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UN Women
Sep 17, 2021

Media Advisory: UN Women at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly: putting women's leadership at the centre of the COVID-19 recovery
Through side-events, intergenerational and intergovernmental conversations, UN Women is building upon the momentum of the Generation Equality Forum and celebrating the Generation Equality Action Coalitions as they take urgent action towards gender equality.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2021

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General, Acting Executive Director of UN Women and Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board
"UN Women's role in promoting the empowerment of women and girls and ensuring that their rights are safeguarded has never been so critical as it is in this moment. The solidarity and commitment that you brought to this session will be essential in ensuring that UN Women can carry out its essential mandate on the road ahead," said Acting Executive Director Pramila Patten.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Madhura Das Gupta, business leader and advocate for women's economic justice and rights
Madhura Dasgupta Sinha has more than 25 years of banking and leadership experience, and is now the CEO and Founder of Aspire For Her, which motivates young women to enter and stay in the workforce. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2021, with only 22.3 per cent of Indian women in the labour force and less women in leadership roles, India's gender pay gap has increased this year. Aspire For Her is a Generation Equality Ally, a new communications and advocacy initiative under UN Women's flagship campaign in India. UN Women spoke with Dasgupta Sinha on the occasion of Equal Pay Day, 18 September 2021.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2021

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

UN Women
Sep 15, 2021

Press release: Being amongst the most affected by the earthquake, women's and girls' meaningful participation and leadership are crucial to an effective and successful humanitarian response in Haiti
Following the 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, UN Women Haiti and CARE International, in partnership with the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Women's Rights, the General Directorate of Civil Protection, and the Humanitarian Country Team's Special Gender Task Force, developed a Rapid Gender Analysis that aims to provide humanitarian actors with recommendations to address the needs of women and girls to ensure their rights and needs are at the...

UN Women
Sep 15, 2021

Press release: Photoville exhibition spotlights women peace activists and women's role in peacemaking
The United Nations Department of Peace Operations, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, UN Women and in partnership with New York City's flagship photography festival, Photoville, is launching a photo exhibition highlighting the work of women peace activists as seen through the eyes of women photographers.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2021

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia to the UN High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan
"We must stand in solidarity with Afghan women as we define and implement our collective humanitarian response. Daily, we see new violations of women's human rights which left to continue unchecked will jeopardize decades of progress", said UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia.

UN Women
Sep 14, 2021

Gender equality and the UN General Assembly: Facts and history to know
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the world's largest yearly meeting of world leaders. It's an action-packed week of deliberations, speeches, side events and even celebrity sightings. Ahead of the 76th UNGA session (14 - 28 September 2021), we take a look at the history of gender equality and the General Assembly.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2021

Secretary-General appoints Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2021

Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan to be appointed Executive Director of UN Women
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2021

Media advisory: launch of UN Women's Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice
UN Women is launching a new flagship report, "Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice", which calls for governments to ensure the COVID-19 recovery shapes a more gender equal and sustainable world.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2021

Statement: Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Ms Pramila Patten, stands in solidarity with Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms
"Women have a right to peaceful protest and to a life free of violence. In taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban authorities assume a duty to respect and protect these rights," Pramila Patten said.

UN Women
Sep 08, 2021

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2021
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's second regular session on 14-15 September 2021, primarily online.

UN Women
Sep 07, 2021

Statement: Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Ms. Pramila Patten, expresses dismay and regret at the absence of women in the new Afghan governing authority
"Women's political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy. Women's participation in all walks of life is essential for an inclusive, strong, and prosperous society in Afghanistan, both to meet the many challenges the country faces today and to succeed tomorrow. It is therefore critical that political decision-making processes are participatory, responsive, equitable, and inclusive," stated Pramila Patten.

UN Women
Sep 02, 2021

From where I stand: "Through this digital world, we make real change and promote peace"
Born and raised in Morocco, Yasmina Benslimane witnessed first-hand how oppressive laws affect women and force them to remain silent out of fear of breaking the status quo. She runs Politics4Her, a feminist blog and youth-led movement that advocates for the inclusion of girls and women in politics.

UN Women
Sep 01, 2021

From where I stand: "If we as men are interested in gender equality, everything gets better".
William Fernando Rosero, 28, works to educate other young men about the importance of gender equality, especially at home and within families.

UN Women
Aug 31, 2021

Statement: Pramila Patten, Executive Director a.i of UN Women, calls on the Taliban leadership to include women in the upcoming governance entity
In a statement calling for women's inclusion in the upcoming governance entity of Afghanistan, UN Women acting Executive Director Pramila Patten says: "The immediate inclusion of women in the governance structure of the new leadership in Afghanistan will be the ultimate litmus test for the Taliban".

UN Women
Aug 26, 2021

Young women entrepreneurs from Moldova support the local market with healthy lifestyle-promoting businesses
Two young women entrepreneurs from the Republic of Moldova, Nadejda Hadjivu and Victoria Sobol, managed to start their businesses, promoting local, healthy products, during the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the Organization for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (ODIMM) in Moldova, UN Women and the Government of Japan, they have been able to sustain and expand their businesses.

UN Women
Aug 24, 2021

Take Five: "Young people are the leaders of the food systems transformation"
Maryam Aleisa is the founder and Executive Director of Refood, a non-profit company dedicated to reducing and repurposing food waste in Kuwait.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2021

Ending violence against women in Uganda takes a step forward with critical law reforms passed in Parliament
Overhauling outdated and discriminatory legislation is essential to ending violence against women and girls, and the women's movement in Uganda has ensured an incredible leap forward was taken in 2021.

UN Women
Aug 20, 2021

Strengthening women's meaningful participation in peace processes
Activists and advocates who participated in the global convening on "Gender-Inclusive Peace Processes: Strengthening Women's Meaningful Participation through Constituency Building." explore good practices and strategies for gender-inclusive constituency building and the links between constituency building and women's meaningful participation in formal peace processes.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2021

Women-managed community kitchens support vulnerable women in Nepal
More than 41 per cent of women lost their jobs during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nepal. Responding to their practical needs, UN Women with support from the Government of Finland has been ensuring their access to food and nutrition through women-managed community kitchens across Nepal. Pushpa Sunar is one of the 123 people employed in the community kitchens, which is providing an income to the women working there and helping to alleviate the care burden among other women, as well as build trust and cohesion in the communities.

UN Women
Aug 18, 2021

UN Women bids farewell to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka completed her second and last term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on 17 August 2021 after eight years at the helm of the organization.

UN Women
Aug 18, 2021

Statement by UN Women on the situation in Afghanistan
In line with the statement by the UN Secretary-General, UN Women remains fully committed to support women and girls in Afghanistan. We will remain operational and engaged with our partners at this critical juncture for the country.

UN Women
Aug 18, 2021

UN Secretary-General appoints Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten as officer-in-charge of UN Women
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten as officer-in-charge of UN Women, effective 18 August 2021.

UN Women
Aug 13, 2021

Delivering rapid and coordinated services to survivors of violence in Viet Nam
Gender-based violence Rapid Response Teams in 17 communities, led by local police, and consisting of a Women's Union Officer and a Justice Officer, Youth Union Officer or Community Leader, deliver timely and coordinated responses and protection for women and girls experiencing violence in their communities.

UN Women
Aug 11, 2021

Racial bias must be addressed to create real change in police responses to gender-based violence
While gender-responsive policing is gaining momentum around the world, intersecting forms of bias and discrimination within the justice sector stops many women and girls from receiving the help they need.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Captain Zoya Sapra Aggarwal, pilot and gender equality advocate
Captain Zoya Sapra Aggarwal is a commercial pilot and the commander with Air India, TED speaker and an inspiration to young women and girls in India and everywhere. In 2013, she became the youngest female pilot to fly a Boeing-777. In January 2021, she made another milestone by commanding an all-women team of pilots to fly Air India's longest non-stop commercial flight from San Francisco, USA to Bengaluru, India. She been pointed to the Aerotime Global Advisory Board in recognition of her significant role in the aviation industry. UN Women spoke to Captain Zoya for Youth Day 2021.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Immaculate Akello, climate change activist and lawyer standing up for rural women
Immaculate Akello, 25, is a climate change activist and lawyer whose work is transforming the lives of rural women in northern Uganda living along the shea belt community. Akello is the founder of Generation Engage Network, an organization that champions environmental rights and environmental democracy in Northern and Central Uganda.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Nevena Pandza, nutritionist and educator
Nevena Pandža, 31, is a nutritionist from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she works as a clinical nutritionist at the University Clinical Hospital Mostar.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Kehkashan Basu, feminist youth leader and environmentalist
Kehkashan Basu is the Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation, a global social innovation enterprise that works at a grass roots level in 25 countries, empowering young people, especially those from vulnerable communities, in sustainable development. Basu is a member of the World Humanitarian Forum Youth Council and Co-Lead of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice. She is committed to amplifying the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

UN Women statement for International Youth Day, 2021: "Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health"
On International Youth Day, 12 August, we recognize the critical efforts of young people around the world to support and foster the health of our planet.

UN Women
Aug 09, 2021

Take five: "Girls' empowerment and inclusion in decision-making processes is a transformative force in achieving a sustainable and equal future"
Julieta Martínez, a 17-year-old Chilean activist, is the founder of the Tremendas platform, a collective of empowered girls and young women that support social impact actions. Martínez participated in an intergenerational dialogue at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris (30 June to 2 July), during which progress and barriers to gender equality were analysed - with a focus on the Beijing Platform for Action, and how it has evolved.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2021

Empowering Libyan women to make a living and put food on the table
Along with 194 women from Ajdabiya, Hana* participated in Tamkeen, a two-month vocational training aimed at meeting the immediate food needs of vulnerable women, support their skills development and create job opportunities for them so they can become self-sufficient. The programme is jointly implemented by UN Women, the World Food Programme (WFP), and local partner Asarya, with generous support from the Government of Japan.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2021

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2021
Today, on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we join the call for a new social contract that will let us rebuild our world in a way that is forward-looking, equitable and targeted to the most marginalized.

UN Women
Jul 31, 2021

Joint statement by UNFPA and UN Women: Impacts of the compounded political and health crisis on women and girls in Myanmar
Since February 1, women and girls have been at the frontlines as leaders of civil society organizations, civil servants, activists, journalists, artists and influencers exercising their fundamental rights to express their hopes for the future of their country. Even before the coup, women, who make up 75 per cent of Myanmar's healthcare professionals, were at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. Now, during a tragic surge in COVID-19 cases, many women continue in their activism and serve their communities while also assuming significant responsibilities as caregivers for sick family members, and for their children's home-based learning.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2021

How women migrants in Thailand are stopping trafficking and gender-based violence in their communities
Migration can be a life-changing experience, but migrant workers are especially vulnerable to human trafficking and gender-based violence. San May Khine, a social worker in Thailand who was once a migrant worker herself, is supporting her fellow women migrant workers to move past experiences of violence and build a stable and bright future in a COVID-19 world.

UN Women
Jul 28, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Isidora Guzmán: Youth and inclusion activist
At the age of 16, Isidora Guzmán, a young Chilean activist, already has among her achievements the development of an app that helps people with disabilities to find adequate parking spaces in her municipality. She was born prematurely, at six months of gestation, which resulted in cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia, which affected her motor skills and led her to use a wheelchair.

UN Women
Jul 27, 2021

Your questions answered: Women and COVID-19 in India
UN Women and health sector experts answer some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts women and girls in India.

UN Women
Jul 21, 2021

Women in sport are changing the game
Sport mobilizes the global community and speaks to youth. It unites across national barriers and cultural differences. It teaches women and girls the values of teamwork, self-reliance and resilience; has a multiplier effect on their health, education and leadership development; contributes to self-esteem; builds social connections; and challenges harmful gender norms. To celebrate women in sport, here are just a few inspirational women breaking down gender barriers all around the world.

UN Women
Jul 16, 2021

From where I stand: "It is everybody's responsibility to take action"
Miatta Darwolor is the Founder and Executive Director of Sister Aid Liberia, a women-led non-governmental organization that promotes young women and girls' rights in political participation and leadership; works to prevent violence against women and girls; and advocates for women-friendly policies and laws.

UN Women
Jul 15, 2021

Supported by UN Women, police forces are becoming more responsive to survivors of violence
In the past 18 months, by trapping women with their abusers, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have worsened the already-widespread violence against women while preventing many of them from getting help. But even those who do manage to contact the police come up against another long-standing challenge: a culture and system that treats the survivor as a big part of the problem.

UN Women
Jul 14, 2021

Address the interlocking crises of care, jobs and the environment to achieve the promise of the SDGs, say experts at the High-Level Political Forum
At a side event of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, jointly organized by UN Women, UNDP and ILO on 6 July, expert panelists reflected on deep and interlocking crises and their disproportionate impacts on women and other marginalized groups. They identified transformative actions for an inclusive and equitable recovery.

UN Women
Jul 13, 2021

Press release: UN Women presents ‘A Force for Change', an art exhibition and auction featuring work by 26 Black women artists, benefitting Black women
UN Women will host the first all-Black, all-women global selling exhibition and auction titled "A Force for Change", with proceeds benefiting Black women across the world and the participating artists. The exhibition will be open to the public in New York City from 27 to 31 July 2021, with an online auction hosted on Artsy from 16 to 30 July 2021, closing at 2pm EDT.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2021

Leave no one behind in efforts to build back better
At the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women convened a high-level dialogue to highlight what is needed to ensure transformative change in the lives of women and girls with disabilities as the world accelerates the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and builds back better from COVID-19.

UN Women
Jul 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Mete Belovacikli, advocate for gender equality in media
Mete Belovacikli, 59, is Editor in Chief of one of the oldest newspapers in Turkey, Milliyet. As a strong defender of gender equality, he has led Milliyet in becoming a partner of UN Women's Global Media Compact. Milliyet is the only media organisation that became a commitment maker at the Generation Equality Forum with five-year commitments on economic justice and rights.

UN Women
Jul 08, 2021

From active funding to catalytic action
The private sector and philanthropic foundations announce bold investments and actions for gender equality

UN Women
Jul 07, 2021

Op-ed: Achieving equality for women: COVID-19 and beyond
The pandemic is negatively impacting women more than men, by exacerbating already entrenched inequalities. We need bold, transformative action to dismantle the barriers to women's progress if we are to achieve SDG 5 by the end of the decade.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2021

Press release: Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment launched on the sidelines of the Generation Equality Forum
UN Women kicks-off the call for applications for the second edition of the Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa Global Award for Women's Empowerment in partnership with the Supreme Council for Women of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to recognize the work of governments, the private sector, civil society organizations and individual champions towards empowering women and girls worldwide.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Closing Ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, France
In her remarks at the closing ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "I have seen the world jump together and shake the world of patriarchy. It has not all collapsed, but it is in bad shape, and I think that we can only get better from here."

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions launch transformative commitments for gender equality
Following the Action Coalition launch events on 1 July 2021, Leaders and Commitment Makers, including governments, private sector, civil society, youth, philanthropy, and international organizations, from the Action Coalitions on Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Feminist Action for Climate Justice and Feminist Movements and Leadership showcased their commitments.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

To build back better, transform and invest in the care economy, say leaders at the Generation Equality Forum Paris
At a high-level panel on care at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris on 2 July, the Government of Mexico, represented by the President of the National Institute of Women (INMUJERES), Nadine Gasman, launched the Global Alliance for Care.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Global leaders advocate for male accountability in the fight to end violence against women at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris
At a high-level event on the final day of the landmark Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN leaders, feminist and youth activists, policy makers, and influencers called on men everywhere to step up and take accountability in the fight to end violence against women.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Press release: Generation Equality Forum concludes in Paris with announcement of revolutionary commitments and Global Acceleration Plan to advance gender equality by 2026
The Generation Equality Forum Paris concluded today with the announcement of bold gender equality commitments and launch of a global 5-year action journey to accelerate gender equality by 2026. The Forum's bold, action-oriented agenda will be under-written by nearly USD 40 billion of confirmed investments as well as ambitious policy and programme commitments from governments, philanthropy, civil society, youth organizations and the private sector.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Trailblazing leaders commit to end gender-based violence, drive equality in technology and innovation, and ensure economic justice and rights for women and girls at the Generation Equality Forum
On 1 July, Action Coalition Leaders and Commitment Makers gathered at the Generation Equality Forum to launch ground-breaking commitments to end gender-based violence, drive equality in technology and innovation, and to ensure economic justice and rights for women and girls everywhere.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Media Advisory: Invitation to attend virtual closing press conference, Generation Equality Forum Paris
We invite you to join us for the virtual closing press conference of the Generation Equality Forum, held today, Friday 2 July, from 6:30-6:55pm Paris time / 12:30-12:55pm ET time.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2021

Women mayors commit to far-reaching and transformative actions to advance gender equality in cities around the world
UN Women, with support from United Cities and Local Government (UCLG), co-organized a high-level dialogue at the Generation Equality Forum, to highlight local commitments to gender equality in cities across the world.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2021

Press release: More than 100 signatories launch Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action at the Generation Equality Forum
Media Contact: christine.luby[at]unwomen.org

UN Women
Jul 01, 2021

Harnessing the power of sport for Generation Equality
On 1 July 2021, leaders in the world of sport came together to make commitments to the Sport for Generation Equality Principles at the landmark Generation Equality Forum in Paris.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2021

Global leaders discuss ambitious and urgent actions to accelerate progress on women's leadership at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris
At a high-level event on the second day of the landmark Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women, in partnership with the Council of Women World Leaders, convened world leaders to discuss ambitious and urgent actions to ensure that women and young people, in all their diversity, are promoted as leaders and supported as a force for positive change and progress

UN Women
Jul 01, 2021

Development Banks accelerate actions for gender equality
National, regional and multilateral development banks, development finance institutions, national promotional banks, and export credit agencies - gathered today at Generation Equality Forum to strengthen their collective contributions to Sustainable Development Goal 5 on advancing gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women
Jun 30, 2021

Which Generation Equality hero are you?
Taking place in Paris, from 30 June - 2 July, the Generation Equality Forum will bring together governments, activists, private sector partners and youth, and leaders from every sector. Together, they will commit investments, programmes and policies that fast-track progress towards an equal future for all. As we start our action journey, learn more about some of our feminist action heroes who make up Generation Equality. Which Generation Equality action hero do you support and aspire to be?

UN Women
Jun 30, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Opening Ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, France
In her remarks at the opening ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Generation Equality is about change. It is about moving from making promises to telling us what you are going to do in order for the situation of women to change."

UN Women
Jun 30, 2021

Press release: Heads of State, leaders and activists take bold action to accelerate gender equality and address the consequences of COVID-19 for women and girls
Generation Equality Forum to drive major policy reforms and generate over USD 40 billion in new investments

UN Women
Jun 29, 2021

How Spotlight Initiative is working toward Generation Equality
The Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has made four recommendations to accelerate progress to eliminate violence against women and girls. Find out how Spotlight Initiative is responding to these rallying cries below.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2021

Winners of the comic and cartoon competition, "Generation Equality: Picture It!"
Discover the winners of the global comic and cartoon competition, organized by UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace. Thirteen young artists between 18 and 28 years old were selected among 1200 submissions from more than 120 countries for their brilliant vision of Generation Equality.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2021

Media advisory: Generation Equality Forum, Paris
The Generation Equality Forum is the most catalytic global gathering for gender equality held in the last quarter century. Convened by UN Women and co-chaired by the Governments of France and Mexico, with the leadership and participation of youth and civil society, the Forum is a once-in-a-generation moment to advance global gender equality.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2021

Generation Equality Forum: Feminist inspiration
Ahead of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris, UN Women checked in with leading activists from around the world on what we can expect from the Generation Equality Forum, why they're participating and what happens next.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the implementation of recommendations in the independent victim-centred review of UN Women policies and processes on tackling sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment at the UN Women Executive Board
In her remarks to the UN Women Executive Board annual session, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "UN Women will continue to fight for organizational and cultural change that ends sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment until it is achieved for all."

UN Women
Jun 22, 2021

Take five: "What is so exciting about the Generation Equality Forum is that it's not just a three-day conference, it's a five-year agenda"
Karina Gould is Minister of International Development at the Government of Canada, Member of Parliament for Burlington city in Ontario, and Co-Chair of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment Engagement Group. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership, working to develop catalytic actions and commitments to advance gender equality. Gould's action priority is ensuring that feminist leaders, movements and organizations are supported to carry out their work without fear of reprisal.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2021

Opening statement 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 2021
In her opening remarks to the UN Women Executive Board annual session 2021, UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks back on eight years of progress for UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2021

Statement on International Widows' Day 2021 by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained health systems, widened socio-economic gaps, and shifted strategic, political, and funding priorities, all of which disproportionately affect women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. The doubled risk of death for men from COVID-19 has not only created more widows; the pandemic has in many cases magnified the impact of the challenges they face, for example when confronted by extreme poverty from being disinherited from land and property with no alternative source of support.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2021

Countdown begins towards the Generation Equality Forum
The Generation Equality Forum - a milestone event for global action and investment in gender equality - will take place virtually and in Paris France 30 June - 2 July 2021. With over 22,000 participants already registered from all sectors of society, excitement is building.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2021

Seven ways to change the world
Convened by UN Women, co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, together with civil society and youth, the Generation Equality Forum is taking place in Paris, from 30 June to 2 July. Here's how it's set to be catalytic and action-oriented, unveiling major investments, programmes, and policies that accelerate progress on women's rights.

UN Women
Jun 21, 2021

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

UN Women
Jun 20, 2021

What does gender equality look like? Artists around the world share their vision
In the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum — a landmark gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France in partnership with civil society and youth — we asked artists globally to visualize what gender equality means to them. Get inspired by some of our top picks and learn why these artists joined us to #ActForEqual.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Shreen Saroor, women's rights activist
Shreen Saroor runs the Women's Action Network (WAN) in Sri Lanka, a collective of women's groups that empowers and advocates for women and women survivors of war, violence and other injustices. As the Generation Equality Forum - a landmark event to catalyze rapid advancement on gender equality - approaches, she calls on leaders to close the gaps between policies and implementation. The Forum is convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2021

UN Women statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Today, as we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women looks ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris and the opportunities that it brings for collective actions that avert repeated cycles of violence and build inclusive and durable peace.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2021

A week of action, a generation for equality
Hear from five young activists about why the Generation Equality Forum is important for all generations, how they #ActForEqual, and how you, too, can commit to change.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Souhaila Nassar, changing the image of refugees
Souhaila Nassar, 33, came to Burj Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon as a young child. After learning and growing from the services of the Palestinian Women's Humanitarian Organization, Nassar now works to support other young refugees.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2021

Together with refugees, we build a safer and more vibrant world
This year's World Refugee Day is unfolding against the backdrop of global crisis and social change, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left few lives and places untouched. The pandemic has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities of women and girls, who constitute approximately half of those displaced; they face higher risks of gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation, and have difficulty accessing justice, health and response services.

UN Women
Jun 16, 2021

Take five: "Everyone should understand how they can become an agent of change"
Céline Bonnaire is the Executive Director of the Kering Foundation. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence, working to develop catalytic actions and commitments to advance gender equality. Bonnaire prioritizes scaling up comprehensive, accessible and quality services for survivors of gender-based violence against women and girls in all their diversity.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2021

UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2021
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's annual session from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Wanjuhi Njoroge, climate activist and entrepreneur from the foot of Mount Kenya
Wanjuhi Njoroge, 31, was raised in Nyeri County, Kenya, in a rural town that sits at the foot of Mount Kenya. Passionate about her community, she established a library in her village in 2017 and supporting local farmers to move to more sustainable farming practices. In 2019 she joined the Kenyan national chapter of the African Women Leader's Network (AWLN), an action-oriented movement of African women leaders to transform sustainable peace, security and development issues on the continent.

UN Women
Jun 13, 2021

Statement: Set women at the heart of recovery decisions and processes
Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the summit of G7 nations.

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.

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