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UN Women
Jul 09, 2020

In Nepal, a woman-managed quarantine centre tends to women's unique needs and recovery
Across the globe, many migrants have been waiting to reunite with their families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions to prevent its spread.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2020

Despite compounding challenges, women in Iraq play vital roles in the country's COVID-19 response
Despite the unprecedented challenges, Iraqi women are playing vital roles in the country's COVID-19 response, serving as leaders, health and social workers, and responders to domestic and gender-based violence.

UN Women
Jul 06, 2020

Op-ed: The role of digitalization in the Decade of Action
In an op-ed on the role of digitalization in the decade of action, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the role of digitalization in achieving the SDGs, and the importance of technology and innovation to achieving gender equality and inclusive development has never been clearer nor more urgent.

UN Women
Jul 02, 2020

Op-ed: Put women at the centre of Syria crisis response
By UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, on the occasion of the Brussels IV Syria Conference

UN Women
Jul 02, 2020

UN Women turns 10, placing women's rights, priorities and voices centre-stage
In a statement on the anniversary of UN Women's creation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says , the human rights of women and girls have more prominence, universality and more urgency than ever before.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Announcement of the Global Leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions to accelerate gender equality
Leaders from Member States, civil society, women's rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Generation Equality Forum to develop new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
The Generation Equality Forum will develop a new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action to drive action on the existing extensive normative frameworks and commitments and to strengthen coordination across existing mechanisms, systems, networks, partnerships and capacities.

UN Women
Jul 01, 2020

Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now
From the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in communities around the globe to international protests against racism and discrimination, current events have shown that we are far from achieving equality. Trying to interpret and battle a multitude of injustices right now may feel overwhelming. How do we take on all these issues, and why should we? Intersectional feminism offers a lens through which we can better understand one another and strive towards a more just future for all.

UN Women
Jun 30, 2020

In Guatemala, investing in indigenous women's economic empowerment is key to building back better after COVID-19
Since March 2020, Guatemala has recorded more than 600 COVID-19 deaths and over 11,000 infections. Amidst this crisis, indigenous women have continued to use their voices, knowledge and capacities to assist their communities and adapt their livelihoods. To build back better, their needs and concerns, but also their leadership must be placed at the centre of COVID-19 recovery plans.

UN Women
Jun 26, 2020

Op-ed: Build back better: women at the centre of decision-making
In an op-ed on the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2020, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "It is critical now to ensure that women lead and participate fully in decision-making on COVID-19 response and recovery."

UN Women
Jun 26, 2020

Advice from activists: Pride is a protest, and marginalized communities must be centre-stage
This year Pride goes digital, but its activism is as vibrant as ever. To commemorate Pride Month, we asked a few members of the LGBTQI community what Pride means to them, and what building-back-better from COVID-19 means.

UN Women
Jun 25, 2020

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter
In a statement released today on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, UN Women Executive Director stressed, "The words of the Charter resonate now more strongly than ever before. They reiterate our shared work across all parts of the UN ‘to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom'. Today we in UN Women recall and recommit to those aspirations, as we build back better from the consequences of conflict and coronavirus, and engage in concerted efforts for equality and racial justice in all segments of society and in all sectors."

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

Tech giants partner with UN Women to provide life-saving information to survivors of domestic violence during COVID-19
UN Women offices around the world have partnered with tech giants like Google, Twitter and Facebook to provide important information about helpline services for domestic violence survivors.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

UN Women supports Maasai women-led enterprises to respond to COVID-19
The Ngorongoro district in Arusha region is a land of craters, sacred forests and mountains, wild animals and the unique Maasai people. It is striking how this noble community has learnt to co-exist with nature, sharing land, wild food, herbs and water with the wild animals that roam freely in this beautiful paradise. This remarkable way of life has endured for many years and attracted thousands of tourists from around the world to Tanzania's tourism hub, creating business opportunities for the Maasai people.

UN Women
Jun 24, 2020

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19
In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Women survivors of violence receive vital support from shelters in Kosovo during the pandemic
Around 550 women survivors of domestic violence from Kosovo were admitted to shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, with support from UN Women within the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," funded by the European Union.

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Take five: "This year's Pride is marked by a critical need to not just stand but act in solidarity in seeking racial justice and equality"
Sophie Browne (she/her; they/them) is UN Women's recently appointed LGBTIQ Policy Specialist. In this newly created, dedicated post, Browne will work across the organization, globally, and with external partners to integrate an LGBTIQ lens to UN Women's work. Browne has long worked on gender and social justice causes in research, policy, advocacy, law reform and programming capacities . Sophie is also on the board of UN-GLOBE, the system-wide staff body for LGBTIQ personnel, and...

UN Women
Jun 23, 2020

Gulbahor Majidova: Overcoming loss with a determination to help others in Tajikistan
Gulbahor Majidova's life has been full of losses. But she has not let that deter her from becoming an activist in her community and a leader in advancing the reform of the civil registration system in Tajikistan.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2020

Op-ed: On the Black Lives Matter protests and other mass demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality
United Nations Senior African Officials, including UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka commit to harnessing their expertise and leadership to address the root causes and structural changes that must be implemented to bring an end to racism.

UN Women
Jun 22, 2020

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Annual Session of the Executive Board
In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Since the Executive Board met for the first regular session of 2020, which was on 14 February, COVID-19 has changed the world. We have responded rapidly to the demands, with agile reprioritization, enabled by the flexibility granted by our partnerships with governments, donors and the other stakeholders that we collaborate with."

UN Women
Jun 19, 2020

Connected by their phones, women peacebuilders lead COVID-19 prevention efforts across Libya
Separated by their country's divisions, both geographically and politically, 36 Libyan women have since used their phones to connect, discuss and overcome their differences in the interest of one goal: Peace.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

UN Women Executive Board convenes first virtual Annual Session
The  UN Women Executive Board  will convene for this year's Annual Session on Monday 22 June to Tuesday 23 June 2020,  remotely via the Zoom platform.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

When fathers share the care
As COVID-19 impacts parents around the world, sharing the care work is critical. This Palestinian couple living in a refugee camp in Lebanon shows how it's done.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2020

Women refugees on the front lines of COVID-19 response
We're bringing forward the voices of women refugees who have been on the front lines of the pandemic, and who know the specific needs of their community better than anyone else. From sharing information on how to prevent the virus spread in Bangladesh to sewing protective face masks in Kenya, women refugees have stepped up to protect their communities and they cannot afford to be invisible in recovery plans.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

Speech: "We must be united to end racism as well as gender inequality"
Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the urgent debate on current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest during the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

Including widows in the work to "build back better" from COVID-19
In a statement for International Widows Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "Widows must not be left out of our work to "build back better" from COVID-19. Let us ensure that our recovery prioritizes their unique needs and supports societies to be more inclusive, resilient and equal for all".

UN Women
Jun 17, 2020

New study from the Unstereotype Alliance finds that increased equality for women is essential to a country's success
Ten countries surveyed in partnership with Kantar demonstrate that harmful gender-based stereotypes and attitudes act as barriers to a more fair and balanced society

UN Women
Jun 16, 2020

Take Five: "Women leaders around the world have demonstrated successful management of the pandemic"
Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate, empathetic, strong communicators and they show solidarity. Her Excellency Vjosa Osmani, the first woman assembly president in Kosovo, has been praised for her professionalism in leading the assembly during the crisis. She is a Doctor of Legal Sciences, former professor and mother of two girls.

UN Women
Jun 16, 2020

As Bangladesh battles COVID-19 and the aftermath of Super Cyclone Amphan, women's organizations lead their communities through recovery
"When the first storm hit, I knew that this time around it would be a bigger challenge for the women in Satkhira. Between a pandemic and a disaster, we didn't know what to worry about more. But the starting point in helping these communities is to engage women in the response and planning," said Shampa Goswami, who leads ‘Prerona Nari Unnayan Sanggathan' (Prerona), a community-based women's organization in the Satkhira district in the southern tip of...

UN Women
Jun 15, 2020

Women peace mediators become key actors on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention in refugee settlements in Uganda
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Uganda continues to rise, women peace mediators, who resolve community disputes and challenges, have joined the fight against the pandemic in refugee settlements in the districts of Yumbe and Adjumani, bordering South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of 9 June, Uganda has recorded 646 infections.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2020

Across the Pacific, crisis centres respond to COVID-19 amid natural disasters
Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women's Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.

UN Women
Jun 10, 2020

Unstereotype Alliance and WFA call on the ad industry to fight racism and inequality
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women and Chair of the Unstereotype Alliance and Stephan Loerke, CEO, World Federation of Advertisers and founding member of the Unstereoptype Alliance call on ad agencies to champion equality and fight racism in advertising and media.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

Supporting local women-run businesses in COVID-19 response
The Government of Sweden and UN Women Moldova provided 28,000 units of protective equipment to social assistance staff from 36 territorial departments throughout the country. The coveralls and masks were purchased from three local companies run by women. Thus, the procurements provided financial support both to factories and to employees who kept their jobs and salaries during this time of crisis provoked by COVID-19. At the same time, textile enterprises took steps to help front-line workers.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

In the words of Zahra Namuli: "I'm happy that I have been able to change people's perception about COVID-19"
Zahra Namuli is a journalist reporting on health issues at NBS TV in Uganda. During a time when most people are quarantined at home, Namuli is one of the few remaining female journalists at the front line reporting about COVID -19 in Uganda. UN Women works to strengthen gender-sensitive reporting in countries around the world.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

New report from UN Women brings forth voices of Palestinian women under COVID-19 lockdown
Early into the COVID-19 crisis, UN Women, in partnership with Arab World for Research and Development, conducted in-depth interviews with Palestinian women in the West Bank and Gaza for a new study that sheds new light on the situation and needs of Palestinian women and girls.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2020

Press release: Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report
As COVID-19 layers crisis upon crisis in communities affected by climate change and conflict, gender-responsive action is urgently needed

UN Women
Jun 08, 2020

Tajik businesses run by women living with HIV supply key protective gear for COVID-19 response
Dilyora Mammadova, a woman living with HIV from Tajikistan, is working with affected women and high-risk groups, helping identify new cases of local HIV infection, supporting women with the same diagnosis, and bringing them medicine. Through a joint UN Women- UNAIDS project for women living with HIV in 2019, her small sewing workshop and her business proposal received funding. Nowadays, due to the high demand for COVID-19 protection masks, Mammadova is supplying masks.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2020

Op-ed: Personal Protective Equipment standards must respond to women's needs to ensure the safety of all front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova and UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir highlight the need for gender-responsive standards for Personal Protective Equipment that respond to the differentiated needs of women and men.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2020

In Georgia, women farmers show solidarity amid COVID-19
In early May, women from the village of Maradisi, in southeast Georgia, gained wide renown. Naira Paksadze, together with other women, hoed their neighbour's potato field in order to save the family's potato harvest. At the time, every member of the family was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, while weeds were growing wild throughout their potato field - their only source of income.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2020

UN Women and Rohingya women on the front line of COVID-19 response
The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

UN Women
Jun 02, 2020

From where I stand: "Due to COVID-19 people were not going to the police"
Simret Tesfaye is nurse at the Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development, a non-profit organization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which manages six shelters for survivors of gender-based violence. Currently, she is working at the Transitional Shelter that opened in April 2020 with support from UN Women.

UN Women
Jun 01, 2020

Cultivating change: Women farmers in Dominica find new paths to market amidst COVID-19 shutdowns
To support the women farmers during this crisis, UN Women has re-oriented its project, which initially intended to establish a seed bank to guard against future disasters. The project will now temporarily pivot to connect farmers to new outlets and market opportunities.

UN Women
May 29, 2020

Press release: Women's organizations in the Arab States region join UN Secretary-General António Guterres's call for ceasefire in the face of COVID-19
Ninety-one women's organizations from Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen issued a joint statement to call for a ceasefire in the face of COVID-19, joining a global appeal issued by UN Secretary-General António Guterres's at the outset of pandemic.

UN Women
May 28, 2020

Announcer: Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards 2020
As lead coordinating entity of joint Executive Board activities this year, the UN Women Executive Board secretariat will convene this year's Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP, starting at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday 29 May 2020 on the topic: United Nations development system reform in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Women
May 28, 2020

From where I stand: "Although the situation is unpredictable, we are still working to maintain peace"
Lieutenant Dr. Arya Khadka is a Nepali peacekeeper serving as a medical officer with the United Nations Mission (MINUSCA) in Bambari, Central African Republic, where prevention efforts are being implemented to deter the COVID-19 outbreak. In a recent Instagram interview with UN Peacekeeping leading up to the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, Lt. Dr. Khadka shared some of the challenges as well as what motivates her. This story has been written based on her interview.

UN Women
May 27, 2020

On the front lines of COVID-19, women's organizations provide vital services as first responders as violence against women spikes
"Women's organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response continue to adapt and provide vital services for survivors, even in the face of unprecedented challenges. As violence against women rises, the services offered by women's organizations must be included in governments' COVID-19 response packages," said Aldijana Sisic, Chief of the UN Trust Fund.

UN Women
May 27, 2020

Press release: UN Women raises awareness of the shadow pandemic of violence against women during COVID-19
Public service announcement narrated by Oscar-winning actor highlights increase in domestic violence with call to support women in need

UN Women
May 22, 2020

From where I stand: "It has become impossible to meet daily needs"
Esther Macharia, 37, is a single mother and the only breadwinner for herself and her daughter. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Kenya, she lost nearly her entire income as a rideshare driver in Nairobi, as people are no longer requesting rides. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers with low wages and without safety nets.

UN Women
May 22, 2020

In Myanmar, women work to protect small businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
UN Women has been working with other United Nations agencies, partners and the Government to raise public awareness about COVID-19. Initiatives by UN Women's Sittwe office include providing information geared toward women, helping women get health and social protection services, and ensuring that virus control measures, such as quarantine centres, meet women's needs and concerns

UN Women
May 21, 2020

Press release: COVID-19 sparks urgency around justice for women, new report calls for action
A new report documents major challenges to women's access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts forth recommendations to accelerate action and push back against threats to progress.

UN Women
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 exposes the harsh realities of gender inequality in slums
The COVID-19 pandemic is largely concentrated in cities and urban areas, with around 2,600 cities globally reporting at least one case of the disease. While the epicentre of the global health crisis is still Europe and North America, its impact on developing countries may be more devastating, especially for the poorest. The 1 billion people living in slums and slum-like settings in developing countries, where population density is high, are those most at-risk and least prepared.

UN Women
May 21, 2020

In the words of Sylvia Karungi: "Life has been challenging with social distancing."
Sylvia Karungi is a member of the National Association of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NAWODU), an organization for women with disabilities that receives funding from UN Women under the EU spotlight programme. She is also a community Psychologist.

UN Women
May 20, 2020

From where I stand: "The COVID-19 crisis has completely changed my life"
Red Cross employee Marijana Tosheva works tirelessly to assist the most vulnerable in North Macedonia. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, she's been supporting the people with disabilities.

UN Women
May 19, 2020

Ten things you can learn from women's resilience that will help you stay strong in the time of COVID-19
During these uncertain and difficult times, we turn to women leaders from around the world for inspiration. They have forged peace when ravaged by war; they have driven innovation despite all odds; and they persisted in the face of challenges and insisted on building a better future.

UN Women
May 18, 2020

Take five: As Haiti battles COVID-19, services to protect women and girls with disabilities are critical
Emanuela Paul is the Rethinking Power Program Coordinator with Beyond Borders/Depase Fwontyè yo. The programme focuses on preventing violence against women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities, in Haiti and implements a project with funding from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. In light of COVID-19, she explains how her organization has adapted its approach to community mobilization and the dialogues they create in the community.

UN Women
May 18, 2020

Take five: COVID-19 will pass, but will anything change in the protection system?
Meliha Sendic is President of the Center of Women's Rights, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, that provides free legal assistance to women, primarily to women survivors of all forms of post-conflict violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). During an online Stakeholder Community Exchange on 16 April 2020 organized by the UN Trust Fund, she shared how her organization has adapted to COVID-19 measures.

UN Women
May 15, 2020

Op ed: The pandemic's gender imperative
Given that the COVID-19 crisis affects men and women in different ways, measures to resolve it must take gender into account. For women and girls, vulnerabilities in the home, on the front lines of health care, and in the labor market must be addressed.

UN Women
May 14, 2020

In the words of Sylvia Karungi: "Social distancing has been there for people with disabilities."
Sylvia Karungi is a member of the National Association of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NAWODU), an organization for women with disabilities that receives funding from UN Women under the EU spotlight programme. She is also a community Psychologist.

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Take five: The COVID-19 challenges "are just too many to mention"
Pamela Grace P. Español-Solano is one of nine female doctors volunteering at a COVID-19 facility in southern Philippines.

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Fathers in Turkey take on more childcare responsibilities during COVID-19
As many people find themselves indoors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, fathers in Turkey are spending more time with their children and taking on more childcare and domestic responsibilities, thanks to the Father Support Programme, implemented by the civil society organization Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV).

UN Women
May 12, 2020

Press Release: Gender equality experts recommend key actions for COVID-19 response and recovery for G7 leaders
As the pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and European Commission Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments Hilde Hardeman, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General for Policy Deborah Greenfield today convened Ministers, CEOs, and business associations, trade unions, civil society and academia representatives at the High-Level Roundtable, "The G7's role in ensuring women's economic empowerment and security in the post-COVID future".

UN Women
May 11, 2020

Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women's Affairs on "COVID-19 Response and Recovery" - a Gendered Framework
UN Women and the African Union, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women's Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme "COVID-19 Response and Recovery" - a Gendered Framework."

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women delivers lifeline support to women's and grassroots organizations for COVID-19 response
New York, 11 May 2020 - In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the COVID-19 global pandemic has presented grave new threats to the critical work and very existence of local civil society organizations working on the front lines of crises, making the need to mobilize support for their efforts more urgent than ever before.

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, 2020
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, with often-devastating impacts for LGBTIQ people, who are already among the most marginalized and excluded. The theme of this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia - break the silence - calls our attention to these inequalities across the world and asks us to speak out together against the discrimination, restrictions on basic freedoms, and hate that LGBTIQ people face in the current context and beyond.

UN Women
May 11, 2020

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 2020
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, including those based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, with often-devastating impacts for LGBTQI people, who are already among the most marginalized and excluded. The theme of this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia - break the silence - calls our attention to these inequalities across the world and asks us to speak out together against the discrimination, restrictions on basic freedoms, and hate that LGBTQI people face in the current context and beyond.

UN Women
May 09, 2020

Extra things to thank Moms for in 2020
On Mother's Day, learn how COVID-19 is impacting moms and make their extraordinary contribution visible.

UN Women
May 08, 2020

Take Five: "What we are going through right now is a life lesson for everyone."
Natalia Klinsky Amelunge is a 28-year-old doctor working on the front lines of COVID-19 at the National Health Fund in Bolivia and the Anita Leigue Municipal Health Center. She spoke with UN Women about the challenges that women face in the front-line response and what we can learn from them. In Bolivia, UN Women has launched public communication campaigns to make women's role visible and to prevent the shadow pandemic of violence against women. In coordination with the government, UN Women is also distributing food, clothing and other necessities in migrant camps bordering Chile.

UN Women
May 06, 2020

Op-ed: We cannot allow COVID-19 to reinforce the digital gender divide
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and CEO of Plan international Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen highlights the alarming lack of connectivity girls, women, and marginalized groups continue to face as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved so many aspects of daily life online.

UN Women
May 06, 2020

Youth volunteers combat online misinformation on COVID-19 in Arab States
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, emerging evidence shows that underlying gender inequalities are exacerbated by this crisis. As observed in previous pandemics, women are -and will be- disproportionately affected in myriad ways, including by an increased incidence of domestic violence, loss of jobs and increased unpaid care burden. Previous experiences also indicate that failing to collect gender-disaggregated data can have a negative impact in the effectiveness of the response and recovery efforts.

UN Women
May 05, 2020

From where I stand: "Domestic workers should also be entitled to a salary during times of crisis"
Ana Paula Soares, 27, has been her family's breadwinner since 2017. When the COVID-19 crisis came to Timor-Leste, she lost her income as a domestic worker with no way to support her family. Her story reflects the hardship that millions of women now face, as workers in the informal economy.

UN Women
May 01, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Fatma Ahmed, activist for women's inclusion in sport
Fatma Ahmed, 25, is a Generation Equality Champion and Founder of the Girls' Inclusion in Sports Campaign based in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2020

From where I stand: "Stay home and stay safe—but what if home is where she feels unsafe?"
Sia Kukaewkasem is an advocate, social worker and survivor of domestic violence. For most people in Mae Sot, north of Thailand, she is a "big sister and friend" who listens and cares for others. With four billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are trapped in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2020

"Women and girls are left behind in COVID-19 response" - warn women's organizations in Europe and Central Asia
Women's organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia urged governments and development partners to recognize the unique and vital needs of women and girls in pandemic response and recovery efforts. Activists warned the international community that the world risks a roll back in women's rights if necessary efforts are not urgently undertaken.

UN Women
Apr 29, 2020

Calling to support indigenous peoples in COVID-19 response
The United Nations Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on Indigenous Issues calls to include indigenous peoples needs and input in response efforts around the world.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2020

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps.

UN Women
Apr 28, 2020

Five women on the front lines of COVID response
As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the lives of women and girls everywhere are changing. While some spheres of work and personal life are on pause, others face increased strains and new challenges. Millions of women worldwide are part of the essential workforce on the front lines of COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 27, 2020

Far from the spotlight, women workers are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Bangladesh
In 2019, over 700,000 Bangladeshi workers migrated overseas, through the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and around 100,000 of them were women. As countries around the world implement lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many Bangladeshi migrants are back home with no income.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Samaira Mehta, champion for girls in technology
At only 11 years old, Samaira Mehta is already the founder and CEO Coderbunnyz and Codermindz, two board games that introduce kids to the concepts of computer programming and artificial intelligence. She's also the creator of the "Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code" initiative, which aims to help one billion kids in the world gain access to STEM and coding tools by 2030.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2020

Statement: Get girls connected for equality
In a statement for International Girls in ICT Day Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urges governments not to leave behind the millions of girls in developing countries without access to the internet and remote learning opportunities.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2020

Imprisoned, quarantined women need hygiene supplies in El Salvador
In El Salvador, UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2020

I am Generation Equality: Ramida "Jennie" Juengpaisal, designer and developer of a COVID-19 tracker in Thailand
Ramida Juengpaisal, 24, from Thailand, is a digital product designer and front-end developer from 5 Lab Group co., ltd. a creative software company that created the COVID-19 Tracker in Thailand. She aims to bridge design and technology to make a better society.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2020

Press release: Women Leaders' Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future issues call to put women and girls at the centre of response efforts
On 20 April 2020, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, convened and chaired the Women Leaders´ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future to address the disproportionately negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on women and girls and to identify and prioritize policy measures that facilitates a more gender-inclusive recovery path.

UN Women
Apr 21, 2020

Advice from activists: How COVID-19 is changing climate activism for young women
This year on Earth Day, 22 April, we asked young women and girls on the front lines of climate activism how all of us can be a part of the movement, from the safety of our own homes, and what we can we learn from how the pandemic is affecting our planet.

UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values
Maria Kolesnikova: An activist from Kyrgyzstan leading the eco-movement and spreading green values

UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

From where I stand: "Policies and regulation can be updated day-to-day…we have to quickly and firmly handle the situation"


UN Women
Apr 20, 2020

Take five: "After this pandemic, we will have to work much harder than before to improve Roma women's lives"
Slavica Vasic is the chair and one of the founders of BIBIJA Roma Women's Centre in Serbia, a partner of the EU-UN Women regional programme "Ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Mind". She spoke to UN Women about the impact of COVID-19 on Roma women and girls and vulnerable groups in Serbia and in the region, and how the lives of many women will change after the outbreak.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2020

Women mobilize to prevent COVID-19 in crowded Rohingya refugee camps
To prevent an added humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 Rohingya volunteers are working with UN Women to mobilize their communities and raise awareness on COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 15, 2020

Roses in the battlefield: rural women farmers join the fight against COVID-19 in China
In January 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic began spreading across China. Of the 42,600 medical workers dispatched to the hardest-hit Hubei Province, as of early March, two-thirds (28,000) were women, who have been dubbed "roses in the battlefield". Women without any medical background also joined the fight, volunteering for vital roles across other provinces.

UN Women
Apr 15, 2020

HeForShe launches #HeForSheAtHome campaign
In providing useful tools and tips, the #HeForSheAtHome campaign seeks to inspire men to help balance the burden in their households. Whether its learning to use that new vacuum cleaner, or the game you play when washing the dishes, we want to hear your stories. In sharing these stories of positive male role models from all over the world, we hope to inspire many more to do their fair share.

UN Women
Apr 13, 2020

From where I stand: "I want to hug my daughter and take care of my parents, but this sacrifice needs to be made to keep them and others safe"
Dr. Runa Jha is the Chief Pathologist and Director at the National Public Health Laboratory in Nepal, which is linked with 277 government laboratories across the country and is the only lab authorized to conduct COVID-19 testing. Jha, along with 67 team members, is playing a crucial role in the front-line response to COVID-19.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2020

From where I stand: "The fact that domestic violence is not a criminal offence in Kazakhstan is hurting women during COVID-19 crisis"
Dina Smailova, a well-known activist from Kazakhstan, recently spoke to UN Women about the rising reports of domestic violence since the introduction of quarantine measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. With 4 billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are left in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems. In some countries, helplines have registered an increase in calls by more than 30 per cent.

UN Women
Apr 09, 2020

Press release: Women hit harder by socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, says UN Women report
The coronavirus is exacerbating pervasive gender inequalities and discrimination facing women in the region.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

Op-ed: Can we turn the tide on gender equality
In an unequal world, a health crisis like the one we face today hurts women disproportionately. We call on leaders to act now to include strong gender dimensions in the response.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

"Put women and girls at the centre of efforts to recover from COVID-19"—Statement by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres
The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere. But it affects different groups of people differently, deepening existing inequalities. Today we are launching a report that shows how COVID-19 could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women's rights - and recommends ways to put women's leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery.

UN Women
Apr 08, 2020

Voices from the front lines of COVID-19
UN Women is bringing the voices of women on the front lines of the pandemic. As essential workers, care givers and journalists, here are some s(h)eroes who are out there, every day, protecting and serving their communities.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

"Nurses are the real heroes," says Albanian doctor in the front line of COVID-19 response
Women are playing a key role—often disproportionate to men—in responding to the disease, as frontline healthcare workers, as well as care givers at home. Experience of other disease outbreaks shows that they have the highest risk to be infected. Almost 12 per cent of Albania's reported cases of coronavirus have been health workers, but no fatalities have been reported yet.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

In a Serbian town, survivors of domestic violence are sewing face masks for those in the front line of COVID-19 response
In an undisclosed location in Sombor, Serbia, 41-year-old Marija Tomic* is putting the finishing stitches on face masks. She has made hundreds of these fabric masks since Serbia declared the COVID-19 epidemic in March.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

Step it up G7: An extraordinary time requires extraordinary solidarity
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies and the implications on women become more clear, members of the 2018 and 2019 G7 Gender Equality Advisory Councils urgently called on G7 member states to take into account the gendered dimensions of the crisis and to prevent the deterioration of gender equality and women's rights worldwide.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

She persists: Sport is a tool for empowering girls in Brazil
UN Women and the International Olympic Committee's programme, "One Win Leads to Another" gives tools of empowerment to girls and young women from vulnerable communities across Brazil through weekly sport practice and life skills training.

UN Women
Apr 06, 2020

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic
With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

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