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UN Women
Jun 11, 2021

G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council presents recommendations to drive global gender equality
World-leading experts have published recommendations today for G7 leaders on how to ensure that women across the globe are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery and at the heart of the build back better agenda.

UN Women
Jun 11, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Diane Ndarbawa, youth activist for economic justice
Diane Ndarbawa is the President of Manki Maroua, an association of girl-child mothers in Cameroon. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights, working to ensure that systems and structures are gender-responsive, equitable, free of violence and harassment, and resilient to economic shocks such as the recent ones brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ndarbawa's action priority is improving technical and financial support for women's and girls' projects.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2021

Op-ed: World leaders must put women at centre of COVID-19 recovery
In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "We cannot build back better after COVID-19 without gender equality. Specifically, we must place women at the center of our economic recovery. Now is the moment for leaders to publicly commit to that work - by supporting the care economy, and equal wages and access to opportunities."

UN Women
Jun 10, 2021

Take five: "Success at the Generation Equality Forum is when we are able to translate gender equality from a concept or policy into reality"
Mavic Cabrera Balleza is the Founder and CEO of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP). She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA), driving action and resources to accelerate progress on the WPS-HA agenda. Balleza prioritizes localizing national action plans on women, peace and security and gender-sensitive humanitarian action to ensure that they respond to the needs of local communities and marginalized groups.

UN Women
Jun 08, 2021

Op-ed: Establishing Generation Equality
In an op-ed ahead of the G7 UK Cornwall Summit, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "We look to governments and to all those who control power, resources and influence to become the champions of what we call ‘Generation Equality', shaping a future together that dismantles the barriers to women's progress through working across generations and sectors on priority issues."

UN Women
Jun 07, 2021

Commitments to action: Generation Equality Action Coalitions drive change
Hear directly from some of our inspiring Action Coalition leaders why their organizations are making commitments, and what they are looking forward to.

UN Women
Jun 02, 2021

Statement: Women and girls must be at the heart of the fight for climate justice
Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Environment Day, 5 June 2021

UN Women
Jun 02, 2021

From immediate relief to livelihood support, UN Women drives investment and support for women and girls impacted by COVID-19 in India
Since January 2020, India has reported over 27 million cases of COVID-19 infection and more than 300,000 fatalities - figures that many believe are substantial underestimates. As infection rates peak, hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen, medication is running low, and there are vaccine shortages. Last week, the country also saw massive flooding and displacement in its coastal areas, as Cyclone Yaas made landfall. The scale of the emergency is unprecedented and as with every crisis, women and girls, especially those from poor and marginalized communities, are among the hardest hit.

UN Women
Jun 02, 2021

We are Generation Equality: Youth champions for change
Join us by reading the perspectives of youth from around the world who are leaders and changemakers, and sharing their stories.

UN Women
Jun 02, 2021

Press release: Economic empowerment of rural women positively impacts social norms and strengthens food security
Economic empowerment of rural women as farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders contributes towards alleviating poverty, increasing food security and achieving gender equality. These findings, based on an evaluation of a six-year multi-agency global initiative implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda, were shared at a high-level event in Rome earlier this week.

UN Women
Jun 01, 2021

Expert's Take: Investing in the lives and livelihoods of India's women is crucial to the nation's full recovery
Susan Ferguson is the UN Women Representative for India. Ms. Ferguson joined UN Women in 2017, after a long career in international development. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, and has experience working in grass-roots development agencies; establishing and managing social services; working within Local, State and Federal Government in Australia on social policy and social programmes.

UN Women
May 27, 2021

UN Women Executive Director visits Mozambique, calls for women's leadership in peacebuilding and ongoing humanitarian efforts, and bold commitments for the Generation Equality Forum
During her official visit to Mozambique from 24-26 May, and in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka meets women leaders, government officials, the donor community and youth activists to promote women's leadership in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and invites Mozambique to commit to Generation Equality Action Coalitions.

UN Women
May 27, 2021

Take five: "Investing in gender equality is not only fair, but smart and necessary in recovering fully and sustainably from the pandemic"
Kate Hampton is CEO of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, working to develop catalytic actions and commitments to advance gender equality. Hampton's action priority is leveraging the potential of self-managed care so that women and girls can take control of their own reproductive health and rights.

UN Women
May 27, 2021

Press Release: Celebrities and world leaders from government, business and academia convene at UN Women's global HeForShe Summit to release pioneering solutions for gender equality
In the context of COVID-19 where gender inequalities have been exacerbated through a disproportional negative impact on millions of women and girls, HeForShe Champions convened at the virtual HeForShe Summit today to release their tried and tested methods that aim to accelerate positive progress.

UN Women
May 26, 2021

Launch of the UN Trust Fund Strategic Plan 2021-2025
The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women's (UN Trust Fund) Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is grounded in the right of all women and girls to live free of violence. It seeks to achieve this goal through global solidarity and partnerships that enable civil society organizations, especially women's rights organizations, to deliver survivor-centred and demand-driven initiatives to help feminist movements grow globally.

UN Women
May 25, 2021

Strengthening police responses to gender-based violence crucial in lead up to Generation Equality Forum in Paris
As the world prepares to meet for the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, key global influencers in law enforcement commit to promoting gender-responsive policing to help end violence against women and girls around the world.

UN Women
May 24, 2021

Statement from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the anniversary of George Floyd's death
In a statement on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We unite today across the world through a day of anti-racism solidarity and celebrate the rekindling of the global racial justice movement".

UN Women
May 24, 2021

Media Advisory: Celebrities and global leaders convene at UN Women's HeForShe Summit to unveil innovative solutions for gender equality
Over the last six years, a unique group of 35 world leaders across government, business and academia made over 90 commitments to address some of today's most pressing gender issues. Known as HeForShe Champions, part of UN Women's HeForShe initiative, they are Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs and academic leaders. Convening as part of the global ChangeNOW event, these Champions will share their journey and share their "Proven Solutions", innovative and concretes ways to eliminate global issues such as unequal pay, lack of equal representation at leadership and gender-based violence.

UN Women
May 24, 2021

Join us for the #ActforEqual Week of Action ahead of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris
From 31 May to 6 June, The Generation Equality #ActForEqual Week of Action will showcase young leaders and their activism, demonstrate why the Generation Equality Forum is important for all generations, and how the Action Coalitions can accelerate concrete change for women and girls.

UN Women
May 21, 2021

From where I stand: "I deserve to live, and work and do whatever is needed to make my daughter happy."
Former Lebanese prison inmate Oula Abdo, 24, reflects on the challenges of life after prison and how she is getting back on her feet to embrace life again.

UN Women
May 20, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Martha Clara Nakato, advocate for bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health rights in Uganda
Most women in rural communities still lack ownership over their bodies and the power to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health needs, partly due to their limited access to essential reproductive health services.

UN Women
May 14, 2021

Together: Resisting, supporting, healing!
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia , we bring you the voices of eight LGBTIQ activists sharing their stories of resisting, supporting, and healing.

UN Women
May 14, 2021

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
In marking this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and every day, we emphasize that at UN Women we work for you; we stand with you, and in respect for, honour and celebration of the diversity and resilience of LGBTIQ peoples globally.

UN Women
May 12, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Navya Naveli Nanda, Indian health tech entrepreneur and gender equality activist
Men play a crucial role in raising the next generation of boys, who will form their values and beliefs around women based on the behaviours reflected by men today. Men in power, teachers, leaders, coaches and fathers — I urge you to set the right example. A more gender-equal society benefits everyone! Patriarchy damages not just women but also men. At this rate, achieving global gender equality will take a hundred years.

UN Women
May 11, 2021

Statement by UN Women on the situation in Afghanistan
UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN family in Afghanistan in strongly condemning the horrific attack near a school in Dasht-i-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed and injured scores of civilians, including many girls. Attacks such as this constitute a grave violation of the rights of children and human rights more broadly.

UN Women
May 10, 2021

Press Release: Registration opens for Generation Equality Forum in Paris
Registration is now open to participate in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris - a milestone global event to advance action and investment for gender equality.

UN Women
May 07, 2021

How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis
Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities.

UN Women
May 06, 2021

Op-ed: For a safer and more resilient world, put people before runaway military spending
In an op-ed, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, write: "Moving forward will require embracing a broader vision of security—one that reduces reliance on military armaments, accounts for our common humanity and recognizes women's empowerment as a critical driver of sustainable peace and development".

UN Women
May 05, 2021

From where I stand: "The more Roma women are visible, the more impact they have on society as a whole"
Christina Bilous is a Roma civic activist. She is also leader of a self-help group in the community of Toretsk, near the front line in the conflict-affected Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine. As an active community member, Bilous heads up the Roma non-governmental organization, Sumnakuno Petalo, advocating for the rights of Roma women and girls.

UN Women
May 03, 2021

Statement: This is the time to ramp up, not decrease funding for women and girls
"The ravages of COVID-19 on the lives and livelihoods of women and girls are being seen in every country, from higher job losses, shrinking work hours and greater care burdens, to increased levels of all forms of violence against women, with the development gains of decades reversed in multiple areas. This regression is an urgent driver to further ramp up investment in gender equality and women's empowerment. Our partners' continued committed engagement and support are therefore more critical than ever to the work of ensuring no woman or girl is left behind," says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2021

Press release: Liberia, Mexico, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone to tackle barriers to the deployment of women in peace operations with the support of the UN Elsie Initiative Fund
The Elsie Initiative Fund, a UN Trust Fund, announced today the first five countries - Liberia, Mexico, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone to receive financial support to increase the participation of women military and police in peace operations. It also invited Member States to send letters of interest as it launches its second round of programming.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Elsie Initiative Fund: High-Level Virtual Launch of the Second Programming Round
In her speech at the Elsie Initiative Fund: High-Level Virtual Launch of the Second Programming Round, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "The pace of change in women's representation in national militaries globally remains too slow. So, now we know that progress is possible because we have seen in it one part of our work, I think this should inspire us and fire us to also push further in all other areas that are still lagging behind."

UN Women
Apr 27, 2021

Take five: Young women leaders in Malawi are ready to build back better from COVID-19
Thelma Kaliu is a young feminist and an active member of the Young Feminist Network of Malawi. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Spotlight Initiative project under Plan International, Malawi. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Thelma attended the launch of the Malawi Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and was excited about the growth of a movement that was enthusiastically embracing young African women. Supported by the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the largest effort to eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide, the AWLN network comprises over 500 African women across generations and sectors.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2021

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April 2021
Today, and every day, we recognize that digital power must be in the hands of girls. We have a unique window and momentum now to secure bold commitments that will ensure girls are connected and empowered to create the brighter futures the world needs.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2021

Inspiring girls to know: Four stories to celebrate girls in ICT
On International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April, join us to celebrate girls in tech, support technology education and skills training, and encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM careers.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Avani Awasthee, climate activist, polar explorer
Avani Awasthee, 23, represented India on the International Antarctic Expedition in 2016.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2021

From where I stand: "With smart and efficient use of natural resources, we can alleviate climate change"
Eldar Alic is a young farmer from Kalesija in north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He founded Nutri Pelet, a company that produces ecological manure pellets from unprocessed manure. Alic advocates for healthy living and practical, eco-friendly solutions to better manage earth's limited, natural resources.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2021

From where I stand: "A better understanding of climate change has transformed the way we work"
Korka Diaw is a Senegalese farmer. She leads REFAN, the Network of Women Farmers in the North of Senegal, which empowers women and fights poverty through agriculture. In this story, she talks about adapting to COVID-19 and climate change.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Devishi Jha, youth climate activist
Devishi Jha, is an 18-year-old climate activist who was born in India and now lives in the United States. She is the Director of Partnerships at Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate justice organization, and serves on the National Council at UNICEF USA.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Selin Gören, climate activist
Selin Gören, is a 19-year old climate activist and eco entrepreneur. As a student, she studies climate change communication, and has been working with movements including Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate since 2019.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Net Supatravanij, social entrepreneur and activist against gender-based violence
Net Supatravani is the Thai co-founder of ila, a social enterprise start-up that uses human-centred design to help businesses foster inclusion, and creator of anti-domestic abuse app, ALLY. She is also a participant of the Generation Equality Asia Pacific Design Challenge, convened by UN Women and World Design Organization.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, economist, gender and youth activist
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, 33, is an African Economist, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Molaya Kgosi Trust, and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

UN Women
Apr 14, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Lauralyn, marketing communications specialist and advocate for social causes
Lauralyn, 33, is Filipino and lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She advocates for social causes when she is not selling event and digital marketing solutions to academic institutions and event organizers worldwide. Lauralyn is a participant in the Generation Equality Design Challenge, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and World Design Organization. Lauralyn prefers to be addressed without a paternal surname as she does not want her identity to be associated with patriarchal traditions.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2021

G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council membership announced
Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has announced the full list of members for the newly formed Gender Equality Advisory Council, which will ensure women are at the heart of the build back better agenda as we recover from COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2021

Building a fairer, healthier world starts with investing in women and girls
On World Health Day,7 April, UN Women spotlights women on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and growing inequality

UN Women
Apr 06, 2021

Take five: Why safe transportation is vital for women and girls during the global pandemic
Marina Moscoso T Mendonça is an Urban Management Specialist and Technical Director of Despacio in Colombia, where she supervises projects promoting urban development and sustainable transport in Latin America. Marina is also the Operations Director for Women in Motion, an initiative focused on strengthening female leadership in the transport sector.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2021

Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City
The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded today with the unveiling of an Action Coalition blueprint and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum's torch to its next step in Paris on 30 June, which will be a major commitment-making moment.

UN Women
Mar 31, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Special Session "From Beijing to Durban: addressing racism to leave no woman or girl behind"
In her remarks at the Special Session "From Beijing to Durban: addressing racism to leave no woman or girl behind", UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka called for anti-racist states and anti-racist institutions to address the intersecting issues of race and gender, two areas where the discrimination is both intense and highly normalized.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2021

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico
In her remarks at the closing of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls upon governments, corporations, organizations and activists to make bold and game-changing commitments to gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 30, 2021

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at Brussels V Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"
In her remarks at the Brussels V Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér said: "With increased and better coordinated resources earmarked for women and girls, we can collectively do more, and our overall impact will increase".

UN Women
Mar 30, 2021

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Launch of Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance
In her remarks at the launch of the Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We know for sure, right now, that when we are talking about building back better and achieving decent work for women, the stereotype that suggests that women are not more suitable for work than men has to change. Otherwise, women will forever be the ones who are the face of poverty. That is on you to help us change those views and those stereotypes about women".

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance launches Mexico National Chapter at Generation Equality Forum
The Unstereotype Alliance today launches a national chapter in Mexico, on the inaugural day of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. A coalition of nine major advertisers and industry associations have united to combat harmful stereotypes in the country's advertising and media content.

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Plenary on Women's Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum, Mexico
In her remarks at the the Opening Plenary on Women's Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We cannot only hope because hope is not a strategy. Hope becomes meaningful when it is acted upon. The Action Coalitions are there to make sure that the hope that we rightfully have is converted into a strategy that we implement."

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

Press Release: Presidents of Mexico and France, UN leaders, youth and civil society call for bold action at the opening of Generation Equality Forum in Mexico
Global leaders united today to call for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality at the official opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Mexico's President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, officially opened the Forum alongside President of France, Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and convener of the Forum, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. They were joined by youth activist Elvira Pablo and civil society leader Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, representing youth and civil society groups who are partners in designing and co-creating the Forum, as well as by Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

African Women Leaders Network call for increased representation of women in the COVID-19 response at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
At a side event during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) convened women leaders across the continent to discuss the importance of women's leadership in decision-making and key achievements of the AWLN National Chapters.

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

Remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Generation Equality Forum Mexico
In his remarks at the opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "It is time to regroup and re-energize our quest to create a more equal, more just, more sustainable world in which all people can realize their human rights without discrimination and without fear".

UN Women
Mar 29, 2021

Speech-SG Guterres Generation Equality Forum Mexico
In his remarks at the opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "It is time to regroup and re-energize our quest to create a more equal, more just, more sustainable world in which all people can realize their human rights without discrimination and without fear".

UN Women
Mar 28, 2021

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico
In her remarks at the opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "It is going to be now in Mexico that we start this work; start an era of catalytic action to accelerate change".

UN Women
Mar 26, 2021

Press Release: UN's largest gathering on women's rights delivers robust blueprint on strengthening women's leadership and participation in public life
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), as the countdown for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 - 31 March) begins.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
In her remarks at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the resolution of problems that women and girls have faced over generations

UN Women
Mar 26, 2021

Media Advisory: Generation Equality Forum, Mexico City
The Generation Equality Forum is a major global convening to advance gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired jointly by the Governments of Mexico and France, with the leadership and participation of youth and civil society.

UN Women
Mar 25, 2021

At CSW65, women's rights organizations discuss the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women, one year on
At a side event on 24 March, during the 65th Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), together with the Governments of Sweden and Canada, met virtually to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 24, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women's Leadership in Africa
In her remarks at the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) National Chapters: Driving Women's Leadership in Africa, on the margins of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "This is supposed to be a moment and an opportunity to reset our countries. If we reset our countries based on recommendations that come from committees that exclude women, you can imagine how unrepresentative those recommendations are going to be. "

UN Women
Mar 22, 2021

"The excitement about Generation Equality is something you can now feel and touch"— UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, interactive virtual side event on the Generation Equality Forum: The road to Mexico, Paris and beyond

UN Women
Mar 22, 2021

Press release: Women's absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women
Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women's recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2021

Statement by UN Women on Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention
UN Women reiterates the concerns expressed by the United Nations in Turkey and other partners regarding Turkey's announced termination of being a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the "Istanbul Convention"). We urge Turkey to reconsider its withdrawal.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2021

At CSW65, youth leaders call for intergenerational co-leadership and accountability for the Generation Equality Forum
At a side event during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), the Generation Equality Youth Task Force, UN Women, and the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth convened a high-level dialogue to critically examine the meaning of shared intergenerational co-leadership and mutual accountability.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2021

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2021
Condemn racism and discrimination wherever they occur: act to create racial justice and a gender-equal, inclusive world

UN Women
Mar 18, 2021

Mexico joins Bolivia in efforts to stop violence against women in politics
Violence against women creates significant barriers for women aspiring for political office, says UN Women. It's critical to reform and fully implement laws to prevent and stop violence against women in politics.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2021

Women must be ‘front and centre' of pandemic recovery, UN chief says
Women need to be "front and centre" of the pandemic recovery as a matter of economics, efficiency, effectiveness and social resilience, the UN chief told the women's commission on Tuesday.

UN Women
Mar 16, 2021

United Nations Secretary-General's remarks at Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
In his remarks at the Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "Women need to be front and centre of the recovery from the pandemic - not as a matter of charity, not even as a matter of justice and basic human rights".

UN Women
Mar 15, 2021

Women's rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucuses urged to promote more women in politics
Ahead of the sixty fifth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), civil society representatives called for promotion of women's political participation and elimination of violence, discrimination and hate speech against women in politics.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Town Hall with Civil Society and the United Nations Secretary-General
In her speech at the Town Hall with Civil Society during the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on Civil Society to demand bold outcomes, and challenge countries to be decisive about the inclusion of women in public life and everywhere.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2021

A common voice from Africa at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women
Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), from 15 - 26 March 2021, African countries present a common voice to expand women's participation in public life and decision-making.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2021

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening of the 65th Commission on the status of Women
In her remarks at the Opening session of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for bold and strong moves to propel us toward gender equality, end the discrimination against women and girls and empower all of us.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2021

Press Release: UN's largest gathering on women's rights calls on enhancing women's leadership in public life in the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will call for increasing women's participation and leadership in decision-making to solve global challenges.

UN Women
Mar 14, 2021

Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean commit to promoting actions to achieve substantive equality and parity democracy
The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. During this meeting, women's full and effective participation and decision-making by women in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, will be addressed as a priority theme to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The theme for International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,"...

UN Women
Mar 14, 2021

Arab States agree on priorities for the advancement of women's empowerment in the region, ahead of global meeting
On February 10, Ministers and women´s authorities' representing Member States of the League of Arab States, participated in the Arab Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65).

UN Women
Mar 11, 2021

Statement on Myanmar by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
UN Women aligns with the statements made by the UN Secretary-General in strongly condemning the violent crackdown and the use of lethal force against peaceful protestors over the past month in Myanmar and expresses its deep concern over the targeted and disproportionate violence against women being recorded in this situation.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

Media Advisory: UN's Commission on the Status of Women highlights women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, 15-26 March
The 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), from 15 to 26 March 2021, will focus on examining the progress, gaps and setting a global roadmap towards achieving full equality in public life. This year's priority theme is, ‘Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls'.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

Women leaders we admire
Women's leadership is at the forefront of unfolding discussions at the UN's largest annual gathering on gender equality and women's empowerment, the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, from 15 to 26 March. UN Women brings inspiring voices of women leaders from around the world

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Elena Crasmari, the only woman in her local council in Moldova
Elena Crasmari decided to run for office so that the local administration could meet the needs of all members of her community. She won a local councillor seat, making her the only woman on a nine-person team, and one of six local councillors with a disability in Moldova, out of 10,472 local councillors.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

Press release: Women in politics: New data shows growth but also setbacks
Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU-UN Women "Map of women in politics". The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, an indigenous woman Senator in Bolivia's Legislative Assembly
After the November 2020 national elections, women make up 49 per cent of the Legislative Assembly of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, cementing its position as a forerunner on gender parity in politics. The participation of indigenous women and stopping violence against women in political and public life are among the top priorities for the country.

UN Women
Mar 10, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Nan Zar Ni Myint empowers migrant domestic workers in Thailand amidst the pandemic
Women have been hit harder by the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as more women work in low-paying, insecure and informal jobs. This includes migrant domestic workers. Nan Zar Ni Myint is a domestic worker from Myanmar and a volunteer in her community based in Bangkok, Thailand. She has mobilized her network of domestic workers to support other domestic workers in Thailand, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

How six grass-roots women's organizations are making sure that no one is left behind in COVID-19 response
Building back better from COVID-19 needs investment in feminist, grass-roots leadership. Yet, direct funding to women's organizations accounts for less than one per cent of the global official development assistance provided for gender equality. In six stories, learn about the critical support that grass-roots women leaders and their organizations bring to their communities.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Mzuri Issa, breaking down social barriers to women's leadership in Tanzania, using the media
Through her work at the Tanzania Media Women's Association in Zanzibar, Mzuri Issa is at the forefront of pushing for legal reforms and changing policies and attitudes that impede women's access to leadership and decision-making. Her tough childhood experiences motivate her to advocate for the rights of women and girls, using the media.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Jittirat Tantasirin, creating opportunities for women in the automotive industry in Thailand
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, businesses scrambled to adapt to unprecedented economic and social consequences of the crisis. The automotive industry was no exception - with lockdowns and "stay home" orders in effect in many parts of the world still, car showrooms had to go digital. Jittirat Tantasirin and her team leveraged technology to revolutionize retail sales models and expand women's place in the industry.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Caroline Fattal, one the "most powerful Arab women in business" dedicated to supporting Lebanese women entrepreneurs
Lebanese businesswoman Caroline Fattal, 49 years old, has been named one of the "Most Powerful Arab Women in Business" by Forbes Middle East in 2014, 2015, 2017 and again last year, in 2020. Co-founder of Stand for Women, a Lebanon-based NGO, she has dedicated much of her time since 2017 to helping more female entrepreneurs enter the private sector and take on leadership positions. Since the August 2020 Beirut explosion, Fattal and Stand for Women have partnered with UN Women to support small women-owned businesses.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Laxmi Badi, a Dalit woman leader from Nepal, fights inequality every day
Laxmi Badi, a Dalit woman leader from Nepal is at the forefront of the struggle for equal rights, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In South Asia, persons from Dalit community are at the bottom of the archaic "caste system" - a social stratification, whereby individuals face multiple generations of discrimination and segregation based on their descent.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, a judge from Trinidad and Tobago, is promoting gender-sensitive adjudication globally
Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, a judge in Trinidad and Tobago, is a champion for gender-sensitive adjudication, raising awareness and sharing her knowledge around the world. She talks about how support at home and mentorship from other judges played a crucial role in her success.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Bernadette Gomina, a pioneering parliamentarian in Central African Republic
Bernadette Gomina is a Member of Parliament for the administrative division of Bayanga, in the south of the Central African Republic (CAR) and one of two women elected in the first round of the 2020-2021 legislative elections in the country. She details the challenges that women leaders face and how the Forum of Women Parliamentarians has helped spark change.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Kaouther Kotersi, breaking barriers for people living with disabilities in Tunisia
Kaouther Kotersi knows a thing or two about determination and resilience. She was only 13 years old when she was involved in an accident that resulted in her losing her ability to walk. This marked the beginning of a long and difficult journey to fulfil her ambitions. Facing these challenges head on, at 30 years of age, Kotersi is now a member of the Municipal Council of Djerba Ajim, and a teacher at the Djerba Ajim Organization for the Intellectually Disabled.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: How three women mayors in Moldova are making a difference every day
Meet three women mayors from rural Moldova who have defied deeply entrenched gender stereotypes about women's leadership and led their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. From building public infrastructure to enabling citizen participation virtually, they have made their communities safer and more resilient.

UN Women
Mar 09, 2021

Press Release: Devastatingly pervasive: 1 in 3 women globally experience violence
Violence against women remains devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young, shows new data from WHO and partners. Across their lifetime, 1 in 3 women, around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner - a number that has remained largely unchanged over the past decade.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2021

This is what leadership looks like: Rewriting Kenya's laws with Millie Odhiambo
Millie Odhiambo, 55, is one of Kenya's fearless politicians. The legal frameworks she has ushered through Parliament provide unprecedented protection for victims of crime. Although sexual harassment and election-related violence often plague women politicians in Kenya, Odhiambo and her peers are proving that women deliver for gender equality and protection of survivors. She is also pushing for enforcing existing quota laws

UN Women
Mar 08, 2021

Launch of the I Know Gender Module 16: Gender Equality and Migration
Today, on International Women's Day, we are celebrating the launch of a brand-new online training module, Gender Equality and Migration, developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Women. This module helps learners understand how gender shapes every stage of the migrant journey, and why gender equality matters in migration.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2021

UN Women and World Bank launch course on gender equality in transportation
A first-of-its-kind course by UN Women and the World Bank examines the often-invisible gender issues surrounding mobility in the transport sector.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2021

UN Secretary-General's message for International Women's Day 2021
In his statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the need to work together with vision and determination to make equality happen.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2021

Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day 2021, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum"
In her remarks at the United Nations commemoration of International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "we stand at a crossroads as we ponder the recovery from a pandemic that has had a disproportionate impact on women and girls. We also face the challenge of the underrepresentation of women in key institutions, some of which will be responsible for the recovery".

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