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UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

UN Women Executive Director's Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019
In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

In the words of Françoise Gbeko: "Now I can support my family…and send my children to school"
Françoise Gbeko , 36, is one of the many Christian women married to Muslim men who were living in harmony in the Central African Republic (CAR) until the latest crisis erupted in December 2012. Despite the short respite following the Peace Agreement in February 2019, an estimated 2.6 million people (63 per cent of the population) are still in need of humanitarian assistance, half of them are women and girls.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Fatmira Dajlani, child marriage survivor and activist
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Fatmira Dajlani has been working as an activist for 14 years in Albania and is leading "Roma Gateway for Integration" organization in Fushe Kruje.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

I am Generation Equality: "I am a child born out of wartime rape"
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Ajna Jusic, 26 years old, is the President of the Forgotten Children of War Association, a psychologist and a feminist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

From where I stand: "If we talk more about sexual harassment in our society, we'll change mindsets"
Law graduate and Thai women's rights activist Thararat Panya, 23, used her experience of sexual assault to drive change at the Thammasat University in Bangkok.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

The men who are standing tall against early marriages in the Gaza Strip
After taking part in UN Women's Regional Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, men and boys have become change makers to promote gender equality and challenge the tradition of early marriage.

UN Women
Nov 18, 2019

16 ways you can stand against rape culture
Every day we have the opportunity to examine our behaviours and beliefs for biases that permit rape culture to continue. From the attitudes we have about gender identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2019

Media advisory: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women official commemoration at UN Headquarters
The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 25 November 2019, at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UN Women
Nov 15, 2019

When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines
"They didn't say no"… "We were drunk"… "She was asking for it because of what she was wearing"… "You need to be more assertive. While those that use these lines may have fuzzy understandings of consent, the definition is crystal clear. When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

Commitment statement by UN Women at the ICPD@25 Nairobi Summit (12-14 November 2019)
UN Women fully supports the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in putting "the rights, needs and aspirations of individual human beings at the centre of sustainable development", noting the close alignment with the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. Women and girls must have full control over their bodies.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia attends Paris Peace Forum
UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Anita Bhatia, attended the Paris Peace Forum, an international event on global governance issues and multilateralism, on 12 November, to discuss the upcoming 2020 Generation Equality Forum. The Forum is a civil society-centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.

UN Women
Nov 14, 2019

The second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism highlights how tourism can advance gender equality and women's empowerment
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, launched the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism on 6 November 2019.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Shireen Huq, anti-violence crusader
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Shireen Huq helped found the non-profit organization Naripokkho, which has become a leading voice for women's rights in Bangladesh. From 1987 to 2006, she served as an advisor to the Danish development agency, DANIDA.

UN Women
Nov 13, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Racha Haffar, anti-trafficking activist
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Racha Haffar, 30, is an award-winning women rights activist from Tunisia, and the founder and president of ‘Not 4 Trade,' the first anti-human trafficking NGO in Tunisia. She is member of UN Women's Beijing 25 Youth Task Force.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

UN Women statement: Confronting femicide—the reality of intimate partner violence
We must get better at preventing violence from occurring in the first place and in supporting the women and girls who experience it. Those responses must prioritize the safety of women and girls and hold perpetrators to account for their actions. Above all, as societies, we have to recognize and adjust the unequal power relations that feed and permit these behaviours.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

From Cairo to Beijing: 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development
UN Women sister organization UNFPA is celebrating this week the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) - a milestone in global reproductive health and rights. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark along with UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

UN Women
Nov 12, 2019

My take, your take: Changing social attitudes and stopping violence against women in Bangladesh
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zefroon Afsary, 25-year-old human rights activist talks with Ayesha Khanam, President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a women's rights organization that started during the independence struggle in 1970.

UN Women
Nov 08, 2019

Participants in the Africa Beijing 25 review call for implementation of the commitments made 25 years ago
Member States, civil society and other stakeholders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 October to 1 November to review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women's empowerment, and agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.

UN Women
Nov 07, 2019

From Sudan to the Security Council: Sudanese women lead drive for change
On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest movement. By 11 April, the President of Sudan had been arrested, and a photo of Salah, standing atop a car in all white and leading a crowd in a chant, had gone viral.

UN Women
Nov 06, 2019

UN Women Executive Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 3-6 November to reaffirm UN Women's commitment to support the country in its efforts to advance gender equality and the women and girls' empowerment.

UN Women
Nov 04, 2019

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention
At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

In Geneva, Member States and gender advocates call for urgent and effective measures to accelerate gender equality
From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women's and girl's human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

Ten years on from mandate on sexual violence in conflict, survivors and experts call for promises to be fulfilled
On the margins of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, at a side event on 30 October, survivors, leaders and experts came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

UN Women
Nov 01, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Demecia Yat continues her search for justice
This interview features Demecia Yat, one of 15 women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Guatemala. From 2011 - 2016, they fought for justice at a national high court. The groundbreaking case resulted in the conviction of two former military officers of crimes against humanity and granted 18 reparation measures to the women survivors and their communities.

UN Women
Oct 29, 2019

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York
In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Progress is too slow, political will is not strong enough, and pushback against the needs and interests of women is threatening the progress we have made and pushing further away those who need the resolve and support most".

UN Women
Oct 29, 2019

Statement by Alaa Salah at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
Alaa Salah was selected to represent civil society at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October 2019. She spoke in her capacity as an activist, community leader, and member of MANSAM, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Nigeria to strengthen partnerships
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Åsa Regnér, completed her first official mission to Nigeria from 21 to 25 October.

UN Women
Oct 28, 2019

The power of women peacebuilders
Women do groundbreaking work for justice, peace and security. Yet, they continue to be sidelined in formal peace processes. As conflict continues to affect every region of the world, urgent action is needed to ensure that women are part of peacebuilding, and their contributions are visible and valued.

UN Women
Oct 22, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Anna Lavreniuk, student leader and opinion shaper
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality

UN Women
Oct 18, 2019

In Colombia, peace is a journey
The conflict in Colombia has left deep scars, and lasting peace is more of a journey than a destination. The one thing that remains constant in this journey is the power and perseverance of women forging peace against all odds, defending human rights every day. Through projects funded by the Government of Sweden and Norway, UN Women has accompanied Colombian women in this journey.

UN Women
Oct 18, 2019

From where I stand: "I am now ready to create positive changes"
Olena Halkanova fled her home in the city of Pervomaisk after the start of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Now living on the contact line between government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region, she has become a community mobilizer after UN Women-led training.

UN Women
Oct 17, 2019

My take, your take: Women's rights in Kosovo, then and now
In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marigona Shabiu, 26-year-old, a human rights activist from Kosovo is talking with Igballe Rogova, 58 years, whose women's rights activism spans three decades.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2019

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director and the President of Finland visit Ethiopia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director's first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

UN Women
Oct 16, 2019

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ethiopia
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director's first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2019

From where I stand: "My dream is to own my own garage"
Christine Wambulwa, 40, is the only woman mechanic in Kakuma Town, Turkana County, Kenya. As the sole breadwinner of her family, she works to send her children to school, so they can have the education she couldn't afford for herself.

UN Women
Oct 14, 2019

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day of Rural Women
The lives and livelihoods of rural women and girls, including indigenous women and girls, are deeply affected by industrial agriculture, extractive industries, and dependency on fossil fuels. The dire consequences of these have been unequivocally demonstrated in the past decades, affecting economies, societies, cultures, and the global environment and climate.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2019

From where I stand: "We must start by uniting the people because together we're stronger"
Natalia Slavinskaia, 42, is a community mobilizer from Komysh-Zorya, a small village in the conflict-affected Zaporizhzhia region, south-east Ukraine.

UN Women
Oct 11, 2019

Climate-friendly biogas becomes ‘fashionable' in rural Tanzania
In Ngorongoro, a remote district in Arusha, rural communities are bearing the brunt of a changing climate that is ravaging many parts of East Africa. The Energize project is working to build new skills for out-of-school pastoralist adolescent girls and young women on biogas and solar energy products, as well as on how to run sustainable businesses.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Isaacs, climate action warrior
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live.

UN Women
Oct 10, 2019

I am Generation Equality: Amika George, period poverty and education champion
Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality. Amika George is a 19 year old student at Cambridge University, who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty in the UK.

UN Women
Oct 09, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl, 2019
In her statement for International Day of the Girl on 11 October, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stands with young women and girls around the world who are asserting their rights and calling for the future they want

UN Women
Oct 04, 2019

If you teach a girl to code, she will change the world
In Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya, girls are empowered by their new-found passion for computer coding.

UN Women
Oct 03, 2019

Growing women's entrepreneurship in Bangladesh
The "Inclusive and Equitable Local Development Programme (IELD)", a joint initiative of UNCDF, UNDP and UN Women, facilitates women's access to the labour market and entrepreneurial ventures by fostering local public and private investments in women-led enterprises and small businesses that benefit women as well as their communities.

UN Women
Oct 01, 2019

From where I stand: "Now I have bigger dreams"
Sufia Khatun from Pirganj, Rongpur, found herself without any source of income after her husband passed away. Through a joint UN programme, she was able to learn tailoring and get access to finance to invest in her own business. Today she employs 20 women in her community.

UN Women
Oct 01, 2019

Chapter by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Lumos: Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children
First published in Lumos' publication,  A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind , September 2019.

UN Women
Sep 30, 2019

Women, peace and security experts call for women's meaningful participation in peace processes
On 25 September, at an event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ministers, heads of regional organizations, focal points on women, peace and security and civil society representatives called for urgent action to secure women's equal and meaningful participation in peace processes.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

International Day of Rural Women theme: "Rural women and girls building climate resilience"
This year's theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), "Rural women and girls building climate resilience" serves as a reminder that the world's sustainable future is not possible without rural women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

Press release: EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls
On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations hosted a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative - inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.

UN Women
Sep 27, 2019

Women leaders galvanize for UN Women's Generation Equality campaign
At a high-level event during the 74th UN General Assembly, UN Women and the Council of Women World Leaders came together to lend their voices and power to the Generation Equality campaign.

UN Women
Sep 26, 2019

UN Women launches Women Count Data Hub
On 24 September, on the margins of the UN General-Assembly, UN Women hosted an interactive data lab to showcase the new Women Count Data Hub, the first of its kind to provide public access to gender data that can be used to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing 25 Generation Equality Forum on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly
In her remarks at the event Gender Equality:from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing 25 Generation Equality Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said "We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow".

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Investing in gender equality for transformative climate actions
Global leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly announced on 23 September concrete commitments to address climate change, at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Action Summit. Among the commitments, there was a gender-specific initiative through which governments commit to clear action points to promote gender equality in the context of climate action.

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

From G7 to Generation Equality, partners galvanize for gender equality actions
At the  74th UN General Assembly, leaders and gender equality advocates from around the world came together to look ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in 2020 and to take stock of the gender equality outcomes of the G7 Biarritz Summit .

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Press release: Multilateral agencies launch a joint plan to boost global health goals
Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

UN Women leads efforts to improve gender equality across the UN system
It has been two years since the  System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity was launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in order to reach parity at the most senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028. To coincide with the anniversary of the Strategy, UN Women hosted the Global Gender Focal Point (GFPs) Meeting.

UN Women
Sep 24, 2019

Press Release: Why solidarity and allyship matter: UN Women HeForShe Global Gender Equality Champions release annual IMPACT Report
Marking the fifth anniversary of the iconic HeForShe movement, over 30 male global leaders from its flagship HeForShe Champions initiative release their annual IMPACT Report today.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

The United Nations steps up efforts to promote young women's leadership within the UN
On the opening week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an inter-generational conversation convened by UN Women, placed youth leadership at the centre of its new campaign, Generation Equality: Realizing women's rights for an equal future.

UN Women
Sep 17, 2019

New UN Women publication addresses how to end sexual harassment
UN Women today launched a publication to support the fight against end sexual harassment, entitled "What will it take? Promoting cultural change to end sexual harassment". The publication focuses on the influence of beliefs on actions and offers guidance to policymakers, employers and universities on how to achieve cultural change and address this scourge making sure that the needs of the victims and survivors are at the heart of all efforts.

UN Women
Sep 16, 2019

Press release: UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality
HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women
As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women's leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women's efforts around the world.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukureh receives Council of Europe North-South Prize 2018
UN Women's first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, has today received the North-South Prize 2018 by the Council of Europe, recognizing her role in the fight to end female genital mutilation.

UN Women
Sep 13, 2019

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2019
Starting 17 September, world leaders will gather for two weeks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, to discuss and work together on the most pressing global issues, from gender equality to climate change and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women
Sep 12, 2019

From Tanzania to Algeria, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods
A recently organized learning visit brought two rural women's collectives together to share strategies, insights and experiences. In the world of international development, such exchanges are termed "South-South cooperation"—exchange of ideas, experiences, and opportunities between entrepreneurs, communities, and experts from the Global South. "It enabled both organizations to monitor and analyse the impact of their projects on the quality of lives of women in Tanzania and Algeria, consulting each other on alternatives and progress in their livelihoods systems and value chains."

UN Women
Sep 11, 2019

Closing remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, at the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board
On behalf of the Executive Director, Asa Regner and myself, may I reiterate thanks to you Madame President Pennelope Beckles for leading us through this session so effectively, and for your fantastic time management skills.  We would also like to thank the Vice-Presidents for their work, and all the delegations for all the statements made over the past two days, which have contributed to such a rich exchange of views.

UN Women
Sep 10, 2019

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves
While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

Empowering Venezuelan migrant women in Brazil
In Brazil, UN women is supporting vulnerable Venezualan migrant women though various services and training, including psychosocial assistance and cash support.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women takes home Clio Gold Award and ADCOLOR MVP Award in 2019
The video series "Courage to Question" produced by UN Women and Google has been awarded ADCOLOR's Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Award. Additionally, the campaign "Closer Than You Think", produced by UN Women's National Committee in Iceland has been awarded the Clio Gold Award.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women wins home Clio Gold Award and ADCOLOR MVP Award in 2019
The video series "Courage to Question" produced by UN Women and Google has been awarded ADCOLOR's Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Award. Additionally, the campaign "Closer Than You Think", produced by UN Women's National Committee in Iceland has been awarded the Clio Gold Award.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

Speech: Preparing for a new decade of UN Women 2.0
In her opening remarks to the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, looks ahead to 2020, and the commemoration of 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted.

UN Women
Sep 09, 2019

UN Women Executive Board convenes its second regular session 2019
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's second regular session from today Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Sep 06, 2019

Boosting harvests for women in the hills of Nepal
UN Women's Advancing Women's Economic Empowerment (AWEE) Programme works in Kavrepalanchokand five other districts of Nepal to support over 2,000 marginalized women including those affected by conflict, survivors of human trafficking, migrants who have returned home, home-based workers and women living with HIV and AIDS.

UN Women
Sep 04, 2019

From where I stand: "We can break barriers and provide a better future for ourselves and our families"
Gabriela Avila migrated from Venezuela to Brazil two-and-a-half years ago in the hope of offering her 6-year-old daughter better living conditions. When they arrived in Boa Vista, the capital of the Brazilian border state of Roraima, they lived on the streets until Avila found a job as a kitchen assistant and could afford paying rent. Having overcome many challenges, she now works with other refugees and migrants from Venezuela.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2019

From where I stand: "I think of my grandfather when I make Jikos"
Refika Cornoleus, escaped the war in Sudan with her her six children, but had to leave behind her home, her husband and her grandparents. She lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where she makes eco-friendly stoves, which are high in demand.

UN Women
Aug 28, 2019

Take five: A bigger push for better data on violence against women in Tanzania
Tanzania recently hosted the Planning and Implementation of Prevalence Surveys on Violence Against Women Regional Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa, organized by UN Women in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and funded by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID). In this interview, UN Women Representative for Tanzania, Hodan Addou explains why having reliable data and evidence is key to preventing and addressing violence against women.

UN Women
Aug 27, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France
In her remarks at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on not just the G7, but all governments around the world to strengthen legislative frameworks in support of gender equality.

UN Women
Aug 27, 2019

UN Women Executive Director urges G7 leaders to commit to gender equality and join the Biarritz Partnership
At the G7 Summit in France on 25 August, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, together with Nobel Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, presented the report of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 leaders in Biarritz.

UN Women
Aug 23, 2019

Op-ed: Every G7 country should have a feminist foreign policy
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, President/CEO of Women Deliver Katja Iversen, and Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign Michael Kaufman urge countries to ditch archaic and discriminatory laws and promote empowerment

UN Women
Aug 21, 2019

Strengthening resilience, investing in passion: Zonta International Foundation and UN Women empower women across Jordan
From 28-31 July, on their first official visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, four members of a delegation headed by Susanne von Bassewitz, President of Zonta International Foundation, gained first-hand insight into UN Women's work and witnessed the opportunities that are being provided to women through continuous support from the Zonta International Foundation.

UN Women
Aug 21, 2019

Ask an activist: How is Hollywood faring on gender equality and representation of women on screen and why does it matter?
UN Women spoke to Academy-Award winning actor and activist Geena Davis, who the Executive Producer of This Changes Everything, a feature-length documentary just released, uncovering what is beneath the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry.

UN Women
Aug 20, 2019

Publication of the report of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council
The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council releases today its Recommendations for advancing Gender Equality and the empowerment of girls and women and Call to Action.

UN Women
Aug 19, 2019

In Rwanda, weaving baskets and brighter futures
To support livelihoods of women in Kigeme Refugee Camp, UN Women funded the Women Opportunity Centre, supported by the Government of Sweden. The Centre provides women a safe space, trainings and a showroom for their products to improve their livelihoods at the camp and beyond.

UN Women
Aug 16, 2019

Not waiting for handouts: Five stories of resilience from one of the world's largest refugee camps
In some of the world's largest camps, refugees and the native communities power their own economies. Students compete for admission into a better school, journalists report on daily news, entrepreneurs learn new skills and health workers deliver babies. And women are often a forgotten part of this workforce. Meet five women and girls who are doing the usual and unusual jobs that keep life going, and aspiring for more.

UN Women
Aug 15, 2019

In the words of Madina Mousa: "I could not stay idle in the face of hardship"
Madina Mousa fled the war in Syria with her family in 2013, and now lives in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She started volunteering to help other refugees and now works as a Protection Supervisor at the Women's Empowerment Organization (WEO), local partner organization of UN Women implementing the regional programme, "Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey", funded by the European Union under the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU MADAD Fund).

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

From where I stand: "A woman can and should be able to work"
Deep within the rural community of Karak lies the town of Taibeh, where 39-year-old Mona Ahmed Alqkla, found a safe place for her family seven years ago after fleeing the conflict in Dara'a, Syria. She had never had the opportunity to work, until now. She recently joined the incentive-based volunteer programme as a tailor in the Oasis Centre in Taibeh, which was launched by the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with UN Women in March 2019.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

UN Women announces Beijing 25 Youth Task Force
UN Women is pleased to announce the "Beijing 25 Youth Task Force", comprising of 30 young leaders from different youth-led and youth-serving organizations, with diverse areas of expertise and from all regions of the world.

UN Women
Aug 14, 2019

Take five: "Addressing gender and protection issues in humanitarian action is lifesaving and planning and budgeting needs to reflect that"
Nimarta Khuman, a Gender and Protection Advisor, explains what it means to incorporate gender and protection in humanitarian action and why it's important.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

Ask a director: What can men in the film industry do to end underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women on screen and behind the camera?
Tom Donahue is the acclaimed director of This Changes Everything, a feature-length documentary releasing on Friday, 9 August, uncovering what is beneath the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry. Donahue teamed up with actor and activist Geena Davis, who is the Executive Producer of the film, for a conversation with UN Women.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

In the words of Claudia Macz Chen: "I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself"
As a mentor, Claudia Macz Chen, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women's support, she participated in the National Women's Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

In the words of Claudia Macz: "I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself"
As a mentor, Claudia Macz, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women's support, she participated in the National Women's Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "Young women's inclusion in peacebuilding will create sustainable peace"
At 32, Susan Sebit is an accomplished lawyer and advocate from South Sudan. She works to protect women and children from violence and to ensure the implementation of existing women, peace and security global frameworks.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "People said, how are you going to play football, you're a girl!"
Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.

UN Women
Aug 08, 2019

From where I stand: "We fight prejudices by raising our voices"
Alexandra Tomasevic, 25, is an aspiring journalist, a literature student in Belgrade, Serbia, and she has cerebral palsy. Tomasevic has advocated for children and youth with disabilities since she was a young girl, and is a participant of UN Women's mentoring programme.

UN Women
Aug 06, 2019

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2019: Transforming education for a new generation of leaders
In her statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls to transform education by making learning accessible to all young people, regardless of their access to a physical classroom and better integrating technology into education, so that girls can connect to educational materials wherever they are.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2019

The 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
In her 2019 Madeleine K. Albright Development Lecture, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka considers where the breakthroughs have been in gender equality, and to point out where we have opportunities for targeted action, and investments that will bring us closer to substantive equality and change that will last.

UN Women
Aug 02, 2019

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
UN Women joins all indigenous peoples everywhere, especially indigenous women and girls, in commemorating the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year's theme of "Indigenous Languages" challenges us to ensure that indigenous women and girls have a voice—quite literally—in the diverse political, civil, social, economic and cultural spaces that they occupy.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

Press Release: HeForShe at the World Scout Jamboree, Youth Leading the Way
World Scouting, in partnership with HeForShe - the global solidarity movement for gender equality, invites international Scouts to commit to gender equality, engaging over 40,000 Scouts at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

UN Women to host Facebook Live with actor and activist Geena Davis ahead of "This Changes Everything" premiere
On 5 August, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and activist Geena Davis, ahead of the premiere of the film, This Changes Everything, beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT).

UN Women
Aug 01, 2019

In rural Kyrgyzstan, Coding Caravan encourages girls' leadership and entrepreneurship
In rural Kyrgyzstan, the first ever Technovation Coding Caravan for girls has taught more than 600 girls the basics of computer programming. Launched in Talas Province, the caravan reached Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Jalal-Abad, Batken, and Osh provinces this spring.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2019

Creating spaces of empowerment and leadership for women key to achieve an inclusive 2030 Agenda, says President of the UN General Assembly during visit to Jordan
The President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 21-24 July. Commending Jordan's efforts in response to the refugee crisis, she also noted the government's awareness and commitment to work towards attaining Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment. In collaboration with UN Women, she had the opportunity to meet vulnerable Syrian refugee women and girls as well as Jordanian women leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities to promote women's empowerment.

UN Women
Jul 29, 2019

In the words of Milica Gudovic: "Economic empowerment is crucial, not only for survivors, but for any woman"
Milica Gudovic is an activist of the Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA). Here she speaks about the work of ATINA which is supported by UN Women with funding from the European Union. With vocational training and business skills, the organization helps survivors of trafficking to reintegrate into society, become independent and and earn an income. ATINA also provides psychosocial support, legal aid and safe-houses for the survivors of trafficking.

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