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UN Women
Aug 19, 2018

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us
Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

UN Women
Aug 17, 2018

Expert's take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights
Iris Bjorg Kristjansdottir is a Gender and Humanitarian Specialist at the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Turkey. She has over 15 years of experience in migration policy and refugee response, working with the United Nations, the Government of Iceland, the local government in Reykjavik and with non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining UN Women, she served as a Senior Advisor on Migration for the Ministry of Justice in Iceland.

UN Women
Aug 16, 2018

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa
A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Using gender budgeting to empower ethnic minority women in Viet Nam
The experiences of ethnic minority households are shaping UN Women's advocacy efforts in Viet Nam, to incorporate gender issues into development policies and programmes that benefit ethnic minorities.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2018

Crisis update: Restoring dignity and livelihoods after storms in the Caribbean
Nearly a year ago, catastrophic hurricanes devastated the Caribbean. After Hurricane Irma, almost the entire population of Barbuda, a small island in the eastern Caribbean, was driven to its twin island of Antigua. In Dominica, Hurricane Maria wiped out crops, equipment and infrastructure. In efforts to ensure that women both benefit from, and lend their expertise to the humanitarian response in the Caribbean, UN Women has been working with partners in the immediate aftermath of the storms and beyond.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2018

Crisis update: Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh now
UN Women is on the ground, addressing the needs of women and girl refugees arriving in Bangladesh. We've provided dignity kits, safe spaces and skills training, while engaging in high-level advocacy to promote women's leadership in peacebuilding, disaster mitigation and resilience. On World Humanitarian Day, find out more about the Rohingya crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics. In 2003, barely a decade after the genocide, nearly 50 per cent of Parliamentary seats went to women. Even though women have continued to hold the majority of seats in the Parliament for several years now, many women leaders in Rwanda still find their competency and capabilities questioned.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis
The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2018

Press release: UN Women's HeForShe Initiative partners with the California Institute of Arts to create animated films promoting gender equity
UN Women's HeForShe movement partners with internationally renowned, California Institute of Arts (CalArts), to promote gender equality through the arts. The partnership engages students in CalArts's animation programs to tackle persisting gender stereotypes and drive cultural change through the production of original animated short films addressing serious barriers to gender equality.

UN Women
Aug 10, 2018

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan
1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za'atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women's resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za'atari and Azraq.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Panama
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regnér wrapped up a two-day trip to Panama, visiting a Government-sponsored safe space for survivors of gender-base violence.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

From where I stand: "When we sing, we feel free"
Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia's Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2018

Update: Investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at UN Women
Following our earlier statement on our website, the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a UN Women staff member by the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) of UNDP is nearing its completion and UN Women continues to urge for the speedy finalization of the investigation process.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

From where I stand: "It's possible to achieve the just and humane society that I envision"
Sophia Dianne Garcia from the Philippines is a youth activist who teaches young people to advocate for their rights and for peace. She spoke to UN Women about what sustainable peace means for her, as part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2018

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
UN Women joins our sister UN agencies in today's recognition of the vital importance of the world's indigenous peoples. At a time when human mobility is on the increase, we recognize that together, they maintain 80 per cent of global biodiversity. All of humanity is indebted to their custodianship.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

UN Women convenes experts on sexual harassment at the workplace
Feminists, gender experts and UN officials came together to discuss promising practices to curb sexual harassment and assault in a UN Women-organized "Feminist Think Space" from 30 to 31 July in New York.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

Remembering Yazidi genocide, four years later
On 1 August 2018, ahead of the fourth anniversary of the ISIS attack on the Yazidi community in Sinjar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten and Free Yezidi Foundation Executive Director Pari Ibrahim participated in a panel discussion to mark and remember the genocide victims.

UN Women
Aug 03, 2018

In South Africa, women call for #TotalShutdown of gender-based violence
Thousands of women embarked on protest action on 1 August across South Africa to protest the scourge of gender-based violence. Women from all walks of life used the start of the country's Women's Month to demonstrate their frustration and anger at the increasing levels of gender-based violence in South Africa.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

In the words of Anny T. Modi: "Young women want to be considered as actors and agents of change"
Anny Tengandide Modi is a 36-year-old single mother living in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In July 2017, she joined the African Women Leaders Network, launched by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Permanent Mission of Germany. Modi serves as the Youth Advocate within the Network. She is also the Executive Director of Afia Mama (Women's Health), an organization committed to the reproductive health and access to justice for women, as well leadership development, economic empowerment, legal assistance and social development for young women.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

In the words of: "People voted for me because they wanted to see change"
Irlanda Pop is the Mayor of Lanquín, a municipality in the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala. She is the only indigenous Mayor and one of three women Mayors in the country. Elected in 2015 for a term of four years, Pop has survived serious political attacks and continues to fight discrimination on account of her gender and indigenous identity. UN Women supported Pop to participate in the IV Ibero-American Summit of Local Gender Agendas that took place in Cuenca, Ecuador, in May 2018. There, she led an exchange between women leaders of different indigenous communities of the region about political participation of indigenous women and how to address violence against women in politics. UN Women supports the leadership of women in politics and peacebuilding in Guatemala through several initiatives, including through Women's Political Empowerment and Leadership flagship programme.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2018

Women's cooperatives boost agriculture and savings in rural Ethiopia
Through women's cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving.

UN Women
Jul 27, 2018

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo's minority communities
In Kosovo, young men are volunteering to go door-to-door in minority communities to prevent early marriages and encourage girls' education.

UN Women
Jul 27, 2018

From where I stand: "The solutions really are with communities and the people"
Rukmini Rao, from India, is the founder of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women that tackles the issues of land rights for women, their right to education, and the prevention of violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Jul 26, 2018

Statement: UN Women applauds historic advances towards gender parity in the Mexican Congress
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director

UN Women
Jul 25, 2018

Speech: Making women unstoppable
Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director during her first official visit to Senegal.

UN Women
Jul 24, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Senegal
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first official visit to Senegal on 23 July. In her meetings with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, and key government representatives, civil society partners and international development actors, the Executive Director stressed upon accelerating women's access to resources, skills and the formal employment sector, as well as their right to equal participation in decision-making.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

Dalit rights activists break new grounds in South Asia
Moni Rani Das speaking to a Journalist about the situation of her colony situated at Ganaktuli, Dhaka. Photo: Nagorik Udyog

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

Take Five: "If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation"
Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon, a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and defines herself as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender, and her organization, supports women to become leaders and raise their communities' awareness regarding human rights, gender equality, and issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics.

UN Women
Jul 23, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Senegal to put women farmers at the heart of the gender equality agenda
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins today an official visit to Senegal, to highlight the importance women's economic empowerment in the agricultural sector, encourage the repeal of discriminatory laws and to promote women's leadership and political participation across the country.

UN Women
Jul 19, 2018

Take Five: "We have the expertise to bring solutions"
Svitlana Moroz is a Ukrainian women's rights activist living with HIV. She is one of the founders of the Union of Women of Ukraine affected by HIV "Positive Women" and since 2013 she has coordinated activities for the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS. As thousands of HIV activists from around the world attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam from July 23 to 27, Moroz spoke to UN Women about the importance of women's voices in the conference and beyond.

UN Women
Jul 19, 2018

High school students in the Philippines paint "roads to safety for women and girls"
The Quezon City Local Government held the Street Art Painting Project in partnership with UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme. In bright, bold colors, the student artists painted the roads from the entrance to the main building of Quezon City Hall with words and images depicting the problem of harassment and calls for everyone to help build safe public spaces. "Stop Violence against Women," was among the painted appeals.

UN Women
Jul 18, 2018

Speech: "We need to strengthen accountability for gender equality commitments at all levels"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, at the side event on "Partnerships that Deliver for Girls and Women" organized by the Deliver for Good campaign during the 2018 HLPF

UN Women
Jul 17, 2018

United Nations agencies and civil society organizations call for the repeal of gender-discriminatory nationality laws
UN Women, UNICEF, UNHCR and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights urge Member States to uphold gender-equal nationality laws at the High-Level Political Forum

UN Women
Jul 17, 2018

From where I stand: "I am among the few women who aspire to a seat in the Adamawa State House of Representatives"
Jamila Babuba from Adamawa, Nigeria, is a strong advocate for Nigeria's pending bill that aims to provide equal rights to men and women. She has championed women's participation in her community and hopes to serve as an elected official in the future.

UN Women
Jul 16, 2018

In Mexico, female soccer players take centre stage to break gender stereotypes
The HeForShe Flash Tournament brought together women's soccer teams from eight major universities in Mexico, aiming to break gender stereotypes, promote women's participation in sport and inspire actions to end violence against women.

UN Women
Jul 12, 2018

For women in Gaza, having their own income is key to changing power dynamics at home
The Hayat Business Incubator (Food Incubator) initiative for women survivors of violence, supported by UN Women and funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is piloting a comprehensive model for addressing violence against women by providing skills training and income-generating opportunities to five women who are survivors of domestic violence, while also providing them with essential services, such as psychosocial support and social workers who assist them in accessing legal aid.

UN Women
Jul 12, 2018

Take Five: "We are seeking nothing more than our due share of services and opportunities"
Beena Pallical is the Executive Director at the Asia Dalit Rights Forum and the current Manager of a programme seeking to strengthen Dalit Women's Economic Rights across South Asia. The Dalit community in this region is still considered the lowest of the historical castes and suffers widespread discrimination, despite recent legislation and initiatives. Within the community, the specific problem of women's economic empowerment has received little attention, but is now the focus of a two-year programme funded by UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality.

UN Women
Jul 11, 2018

Press release: UN Women announces Marta Vieira da Silva as Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women today announced the appointment of world-renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Ms. Vieira da Silva, popularly known by her fans as Marta, will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women's work for gender equality and women's empowerment across the world, inspiring women and girls to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Speech: "Turn promises into progress"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, during the session "Reviewing progress in achieving the SDGs" at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 9 July in New York.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Interview with Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian Minister of International Development.
In 2017, the Government of Norway donated a core contribution of USD 9 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government contributed USD 14.5 million in non-core support - bringing its overall 2017 contribution to approximately USD 23.5 million and making Norway UN Women's third largest contributor. In an interview, Minister of International Development of Norway, Nikolai Astrup, explains why gender equality is a top priority in foreign and development policy.

UN Women
Jul 10, 2018

Saving for a rainy day
Indigenous women of Guatemala's Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before, with the help of a joint UN programme that's empowering rural women.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad
Halima Yakoy Adam won't forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Breaking stereotypes and transforming masculinity in Viet Nam
The Male Advocates and Volunteerism Club in Da Nang, Viet Nam is a part of UN Women's efforts to transform harmful masculinities and promote respectful relationships in the prevention of violence against women and girls. The intervention works with men of all ages to transform harmful masculinities and engaging them to become male advocates in their communities for the prevention of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2018

Take five: "Leaving no one behind requires specific attention to those that have less resources and opportunities"
Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is an economist and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the Executive Committee member of the organization, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and contributed towards UN Women's report "Progress of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean" in 2017. As the High-Level Political Forum meets in New York to review progress on Sustainable Development Goals, Enríquez spoke to UN Women about the SDGs under review, and what it will take to leave no one behind.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2018

Take Five: "To change the culture of tolerance of sexual harassment, we need unequivocal leadership"
Purna Sen is UN Women's Director of the Policy Division, and has been recently appointed as the UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In an interview, she explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2018

Blog: At this year's HLPF, let's not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals
The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development.

UN Women
Jul 05, 2018

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women
In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 - 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women's use of time and space and address their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work.

UN Women
Jul 04, 2018

Syrian women come together to create a common framework for their movement
On June 25 - 26, June 2018, almost 200 Syrian women leaders met in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss ways to safeguard and advance women's rights in Syria, as part of a conference titled, "Toward a Framework for the Syrian Women Movement". The conference was grounded on UN Women's ongoing advocacy and coalition-building work with Syrian women leaders and activists.

UN Women
Jul 03, 2018

Comedy for Equality: Harnessing the power of laughter for empowerment and peace
"I believe in women having control over their own bodies, but I feel like my own body is getting a little out of control. I'm in my 30's, and it feels like my body is a band. The older I get, different parts are pursuing solo careers," joked Aparna Nancherla to a packed house of delegates, United Nations staff and civil society organizations at the event Comedy...

UN Women
Jul 03, 2018

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women releases annual report 2017
In its 2017 annual report, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women highlights the life-changing results grantees working to prevent and end violence against women and girls around the world. It also aims to show the UN Trust Fund's increased investment and efforts in building capacity and ensuring the sustainability of grantees.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2018

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2018
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 - 18 July.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2018

From where I stand: "Not only did we have no money to buy food with, we didn't know how to change that"
Birtukan Fekadu, 22, and her husband struggled to find a way to support themselves until Fekadu joined a women's savings and credit cooperative. Through the cooperative, she learned about agriculture productivity, business skills, leadership and women's rights, and received a small loan. Now she earns enough to feed her family, and no longer worries about money to send her son to school.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Six activists who are using social media for change offline
On Social Media Day (30 June), we're celebrating women who are leading the charge through social media. By harnessing the power of social media, these trailblazers are engaging women and men in tough conversations and raising awareness about gender equality and women's rights.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Speech: "Women's economic empowerment and financial inclusion remain unfinished business"—Åsa Regnér
Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, on Women's Economic Empowerment and Financial Inclusion at Group of 77 and China, UNDP and UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 29, 2018

Speech: "Preventing violent extremism policies and efforts should be human rights-based and gender-sensitive"— Åsa Regnér
Remarks by Assistant-Secretary General and Deputy Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér at the High Level Panel Discussion on Youth as Protagonists in Preventing Violent Extremism

UN Women
Jun 28, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to join UN Deputy Secretary-General for a high-level visit to South Sudan, Chad and Niger
The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations will travel to South Sudan, Chad and Niger, starting 3 July, in a joint visit with the African Union and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström.  She will also be accompanied on different legs of the trip by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other heads of agencies.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2018

Women play a key role in rescue, reconstruction and resilience after volcanic eruption in Guatemala
Thousands of Guatemalans recently lost their homes in the eruption of Volcán de Fuego, and many victims have sought refuge at temporary shelters. María Ohong, resident of El Porvenir, and a victim of the disaster herself, is working to help others who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods. UN Women has supported a government-run shelter at the Escuela Mendez Montenegro in Alotenango, where women like Ohong have organized themselves to ensure equitable distribution of relief items and protection for women and girls.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2018

How the Islamic State talked women into subjugation: New UN Women report analyzes the use of gendered messaging by ISIL
Today, UN Women launched a new report that examines the use of gendered messaging by the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as its control and governance tactics. The report, based on analysis of ISIL's magazines in Arabic, English and French, was released at an event in New York, co-organized by UN Women, the United Kingdom Mission to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2018

Media advisory: Prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism in Africa: The role of women
On the margins of the United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa in cooperation with UNOWAS, UN Women, the Department of Public Information and the Permanent Missions of Germany and Japan to the United Nations, is organizing a side event on "Leveraging Partnerships and Strengthening Cooperation with Women to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Africa"

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

From where I stand: "Every girl has the potential to be who she wants to be in life if she knows her rights"
Sylvia Nansat Nwantu-Julde, 59, had been a teacher for 35 years when she heard about the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Scheme (GEMS). She started a club to empower her students, which now has 50 members.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

One in four women in Jamaica experience intimate partner violence, reveals the first national survey
The results of the first national survey on gender-based violence in Jamaica shows a high prevalence rate of 27.8 per cent, with more than 1 in every 4 women in Jamaica experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2018

Interview with Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland
In 2017, the Government of Finland donated a core contribution of USD 11.6 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government contributed USD 6.9 million in multi-bi support - bringing its overall 2017 contribution to approximately USD 18.6 million and making Finland UN Women's fifth largest contributor. In an interview, Minister for Trade and International Development of Finland, Anne-Mari Virolainen, explains why gender equality is Finland's top priority in foreign and development policy.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2018

From where I stand: "If women are empowered, we can create more peaceful societies"
Papiya Parvin from Debhata Upazilla, Bangladesh, has just bought a cow to start her own farm. She is also the first woman from her village who travelled to Tokyo to share her experience as part of a UN Women and BRAC programme that is empowering women to curb the rising tide of extremism in rural communities.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2018

Announcer: We are the United Nations, standing together for gender equality
Announcing the launch of a system-wide HeForShe UN platform

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

From where I stand: "The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management"
Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women's leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women's unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Life after loss: Rights, dignity and justice for widows
The loss of a partner is devastating. For many women, that loss is magnified by a long-term struggle for basic needs, their human rights and dignity. They may be denied inheritance rights to the piece of land that they relied on for livelihood or evicted from their homes, forced into unwanted marriages or traumatizing widowhood rituals. They are stigmatized for life, shunned and shamed. And, many of these abuses go unnoticed, even normalized.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Widows' Day, June 23, 2018
On the occasion of International Widows' Day, we must consider both the vital role widows play in our society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from all of us.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Speech: Achieving access to justice for all through the SDGs
Remarks by Asa Régner, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the 2018 UNDP annual meeting, "Strengthening the Rule of Law for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development

UN Women
Jun 21, 2018

Speech: "Only together can great results be achieved"—Asa Régner
Remarks by UN Assistant-Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Régner at the launch of the UN-SWAP 2.0 and UNCT-SWAP

UN Women
Jun 20, 2018

Unstereotype Alliance celebrates its first anniversary and launches new report ‘Unstereotype: Beyond Gender. The Invisible Stereotypes'
The Unstereotype Alliance, an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women to end harmful stereotypes often perpetuated through advertising, celebrates major achievements on its first anniversary at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

Healing from trauma in conflict-affected Gaza
There are 1.9 million people living in Gaza and 72 per cent of them are refugees. Samia Asaf and her family have lived as refugees across three generations now. After a devastating injury, Asaf found her bearings through a UN Women-supported programme. Today she is an inspiration to many others.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

One woman's journey to find hope in Turkey, after escaping Syria
Menal Suleyman, at the age of thirty, is a mother of three, a widow, and a refugee from Syria. Fleeing the violence in Syria, Suleyman has found a new life, and hope, in Turkey, assisted by the "SADA Women-only Centre", a UN Women-led project in Gaziantep.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2018

Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018
"On 31 May, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on the re-positioning of the UN Development System. Thank you to many of you who helped to make that possible. I particularly also want to thank the Permanent Representative of Denmark who also played a significant role, and who I think is with us in the house today... UN Women fully supports this bold new agenda, which must work for women and girls so that we achieve gender equality by 2030 in as many countries as possible and leave no one behind."—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

Open Letter: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues open letter to the advertising industry
"This is ultimately about so much more than eliminating stereotypes. It is about making cultural change that has the potential to transform our societies, and our future." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues open letter to the advertising industry

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day 2018
On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

Resilient and empowered, South Sudanese refugee women find new beginnings in Uganda
More than one million South Sudanese refugees have crossed over the border into Uganda since 2013. Along with immediate assistance, they need long-term support, including therapy to cope with trauma and opportunities to earn a living. UN Women-supported therapy groups in one refugee settlement have helped women come together, heal and discover new beginnings.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2018

From where I stand: "Always rely on yourself"
Maha Aasi Emm Ala'a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women's centre in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women's centres in Za'atari Refugee Camp are building women's resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 14, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 13, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 12, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 11, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 08, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 07, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 06, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 05, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 04, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 03, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

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

UN Women
Jun 01, 2018

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

UN Women
May 31, 2018

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

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