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UN Women
Jan 15, 2019

From where I stand: "I was the first woman to apply for a firefighter's job"
Merve Erbay, 21, became the first woman firefighter in the Turkish Parliament after outperforming competitors in the firefighting exam.

UN Women
Jan 14, 2019

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia
Through UN Women's new programme to prevent human trafficking in Cambodia and Myanmar, three friends were able to start their own salon.

UN Women
Jan 10, 2019

From where I stand: "Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement"
After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household's income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur.

UN Women
Jan 08, 2019

From where I stand: "They forced me to get pregnant"
Aung Ja* was 18 when a woman from Myitkina, northern Myanmar, convinced her to take a ‘factory' job in China. She was rescued in 2017 and is taking part in a UN Women-supported trafficking prevention programme.

UN Women
Jan 07, 2019

Getting Fatouma back to school
UN Women supports girls and young women in Mali to pass high school exams - and to pursue their dreams.

UN Women
Jan 02, 2019

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar
In 2005, Myanmar passed an anti-trafficking law, but trafficking is still rampant in the conflict-affected state, especially in the northern region, where it borders China. A UN Women programme is supporting local partner, Htoi Gender and Development Foundation, in providing legal support and vocational training to survivors.

UN Women
Dec 24, 2018

From where I stand: "We must believe in ourselves that we can be leaders"
Betty Mtehemu, Deputy Chairperson of Fabric Clothes Sector, and Chairperson of the Women's Union in Dar es Salaam's Mchikichini Market has seen how raising awareness of women's rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market.

UN Women
Dec 21, 2018

Six things we learned from women's resistance in 2018
As 2018 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at stories from some of the women who rose against injustice, defied stereotypes and inspired us all.

UN Women
Dec 20, 2018

UN Women statement: Ensuring the protection of women human rights defenders in Nicaragua
UN Women expresses its concern in face of the acts of violence, intimidation and harassment against women human rights defenders and women's organizations in Nicaragua.

UN Women
Dec 19, 2018

In the words of Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa: "There is a need for female peacekeepers"
Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, participated in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers' Course in April 2018. The course aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. Women currently represent only 4 per cent of the more than 80,000 UN Peacekeepers, despite their key role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve, especially women and girls. Captain Vuniwaqa spoke to UN Women about women's role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve.

UN Women
Dec 14, 2018

UN Women statement for International Migrants Day 2018
International Migrants Day provides us with a chance to reflect on the positive contributions that migrant women and men, and their families make in countries of origin, transit and destination, and reaffirms the importance of ensuring that their human rights are protected and promoted at all stages of migration.

UN Women
Dec 14, 2018

Take five: "We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change"
Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of FGM and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the "North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C", organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls.

UN Women
Dec 12, 2018

Take five: UN Women at the global climate conference, COP 24
Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions - climate change, desertification and biodiversity. She works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes incorporate a gender perspective. Dedicated to improving women's participation in global processes, Ms. Collantes works to ensure that women, including grassroots, indigenous and young women are represented in intergovernmental fora.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to visit China
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits China
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

Ask an activist: What are the most important lessons learned on sexual harassment in this last year of activism?
Catharine A. MacKinnon is a radical feminist legal scholar and Advisor to UN Women's Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. As an expert in sex equality, women's rights and gender crimes, specifically sexual abuse and exploitation, she pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment as sex discrimination in the United States of America and has worked to raise awareness of sexual abuse as a violation of equality rights. MacKinnon also represented Bosnian and Croatian women survivors of Serbian sexual atrocities in 1992, establishing the legal recognition of rape as an act of genocide.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

Press release: Bringing 16 Days of Activism campaign to a close, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, survivors and activists spotlight solutions to end violence against women
Fundraising event for the life-changing work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held in Los Angeles, with #HearMeToo voices taking centre-stage

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

The sheroes of human rights
As we close out the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Human Rights Day (10 December), we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women human rights defenders who are leading the fight for universal human rights and lives free from violence.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2018

UN Women applauds UAE President's decision to increase Emirati women's representation in Federal National Council to 50 per cent
UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, has warmly welcomed the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to raise the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent.

UN Women
Dec 07, 2018

Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms
In a statement for Human Rights Day (10 December) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women, says: "Let us re-affirm our commitment to a world in which human rights, and women's rights, underpin justice, solidarity, harmony and prosperity for all".

UN Women
Dec 07, 2018

Putting the rights of migrant women at the centre of the Global Compact for Migration
As world leaders convene to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact for Migration) in Morocco this week, ensuring that the voices, experiences and needs of migrant women and girls is at the heart of the discussions, is the clarion call issued by UN Women.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan
In her remarks at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on all members of the community, including leaders, parents and educators to say no to child marriage.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2018

Joint UN-AU Statement on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in South Sudan
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Sma?l Chergui, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka are appalled by the acts of sexual violence, including rape, committed against an estimated more than 150 women and girls recently near Bentiu in South Sudan.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director takes #HearMeToo to Pakistan
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, started her first official visit to Pakistan today, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The visit aims to bolster the gender equality agenda in the country.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2018

UN Women National Committees convene for annual meeting
Hosted by the UN Women National Committee Australia, the annual meeting brought together staff from UN Women Headquarters, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and National Committees around the world in Fiji for a week.

UN Women
Dec 05, 2018

From where I stand: "It's men who can convince other men about women's rights"
On 5 December we mark International Volunteers Day by celebrating the important contributions of UN Volunteers, such as Albert Mirindi, who is working to build resilient communities in Mali by ensuring that women are drivers of peace and decision-makers.

UN Women
Dec 04, 2018

UN Women Executive Director to visit Pakistan during the 16 Days of Activism
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is about to start her first official visit to Pakistan, from 5 to 7 December, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Her first stop will be an event to mark the 16 Days campaign in the district capital, Mithi, one of Pakistan's most impoverished districts.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2018

Press release: UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador
During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December), UN Women today announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women's rights, as well as bringing unheard women's voices front and centre.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2018

Statement by the Executive Director: Know your HIV status, make informed choices
In a statement for World AIDS Day, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, calls for strong commitments towards ending the epidemic, prioritizing the needs of young women in national HIV policies and local actions, and supporting women and girls to feel confident and empowered to demand that their HIV and other health needs are met.

UN Women
Nov 29, 2018

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in South Africa for the 16 Days of Activism
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa this week for a series of high-profile events marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting with an event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation with the Graça Machel Trust, Kuhluka Movement and Zoleka Mandela Foundation. The event featured keynote address by world-renowned media personality Oprah Winfrey and conversations with prominent African activists such as Josina Z Machel and Zoleka Mandela.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2018

Statement by the Executive Director: Those who defend our rights in turn need our defense
In a statement for International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "We honour today the women whose courageous efforts—and sometimes whose lives—are given in defense of the universal human rights agenda and women's empowerment".

UN Women
Nov 28, 2018

Sweden partners with UN Women to improve gender data
Today, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), a long-standing partner of UN Women, announced a significant contribution of 80 million Krona (USD 8.8 million) to UN Women's Flagship Programme on gender data, Making Every Woman and Girl Count.

UN Women
Nov 28, 2018

Interview with Taro Kono, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs
Japan is a vital partner in UN Women's mission to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women. In an interview with UN Women, Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Taro Kono, highlights why realizing gender equality is an important goal for Japan.

UN Women
Nov 27, 2018

Video: Empowering survivors and women living with HIV— Elena's story, Ukraine
In this short film, Elena Vdovenko, a social worker at the Kyiv Centre for HIV-positive youth, talks about how her HIV status and the domestic violence she survived informs her work with women and youth every day.

UN Women
Nov 27, 2018

In the words of Joanna Oala: "It's better to speak up and let your voice be heard"
Meet Joanna Oala, 25, from Port Moresby, who has become a champion to end violence against women and girls. She is one of the volunteers of a UN Women-led campaign, SANAP WANTAIM, which has brought together men, women and youth from all walks of life to make Port Moresby safer for women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 26, 2018

UN Women Executive Director kicks off 16 Days of Activism in Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada is the first stop for Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from 26 - 27 November, during her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this week.

UN Women
Nov 26, 2018

Orange the World: #HearMeToo
This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December) under the theme of "Orange the World: #HearMeToo". Coming on the heels of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo', "#TimesUp", "#BalanceTonPorc" "#NiUnaMenos", #MeTooIndia and "HollaBack!", the 16 Days of Activism will be a rallying moment to bring together...

UN Women
Nov 23, 2018

Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women's human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 21, 2018

16 ways, 16 Days: Your guide to ending violence against women
16 ways, 16 Days: Your guide to ending violence against women

UN Women
Nov 19, 2018

Speech: Turning the struggle to end impunity into a global movement for accountability
Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the United Nations Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in New York City

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Press Release: As global mobilizations soar, UN Women brings survivors of violence and advocates to centre stage on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls
This year's United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December) "Orange the World: #HearMeToo" aims to support women and girls around the world who are coming together in a global movement of solidarity against the historic power imbalances in which sexual harassment and other forms of violence are so deeply rooted.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018
"This year's United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is "Orange the World: #HearMeToo". It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Video: What it means to be a kidnapped bride—Kyial's story, Kyrgyzstan
This video story is part of a series titled, "A true story, my story" produced by UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office for the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Video: What it means to be kidnapped bride--Kyial's story, Kyrgyzstan
This video story is part of a series titled, "A true story, my story" produced by UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office for the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

From where I stand: "Being LGBT means fighting against prejudice and violence every day"
Helen Tavares knew she was different, but it took her a long time to accept her own sexual and gender identity because of societal pressure and expectations. Although homosexuality is legal in Cape Verde, LGBT people suffer discrimination and violence. Same sex marriages are not recognized and there is rampant discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

In Lebanon, healing the wounds of violence through theatre
Through participatory theatre performances using acting and puppetry, women and men in Lebanon are speaking up to claim their rights, with some going on to become community mobilizers.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Women in Guatemala steer change, seek solutions to end sexual harassment in public spaces
Guatemala is now part of the European Union and the United Nations led "Spotlight Initiative" to eliminate violence against women and girls and harmful practices in more than 13 countries worldwide. In 2019, through the Spotlight initiative, UN Women will continue supporting actions as part the Guatemala City Safe City Programme and launch initiatives to safeguard women against sexual harassment in two new municipalities: Cobán and Chinaultla.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2018

Traditional leaders across Africa move the needle against child marriage and FGM
Working with traditional leaders, UN Women and partners are building impetus for a continent-wide commitment to end child marriage and female genital mutilation in Africa.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

In the words of Bettie Johnson Mbayo: "Men need to be involved in reporting on this issue because they dominate the newsrooms"
Award-winning journalist Bettie Johnson Mbayo from Frontpage Africa took a 16-hour motorbike ride last year through Southeastern Liberia to find a 13-year-old girl who was raped by a law-maker. Despite receiving threats, Mbayo pursued the story relentlessly, following leads on social media and interviewing family members, neighbours, school officials and the police. Her reporting resulted in the arrest of the alleged perpetrator.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

Community centres at the forefront of protection, prevention and response services to vulnerable women and girls in Jordan
Dunya Khalil* and Basma Hamed* are both survivors of domestic violence. Living in a rural area, with limited livelihood opportunities and confronted with the need to provide for their children, they found protection support and counselling services at the women and girls' centre in Ajloun operated by the Institute for Family Health and UN Women, with the generous support of the Government of Japan.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

In the words of Aiman Umarova: "If violence is condemned to silence, that does not mean that it's not in our lives"
Aiman Umarova is an acclaimed Kazakhstani lawyer and human rights activist who specializes in sexual offences against women and children, and crimes related to violent extremism and torture. She has dedicated her life to fight violence against women, despite facing threats of violence herself.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

In India, women boycott weddings with child brides
Across five rural Indian states, thousands of women have joined Women Peer Groups, which are using everything from protests to pledging ceremonies as part of a UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women-supported violence-prevention programme for ethnic minority women.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

Media Advisory: "Orange the World: #HearMeToo": International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The commemoration will bring together survivors and activists under the theme of Orange the World: #HearMeToo, leveraging their voices and work on ending violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

Young educators in China are questioning gender norms and preventing violence
The Change Makers programme introduces young people to basic principles and thinking around gender equality, and then equips them with communications and advocacy skills to craft and share the information with their peers aged 13 to 18.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2018

Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics
Currently, Latin America is leading globally in local and parliamentary positions held by women. But the journey to political participation is fraught with rising violence and intimidation against women in politics. In the age of #MeToo, we bring you the voices of Latin American women who are raising their voices and running for office, against all odds.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2018

From where I stand: "We must fight this perception that what happens in the family remains in the family"
For Ina Gradinaru, a psychologist with a women's centre in Moldova, her work with survivors of violence is much more than a job, it's a social responsibility and her life mission. For the #HearMeToo campaign, she talks about her work, the persisting challenges and myths that must be broken to end the violence.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2018

From where I stand: "People with disabilities don't talk about the violence they experience because often it means reporting the people closest to them"
Amira Kushta* was diagnosed with a rare tumor in the spine and was paralyzed after back surgery when she was 19. Her house became her prison for 24 years.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2018

In the words of Aissa Doumara Ngatansou: "My own experience of discrimination inspired me to become the activist that I am today"
Aissa Doumara Ngatansou is a 46-year-old mother of three children from the Far North Region of Cameroon. She co-founded a branch of the Association for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (ALVF) in the city of Maroua in 1996. ALVF works with survivors, and advocates with decision-makers to end early and forced marriages, and other forms of gender-based violence.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2018

From where I stand: "For the 16 Days of Activism…I am planning to highlight women who are speaking up against harassment"
Nesrine Charikhi is a radio reporter from Algiers, the capital of Algeria. In 2017, she took part in a training on gender-sensitive reporting for journalists organized by UN Women in partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Communication. One year later, Charikhi explains how the training has helped her change her way of reporting on violence against women and girls, especially through her radio show, "At the Heart of Society".

UN Women
Nov 13, 2018

From where I stand: "I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent"
In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2018

From where I stand: "I created the Wangu Kanja Foundation to provide the kind of support to survivors that I didn't receive"
The Violence Against Children report in Kenya (2010) indicated that one in three Kenyan girls has experienced sexual violence before they turn 18. Wangu Kanja, a survivor of sexual violence, started a Foundation to provide much-needed support to survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2018

In the words of Elisa Zepeda Lagunas: "It is essential for me to occupy these spaces and to open them up for others"
Elisa Zepeda Lagunas, 34, is an aquaculture engineer, Mazatec indigenous leader and women's rights defender who has suffered intense violence due to her political activism.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2018

From where I stand: "Don't tell me how to dress!"
Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2018

In the words of Emmanuella Zandi Mudherwa: "I want every survivor to be called victorious"
Emmanuella Zandi Mudherwa, 21, founded her own non-profit organization, "Ma Voisine" (My neighbour) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, which promotes girls' empowerment by girls. Today it has 12,000 members around the country. She collaborates with UN Women on initiatives to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2018

From where I stand: "I went back to university to pursue my degree in Gender Studies; I am the only male student in the class"
Meet Imad Natour, a Palestinian police officer who specializes in domestic violence cases as part of the Family and Juvenile Protection Unit. The unit, supported by a joint programme by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, provides survivors of violence with medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection. The unit is also creating powerful gender equality advocates like Natour within communities.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2018

Op-ed: Women and climate action
Women and girls bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change. Empowering women to fulfil their potential must therefore be at the heart of adaptation strategies

UN Women
Nov 09, 2018

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change
The Women's Protection Centre is part of a network of 11 shelters in nine provinces across Afghanistan. They have offered refuge to more than 1,600 survivors of gender-based violence this year, along with a combination of medical, legal and psychosocial services, and skills training so that women can restart their lives. Family Guidance Centres in five provinces offer mediation support, where lawyers, social workers and others engage with women who remain in their communities without facing any imminent risks.

UN Women
Nov 08, 2018

In the words of Hajer Sharief: "Peacebuilding is not only about stopping violence, it is also about the prevention of violence"
Hajer Sharief is the co-founder of the organization "Together We Build it", which aims to promote a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, inclusive of women and youth.

UN Women
Nov 08, 2018

Statement: UN Women welcomes the gains made by women of both parties in US midterm elections
UN Women celebrates the achievements of women who participated in the 2018 US midterm elections. Their historic victories indicate the rising voice and leadership of women, particularly as a total of 277 women ran from both parties for office, as well as unprecedented levels of candidates and winners who represented all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, backgrounds and cultures.

UN Women
Nov 08, 2018

From where I stand: "I feel good about the change that I have been able to bring"
Priyanka Kumari, 21, is a facilitator at the Women's Empowerment Centre in Dungarpur town, Dungarpur district, Rajasthan, India. She been working tirelessly to fight against illiteracy and poor access to information.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2018

From where I stand: "I saved a life"
Malti Tudu, 20, from a village in Kishangunj district, Bihar, India is among a group of young passionate activists who are trying to stop child marriage, which affects one in four girls in the state of Bihar.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2018

In the words of Justice Anisa Rasooli: "Not all women in Afghanistan are women in blue burqas begging…we can be the best engineers, doctors, judges, teachers"
Justice Anisa Rasooli was recently appointed as the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. She has been a powerful advocate for bringing more women into judicial positions, including as a leader of the Afghan Women Judges Association.

UN Women
Nov 05, 2018

Take five: "Legal reform did not change patriarchal systems or machismo culture overnight"
Katia Uriona is the former President of the Electoral Tribunal of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Before that, as the Executive Secretary of the national Women's Coordinator (Coordinadora de la Mujer), Uriona played an instrumental role in advocating for Law 243 on violence against women in politics in 2012. With the support from UN Women and other organizations, she gave an important drive to the Observatory of Parity Democracy. In March 2018, Ms. Uriona took part in an Expert Group Meeting on violence against women in politics co-organized by UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Most recently, the Electoral Tribunal conducted a country wide consultative process which informed a draft Bill on Political Organizations. The new Law on Political Organizations (Law 1096) approved by the Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly on 1 September 2018, is aligned with the constitutional principles of parity and intercultural democracy.

UN Women
Nov 02, 2018

In the words of Halima Askari: "Our victory is our unity"
Halima Askari became the first woman head of the Provincial Council in Afghanistan's conservative Wardak province in 2017. She is part of a new generation of women leaders who, little by little, are pushing for the transformation of governance. She ran for national Parliament this year and is awaiting the results. Regardless of the election results, Askari is determined to continue serving her community and advocating for girls' and women's education. Having attended UN Women-supported leadership and management training, in a recent interview she talked about what it means to be a woman in politics in Afghanistan. UN Women's political participation programme in Afghanistan was made possible by funding from the governments of Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2018

Announcer: World's first Gender Smart Investing Summit takes place in London
Thursday, 1 November 2018 marks the first ever Gender Smart Investing Summit, where venture capitalists, asset managers, institutional investors, NGOs and entrepreneurs from around the world came together to examine how more capital can be channelled to accelerate positive change towards one of the most critical social issues of our time: achieving gender equality, globally.

UN Women
Oct 31, 2018

Coverage: Young women peacebuilders call for inclusion and representation
An event organized by UN Women, the Global Network for Women Peacebuilders, UNFPA, Peacebuilding Support Office and the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh and Finland, brought together young women from four countries to share experiences and speak about their peacebuilding work. A dialogue with policy makers—Member States and UN experts—provided the space for discussion of the impact of violent conflicts on young women, and the actions they are taking to build peace and prevent conflicts.

UN Women
Oct 30, 2018

Press release: UN Women's HeForShe movement concludes tour to colleges and universities across northeastern United States
Leading American universities welcomed HeForShe and global thought leaders as part of a tour to further engage students in the achievement of gender equality

UN Women
Oct 29, 2018

Take five: "A successful peace process simply demands the active and meaningful participation of women at all levels"
UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. The Verification Mission in Colombia has made impressive strides towards gender parity; 58 per cent of its professional level field staff are women and 65 per cent of field office teams are led by women. The Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was signed in 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict. Contrary to most peace negotiations in history, women had a significant influence in the peace process in Colombia. The resulting peace agreement addresses core issues that impact women, such as women's representation in decision-making bodies, access to land restitution or justice and reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2018

Press release: To reach sustainable development for all, Asia and the Pacific must move faster on gender equality says ADB, UN Women report
Countries in Asia and the Pacific must accelerate progress on gender equality in order to reach the ambitious and progressive global goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Women released at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women in Ha Noi.

UN Women
Oct 26, 2018

UN Women Executive Director visits Sweden and Switzerland
UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Sweden and Switzerland from 27 October to 1 November, to meet with development partners and allies working to advance gender equality and women's empowerment at home and abroad.

UN Women
Oct 25, 2018

Executive Director remarks at the UN Security Council open debate on women, peace and security
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the Secretary-General's report on women, peace and security to the UN Security Council on 25 October, in New York.

UN Women
Oct 24, 2018

Coverage: Women's meaningful participation in peace—where are the barriers and what can be done?
Taking place on the sidelines of this year's annual UN Security Council Debate on Women, Peace and Security, an interactive forum organized by UN Women, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, brought together women peace activists from conflict contexts around the world, with UN Security Council members and UN experts to discuss existing barriers to women's meaningful participation and strategies to accelerate women's leadership in peace processes.

UN Women
Oct 23, 2018

From where I stand: "The adoption of the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is only the beginning"
Bajana Ceveli is the Executive Director of the Association for Women's Security and Peace (AWSP) in Albania. Over the past three years, the Association, with the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, helped draft a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which was adopted in September 2018. Ms. Ceveli spoke to UN Women about her personal motivation and why the National Action Plan is important for women.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2018

Sepur Zarco case: The Guatemalan women who rose for justice in a war-torn nation
During the 36-year-long Guatemalan civil war, indigenous women were systematically raped and enslaved by the military in a small community near the Sepur Zarco outpost. What happened to them then was not unique, but what happened next, changed history. From 2011 - 2016, 15 women survivors fought for justice at the highest court of Guatemala. The groundbreaking case resulted in the conviction of two former military officers of crimes against humanity and granted 18 reparation measures to the women survivors and their community. The abuelas of Sepur Zarco, as the women are respectfully referred to, are now waiting to experience justice. Justice, for them, includes education for the children of their community, access to land, a health care clinic and such measures that will end the abject poverty their community has endured across generations. Justice must be lived.

UN Women
Oct 19, 2018

In the words of Tanya Gilly Khailany: "When it comes to women's rights, there's no room for diplomacy"
Tanya Gilly Khailany, from Iraqi-Kurdistan, is a former member of the Iraqi Parliament (2006 - 2010) and a co-founder of the SEED Foundation, an organization that works with survivors of violence and trafficking in Iraq. An outspoken women's rights activist, Ms. Gilly Khailany was one of the key parliamentarians who legislated the 25 per cent quota for women in Iraqi provincial councils.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2018

In the words of Faidah Suleiman: "Through my job I'm making changes in my family and in the society"
Faidah Suleiman is the Superintendent of Police, Gender and Children Desk in Tanzania. With 20 years of police experience, she has been part of the Gender Desk since it was established in 2009. In 2014, UN Women partnered with the Gender and Children Desks to improve the quality of services provided.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2018

International Women's Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change
The theme for International Women's Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change".

UN Women
Oct 15, 2018

From where I stand: "Women don't have to follow orders from men…women have rights too"
At thirty, Olga Macz is a teacher and entrepreneur, and a force to be reckoned with. She leads a women's group in Campur, a small municipality in the mostly rural Alta Vara Paz department of Guatemala, which makes and sells organic shampoo. For many of the women, this is the first time that they are making their own money and making decisions.

UN Women
Oct 12, 2018

UN Women Executive Director calls for increased support for women at the Sahel Region during the IMF-WB Annual Meetings
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is on a visit to Bali, Indonesia, from 12 to 16 October to participate in the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

Empowering women farmers in Rwanda to grow better crops, better food and incomes
A collaboration between the World Food Programme (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UN Women works with rural women and their communities to build sustainable livelihoods, engage women in shaping laws, policies and programmes and to improve food and nutrition security.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October
On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls upon the international community to work with rural women and girls everywhere and to invest in the sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection that can revolutionize their livelihoods, well-being and resilience.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

We are equal, we are important, say nofotane women of Samoa
In Samoa, the term ‘nofotane' refers to indigenous women who, after marriage, live in their husband's village with the husband's family. Nofotane is an identity that defines their low social stature in the village. Traditionally, they were not allowed to dress as other women in the village and often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. The Fund for Gender Equality project implemented by Samoa Victims Support Group, improved nofotane women's access to sustainable employment and increased their participation and leadership within village decision-making bodies.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

Ask a Journalist: What does 18 look like around the world through girls' eyes?
Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times and has recently led an exciting multi-media project releasing on the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), "This is 18". It shows what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. The project was photographed entirely by young women, each of whom was paired with a professional mentor. Ms. Bennett spoke to UN Women about the making of the project.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2018

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child
On International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "This is a critical time for the girls of our world".

UN Women
Oct 10, 2018

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Security Council of the African Union
Briefing by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the joint African Union/United Nations Mission to South Sudan at the Security Council of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UN Women
Oct 10, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Brussels
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Brussels, Belgium, from 10 to 11 October 2018. The visit is intended to continue strengthening partnerships with the European Union and the Government of Belgium.

UN Women
Oct 09, 2018

Announcer: International Day of Rural Women 2018
On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year's theme, "Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls", places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

Coverage: Women's participation is key for sustaining peace in South Sudan
Women of South Sudan urge the visting AU-UN delegation to ensure women's meaningful participation in the political process and future security arrangements in the country.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

In her footsteps: The Day of the Girl
On International Day of the Girl (11 October), themed "With Her: A Skilled Girl Force", meet some amazing (s)heroes who are rising against all odds, inspiring others and innovating for a better future.

UN Women
Oct 08, 2018

Sport paves the way for skills and jobs for young mothers in Brazil
After empowering hundreds of girls and young mothers in poor communities across Rio de Janeiro, the joint programme by UN Women and International Olympic Committee enters its second phase

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