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UN Women
Mar 04, 2021

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on International Women's Day 2021
In her statement for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Directory Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women's representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all."

UN Women
Mar 03, 2021

Announcing a milestone event for gender equality: The countdown to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum begins
The Government of Mexico together with UN Women, the Government of France, and in partnership with civil society and youth, announces the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City, which will be launched in a virtual format from 29 to 31 March 2021.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2021

Why we support women's leadership
Meet some inspiring grass-roots women leaders who are bringing lasting change to their communities, supported by the United Nations

UN Women
Mar 01, 2021

Media Advisory: International Women's Day, 8 March 2021
This year's International Women's Day (8 March) comes as the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its staggering impacts on women - from being pushed into poverty, to loss of jobs as the informal economy shrinks, to an alarming spike in domestic violence and the unpaid care burden— and will highlight the pressing need for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2021

Statement by UN Women on the continued abduction of school children in Northern Nigeria
UN Women joins the UN Secretary-General in condemning the continued abduction of children from schools in Northern Nigeria, including the most recent abduction of over 300 girls from a secondary school in Zamfara state in Nigeria.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2021

Claiming women's space in leadership
Across all sectors, communities and societies, women have key contributions to make to leadership. From politics and corporations to sports and STEM, diverse leadership benefits everyone. Leaders need to represent the people they serve to best understand their wants and needs.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2021

ASEAN, Canada and UN Women jointly launch a 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda
[Joint Press Release] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a 5-year programme to expand and strengthen women's leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia.

UN Women
Feb 25, 2021

Generation Equality Film Festival opens for submissions
The Generation Equality Film Festival will take place during the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, with the partnership of civil society. Kicking off in Mexico City on 29-31 March 2021, and culminating in Paris in June 2021, the Forum will secure a set of transformative commitments for gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2021

‘Our voices are being heard': Indigenous women in Mexico break down language barriers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities
The UN Women Safe Cities programme developed information about COVID-19 prevention and gender-based violence in the five indigenous languages of Hñähñu, Mixteco, Purépecha, Mazahua, and Mahua, and shared them over the radio. Along with community-based loud speaker interventions in neighbourhoods most affected by the pandemic, the information campaign reached 57,000 indigenous people in the state of Jalisco.

UN Women
Feb 24, 2021

Supporting female heads of households to overcome COVID-19's economic toll in Sri Lanka
In an effort to support mothers in Sri Lanka, where many work in informal employment, UN provided emergency relief packages to female-headed households in Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts alongside a local NGO. Over 1,300 women heads of households economically impacted by the pandemic were supported through the initiative.

UN Women
Feb 22, 2021

UN Secretary-General Remarks to the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council
In his remarks at the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "No human rights scourge is more prevalent than gender inequality".

UN Women
Feb 18, 2021

Take five: "Women should lead the conversation on gender equality"
Hayat Mirshad is a 32-year-old Lebanese feminist, human rights activist and gender, communications and advocacy expert. As co-founder of the feminist collective FE-MALE in Lebanon, she advocates against discriminatory gender norms and policies and works closely with UN Women's Men and Women for Gender Equality programme funded by the Government of Sweden. The programme works to change behaviours and social norms for gender equality in the Arab States. Mirshad is also a member of UN Women's Gender Innovation Agora and was recognized as one of the BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020 for her activism on women's rights. In this interview, she shares her journey of fighting gender inequity and explains how to rally for wide-reaching and sustainable impact.

UN Women
Feb 17, 2021

18 new leaders join bold global drive for gender equality: Organizations join forces ahead of landmark 2021 Generation Equality Forum
Eighteen new organizations have stepped up to steer Generation Equality ‘Action Coalitions' - innovative partnerships of member states, corporations, youth-led, civil society and international organizations and philanthropies, designed to propel a dramatic acceleration in gender equality.

UN Women
Feb 16, 2021

Closing remarks by Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board
In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need to make sure that these large numbers of women, who we have all said are disproportionally affected, are not forgotten."

UN Women
Feb 16, 2021

Promoting peace and protecting women's rights in contexts affected by violent extremism, especially during COVID-19 pandemic
Here are five human rights defenders and gender equality activists sharing what their communities need and their efforts to build peace in the face of violent extremism and COVID-19.

UN Women
Feb 15, 2021

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021
In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need bold and ambitious change here. The pandemic must not in any way hinder the bold action needed for addressing gender equality. "

UN Women
Feb 11, 2021

UN Women Executive Board to convene First Regular Session of 2021
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's First Regular Session from Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 February 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

UN Women
Feb 11, 2021

Statement: UN Women calls upon all stakeholders to listen to the voices of women in Myanmar in response to political events
Today, UN Women stands in solidarity with the women and women's civil society organizations of Myanmar as they seek to exercise their fundamental right to demonstrate peacefully and express their hopes and desires for the future of their country.

UN Women
Feb 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Somaya Faruqi, young Afghan innovator who led the development of a low-cost ventilator prototype
When ventilators were becoming scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Somaya Faruqi, 17, led Afghanistan's Girl's Robotics Team as they developed a prototype ventilator to support their country's health care system.

UN Women
Feb 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, champion for women and girls in STEM, leader of Kyrgyzstan's first Space Programme
Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, 26, is the director of the Kyrgyz Space Program. She is also a TechWomen 2019 alumna, hosted by Mozilla HQ in San Francisco Bay Area, and founder of the TechCamp project, implemented in partnership with the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.

UN Women
Feb 09, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Gitanjali Rao, young scientist and activist
Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old Indian-American scientist, inventor, author and advocate. In 2020, she was named Time Magazine's first ever Kid of the Year for her work using technology to tackle a range of issues and bringing together young innovators to solve global problems. She recently gave an interview to UN Women in support of the Generation Equality campaign.

UN Women
Feb 09, 2021

Women in science who are making a difference during the pandemic
This 11 February, we're celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science by highlighting just some of the women and girls around the world who have made tremendous contributions during the ongoing crisis.

UN Women
Feb 08, 2021

UN Women launches global call to creatives: Artivism for Gender Equality
As part of our Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is issuing a global call for original artwork that visualizes and celebrates activism for gender equality. As we approach International Women's Day (8 March) and as world leaders and activists prepare for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum -- a global gathering to invest and innovate for gender equality -- we are mobilizing to bring change, and we want you to join us.

UN Women
Feb 08, 2021

Joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science
In a joint statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay emphasize the importance of making science more open, diverse and efficient.

UN Women
Feb 05, 2021

As more families report FGM incidents in Egypt, advocacy intensifies, and a new bill seeks to increase penalties
A rise in the number of reported cases of FGM in Egypt is seen as a promising sign that the country's efforts to raise awareness is starting to work.

UN Women
Feb 02, 2021

Ending FGM is essential to give girls control over their own lives
On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, here are just five survivors and activists demanding voice, choice and control for every girl and woman over their own lives and bodies.

UN Women
Feb 02, 2021

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Robi Tingo, community mobilizer for ending FGM
Natalie Robi Tingo, 28, is the Founder and Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community-based organization in rural Kenya that has since 2015 worked to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by tackling its root causes and empowering women and girls.

UN Women
Feb 02, 2021

UN Women statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM
This International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is a moment to lead change wherever we have a voice and influence; to fund the approaches we know work and support women's organizations to do so; to demand accountability for community and state actions; to provide essential support for health and social services for survivors of FGM; and to listen to the voices of adolescent girls and young women, and make it possible for them to decide on what happens to their own lives and bodies.

UN Women
Jan 29, 2021

Ireland Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora commits to deepening Irish Aid partnership with UN Women
Originally published by the Department of Foreign Affaris of Ireland

UN Women
Jan 29, 2021

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the virtual launch event for "Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action", a public perception survey in 17 countries by Women Deliver & Focus 2030
In her remarks at the launch event for "Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action", UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for "targeted interventions that will have an impact on women and girls".

UN Women
Jan 28, 2021

Why taking a survivor-centred approach to police services is important in a global pandemic
A new global Police Handbook aims to address some of the most difficult challenges that survivors of violence face when accessing police and justice sector services around the world.

UN Women
Jan 27, 2021

Tribute to Margaret C. (Peg) Snyder by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
Yesterday the world lost a founding figure and a pathfinder in the work for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Referred to as the ‘UN's First Feminist', Peg Snyder had a distinguished career at the United Nations, as well as being an author, international expert on girls and women in the economic development of Africa, and academic, with positions including at Syracuse University and Princeton University, and as a Fulbright scholar in Uganda.

UN Women
Jan 27, 2021

Women in Mexico sow seeds of hope through the ‘Second Chance' programme
UN Women's Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme in Mexico, in partnership with the south-central state of Puebla's ministries of Substantive Equality and Welfare and SEPICJ AC, has trained 80 women to manage and maintain a greenhouse, to economically empower them and foster leadership skills.

UN Women
Jan 25, 2021

Action Coalition Leaders on Technology and Innovation unite and call for bold, collective solutions to spark a gender-diverse digital reset
In the context of the World Economic Forum Davos Agenda, leaders from the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality have released a compelling call for collective action to spark a more equal and diverse digital transformation. Their statement sets the stage for bold new commitments towards a gender-diverse digital reset at 2021's Generation Equality Forum.

UN Women
Jan 20, 2021

Expert's take: Five steps to make the COVID-19 social protection and jobs responses work better for women
Constanza Tabbush, a Research Specialist at UN Women who has published extensively on gender, social movements and social policy, breaks down five key lessons emerging from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, which includes more than 2,500 policy measures across 206 countries indicating how governments are responding to the pandemic from a gender equality perspective.

UN Women
Jan 18, 2021

Comic and cartoon competition
GENERATION EQUALITY: PICTURE IT!
UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—is organizing a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life. Submission deadline: 14 March 2021.

UN Women
Jan 15, 2021

Dismantling barriers to women's participation in peace processes
The Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - together with UN, government and civil society partners - launched on Thursday a new financing mechanism to urgently accelerate women's influence and participation in peace processes across the globe.

UN Women
Jan 12, 2021

In the words of Riko Nagu: "In order to build an inclusive society and a resilient community both women and men should work together."
Riko Nagu is a women's and girls' rights activist, member of the United Church Women's Fellowship group.

UN Women
Jan 12, 2021

UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative
UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at UN Women Headquarters in New York starting in April.

UN Women
Jan 05, 2021

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank
A vital pillar in the justice and security system, the sole forensic science laboratory in the West Bank seeks justice for survivors of violence. UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme, is training laboratory technicians to help increase the likelihood of identifying perpetrators of violence and holding them accountable.

UN Women
Dec 31, 2020

Ana Šacipovic: Building a bridge between two worlds
Ana Šacipovic is a social worker from Serbia who advocates for the rights of Roma women, fighting prejudice and discrimination. In 2005, she founded the Osvit (Dawn) Roma Association, an NGO which supports and promotes women's interests throughout the community and beyond.

UN Women
Dec 29, 2020

Op-ed: The roles I've played brought home to me the scourge of violence against women
Originally published by The Guardian

UN Women
Dec 23, 2020

Roza Mojsovska: An artist in North Macedonia who paints with her mouth
Renowned artist and poetess Roza Mojsovska, 54, creates artwork with a brush in her mouth. She is an active member of the cultural scene in Strumica, a major city in the eastern region of North Macedonia.

UN Women
Dec 23, 2020

Op-ed: Women working on the front line
By taking a gender-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic, G7 leaders have a rare opportunity not only to mitigate its impact, but to build back better, writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general, United Nations, and executive director, UN Women

UN Women
Dec 22, 2020

Amidst multiple crises, a Syrian in Beirut uses new skills to make a living
As Lebanon sees a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and deteriorating living conditions due to the ongoing political and economic crisis and the Beirut port explosions, Nisrine Kaf Al-Ghazal, a Syrian living in the capital, tries to make ends meet.

UN Women
Dec 21, 2020

Four UN agencies launch first global consultation on Strategic Plans 2022-2025
UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women host joint online discussions from 18 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 on engagement platform SparkBlue

UN Women
Dec 17, 2020

Ten defining moments for women in 2020
From new laws addressing domestic violence and equality to women's critical leadership during the global pandemic, join us to celebrate some key moments for gender equality this year.

UN Women
Dec 17, 2020

UN Women statement, International Migrants Day 2020
On International Migrants Day, UN Women recognizes and celebrates the vast contributions of migrant women around the world, many of whom are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, supporting their communities as skilled health and care workers, cleaners, food delivery providers and agricultural workers.

UN Women
Dec 11, 2020

Women leaders and jurists honour the work and life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Human Rights Day
As part of the Leaders for Generation Equality campaign, UN Women, together with Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession, and University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, paid tribute to the global legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a high-level interactive discussion with eminent leaders, jurists and experts across the world on International Human Rights Day 2020.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2020

Press release: Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality - a UN Women and IFC Report
A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the International Conference on?Women, Peace and?Security, Strengthening Women's Role in Building and Sustaining Peace:?From Commitments to Results, in Viet Nam
In her opening remarks at the International Conference on?Women, Peace and?Security, Strengthening Women's Role in Building and Sustaining Peace:?From Commitments to Results, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called to take stock of what has been achieved and assess where we are falling short in order to set us on the right path for Generation Equality and the women, peace and security agenda.

UN Women
Dec 10, 2020

Joint statement by Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-general of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (Oacps) and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women
Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women emphasize the need for collective action for gender equality and against the pandemic of violence against women and the denial of their rights.

UN Women
Dec 09, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Ghana
There has been an alarming rise in violence against women and girls in Ghana since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as a result of lockdowns, social isolation measures and school closures. INERELA Ghana is handling cases involving multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional and economic abuse, femicide and assault by law enforcement agents.

UN Women
Dec 09, 2020

Orange the world, end violence against women
From poetry and storytelling events across 22 provinces in Afghanistan and a solidarity mural in Moldova, to a procession with male district officials on motorbikes in Uganda and a documentary video series in Bosnia and Herzegovina, hundreds of events around the world have called for ending violence against women and girls during the 16 Days of Activism. Under the global theme, "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!", the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (25 November - 10 December) is amplifying the call for global action to end the pandemic of violence, made worse by COVID-19.

UN Women
Dec 09, 2020

In the words of Nahla Haidar: "States have a due diligence responsibility on the protection of women human rights defenders"
Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW's rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders.

UN Women
Dec 08, 2020

Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia
María Adelaida Suárez, a psychologist by profession, is part of the "gender pairs" initiative, which has since 2016 paired survivors of violence in communities with psychologists and legal experts.. The initiative was developed by UN Women Colombia and the Ombudsman's Office of Colombia and is funded by the United Kingdom.

UN Women
Dec 08, 2020

Op-ed: Trafficking in women and girls is moving online due to COVID-19
In an op-ed during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Regner writes: "What this year has shown us is that there are no obstacles too great for traffickers to overcome, so we must reduce the demand at its source."

UN Women
Dec 07, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Uganda
In response to rising cases of violence, the Uganda Police Force with support from UN Women established a dedicated a toll-free hotline for reporting and responding to cases of violence against women and girls. The hotline was crucial in providing a criminal justice response and access to services for survivors during the lockdown.

UN Women
Dec 07, 2020

Viet Nam and United Nations convenes global conference to accelerate action on global commitments on women, peace and security
As part of the continuing commemoration of 25 years of the Beijing Platform for Action on Women's Empowerment and the 20th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, high-level dignitaries, diplomats, political leaders and women organizations and peacebuilding practitioners from around the world will unite in a global event to discuss.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2020

Take Five: Taking stock of countries' progress on developing inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies
Kevin Blanchard is the Director of DRR Dynamics, a UK based research organisation focused on ensuring the inclusion and empowerment of marginalized groups in disaster risk reduction. He has over 14 years' experience in developing inclusive disaster risk reduction and humanitarian policy for national governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Blanchard is working with UN Women as a consultant in inclusive disaster risk reduction policy.

UN Women
Dec 02, 2020

Take five: An intersectional approach to empowering women and girls with disabilities
A.H. Monjurul Kabir is the UN Coordination Adviser on Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion. He leads UN Women's Global Task Team on Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality. In 2019, 55 UN Women offices (in addition to our work through the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women) supported women and girls with disabilities across all areas of work through the provision of normative guidance, integrated policy advice, knowledge management, operational support and capacity development. In this interview, Mr. Kabir talks about the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls with disabilities and the need for an intersectional approach.

UN Women
Dec 01, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Minara
Minara is a Community Outreach volunteer and Rohingya refugee and survivor who fled the conflict in Myanmar in August 2017. As a volunteer in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, she is part of a UN Women programme that empowers refugee women to lead and participate in decision-making processes in the refugee camps.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2020

In South Africa, young women leading HIV and violence prevention say men's involvement is key
On World AIDS Day (1 December), we spoke to survivors and community changemakers in South Africa who as part of UN Women's HeForShe community-based initiative and a joint UNAIDS programme are engaging men and women to reject violence against women and seek HIV testing and treatment.

UN Women
Nov 30, 2020

Statement: Rebuilding better together to end AIDS for women and girls
In a statement for World AIDS Day, 1 December, UN Women highlights the need to accelerate action towards gender equality, ending violence, supporting leadership and the full enjoyment of their human rights for all young women and girls, especially those affected by both coronavirus and HIV

UN Women
Nov 25, 2020

Press Release: United Nations releases USD 25 million for women-led projects battling gender-based violence
Originally published by ReliefWeb

UN Women
Nov 25, 2020

Press Release: MullenLowe New York and Mediahub launch The UNseen Story
MullenLowe New York and Mediahub call to end violence against women, which is on the rise behind the closed doors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Nov 25, 2020

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic
Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors' needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic "new normal" as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

UN Women
Nov 24, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
In her remarks at the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "There is a growing momentum and strong political engagement to address violence against women and girls. But we need to see more ,and look to you all today to unite on this."

UN Women
Nov 24, 2020

Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The global community needs to hear the voices and experiences of women and girls and take into account their needs, especially survivors and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. We must also prioritize women's leadership in finding solutions and engage men in the struggle."

UN Women
Nov 24, 2020

Hand over the mic: Taking a stand to end violence against women and girls
For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov - 10 Dec), and as part of the Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is handing over the microphone to five individuals who are working to end discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment. Hear their stories in this Hand over the Mic video series and then join us in taking a stand to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 24, 2020

Urgent action needed to end pandemic of femicide and violence against women, says UN expert
The COVID-19 pandemic is overshadowing the pandemic of femicides and gender-based violence against women and girls, Dubravka Šimonovic, special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said today, calling for the establishment of national femicide watches or observatories around the world to prevent such killings.

UN Women
Nov 23, 2020

Addressing the economic fallout of COVID-19: Pathways and policy options for a gender-responsive recovery
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges G20 leaders to take this opportunity to rebuild better, creating sustainable economies and reducing inequalities between and within countries.

UN Women
Nov 22, 2020

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "As we face COVID-19's devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good."

UN Women
Nov 18, 2020

Media Advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, will call for urgent actions to Fund, Respond, Prevent and Collect data to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19
The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women will commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The International Day and virtual event will kickstart the global mobilization of the 16 Days of Activism campaign - running from 25 November until 10 December - under the theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!".

UN Women
Nov 18, 2020

Hand over the mic: Women on the front lines of violence against women during COVID-19
Along with UN Women, our UN partners are working to end violence against women and girls. Hear from women leaders who are part of UN programmes from Kosovo to Kenya, who highlight what they need to stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild after COVID-19.

UN Women
Nov 17, 2020

Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic
Ending violence against women is everyone's business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference, safely and impactfully.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Naruthai Tansukasem, Thailand
Naruthai Tansukasem, 20, became a singer in the girls-led band, ‘Siamese Kittenz', at age 12, with a passion for stage performance and dancing. After being in the group for six years, she quit because of the online harassment that's all too common and often unaddressed in the entertainment industry.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya
Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Teodora Stojilkovic´, Serbia
Teodora Stojilkovic´, 18, is a student and women's right activist from Bujanovac, Serbia. She was one of the ambassadors of the "Women Talk" campaign, supported by UN Women, and is currently serving as a WAVE Youth Ambassador as part of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey that targets changing social norms.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aida Nour ElDin, Egypt
Aida Nour ElDin is the Chairperson of the Women and Development Association (WDA), a grassroots civil society organization that specializes in providing various services to survivors of violence and raising community awareness in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Egypt.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Nepal
Women's land rights are key to their economic independence and better decision-making power within families. In many parts of the world, research shows that lack of land rights makes women more vulnerable to gender-based violence. Dhana*, 38, is among the 218 gender-based violence survivors who have received life-saving assistance from the ‘Provision of Emergency Legal Assistance to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in the COVID-19 Context' project run by Forum for Women, Law and Development in Nepal.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Lebanon
Meserat Hailu, was 29 years old when she travelled to Beirut, Lebanon as an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker. For more than eight years, she suffered abuse by her employer until Legal Action Worldwide received word of her situation and took up her case and demanded her release.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19: Albania
Jana Kote* and her three children lived with an abusive husband and father for 12 years until they received support from a local organization, Human Rights in Democracy Centre, based in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

UN Women Executive Director appeals to governments worldwide to take action to end violence against women and girls
In a letter addressed to Member States of the United Nations and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged Heads of State/Governments worldwide to take tangible actions and express their commitments to end violence against women, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December).

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Malawi
In Malawi, thirty-one-year old Alepher Matemba Banda is a nurse responding to a hotline at Chipatala cha pa foni, a national health helpline. Banda was among 40 helpline nurses and technicians who received training in gender-based violence and health, through a UN Women initiative funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Thailand
Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government's Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan's work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home. Like in many other countries, the hotline has become a critically essential platform to provide information and refer survivors to the support services they require.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

Hand over the mic to: Aras Kocaoglan, Turkey
Aras Kocaoglan is a marketing manager and the founder of the Instagram account, Turkish Dictionary, that reaches around 400,000 Turkish and international followers. Alongside UN Women, Kocaoglan sparks conversations on social media about commonly used Turkish proverbs and expressions that discriminate against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Bolivia
Yobanca Fernandez Flores has been a women's rights activist for more than 35 years. She is also the National President of the Community Promoters for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in Bolivia. Together with hundreds of women leaders in the country, the Community Promoters have formed a network of advocates who provide direct support to victims and survivors of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
Nov 16, 2020

We are Generation Equality: Champions for ending violence against women
For the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we are featuring some of the leaders and groundbreakers who added their voices to UN Women's Generation Equality movement, and take action to fight violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 10, 2020

Op-ed: Investing in a feminist peace
For all the devastation it has caused, the COVID-19 crisis also represents a generational opportunity to build more inclusive economies and societies, free of the scourge of violent conflict. A concerted effort to demilitarize our world and build a feminist peace - beginning with a global ceasefire, and followed by a comprehensive reappraisal of how we allocate our resources - must be central to this vision.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2020

In the words of Gladys Koech: "It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability."
Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya's coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma. UN Women's partnership with the Council of Governors in Kenya has boosted resources to helplines around the country. As COVID-19 has increased demand for psychosocial services, Koech has witnessed a growing trend of mothers of children with disabilities being abandoned by their partners. Part of UN Women's COVID-19 response in Kenya is being carried out in conjunction with UNICEF and UNDP as part of the Joint Devolution Programme supported by the Governments of Sweden, Finland, and Italy.

UN Women
Nov 09, 2020

International Women's Day 2021 theme - "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world"
UN Women announces the theme for International Women's Day, 8 March 2021 (IWD 2021) as, "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world."

UN Women
Nov 05, 2020

Safeguard women's rights and participation in peacebuilding now, says Afghan activist Zarqa Yaftali to the UN Security Council
Zarqa Yaftali, renowned activist and researcher from Afghanistan, addressed the UN Security Council during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, which set a new framework for women's leadership and inclusion in all aspects of peace.

UN Women
Nov 02, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ixchel Lucas, youth advocate for girls' leadership
Ixchel María José Lucas Adolfo, 21, is the Training Coordinator at Las Niñas Lideran in Guatemala and a youth leader in the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence.

UN Women
Oct 30, 2020

Chronically underfunded, women peacebuilders need support more than ever
Women peacebuilders mediate disputes, diffuse tensions and save lives in the hardest to reach places, yet their front-line work is consistently underfunded. When progress made on gender equality is at risk of reversal worldwide, and inequalities and instability are growing, sustained funding for women's work for peace is desperately needed.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, award-winning playwright and actor
In her speech at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, playwright and actor, highlighted women around the world who speak up and take action for peace in their communities and countries.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
At the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the Secretary-General's report on women, peace and security on the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2020

Press release: 20 Years on, radical change needed to realize women's inclusion in peace and political power
As 2 billion people across the world struggle to survive in areas afflicted by armed conflict in the midst of a global pandemic, women - who are disproportionately affected by such strife and play a key role as mediators and peacebuilders -remain largely excluded from formal peace processes and post-conflict power structures, a new United Nations report on Women Peace and Security shows. The report, presented to the UN Security Council during today's annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security that commemorated the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, outlines five goals to realize inclusive and sustainable peace in the next decade.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2020

Mobilizing action for impact: The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact
At a global virtual event co-hosted by UN Women, the Governments of France and Mexico, in collaboration with civil society, Board and Catalytic Members were announced as part of the new Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

UN Women
Oct 26, 2020

Two months on, Beirut's elderly women are still reeling from the blast
According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon's poorest.

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