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UN Women
Apr 16, 2024

In focus: The war in Gaza
After the 7 October 2023 attack by Hamas on Israel, followed by the Israeli Armed Forces' strikes on Gaza, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2024

Six months into the war on Gaza, over 10,000 women have been killed, among them an estimated 6,000 mothers, leaving 19,000 children orphaned
Today, UN Women launches its latest Gender Alert on Gaza. Six months into the war, 10,000 Palestinian women in Gaza have been killed, among them an estimated 6,000 mothers, leaving 19,000 children orphaned. Women who have survived Israeli bombardment and ground operations have been displaced, widowed, and facing starvation. This devastating differentiated impact continues to make the war on Gaza also a war on women.

UN Women
Apr 14, 2024

A year of suffering for Sudanese women and girls
Sudan's current conflict, which marks its one-year point this week, is having a devastating impact on the people of Sudan, particularly women and girls.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2024

Documentary series shares stories of women's survival, hope, and activism
UN Women's new documentary series "UNSILENCED: Stories of Survival, Hope and Activism", aims to shed light on such violence against women and girls, while also presenting solutions and advocating for action.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women and girls endure a year of conflict in Sudan
Since 15 April 2023, fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces has resulted in the deaths of at least 14,600 people. More than 19 million children are out of school, in what UNICEF calls the "largest child displacement crisis in the world".

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

‘Women are not necessarily killed because of bullets or bombs' - Sudanese activists describe humanitarian crisis amid civil war
Sudan's civil war will mark its one-year point on 15 April. While women are facing disproportionate violence, displacement, and humanitarian need during the crisis, they are not equally represented in the talks that may help end the conflict.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women share stories of hardship during year of war in Sudan
On 15 April 2023, war broke out in Sudan in between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In the year that followed, some 8.2 million people have fled their homes, and an estimated 24.8 million are projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2024.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women grapple with unplanned pregnancies after sexual violence in Sudan war
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported that at least 118 people had been subjected to sexual violence, including rape, gang rape, and attempted rape in Sudan as of mid-December 2023, including 19 children.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2024

Op-ed: Improving women's access to decent jobs
Laws and treaties prohibiting gender discrimination have failed to alter the stark fact that, globally, women are still paid significantly less than men for the same work. Achieving gender equality in the workplace requires a transformation—of attitudes, economic structures, and opportunities—to enable women's economic empowerment.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2024

"I want to build a network of powerful Roma women and girls" -  Anzhelika Bielova on Roma women's activism and leadership in Ukraine
According to the 2001 census in Ukraine, nearly 48,000 people identified themselves as Roma, however, unofficial sources claim that the actual number could be between 200,000 - 400,000. Anzhelika Bielova is from Zaporizhzhia, southern Ukraine, and works in the country's southeastern and western regions. In 2020, she started the Voice of Romni, an association led by Roma women in Ukraine, to support women's economic empowerment and leadership. With the war in Ukraine in its second year, the organization is working to improve access to humanitarian aid, cash assistance, and economic recovery of Roma and internally displaced Roma women in Ukraine.

UN Women
Apr 02, 2024

"We need real action"—Palestinian women speak of hope and resilience amid the horrors of war in Gaza
Life in Gaza is unrecognizable today, amid growing calls to end the war and implement an immediate ceasefire. Three Palestinian women speak about what how the war in Gaza has impacted women's lives, amid an unfolding famine.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2024

Speech: Gender equality - just, prudent, and essential for everything we all aspire to
Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN headquarters, 27 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2024

Pushing forward for gender equality: CSW68 event showcases strategies for countering pushback and advancing women's rights around the world
On 20 March 2024, UN Women, in partnership with UNDP, UNFPA, and OHCHR, gathered partners to discuss strategies for advancing gender equality at "Multistakeholder Partnerships and Practices to Push Forward for Gender Equality, Human Rights, and Democracy", a flagship side event held at UN headquarters and online during the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

UN Women
Mar 25, 2024

Op-ed: How conflict drives hunger for women and girls
Women around the world face the brunt of severe hunger, with conflicts exacerbating the inequality. Ending this discrimination requires empowering more women and girls to lead on building peace and food security for all.

UN Women
Mar 22, 2024

UN Women welcomes the adoption of robust blueprint to end women's poverty
The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) delivered today robust commitments by UN Member States to strengthen financing and institutions to eradicate women's and girls' poverty. The outcome document (or Agreed Conclusions) recognizes that women and girls living in poverty become ‘shock absorbers' in times of crisis, and that further efforts are needed to increase resources to address women's and girls' poverty.

UN Women
Mar 21, 2024

‘No food, no water, no tents' - Women in Gaza fight for survival as famine looms
As the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) warns of "imminent" famine in northern Gaza, with some 1.1 million people experiencing catastrophic food insecurity amid bombardment by Israeli forces and restriction of humanitarian aid, women's strength is being tested like never before.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2024

Speech: We are not deterred - Let us push forward together for gender equality
Opening remarks delivered by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the CSW68 side event, "Multistakeholder partnership and practices to push forward for gender equality, human rights and democracy", UN headquarters, 20 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2024

Shaping the agenda: Youth engagement and empowerment at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
After an invigorating three-day assembly, the CSW68 Youth Forum, held on 15-17 March 2024, closed with renewed commitments and actionable insights.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2024

Financing social protection and care systems turbocharges economies, reduces poverty
Social protection is a fundamental right and expanding social protection programmes and services - such as childcare, parental leave benefits, pensions - can reduce women's poverty, improve their access to paid work and help them cope better with crises and shocks. The side event on financing social protection and care systems, organized by UN Women on the margins of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 68), stressed that investing in social protection measures can address today's multifaceted challenges and advance gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2024

'We want to have our voices out there' - Young women speak out at CSW68
Youth leaders from around the world have come together to discuss their vision for ending poverty and advancing gender equality at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) at the UN Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March. In this landmark election year, when 2.6 billion people are expected to cast their votes, young people - as voters, community members, and leaders - hold the power to demand higher investment in gender equality in countries, regions, and globally.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2024

At CSW68, Generation Equality calls for feminist financing and collective action for women's economic justice
From improving women and girls' economic participation in Tanzania, to re-shaping the care economy in Canada, Generation Equality commitments are robustly supporting action across sectors and ushering transformative change. At this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), Generation Equality hosted an event focused on feminist financing, sharing innovative solutions to advance gender quality and women's economic justice and rights."

UN Women
Mar 15, 2024

Op-ed: Looking to the sun - Pushing forward for gender equality
Around the world, democracy is under threat. As populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism gain traction in more countries, we must redouble efforts on gender equality or risk rolling back on hard-fought gains.

UN Women
Mar 14, 2024

Speech: Ambitiously proactive - Generation Equality brings hope to stalled progress and financing
Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the Generation Equality side event at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on "Driving feminist financing and accountability for women's economic justice and eradicating women's poverty", UN headquarters, 14 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2024

Speech: ‘The patriarchy may be pushing back, but so are we'
The UN Secretary-General's remarks at the Townhall Meeting with Civil Society on the Occasion of the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN Women
Mar 11, 2024

Speech: ‘We can and must choose to end poverty for women and girls'
Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the opening of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March 2024, at UN headquarters.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2024

Speech: ‘Be the light that brings hope and that accelerates progress towards an equal, sustainable, and peaceful future'
Opening remarks delivered by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day, 8 March 2024, UN headquarters

UN Women
Mar 08, 2024

UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day
UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day 2024

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

1 in every 10 women in the world lives in extreme poverty
On International Women's Day, UN Women calls for the world to "Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress" as the best way to accelerate economic growth and build more prosperous, equitable societies.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

Photo essay: A glimpse into the lives of Afghan women
To showcase the myriad struggles and resilience of Afghan women, UN Women and the IOM are organizing two joint photo exhibitions, at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 8 to 22 March and at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2024, during the first week of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, an annual global meeting of Member States, gender equality champions, and experts. This photo essay includes a selection of the anonymized photographs and stories from this exhibition.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

Kenya and Zimbabwe invest in preventing violence against women and girls
In Kenya and Zimbabwe, authorities and civil society groups are using a wide array of tactics to prevent gender-based violence.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

EntreprenHER programme empowers women entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa
Launched in 2017, the Accelerating Women-Owned Micro Enterprises programme in Southern Africa has equipped more than 2,400 women who own micro-enterprises in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia with the skills they needed to improve their businesses.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Women farmers in Malawi tackle climate change and gender inequalities through greenhouse programme
Since 2020, the Kambuku Cooperative in Lilongwe's 98 members—71 of whom are women—have grown tomatoes, green peppers, leafy vegetables, and strawberries, generating over 14 million Malawi Kwacha (USD 517,000) as of late 2023.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Haitian women and girls empowered by UN Women amid humanitarian crisis
Civil unrest has led to a profound humanitarian crisis in Haiti, with more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes—including an estimated 170,000 children. Such displacement puts women and girls' rights, economic prospects, and even their lives at risk.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Grants and training programmes empower women entrepreneurs in Cambodia and Viet Nam
In Cambodia, UN Women's programming as part of the country's recovery from COVID-19 served 228 people as of late 2023.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Facts and figures: Women and girls during the war in Gaza
Following the 7 October 2023 brutal attack by Hamas on Israel, and the ensuing Israeli military bombardment of Gaza, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Women learn new skills and push back against ethnic and gender prejudice in Thailand
Several years ago, Hua Sae-Wue attended a workshop hosted by the Centre for Girls Foundation, a local women-led organization and UN Women partner that aims to help women learn skills and fight human trafficking.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Investing in women's safety and economic empowerment in Rwanda
In Rwanda, women spend an average of seven hours per day on unpaid care work, compared to men's average of 2.1 hours. This imbalance severely limits women's ability to achieve economic opportunities on par with men.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Media Advisory: On International Women's Day, UN Women calls on investing in women as the best solution to face growing crises
In a year where almost half of the population lives in a country undergoing an election, this International Women's Day on March 8 is a crucial opportunity to define the future we want.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Your guide to CSW68
The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of (CSW68) will take place from 11 - 22 March under the priority theme: "Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective".

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Women rise from poverty and gain economic independence through Oasis Centres in Jordan
Since its launch in 2012, the Oasis Centres have served more than 30,000 people, predominantly Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian women and their families. The programme operates 18 centres throughout Jordan in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, and an additional four facilities in the Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

Press release: 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza since early October
As the war on Gaza approaches its five-month mark, Gazan women continue to suffer its devastating impact.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

How can gender equality reduce poverty?
Explainer article on how achieving gender equality can reduce poverty among women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

Why investing in women's organizations is critical during crisis: Five stories of resilience
From the rubble in war-torn countries to the battlefields of climate change and economic crisis, women's organizations provide critical services, hope, and a lifeline to their communities. In the words of five inspiring women, learn why investing in women is the way forward to a healthy planet and just economies.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2024

‘I'm not afraid of people anymore': How training on gender-based violence changed attitudes in a Myanmar village
Ma Shwe said she "was just a young girl" when an act of sexual violence perpetrated by a man from her village crushed her self-confidence and left her feeling terrified.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2024

Five things to accelerate women's economic empowerment
Investing in women benefits women and society as a whole. At the current rate of investments however, more than 340 million women and girls will still live in extreme poverty by 2030. It has never been more urgent to advance women's economic empowerment, as marked by the 2024 theme for International Women's Day: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
Feb 23, 2024

Five things that are guaranteed to accelerate women's economic empowerment
Investing in women benefits women and society as a whole. At the current rate of investments however, more than 340 million women and girls will still live in extreme poverty by 2030. It has never been more urgent to advance women's economic empowerment, as marked by the 2024 theme for International Women's Day: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
Feb 23, 2024

Why investing in women is a human rights issue
An explainer on why investing in women is a human rights issue that must be addressed. Investing in women enables women to thrive, which contributes to prosperity that can be measured in financial terms.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

Over 8 million women and girls in Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance in 2024
Two years of Russia's full-scale war in Ukraine has taken thousands of lives, caused untold destruction, displaced millions, traumatized a generation, torn families and communities, and devastated the economy. The total cost of reconstruction and recovery in Ukraine is estimated by the World Bank, European Commission, United Nations and the Government of Ukraine at USD 486 billion over the next decade. This war, like all wars, takes a bigger toll on women and girls, who disproportionally carry its burden.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

Ukrainian entrepreneur uses flower business to bridge gender gaps during wartime
Prior to Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Yuliia Zavalniuk operated a successful flower business in the village of Kolonshchyna, in Kyiv Oblast. During the early days of the war, Kolonshchyna was occupied by Russian forces and a rocket blast destroyed much of the farm. Her team resumed work in July 2022, and began selling peonies and lilacs to local florists.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

Ukrainian refugees launch businesses and build a new community in Moldova
Some 113,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Moldova, the majority of whom are women and girls.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

Everything you need to know about pushing for pay equity
Explainer on how inequalities affect women when it comes to remuneration of their work.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

In the words of Anastasiia Pyrohova: ‘I help women live through their challenges and adapt to their new lives'
Two years ago, Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine led to mass displacement within and outside the country as millions of Ukrainians left in search of safety and support.?Anastasiia Pyrohova is a psychologist and the coordinator of the Women's New Horizons project, run by the local group Women's Perspectives in the Western city of Sambir, where she has lived since fleeing her native Zaporizhzhia with her family. Here, Anastasiia supports women and girls by providing psychological counselling and creating resources to help internally displaced people access essential services.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2024

Women and girls after two years of war in Ukraine
As of 24 February 2024, Ukrainian civilians have endured two years of war and upheaval following Russia's full-scale invasion of the country. The conflict has touched the lives of everyone living in Ukraine, and has had particularly dire effects for women and girls.

UN Women
Feb 21, 2024

Civilians in Gaza in extreme peril while the world watches on: Ten requirements to avoid an even worse catastrophe
In the less than five months that followed the brutal 7 October attacks and the ensuing escalation, tens of thousands of Palestinians - mostly women and children - have been killed and injured in the Gaza Strip. More than three quarters of the population have been forced from their homes, many multiple times, and lack access to sufficient food, water, sanitation and healthcare - the basic necessities to survive.

UN Women
Feb 21, 2024

Voices from Gaza: Safa's perseverance through pregnancy and displacement
A 29-year-old mother of two, Safa Btah was displaced from her home in Gaza City while six months pregnant with her third child.

UN Women
Feb 12, 2024

Speech: Shared vision, effective collaboration, and unswerving determination
Opening remarks by Ms. Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the UN Women Executive Board, First Regular Session 2024

UN Women
Feb 10, 2024

UN Women statement for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science
Science, technology and innovation continue to radically and rapidly transform how people live, socialize, pay their bills, order food, study and work. For women and girls across the world, these changes have brought new freedoms, new forms of access to information, and new opportunities for creativity, along with new risks to their safety, representation and share of decent employment.

UN Women
Feb 09, 2024

Femicide cases in Kenya fuel urgent calls for action to end violence against women
At least 500 women and girls have been murdered in Kenya since 2016, despite the country's efforts to prevent gender-based violence.

UN Women
Feb 05, 2024

Putting survivors at the forefront of the global movement to end female genital mutilation
Joint Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell, OHCHR High Commissioner Volker Türk, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

UN Women
Jan 31, 2024

Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee: We cannot abandon the people of Gaza
The allegations of involvement of several UNRWA staff in the heinous attacks on Israel on 7 October are horrifying. As the Secretary-General has said, any UN employee involved in acts of terror will be held accountable. However, we must not prevent an entire organization from delivering on its mandate to serve people in desperate need.

UN Women
Jan 19, 2024

‘Scared, exhausted, and expecting the worst' - Women in Gaza describe humanitarian crisis
More than 24,620 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and more than 1.9 million people have been displaced, including almost 1 million women and girls. The entire population of Gaza — roughly 2.2 million people — face acute food insecurity, according to a new gender alert by UN Women.

UN Women
Jan 19, 2024

Press release: Two mothers are killed in Gaza every hour as fighting exceeds 100 days
The Gaza crisis is impacting women and girls at unprecedented levels with loss of life and catastrophic levels of humanitarian needs. This is the main conclusion of the "Gender Alert: The Gendered Impact of the Crisis in Gaza" issued by UN Women.

UN Women
Jan 19, 2024

Statement on Gaza by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous
It is now more than 100 days since the horrors of the Hamas attacks on Israel of 7 October and the horrors that have followed, especially in Gaza. Since then, we have seen evidenced once more that women and children are the first victims of conflict and that our duty to seek peace is a duty to them. Without change, these last 100 days will be mere prelude to the next 100.

UN Women
Jan 18, 2024

Women in Sudan seek relief amid spiraling displacement crisis
Sudan has the largest number of displaced people in the world, including the world's biggest child displacement crisis.

UN Women
Jan 15, 2024

UN Women Executive Board to convene first regular session of 2024
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's first regular session from 12 to 13 February 2024 at the United Nations' Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Jan 12, 2024

The UN Women Executive Board elects its 2024 Bureau
In elections which took place on 10 January, the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing its new Bureau for 2024.

UN Women
Jan 08, 2024

Women in Sudan seek relief amid world's biggest displacement crisis
Sudan has the largest number of displaced people in the world, including the world's biggest child displacement crisis.

UN Women
Jan 02, 2024

UN Secretary-General appoints Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda of Zimbabwe as UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Normative Support, United Nations System Coordination and Programme Results
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today [2 January 2024] the appointment of Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda of Zimbabwe as [UN Assistant Secretary-General and] Deputy Executive Director for Normative Support, United Nations System Coordination and Programme Results at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

UN Women
Dec 22, 2023

UN Women programming supports refugees worldwide
UN Women works around the world with local partners and other UN agencies, including UNHCR, to ensure that programming for refugees takes gender into account, enhancing women's leadership and self-reliance in displacement settings.

UN Women
Dec 22, 2023

City mayors make commitments to advance action on gender equality globally
On 28 November 2023, city mayors from around the world gathered at the Fourth Global Meeting of Mayors on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, in Quito, Ecuador, co-organised by UN Women and the City of Quito and supported by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

UN Women
Dec 17, 2023

In focus: International Migrants Day 2023
On this year's International Migrants Day, 18 December, UN Women celebrates how migrants can bring diverse talent and expertise to countries around the world, including by sending vital remittances to their families and communities, supporting livelihoods and helping economies to thrive.

UN Women
Dec 15, 2023

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans face harsh return after expulsion from Pakistan
In early September 2023, fewer than 300 people per day crossed the official border points from Pakistan to enter Afghanistan. But since the Government of Pakistan decreed on 15 September that undocumented immigrants would be required to leave the country—a policy that applies to an estimated 1.3 million Afghan refugees—the number of daily crossings increased significantly, at one point reaching about 20,000.

UN Women
Dec 15, 2023

As climate change pushes millions of women into poverty, UN Women calls for a new feminist climate justice approach
On today's gender day at the UN climate conference, COP28 in Dubai, UN Women launched its "Feminist climate justice: A framework for action" report.

UN Women
Dec 14, 2023

International Women's Day 2024: ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress'
In a world facing multiple crises that are putting immense pressure on communities, achieving gender equality is more vital than ever. Ensuring women's and girls' rights across all aspects of life is the only way to achieve prosperous and just economies, and a healthy planet for future generations.  The time for change is now! Join us on 8 March 2024 for International Women's Day as we rally behind the call to: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
Dec 14, 2023

International Women's Day 2024 Invest in women: Accelerate progress
In a world facing multiple crises that are putting immense pressure on communities, achieving gender equality is more vital than ever. Ensuring women's and girls' rights across all aspects of life is the only way to achieve prosperous and just economies, and a healthy planet for future generations.  The time for change this is now! Join us on 8 March 2024 for International Women's Day as we rally behind the call to: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
Dec 07, 2023

Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women
Here are ten ways you can help end violence against women and girls, including links to useful resources and helplines should you be worried about a woman or girl's safety.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2023

Leaders discuss best practices for gender-responsive policing at Copenhagen conference
A discussion, held as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, gathered key Nordic regional decision-makers, including senior representatives from the police, civil society, and political sectors to discuss how gender-responsive policing can work to end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Dec 04, 2023

South African women's group trains police to respond to gender-based violence
Through a partnership with UN Women Ilitha Labantu launched a programme in 2021 to work with the South African Police Service on a survivor-centred approach to instruct officers on working with survivors of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Dec 04, 2023

As climate changes pushes millions of women into poverty, UN Women calls for a new Feminist Climate Justice Approach
On today's gender day at the UN climate conference, COP28 in Dubai, UN Women launched its "Feminist Climate Justice: A Framework for Action" report.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2023

New report shows how feminism can be a powerful tool to fight climate change
By 2050, climate change may push up to 158 million more women and girls into poverty and see 236 million more face food insecurity. The climate crisis fuels increases in conflict and migration, as well as exclusionary, anti-rights political rhetoric targeting women, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. Those dire trends—and ways to reverse them—are charted in a new report by UN Women titled "Feminist climate justice: A framework for action."

UN Women
Dec 02, 2023

UN Women's Oasis programme empowers Jordanian and Syrian women
Since 2012, UN Women has established 22 centres across Jordan to provide Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian women with safe, inclusive spaces. Known as the Oasis programme, these centres have provided crucial cash-for-work, skill development, and early childhood services to more than 30,000 people, including many women with disabilities.

UN Women
Dec 01, 2023

UN Women statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza
UN Women unequivocally condemns the brutal attacks by Hamas on Israel on 7 October and regrets that military operations have resumed in Gaza.

UN Women
Dec 01, 2023

Statement: Communities must lead on ending AIDS — women's voices must lead communities
This World AIDS Day, let's step-up funding and support to vital women's movements that are leading the way towards ending AIDS.  Let's put women and girls in all their diversity at the forefront of all our responses and pay particular attention to the environments that can hamper their effectiveness to lead.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2023

Media advisory: Launch of Feminist Climate Justice paper
UN Women introduces a new paper Feminist Climate Justice: A Framework for Action, recognizing the interconnected struggles to achieve climate justice and gender equality. This innovative approach not only recognizes threats that climate change poses to women's and girls' livelihoods but also provides practical guidance on how countries can transition to low emission economies while safeguarding gender equality.

UN Women
Nov 29, 2023

Media advisory: Launch of Feminist Climate Justice publication
UN Women introduces a new paper Feminist Climate Justice: A Framework for Action, recognizing the interconnected struggles to achieve climate justice and gender equality. This innovative approach not only recognizes threats that climate change poses to women's and girls' livelihoods but also provides practical guidance on how countries can transition to low emission economies while safeguarding gender equality.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2023

Unpacking the care society: Caring for people and the planet
The impacts of crises are not gender-neutral. Protracted conflicts and the accelerating impacts of climate change have increased care demands on women and girls. When these demands grow, and public systems are unable to cope with increased pressure, women and girls absorb the bulk of care work.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2023

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
Nov 27, 2023

In focus: The women, peace, and security debate
On 25 October, the UN Security Council will hold its annual open debate on women, peace, and security, titled "Women's participation in international peace and security: from theory to practice".

UN Women
Nov 27, 2023

In focus: The conflict in Gaza
Following the 7 October 2023 attack by Hamas on Israel and the Israeli Armed Forces' strikes on Gaza in response, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

UN Women
Nov 27, 2023

In focus: Women's leadership at the COP 28 climate conference
At this year's UN Climate Change Conference, COP 28, UN Women will ensure that women and girls' rights, abilities, and needs are taken into account in climate debates and incorporated into government policies.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2023

Spotlight Initiative programme helps Ugandan survivors of gender-based violence advocate for their rights
Globally, women and girls with disabilities are at least two to three times more likely than other women to experience violence.

UN Women
Nov 23, 2023

How men and boys can help women survivors of gender-based violence: Shu Hang's story
Gender-based violence has had a place on China's national policy agenda in recent years; since the country's first national law on domestic violence went into effect in 2016, the national hotline to report such abuse has received 250,000 calls. From March 2016 to December 2022, authorities issued about 15,000 protective orders to survivors.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

In-focus: Women's leadership at the COP 28 climate conference
At this year's UN Climate Change Conference, COP 28, UN Women will ensure that women and girls' rights, abilities, and needs are taken into account in climate debates and incorporated into government policies.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Speech: Time to get serious about ending violence, allocating serious resources
Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the official UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN headquarters, 22 November 2023.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Speech: Now more than ever we must seek peace
Briefing by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the 9,484th meeting of the UN Security Council on "The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question", held on 22 November 2023 at UN headquarters.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Press Release: UN Women calls for bold investments to end violence against women in light of new report showing prevention is severely underfunded
In 2022, countries around the world spent USD 204 billion in overseas development assistance—of that sizable sum, only one-fifth of one per cent was spent on preventing gender-based violence (GBV).

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Five essential facts to know about femicide
Gender-related killings (femicide/feminicide) are the most brutal and extreme manifestation of violence against women and girls. 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. Despite decades of activism from women's rights organizations as well as growing awareness and action from Member States, the available evidence shows that progress in stopping such violence has been deeply inadequate.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

How men and boys can help women survivors of gender-based violence: Shu Huang's story
Gender-based violence has had a place on China's national policy agenda in recent years; since the country's first national law on domestic violence went into effect in 2016, the national hotline to report such abuse has received 250,000 calls. From March 2016 to December 2022, authorities issued about 15,000 protective orders to survivors.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Call to action: UNiTE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls!
Statement and call to action for increased investment on prevention by nine UN entities on the occasion of the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 22 November 2023, UN headquarters.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2023

Less than 1 per cent of aid spending targets gender-based violence, according to new reports
In 2022, countries around the world spent USD 204 billion in overseas development assistance—of that sizable sum, only one-fifth of one per cent was spent on reducing gender-based violence.

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