formal decision-making processes related to humanitarian efforts, peace-making, and other areas that directly impact their lives.

UN Women
Apr 29, 2022

Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now
From the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in communities around the globe to international protests against racism and discrimination, current events have shown that we are far from achieving equality. Trying to interpret and battle a multitude of injustices right now may feel overwhelming. How do we take on all these issues, and why should we? Intersectional feminism offers a lens through which we can better understand one another and strive towards a more just future for all.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2022

Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan
Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2022

UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2022: Access and Safety
The leadership and participation of young women and girls are at the heart of all these efforts. On International Girls in ICT Day, let us work together to prioritize girls' access to technology, and to ensure meaningful connectivity in a safe and empowering environment.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2022

Op-ed: Where crises multiply risks, women multiply solutions
All of us must work toward a world where we expect, support, and fund women's involvement and leadership in decision making, peacebuilding, climate mitigation, and recovery. Our world's resilience and very future depend on it.

UN Women
Apr 25, 2022

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

UN Women
Apr 21, 2022

From where I stand: Svetlana Baba?, Ukrainian Roma refugee
Svetlana Baba?, 19, is a Ukrainian Roma woman who had to flee her home as a result of Russia's military invasion in Ukraine. She shares her story as a young mother who was worried about her fast approaching due date while escaping war and her journey to safety in a temporary placement center for refugees in central Moldova.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2022

Interview: Taking a survivor-centred approach to protecting women migrant workers in South East Asia
International labour migration in South East Asia has consistently increased over the past decades, with women making up almost half of the region's 10 million migrants. However, women migrant workers often face a higher risk of violence, trafficking, and discrimination than men migrant workers. As part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the Safe and Fair programme (implemented by UN Women and ILO in collaboration with UNODC) has partnered with Global Rights for Women (GRW) to provide gender-sensitive legal and policy advice and inputs to laws in the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.Lori Flohaug,Director of Law and Policy at GRW, explains why the process of creating gender responsive and migration-inclusive laws is so important to ending violence against women, especially women migrant workers

UN Women
Apr 13, 2022

Women flee Ukraine, but hope for peace so they can return to their homes
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland have received the highest number of refugees. As of 12 April, about 96 thousand Ukrainian refugees are residing across the different regions of Moldova. UN Women has been working with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on women and girls. Together with the Border Police of Moldova, UN Women produced a factsheet in mid-March with data on the demographic profiles of Ukrainian refugees hosted in the country. Together with the International Organization for Migration, a displacement survey was conducted and quantitative data was collected. To gather qualitative data for the assessment, UN Women has been talking to women refugees living in temporary placement centers. This is their story.

UN Women
Apr 13, 2022

Collecting data and analysis on how the war in Ukraine is impacting women and girls
Despite the myriad challenges of collecting data in conflict, UN Women has been working tirelessly with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on women and girls. At least five publications have been produced so far, revealing the grim reality of war and its evolution, particularly for the most vulnerable women and girls.

UN Women
Apr 11, 2022

Speech: Women's involvement is both a right and an opportunity for better outcomes
Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the UN Security Council briefing on the maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine.

UN Women
Apr 11, 2022

Press Release: In Moldova, UN Women Executive Director commits to advancing the empowerment and resilience of Moldovan and refugee women
UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous visited the Republic of Moldova from 8 to 10 April to reaffirm UN Women's commitment as a key partner to advance gender equality and women's leadership in the country. During her visit, Bahous emphasized UN Women's determination to support Moldova's efforts as a host country to the thousands of refugees fleeing the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2022

Women spearhead climate change response in the South Pacific
In the Pacific region, as in other parts of the world, women are spearheading climate adaptation and mitigation strategies — something Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, a second-generation Pacific Fijian feminist has championed throughout her three-decade journey in the women's rights movement.

UN Women
Apr 07, 2022

Ukraine: UN High Level Officials urge the swift investigation of sexual violence allegations and call for strengthened measures to protect women and girls
We are deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha and other localities, and gravely concerned about mounting allegations of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls in the context of the war in Ukraine. We echo the UN Secretary-General in his calls for the war in Ukraine to stop—now. Such wars and related displacement heighten risks of all forms of sexual violence including trafficking in persons, impacting women and girls disproportionately.

UN Women
Apr 07, 2022

Press release: UN Women Executive Director's first official visit to Germany: Sima Bahous meets with European Development Ministers and delivers keynote address to G7 Care Conference
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous has made her first official visit to Germany to advance the global gender equality agenda and to highlight the critical need to support women's roles in the care economy.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2022

New global directory offers a lifeline of support for women and girls who experience violence
Launching this month, the Lila.help website directory lists accurate, vetted and safe helplines and local emergency service information for more than 90 countries, and aims to expand to every country and territory. The website was developed by the Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS) with financial and technical support from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and UN Women.

UN Women
Apr 05, 2022

Rapid gender analysis in Ukraine reveals different impacts and needs of women and men
To gage the differential impacts of the war and the specific needs of vulnerable groups, UN Women and CARE International produced a Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) and drew out recommendations on how to improve humanitarian responses.

UN Women
Apr 01, 2022

Press release: UN Women unveils new feminist roadmap for economic recovery and transformation
Learning from past mistakes, "Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice" presents a vision to tackle intersecting jobs, care and climate crises.

UN Women
Apr 01, 2022

Empowering women and girls in Jordan to build more peaceful and inclusive societies
With support from UN Women and funding from the European Union, in Jordan, young women are working to build more inclusive, peaceful and cohesive societies where gender-specific needs are met, and women and youth lead in addressing violent extremism.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2022

Statement from UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine, 30 March
As the war in Ukraine continues to take its toll on women and girls, UN Women reiterates the UN Secretary-General's urgent call for peace. The war must stop now.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2022

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms women's and girls' leadership as key to address climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction for all
The 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women closed its two-week long session today, acknowledging the important role of women and girls as agents of change for sustainable development, in particular safeguarding the environment and addressing the adverse effects of climate change. The agreed conclusions adopted by Member States are a blueprint for world leaders to promote women's and girls' full and equal participation and leadership in the designing and implementation of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and programmes moving forward.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2022

Speech: Agreement on action for a just, safe and sustainable planet
Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous to the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 25 March 2022

UN Women
Mar 25, 2022

PEPFAR and UN Women announce a partnership to strengthen the leadership and voice of young women in the global HIV response
To mark the conclusion of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UN Women announced a partnership for ‘Investing in Adolescent Girls and Young Women's Leadership and Voice in the HIV Response'. The United States government is investing over USD 670,000 for the 12-month partnership, which focuses on elevating the voices of adolescent girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa to demand non-discriminatory access to HIV services.

UN Women
Mar 22, 2022

Civil society activists and international leaders highlight the triple threat of climate crises, conflict, and gender inequality and call for women-centered commitments
At a 21 March side event of the 66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), UN leaders, policy makers, and civil society activists highlighted the impacts of climate shocks and environmental hazards on women and girls in humanitarian settings.

UN Women
Mar 21, 2022

Speech: To combat climate shocks, protect women's rights and strengthen their resilience and leadership
Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the UN Women side event, ‘Climate Shocks Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Insecurity and Gender Inequality - Voices from the Sahel and Afghanistan', at the 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, 21 March 2022

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

Statement: Voices for action against racism
On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we emphasize the long-term approach needed to eliminate racism, and commit to continuing to make racial justice a priority for the women and girls we serve, whose voices must be heard and concerns acted upon.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

UN Women Executive Director re-ignites ambition for Generation Equality by sharing her bold vision for the future at CSW66
On 16 March, at a high-level dialogue against the backdrop of the 66th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous gathered with Action Coalition Leaders and global Generation Equality actors to reflect on the concrete progress made since the Generation Equality Forum in Paris and to share her bold vision to ensure future success.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

Women need to be leaders in addressing climate change challenges, say leaders in Asia and the Pacific
Officials, civil society representatives and other practitioners gathered for the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation ahead of the Sixty-Sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) agreed that women and girls need to be better represented in all aspects of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy and programme processes, from the leadership and decision-making spaces, data collection and analysis, to policy formulation, programme design, and all the way through to implementation on the ground, as well as the monitoring and evaluating of these efforts.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

Building climate resilient societies requires sustainable care systems, say leaders of the Global Alliance for Care
At a side event on 16 March, under the umbrella of the 24-hours of Generation Equality at the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the Global Alliance for Care gathered its Members alongside diverse Generation Equality advocates to highlight that tackling climate change and building resilient societies is dependent on the development of sustainable care systems.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

Leaders call for collective action, elevating marginalized voices and women in decision making roles beyond COVID-19
During the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), UN Women hosted a side event entitled "Beyond COVID-19: Advancing gender responsive policies on climate, care and jobs for a sustainable and equal future".

UN Women
Mar 18, 2022

African women to play key roles in mitigating impacts of climate change
On the sidelines of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, African women leaders came together to discuss the impact of climate change on women in Africa, and the leadership roles that women are playing in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

UN Women
Mar 17, 2022

Speech: Calling for a major shift in action, policies and investments
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the UN Women side event, ‘Beyond COVID-19: Advancing Gender Responsive Policies on Climate, Care and Jobs for a Sustainable and Equal Future', at the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN Women
Mar 17, 2022

In Moldova, women mobilize to help refugees from Ukraine
More than 400,000 people from Ukraine have crossed into the Republic of Moldova since Russia's invasion on 24 February. According to Moldova's Bureau for Migration and Asylum, over 1,600 Ukrainians had requested asylum as of 10 March.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2022

Speech: Bringing transformative change with accountability and accelerated pace
Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the corporate side event, Generation Equality: The Journey Ahead - High-level Multistakeholder Intergenerational Dialogue, at the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN Women
Mar 16, 2022

The climate crisis is a human rights crisis and a women's rights crisis, UN chief says
"Climate action must include investing in women activists, human rights defenders, and civil society organizations," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a virtual town hall with women representing a range of civil society organizations during the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66).

UN Women
Mar 16, 2022

Afghan women call for global attention and action to meet the needs of women and girls in Afghanistan
On the sidelines of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Afghan women experts came together in New York to discuss how best international mechanisms can be more effective in upholding the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2022

Calling for an end to violence against women in politics
At a special event hosted by Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly, on the sidelines of the 66th Commission on the Status of Women, leaders came together to call for concrete actions and responses to end violence against women in politics around the world.

UN Women
Mar 14, 2022

Women's leadership in climate response and recovery at the centre of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
The 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) began its two-week long gathering on Monday with an urgent call for commitments and action towards the full and meaningful inclusion of the world's women and girls in climate solutions.

UN Women
Mar 14, 2022

Speech: Crises multiply threats, women are the solution multipliers
We meet at a moment that brings our mandate as the UN into especially sharp focus. All crises and conflicts exact their highest price from women and girls; from Myanmar to Afghanistan, from the Sahel to Haiti, from Palestine to Syria, to Somalia, to Yemen, to Ethiopia. The horrifying war in Ukraine now joins this list.

UN Women
Mar 11, 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
Mar 11, 2022

Media advisory: UN Commission on the Status of Women stresses the empowerment of women and girls in fighting climate change, 14-25 March 2022
The 66th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), from 14 to 25 March 2022, will focus on the important role of women and girls and achieving gender equality in the context of climate change. This year's priority theme is "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". The review theme is "Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work".

UN Women
Mar 11, 2022

In Lebanon, women are leading the fight against climate change
In Lebanon, women are making substantial contributions and leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. As the world commemorates International Women's Day and comes together for the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, we're celebrating some of the women who are taking innovative actions for climate adaptation across the country.

UN Women
Mar 11, 2022

Interview: "Getting to an equitable, just and net-zero world is possible"
Mindy Lubber is CEO and President of Ceres, a sustainability non-profit working with the most influential capital market leaders - investors, companies, regulators and policymakers to drive equitable policy solutions throughout the economy. She leads an all-women executive team that has inspired these leaders to take actions that will help stabilize the climate, protect water and natural resources, and build a more just and inclusive economy. In 2020, Lubber was named as one of the UN Environment Programme's Champions of the Earth, and one of Barron's Magazine 100 most influential women in U.S. finance for two years in a row.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

From where I stand: "When it comes to climate action, the issue is not the size of land but the utilisation of scarce water sources."
Rachel Nzulu, 29, works to support women farmers develop climate smart agriculture techniques.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

From where I stand: "Put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of climate action"
Kamala Thapa, 39, an indigenous Magar woman, is Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Manager at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Research and Development, a non-governmental organization in Kathmandu, Nepal.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

Five young women on the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia
Across the Europe and Central Asia, women and girls are advancing feminist climate justice and leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response. They are mobilizing local, national, regional and global climate movements and harnessing the transformative power of feminist leadership to face the unprecedented challenges of our times.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

In Focus: War in Ukraine is a crisis for women and girls
On 24 February, people across Ukraine awoke to the sounds of sirens and explosions as Russia began a military offensive. As war and conflict impact women differently than men, it is essential to recognize and the specific needs of women and girls in humanitarian response.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

Women flee and show solidarity as a war ravages Ukraine
Across Ukraine on 24 February, people awoke to the sounds of sirens and explosions as Russia began its military attack. Since that morning, 1 million Ukrainians - the vast majority women and children - have fled to neighbouring countries. Another 160,000 people have been internally displaced across Ukraine amid frigid winter temperatures. These numbers are expected to increase significantly as the offensive continues, reversing important gains made on gender equality and women's rights.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2022

Women and girls lead humanitarian response to war in Ukraine
In the two weeks since Russia began its military offensive in Ukraine, more than 1,5 million people have fled their homes, the vast majority women and children. Those who flock to border crossings - and those who stay behind to defend their country - face immense risks, hardship and scarcity. Meet just a few of the women we spoke to on the front lines of the crisis in Chernivtsi.

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