Speech: Re-calibrating our global conversation on care

Opening statement by Ms. Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, on ‘Embracing the principle of co-responsibility in care and domestic work’ at the High-level Panel in the context of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly Speech: Re-calibrating our global conversation on care Today’s dialogue is most timely.  The Care… Continue reading Speech: Re-calibrating our global conversation on care

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Speech: Taking stronger action to keep the promises of Generation Equality

Speech: Taking stronger action to keep the promises of Generation Equality As we gather today—just over a year since the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City and Paris—I am here to tell you that we must take stronger action to ensure that the promises of Generation Equality are kept. As Executive Director of UN Women,… Continue reading Speech: Taking stronger action to keep the promises of Generation Equality

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Press release: New UN policy paper shows the devastating impacts of the Ukraine war on women and girls

A new UN policy paper, published as the UN Security Council meets on Ukraine, reveals how the war and its global impacts on food, energy, and finance are affecting women and girls disproportionately, both inside Ukraine and globally. From the school-aged girls who are at risk of being obliged to drop out to get married… Continue reading Press release: New UN policy paper shows the devastating impacts of the Ukraine war on women and girls

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Ukraine and the food and fuel crisis: 4 things to know

The war in Ukraine is now in its seventh month. The fallout—humanitarian, economic and environmental—continues to grow. Its costs are being felt not only within Ukraine but around the world as well, where they are in turn compounding other conflicts and emergencies.   In a new brief, UN Women explores the interrelated crises being driven… Continue reading Ukraine and the food and fuel crisis: 4 things to know

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Ukraine war-induced crisis affecting women and girls disproportionately: UN report

A new UN report reveals how the Ukraine war and its global impacts on food, energy, and finance are affecting women and girls disproportionately, both inside the country and around the world. The policy paper developed by gender agency UN Women and the Secretary-General’s Global Crisis Response Group, describes how the war has widened gender… Continue reading Ukraine war-induced crisis affecting women and girls disproportionately: UN report

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Speech: Shaping a more inclusive digital transformation with SDG 5 at the core

Speech: Shaping a more inclusive digital transformation with SDG 5 at the core A very warm welcome to today’s event. It is an honour to be here, with an inspiring line up of leaders to launch a ground-breaking year of action on the intersection of gender and technological change. Today’s shifting power dynamics and the… Continue reading Speech: Shaping a more inclusive digital transformation with SDG 5 at the core

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Press release: Calling on all men to act now to drive action on gender equality, world leaders gather to accelerate progress at UN Women’s HeForShe Summit

New York — Against a global backdrop of receding rights for women and girls, as well as collective crises like climate change, conflict, and natural disasters, the HeForShe Summit gathered political, business, global development and social justice leaders to review progress on gender equality across countries, companies and communities. While UN Women recently reported that,… Continue reading Press release: Calling on all men to act now to drive action on gender equality, world leaders gather to accelerate progress at UN Women’s HeForShe Summit

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Speech: Let’s recommit to male allyship for concerted, inclusive action

[As delivered] UN Women and DESA´s recently launched SDG Gender Snapshot tells us that it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality and the realization of women’s rights. I don’t think that any one of us here today would like to wait 300 years. So we must continue to drive forward. Speech:… Continue reading Speech: Let’s recommit to male allyship for concerted, inclusive action

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Speech: Women leaders—decisive, effective and inclusive

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, for the meeting of the UN General Assembly Platform of Women Leaders: “Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges”  Speech: Women leaders—decisive, effective and inclusive [As delivered.] On behalf of UN Women, it is my honour and… Continue reading Speech: Women leaders—decisive, effective and inclusive

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Press release: New Platform of Women Leaders meets at UN General Assembly

New York — Women Heads of State and Government met today on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Week to discuss global issues in the newly created UNGA Platform of Women Leaders. The event, under the theme of “Transformative solutions by women leaders to today’s interlinked challenges”, highlights that women’s full… Continue reading Press release: New Platform of Women Leaders meets at UN General Assembly

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New platform highlights women’s leadership in tackling global challenges

The newly established UNGA Platform of Women leaders held an event where they discussed global issues under the theme of Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges.  In attendance were President Katalin Novák of Hungary, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir of Iceland, Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa of Samoa,… Continue reading New platform highlights women’s leadership in tackling global challenges

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Speech: Transform education—transform gender equality

Closing Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, for Transforming Education Summit (TES) Leaders Day—Spotlight session “Advancing gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment in and through education” Speech: Transform education—transform gender equality [As delivered.] We can all agree that education is a fundamental right. Yet, as… Continue reading Speech: Transform education—transform gender equality

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New UN guide helps support perinatal mental healthcare in ‘stigma-free’ environment

Almost one in five women will experience a mental health condition during pregnancy or in the year after the birth, the UN health agency said on Monday, launching new recommendations for health authorities worldwide, to help improve women’s lives. Life-altering moments like pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood can be stressful for women and their partners,… Continue reading New UN guide helps support perinatal mental healthcare in ‘stigma-free’ environment

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Expanding broadband safely and inclusively to reach digital gender equality

First published in The State of Broadband 2022 Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls is evolving and expanding, including sexual harassment, stalking, and zoom bombing[i]. Innovations, including virtual reality and the metaverse, are creating new digital spaces for misogyny and sexual violence.  Those relying on an online presence for their work, including women… Continue reading Expanding broadband safely and inclusively to reach digital gender equality

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Speech: Breaking remaining barriers for women and girls in Africa

In Africa, women leaders and entrepreneurs have already proved in so many different ways to be really unstoppable in terms of how much progress they are driving and the inspiration they are giving to us all throughout the world. Speech: Breaking remaining barriers for women and girls in Africa We see that there are five… Continue reading Speech: Breaking remaining barriers for women and girls in Africa

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In focus: 77th Session of the UN General Assembly

The 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) runs from Tuesday, 13 September to Friday, 23 September 2022, with the high level debate opening on Tuesday, 20 September. This year’s theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”, acknowledges the shared roots of crises such as COVID-19, climate change and conflict—and… Continue reading In focus: 77th Session of the UN General Assembly

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Media Advisory: Meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders

The high-level week of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly will feature a meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders. This year’s theme is “Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges”. Women Heads of State and Government will be invited to share experiences executing decisive and inclusive leadership and… Continue reading Media Advisory: Meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders

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Press release: Achieving full gender equality is still centuries away, warns the United Nations in a new report

New York — At the current rate of progress, it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality, the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): The Gender Snapshot 2022” shows. Global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, violent conflict, climate change, and the backlash against women’s sexual and… Continue reading Press release: Achieving full gender equality is still centuries away, warns the United Nations in a new report

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Without investment, gender equality will take nearly 300 years: UN report

Achieving full gender equality, one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), could take close to 300 years if the current rate of progress continues, according to a report published on Wednesday by UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA). The study reveals how gender disparities are worsening in… Continue reading Without investment, gender equality will take nearly 300 years: UN report

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Explainer: Sustainable Development Goal Five

Activists, social leaders, organizations, women and men shout slogans against gender-based violence during the “Vivas nos Queremos” protest in Quito, Ecuador. Photo: UN Women/Johis Alarcon In 2015, recognizing the global nature of challenges  like poverty, inequality and climate change, UN Member states universally adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Resolving to meet these matters head… Continue reading Explainer: Sustainable Development Goal Five

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It will take 22 years to close SDG gender data gaps

When crises hit, not everyone is affected quite the same way. Crises intersect with and exacerbate existing inequalities. Challenges of climate change and its disproportionate impacts on women have been compounded by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine, and cost-of-living crisis. All of these have had a crippling effect on achieving the Sustainable Development… Continue reading It will take 22 years to close SDG gender data gaps

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Media advisory: How equal is our world? Latest UN report to reveal the state of gender equality globally

(Note: The report is under embargo until 7 September 2022, 12.00 EDT) At the current rate of progress and in light of multiple global crises, it may take centuries to achieve full gender equality, according to the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022”, a new report produced jointly by UN Women… Continue reading Media advisory: How equal is our world? Latest UN report to reveal the state of gender equality globally

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UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2022

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its second regular session from Tuesday 13 to Wednesday 14 September 2022 in person at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2022 The session will begin on Tuesday 13 September at 10am EDT with the election by acclamation of… Continue reading UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2022

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In Uganda, refugee women’s leadership drives inclusive humanitarian action

19 August is World Humanitarian Day, an opportunity to honour the humanitarian community and the life-saving work they perform every day. This year’s theme, “it takes a village”, recognizes the importance of collective action in delivering humanitarian assistance—by professionals and volunteers, but also by crisis-affected people themselves. When crises occur, women and girls disproportionately bear… Continue reading In Uganda, refugee women’s leadership drives inclusive humanitarian action

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First Person: Heartbroken but hopeful, under Taliban rule in Afghanistan

Zarina* is a young Afghan woman entrepreneur. Her drive for innovating, and passion for baking made her one of Afghanistan’s youngest entrepreneurs. Her business is still running, but her clients are scarce and her plans for expansion across the country had to be shut down. “I told myself that I should travel to Kabul and… Continue reading First Person: Heartbroken but hopeful, under Taliban rule in Afghanistan

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Statement: In solidarity, we honour the global humanitarian community

On World Humanitarian Day, as humanitarian needs globally have reached an all-time high, we salute and honour humanitarians’ life-saving work.  They save and protect lives and ensure access to essential resources including food, shelter and health services in the toughest locations for the 305.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide.  Statement: In solidarity,… Continue reading Statement: In solidarity, we honour the global humanitarian community

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UN HIV/AIDS advocate and ‘proud champion’ of women dies at 92

“She consistently called attention to the importance of addressing the needs of women, and of involving women directly in making and carrying out development policy, which she believed was particularly important for population policies and programmes,” UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on behalf of the UN chief. A native of Pakistan, she served as… Continue reading UN HIV/AIDS advocate and ‘proud champion’ of women dies at 92

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In the words of Mahbouba Seraj: “We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together”.

On 15 August 2021, I was in Afghanistan, in my office. I witnessed everything from the minute it happened. The first nights and days were especially horrible. Afghanistan was turning into chaos—people were running everywhere; offices were closing. It was all happening in front of my eyes: in 24 hours a democracy we worked for… Continue reading In the words of Mahbouba Seraj: “We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together”.

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In focus: Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover

In focus: Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover Decades of progress on gender equality and women’s rights have been wiped out in mere months. We must continue to act together, united in our insistence on guarantees of respect for the full spectrum of women’s rights.” Read the complete statement. Stripped of their… Continue reading In focus: Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover

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In the words of Najiba*: “Women need women to support each other”.

Najiba*, 45, is a mother, former university lecturer and counsellor who helps women heal from trauma in Afghanistan. Despite threats and restrictions on her freedom to move, she continues to enable women to learn and heal. In the words of Najiba*: “Women need women to support each other”. I have helped women survivors of violence… Continue reading In the words of Najiba*: “Women need women to support each other”.

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In the words of Zarina*: “I am heartbroken, but hopeful”.

Zarina*, 28, is a young Afghan woman entrepreneur. Her drive for innovating and passion for baking made her one of Afghanistan’s youngest entrepreneurs. Her business is still running, but her clients are scarce and her plans for expansion across the country had to be shut down. In the words of Zarina*: “I am heartbroken, but… Continue reading In the words of Zarina*: “I am heartbroken, but hopeful”.

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In the words of Nasima*: “I realized Afghan women were still fighting. And I chose to be one of them”.

Nasima*, 36, is a peacebuilder and a women’s rights activists. She has been living in Afghanistan all her life. After 15 August 2021, she continued to work in Afghanistan in what would soon become one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies. In the words of Nasima*: “I realized Afghan women were still fighting. And… Continue reading In the words of Nasima*: “I realized Afghan women were still fighting. And I chose to be one of them”.

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‘We can’t turn our backs on Afghanistan’s future’: A Resident Coordinator Blog

“Shortly before the Taliban takeover in 2021, I visited an orphanage in Kunduz, a city in the north of Afghanistan. I was heartbroken when I spoke with a young girl there who had lost her entire family the day before, following intense fighting between the Afghan National Security Forces and the Taliban. Although she was… Continue reading ‘We can’t turn our backs on Afghanistan’s future’: A Resident Coordinator Blog

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Statement: ‘Meticulously constructed policies of inequality’ – Afghanistan one year on

In the year that has passed since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, we have seen daily and continuous deterioration in the situation of Afghan women and girls. This has spanned every aspect of their human rights, from living standards to social and political status. It has been a year of increasing disrespect for their right… Continue reading Statement: ‘Meticulously constructed policies of inequality’ – Afghanistan one year on

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In Colombia, UN Women Executive Director galvanizes action for women’s leadership and gender equality

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous conducted a three-day mission in Colombia, where she met with government officials, civil society groups, and partners. The purpose of the mission was to build on momentum and galvanize action for women’s leadership and gender equality across Colombia.  In Colombia, UN Women Executive Director galvanizes action for women’s leadership… Continue reading In Colombia, UN Women Executive Director galvanizes action for women’s leadership and gender equality

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Youth leadership and intergenerational partnership: The driving force of Generation Equality

Youth and adolescents are leading global movements for change, bringing renewed energy and opportunities for achieving a more equal world for all. Generation Equality is building on this momentum by uplifting the leadership and contributions of the new generation in the fight for gender equality and bringing them together in partnership with advocates and visionaries… Continue reading Youth leadership and intergenerational partnership: The driving force of Generation Equality

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Statement: Intergenerational solidarity – Creating a world for all ages

Ageism is an issue of inequality, discrimination, and injustice. Without tackling it, we will not achieve gender equality by 2030. Ageism impacts everyone—young and old. Prejudices surrounding age are widespread and unchallenged—in our attitudes, beliefs, policies, and societies—and create a formidable barrier to young women’s full participation in their communities. Negative stereotypes can exacerbate harmful… Continue reading Statement: Intergenerational solidarity – Creating a world for all ages

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Rosa Quispe Huanca: Ambassador of Aymara music, defender of her language and traditions

Rosa Quispe Huanca is an Aymara singer and participant in UN Women’s Originarias Programme in Chile, one of the aims of which is to promote indigenous women’s businesses and projects developed in coordination with indigenous organizations, as well as public and private institutions. The programme also promotes the integration of indigenous women into the ecosystem of economic… Continue reading Rosa Quispe Huanca: Ambassador of Aymara music, defender of her language and traditions

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Media advisory: UN Women Executive Director, in Colombia, calls for a new era of gender equality

(Bogota, 8 August) — UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous is on a three-day mission in Colombia, where she is meeting with government officials, civil society groups, and partners. The purpose of the mission is to build on momentum and galvanize action for women’s leadership and gender equality across Colombia.  Media advisory: UN Women Executive… Continue reading Media advisory: UN Women Executive Director, in Colombia, calls for a new era of gender equality

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Statement: Indigenous women play a vital role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge

The preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge is the theme of this year’s commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is an opportunity to celebrate indigenous women’s rich knowledge about the natural world, health, technologies, distinct rites and rituals, and other significant cultural expressions. Generation after generation, women pass on this… Continue reading Statement: Indigenous women play a vital role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge

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Statement: Crises drive an increase in human trafficking – Here’s how we stop it

Approximately a quarter of the world’s population, two billion people, are currently living in conflict areas, in highly unsettled conditions that create vulnerabilities and risks of trafficking for women and girls. Recent research has revealed that human trafficking was present in 90 per cent of the 171 wars and conflicts that took place between 1989… Continue reading Statement: Crises drive an increase in human trafficking – Here’s how we stop it

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Press briefing: The situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

Over the past 11 months, we have seen an escalation of restrictive policies and behaviours towards women. Afghanistan remains the only country in the world where girls are banned from going to high school. Women are restricted from working outside the home, except for a few sectors and particular roles. There are no women in… Continue reading Press briefing: The situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

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UN Women and Ant Foundation launch ‘Together Digital’ to empower women entrepreneurs in the digital economy

Breadcrumb Home News And Story Announcement 21 July 2022 Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to E-mail UN Women and Ant Foundation, a private charitable foundation established by global technology provider Ant Group, jointly announced the launch of “Together Digital”, a five-year partnership to support women-led micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises… Continue reading UN Women and Ant Foundation launch ‘Together Digital’ to empower women entrepreneurs in the digital economy

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Women working together, to survive Lebanon’s economic crisis

Lebanon’s women-led cooperatives are helping communities to cope with the country’ recent wave of crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial crisis, and the notorious August 2021 Beirut Port Explosion. Al Atayeb (The Delicacies), a Lebanese women-led cooperative based in Kfardebian town, north of Beirut, specializes in producing Lebanese local and traditional food, such as citrus… Continue reading Women working together, to survive Lebanon’s economic crisis

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‘I will never stop telling my story’: Confronting victim-blaming for sexual assault 

“A blue dress, black tights and boots. That’s what I was wearing,” said Jessica Long, a sexual violence survivor who has been campaigning for the rights of survivors, for the past six years. “That’s what I was wearing the night I was drugged. I was raped. And I was left alone to die”.  This and… Continue reading ‘I will never stop telling my story’: Confronting victim-blaming for sexual assault 

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More women work in health and care but they earn 24 per cent less than men: UN report

The gender pay gap in the health and care sector: a global analysis in the time of COVID-19, was published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).   It documents a raw gender pay gap of roughly 20 percentage points which jumps to 24 percentage points when factors such as… Continue reading More women work in health and care but they earn 24 per cent less than men: UN report

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Speech: Our ability to fulfil the SDG’s promises depends on our decision to put women and girls at the centre

The thematic review of SDG5 was clear. We have to do things differently. We have to scale up investment in gender equality. We must promote and support women’s health, education, and leadership. We must ensure that women are able to access financing and resources. Forty-four countries have or will be presenting their voluntary national reviews… Continue reading Speech: Our ability to fulfil the SDG’s promises depends on our decision to put women and girls at the centre

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‘World is failing adolescent girls’ warns UNFPA chief, as report shows third of women in developing countries give birth in teen years

Nearly a third of all women in developing countries, start having children at the age of 19 or younger, and nearly half of first births to adolescents, are to children or girls aged 17 or under, new research released on Tuesday by UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, reveals.  While total fertility across the… Continue reading ‘World is failing adolescent girls’ warns UNFPA chief, as report shows third of women in developing countries give birth in teen years

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One year driving action for gender equality. One year of Generation Equality.

One year ago, the Generation Equality Forum brought together leaders from governments, civil society, youth and the private sector to take bold global action on gender equality, marking the start of an ambitious 5-year journey convened by UN Women. One year driving action for gender equality. One year of Generation Equality. Since the Forum, convened… Continue reading One year driving action for gender equality. One year of Generation Equality.

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One year from the Generation Equality Forum: where are we now?

One year from the Generation Equality Forum: where are we now? Since the Forum, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of France and Mexico, countries and partners have already initiated implementation of commitments made through six Action Coalitions, and a series of global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships for gender equality., In addition, signatories… Continue reading One year from the Generation Equality Forum: where are we now?

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In the aftermath of crisis, rural Bangladeshi women pursue economic security

Saleha Begum, 45, in Patarkhola village of Ramzan Nagar union at Shyamnagar upazila in Satkhira, stands near some of the remaining damage after the roof of her home was torn off by Cyclone Amphan in 2020. She received cash support from UN Women following the cyclone, which compounded the hardships already wrought by the COVID-19… Continue reading In the aftermath of crisis, rural Bangladeshi women pursue economic security

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Statement: Reproductive rights are women’s rights and human rights

Reproductive rights are integral to women’s rights, a fact that is upheld by international agreements and reflected in law in different parts of the world. Statement: Reproductive rights are women’s rights and human rights To be able to exercise their human rights and make essential decisions, women need to be able to decide freely and… Continue reading Statement: Reproductive rights are women’s rights and human rights

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Actions to stem violence against women and girls ‘needed now more than ever’

Over the past two years, there has been “an unprecedented increase in all forms of gender-based violence,” the UN Deputy Secretary-General told a high-level meeting in Kigali, on Thursday, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as a major contributor. “Nearly one in two women reported that they, or a woman they know, experienced some form of violence,”… Continue reading Actions to stem violence against women and girls ‘needed now more than ever’

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Speech: Looking forward to a future of gender equality

Your engagement, distinguished delegates, in setting these joint directions signals the deep value of the multilateral process and our ability to chart a unified path for the future of UN Women. I leave the meeting today with renewed energy for the months and the years ahead. In that regard, I also thank the delegations for… Continue reading Speech: Looking forward to a future of gender equality

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Explainer: What you should know about widowhood

Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, (second from left) a human rights activist and co-founder of a widows association in the municipality of Comalapa, Guatemala has spearheaded the construction of a memorial for victims of the conflict in Comalapa. It’s called the “Center for the Historical Memory of Women”. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown For many women around the… Continue reading Explainer: What you should know about widowhood

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UN Women and UNDP report: Five lessons from COVID-19 for centering gender in crisis

Tanzima Akter works as a community facilitator under the LIUPC project of UNDP Bangladesh. Here she is distributing anti-bacterial and disinfecting soap to a family in Dhaka. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Abdullah Kaizer The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened a trio of interlocking crises that threaten women and girls around the world: spiking levels of gender-based violence,… Continue reading UN Women and UNDP report: Five lessons from COVID-19 for centering gender in crisis

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Op-ed: End the disconnect

We live in a world with a startling disconnect between how women and girls are impacted by current multiple crises, and their involvement in finding and implementing solutions. It’s time to recognize this, refocus, and urgently coordinate our efforts to reverse it. I therefore urge G7 leaders to take the lead in fostering women’s equal… Continue reading Op-ed: End the disconnect

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Emergency preparedness requires gender-aware responses to reduce burdens of care, violence and economic insecurity on women: UN Women and UNDP Tracker Report

Emergency preparedness requires gender-aware responses to reduce burdens of care, violence and economic insecurity on women: UN Women and UNDP Tracker Report As the overlapping impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a deepening climate emergency and geopolitical conflicts threaten gender equality and women’s rights, analysis based on new global data provides specific recommendations for governments to… Continue reading Emergency preparedness requires gender-aware responses to reduce burdens of care, violence and economic insecurity on women: UN Women and UNDP Tracker Report

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Violence against indigenous women, ‘legacy of colonialism’ rooted in racism

Indigenous women and girls face grave, systematic, and continuous acts of violence that permeate every aspect of their lives, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Wednesday in a hard hitting report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva “This violence is rooted in historic and unequal patriarchal power structures, racism, exclusion, and marginalization enabled… Continue reading Violence against indigenous women, ‘legacy of colonialism’ rooted in racism

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UN Women Statement for International Widows Day

Today’s global challenges put widows’ rights into sharp relief. In 2020 and 2021, the World Health Organization recorded nearly 15 million excess deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, while the climate crisis and rising conflicts around the world continue to endanger lives and to separate families. Across the world, we face the highest number of… Continue reading UN Women Statement for International Widows Day

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UN Women Reveals Concerning Regression in Attitudes Towards Gender Roles During Pandemic in New Study

Cannes, France, 20 June 2022 – UN Women and the Unstereotype Alliance, an industry-led coalition convened by UN Women to eradicate harmful stereotypes in advertising, today launched “The Levers of Change: Gender Equality Attitudes Study 2022, the latest iteration of a bi-annual global study that tracks attitudes towards gender. The 20-country-wide survey shows that some… Continue reading UN Women Reveals Concerning Regression in Attitudes Towards Gender Roles During Pandemic in New Study

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Speech: Pushing boundaries, together with our partners

I thank our President, H.E. Ambassador Fatima Rabab. This is her last official session before taking up her new role as High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. I congratulate you, Madam President, and look forward to working with you in your new capacity. I know that… Continue reading Speech: Pushing boundaries, together with our partners

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Trained in agriculture, women Palestinian refugees gain new confidence

Originally posted on UN Women’s country website for Lebanon Aida Ghadban is a Palestinian refugee living in Al Rashidieh camp, the second most populous Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Aida helped train over 100 women to grow vegetables on their home’s rooftops. This activity was a turning point for these women, who regained self-confidence and… Continue reading Trained in agriculture, women Palestinian refugees gain new confidence

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Statement: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee Day

In the last year, the world has witnessed a shocking deterioration of the global security climate. Women and girls in particular are experiencing significant consequences, including their displacement within and across borders and an intensified risk of all forms of sexual violence. This situation gives a renewed significance to two international days observed by the… Continue reading Statement: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict and World Refugee Day

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In the words of Larysa Denysenko, Ukrainian legal expert: “Sexual violence is a tactic of intimidation, torture and humiliation”

In the words of Larysa Denysenko, Ukrainian legal expert: “Sexual violence is a tactic of intimidation, torture and humiliation” Larysa Denysenko, a journalist, attorney, human rights activist and co-founder of the Association of Women’s Lawyers of Ukraine, “JurFem”, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Olha Zakrevska During the first days of the invasion, we were providing legal… Continue reading In the words of Larysa Denysenko, Ukrainian legal expert: “Sexual violence is a tactic of intimidation, torture and humiliation”

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Sexual violence in conflict ‘terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities’

In his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, commemorated on Sunday, Secretary-General António Guterres also observed that perpetrators rarely face the consequences of their actions. “It is the survivors who carry the burden of stigma and trauma throughout their lives, often doubly brutalized by harmful social norms and victim-blaming”.… Continue reading Sexual violence in conflict ‘terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities’

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From where I stand: “I see positive change through the power of women’s organizations and adolescent peer groups in our community.”

Ariet Ojulu is the Head of the Women, Children, and Youth Affairs Office in Itang Woreda, Ethiopia, a district neighboring three refugee camps hosting refugees predominantly from South Sudan.  From where I stand: “I see positive change through the power of women’s organizations and adolescent peer groups in our community.” Ariet Ojulu, the head of… Continue reading From where I stand: “I see positive change through the power of women’s organizations and adolescent peer groups in our community.”

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Enhancing livelihoods and business skills for vulnerable women in Somalia

UN Women programme beneficiaries discuss the future of the Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs) in the shade of a tree. Photo: UN Women/Aijamal Duishebaeva Ongoing armed conflict and insecurity in Somalia, unprecedented natural disasters – mainly prolonged droughts and locusts – leave women in Somalia with limited options. With support from the Government of… Continue reading Enhancing livelihoods and business skills for vulnerable women in Somalia

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How the private sector can help women’s empowerment and peace

Scenes from the municipal market in Tucuru, Guatemala. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Originally published on www.wpshacompact.org More than two decades on from the adoption of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda — which affirmed the crucial role of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives — women’s inclusion in recovery and relief efforts remains… Continue reading How the private sector can help women’s empowerment and peace

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Speech: Let’s put an end to ‘Where are the women’?

Speech: Let’s put an end to ‘Where are the women’? Climate change is further increasing inequalities and fueling tensions. Drought, and desertification are, as with all crises and conflict, directly increasing gender-based violence. These inter-related facts hold us all back from achieving our aspirations. And women and girls are bearing the brunt of descents into… Continue reading Speech: Let’s put an end to ‘Where are the women’?

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‘Women in Conflicts’: Brussels declaration on actions towards empowering women

Originally published on www.consilium.europa.eu On Thursday 9 June 2022, European Council President Charles Michel, together with UN Women, Nadia’s Initiative and the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation, co-hosted the second edition of “Women in Conflicts” in Brussels, bringing together women leaders and survivors of conflicts. ‘Women in Conflicts’: Brussels declaration on actions towards empowering women The… Continue reading ‘Women in Conflicts’: Brussels declaration on actions towards empowering women

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Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion for Transformation – The Elsie Initiative Fund Shares Results of Funded Projects in its 2021 Annual Report

Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion for Transformation – The Elsie Initiative Fund Shares Results of Funded Projects in its 2021 Annual Report Of note, Senegal – the largest police contributing country – deployed its first ever woman Formed Police Unit commander and two gender-strong units with 16 per cent women, a fourfold increase… Continue reading Harnessing the Power of Diversity and Inclusion for Transformation – The Elsie Initiative Fund Shares Results of Funded Projects in its 2021 Annual Report

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Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

Feature story Feature From the Liberian women’s sex strike paving the way for peace to the Icelandic “Women’s Day Off” demanding economic equality to the global impact of the #MeToo movement, history has taught us that change can happen through collective activism. Change, however, isn’t just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements:… Continue reading Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

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“The post-COVID world must not just build back better – it must build forward differently”, says UN Women Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General Anita Bhatia on her first official visit to Kazakhstan

Ms. Bhatia launched her mission by meeting with UN Women’s country team to provide a briefing on corporate strategic priorities in the context of COVID-19 recovery and the geo-political situation in the region. Active in Kazakhstan since 1999, UN Women has worked in partnership with the government, civil society and other institutions to ensure equality of… Continue reading “The post-COVID world must not just build back better – it must build forward differently”, says UN Women Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General Anita Bhatia on her first official visit to Kazakhstan

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A comprehensive approach to ending violence against women in rural spaces in India

With the support of UN Women, women and men in the rural communities of Assam State in India have found new ways to work together to prevent and respond to violence against women, youth, and children in their neighbourhoods. “I tell my husband that I am not the same woman whom he can ill-treat and… Continue reading A comprehensive approach to ending violence against women in rural spaces in India

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér reiterates commitment to advancing gender equality and long-term cooperation during first official visit to Georgia and Albania

Ms. Regnér was joined on her visit to Georgia by the UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Alia El-Yassir. Together, Ms. Regnér and Ms. El-Yassir met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, and the Chairperson of the Gender Equality Council of the Parliament, Nino Tsilosani, where the parties… Continue reading UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér reiterates commitment to advancing gender equality and long-term cooperation during first official visit to Georgia and Albania

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UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2022

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its annual session from Tuesday 21 to Wednesday 22 June 2022 in person at United Nations’ Headquarters in New York. UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2022 The President of the Executive Board, Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, will open… Continue reading UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2022

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Speech: Women’s land rights are intrinsically and vitally linked to gender equality

[As delivered.] I would like to thank the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan and the Government of Jordan, as well as the International Land Coalition, the European Union, and SEEDS for organizing this important Forum. UN Women welcomes and highly appreciates the Forum’s inclusive emphasis on women and young people. Speech: Women’s land rights are… Continue reading Speech: Women’s land rights are intrinsically and vitally linked to gender equality

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BlackRock and UN Women to Promote Gender Lens Investing

For media requests please contact [email protected] New York, 25 May 2022 – BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) and UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to cooperate in promoting the growth of gender lens investing. As part of the agreement, signed at the… Continue reading BlackRock and UN Women to Promote Gender Lens Investing

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UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous’s first official visit to Brussels on 19–20 May 2022

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous was on her first official visit to Brussels, Belgium, on 19–20 May 2022. The visit was intended to continue strengthening partnerships with the European Union and the Government of Belgium, as well as with civil society, to accelerate progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and… Continue reading UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous’s first official visit to Brussels on 19–20 May 2022

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Statement at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, 23 May 2022

[As delivered] It is an honour to address this seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Allow me to express my appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for hosting this important gathering, and to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for co-organizing. Statement at the 7th Session of the Global Platform… Continue reading Statement at the 7th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, 23 May 2022

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EU-UN Women hand-in-hand for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Originally published on www.eeas.europa.eu Ten years ago, the European Union and UN Women established a solid and longstanding partnership to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment at global, regional, and national levels. Since then, this partnership has continued to grow and strengthen. With women’s rights and gender equality under increased attack, the EU and UN… Continue reading EU-UN Women hand-in-hand for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

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Incentivizing collaboration towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals

Sima Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women: “Inequalities arising from discriminatory practices, cultural and social norms impact many aspects of women’s health. The Global Action Plan gives us ways to address these head-on and to advance gender equality more broadly. Through it, we can work to ensure that more women and girls can make informed decisions… Continue reading Incentivizing collaboration towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals

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Speech: Solidarity and networked, multilateral action for the exercise of women’s full human rights

Speech: Solidarity and networked, multilateral action for the exercise of women’s full human rights Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights include women’s rights to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality and individual agency, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. Those… Continue reading Speech: Solidarity and networked, multilateral action for the exercise of women’s full human rights

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Interview: “The war in Ukraine may be changing the women’s movement, but it’s not stopping it”

Interview: “The war in Ukraine may be changing the women’s movement, but it’s not stopping it” The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, managed by UN Women, remains committed to supporting civil society and women’s rights organizations in crisis, while first and foremost prioritizing their safety. As part of its practice in crisis… Continue reading Interview: “The war in Ukraine may be changing the women’s movement, but it’s not stopping it”

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UN Women Statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia, and Transphobia

UN Women stands in solidarity with all people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). We recognize that LGBTIQ+ rights depend on autonomous decision-making over matters of one’s body and health. In many contexts these rights remain out of reach. UN Women Statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia,… Continue reading UN Women Statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia, and Transphobia

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Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director, on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

I am deeply concerned and saddened by the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh. Ms. Abu Akleh was a prominent Palestinian-American journalist working for Al Jazeera. She had a long and impressive career covering the front lines of conflict. Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director, on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh She was… Continue reading Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director, on the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

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Statement on Afghanistan, by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director

I am gravely concerned by the Taliban’s announcement that all women must cover their faces in public, that women should only leave their homes in cases of necessity, and that violations of this directive will lead to the punishment of their male relatives. Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right. It is an absolute… Continue reading Statement on Afghanistan, by Ms Sima Bahous, UN Women Executive Director

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On a mission to cut Papua New Guinea’s high levels of sexual violence

Nearly 60 per cent of women and girls aged 15-49 in Papua New Guinea have experienced some form of physical sexual violence, almost twice the global average. A health support group, backed by the UN, is educating young people and supporting survivors. “Most of the survivors of gender-based violence that we see in the clinic… Continue reading On a mission to cut Papua New Guinea’s high levels of sexual violence

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LuxSE and UN Women join forces to advance gender finance

Originally published by the Luxembourg Stock Exchange The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation and promote joint initiatives to advance financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment. LuxSE and UN Women… Continue reading LuxSE and UN Women join forces to advance gender finance

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Ukraine: New UN Women and CARE report highlights disproportionate impact of the war on women and minorities

The analysis, based on surveys and interviews with people in 19 regions in Ukraine between 2 and 6 April 2022, sheds a spotlight on the gender dynamics of the crisis and recommends actions for governments, the international community, and other actors to implement in their humanitarian response. “When it comes to humanitarian needs of displaced… Continue reading Ukraine: New UN Women and CARE report highlights disproportionate impact of the war on women and minorities

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Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now

Originally published on Medium.com/@UN_Women 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… Continue reading Intersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right now

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Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan

Originally published on news.un.org Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered.  Shahin breaks down how online games can help young people to address gender issues. Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan Balqees Shahin is a volunteer with… Continue reading Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan

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UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2022: Access and Safety

UN Women joins young women and girls globally who are putting a spotlight on access and safety in the digital world. We are inspired by young activists such as 18-year-old Ana Vizitiv from the Republic of Moldova, whose work promotes gender equality in ICT and STEM, and by role model and entrepreneur 20-year-old Yordanos Genanaw… Continue reading UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2022: Access and Safety

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Op-ed: Where crises multiply risks, women multiply solutions

Op-ed: Where crises multiply risks, women multiply solutions The Sustainable Development Goals recognize that gender equality is integral to our collective global progress. While there is one standalone goal — Goal 5 — on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the truth is that without gender equality none of the goals will be attainable.… Continue reading Op-ed: Where crises multiply risks, women multiply solutions

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Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

From the Liberian women’s sex strike paving the way for peace to the Icelandic “Women’s Day Off” demanding economic equality to the global impact of the #MeToo movement, history has taught us that change can happen through collective activism. Change, however, isn’t just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we… Continue reading Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

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Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

From the Liberian women’s sex strike paving the way for peace to the Icelandic “Women’s Day Off” demading economic equality to the global impact of the #MeToo movement, history has taught us that change can happen through collective activism. Change, however, isn’t just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we… Continue reading Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

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From where I stand: Svetlana Babaș, Ukrainian Roma refugee

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia Svetlana Babaș, 19, is a Ukrainian Roma woman who had to flee her home as a result of Russia’s military invasion in Ukraine. She shares her story as a young mother who was worried about her fast approaching due date while escaping war… Continue reading From where I stand: Svetlana Babaș, Ukrainian Roma refugee

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Interview: Taking a survivor-centred approach to protecting women migrant workers in South East Asia

International labour migration in South East Asia has consistently increased over the past decades, with women making up almost half of the region’s 10 million migrants. However, women migrant workers often face a higher risk of violence, trafficking, and discrimination than men migrant workers. As part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the Safe and Fair… Continue reading Interview: Taking a survivor-centred approach to protecting women migrant workers in South East Asia

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Women flee Ukraine, but hope for peace so they can return to their homes

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland have received the highest number of refugees. As of 12 April, about 96 thousand Ukrainian refugees are residing across the different regions of Moldova. UN Women has been working with partners to… Continue reading Women flee Ukraine, but hope for peace so they can return to their homes

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Collecting data and analysis on how the war in Ukraine is impacting women and girls

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia Despite the myriad challenges of collecting data in conflict, UN Women has been working tirelessly with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on women and girls. At least five publications… Continue reading Collecting data and analysis on how the war in Ukraine is impacting women and girls

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Collecting data and analysis on how the war in Ukraine is impacting women and girls

Despite the myriad challenges of collecting data in conflict, UN Women has been working tirelessly with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on women and girls. At least five publications have been produced so far, revealing the grim reality of war and… Continue reading Collecting data and analysis on how the war in Ukraine is impacting women and girls

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Speech: Women’s involvement is both a right and an opportunity for better outcomes

I returned last night to New York from Moldova, where the consequences of the senseless war in Ukraine were stark. Moldova has rightfully been described as a small country with a big heart. Despite still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, and with determination to achieve their national development priorities, they opened their borders and homes… Continue reading Speech: Women’s involvement is both a right and an opportunity for better outcomes

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Press Release: In Moldova, UN Women Executive Director commits to advancing the empowerment and resilience of Moldovan and refugee women

Press Release: In Moldova, UN Women Executive Director commits to advancing the empowerment and resilience of Moldovan and refugee women More than 374 thousand refugees have arrived in Moldova since the beginning of the war. The country is facing one of the biggest humanitarian crises in recent history. Women and girls make the majority of… Continue reading Press Release: In Moldova, UN Women Executive Director commits to advancing the empowerment and resilience of Moldovan and refugee women

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Women spearhead climate change response in the South Pacific

Women spearhead climate change response in the South Pacific The Shifting the Power Coalition works to support young women’s leadership on climate action, equipping them with knowledge and tools to respond to crisis. Photo: Shifting the Power Coalition Rising global temperatures are increasing the frequency and intensity of deadly storms like TC Yasa. When disasters… Continue reading Women spearhead climate change response in the South Pacific

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Ukraine: UN High Level Officials urge the swift investigation of sexual violence allegations and call for strengthened measures to protect women and girls

We are deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha and other localities, and gravely concerned about mounting allegations of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls in the context of the war in Ukraine. We echo the UN Secretary-General in his calls for the war in Ukraine to stop—now. Such wars and… Continue reading Ukraine: UN High Level Officials urge the swift investigation of sexual violence allegations and call for strengthened measures to protect women and girls

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Press release: UN Women Executive Director’s first official visit to Germany: Sima Bahous meets with European Development Ministers and delivers keynote address to G7 Care Conference

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous has made her first official visit to Germany to advance the global gender equality agenda and to highlight the critical need to support women’s roles in the care economy. Press release: UN Women Executive Director’s first official visit to Germany: Sima Bahous meets with European Development Ministers and delivers… Continue reading Press release: UN Women Executive Director’s first official visit to Germany: Sima Bahous meets with European Development Ministers and delivers keynote address to G7 Care Conference

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New global directory offers a lifeline of support for women and girls who experience violence

Launching this month, the Lila.help website directory lists accurate, vetted and safe helplines and local emergency service information for more than 90 countries, and aims to expand to every country and territory. The website was developed by the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS) with financial and technical support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs… Continue reading New global directory offers a lifeline of support for women and girls who experience violence

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Rapid gender analysis in Ukraine reveals different impacts and needs of women and men

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia As of 25 March, according to OCHA, more than 10 million people had been forcibly displaced by the war in Ukraine, with more than 3.7 million fleeing to neighbouring countries – 90 per cent of whom are women and children. To gage the… Continue reading Rapid gender analysis in Ukraine reveals different impacts and needs of women and men

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Bangladesh blazes trails on measuring women’s unpaid work

“If you ask a homemaker what she does, she will invariably say ‘I don’t do anything’,” says Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of the Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), a Bangladeshi civil society organization that works on security and rights for women and girls, among other issues. “We want to change that narrative to redefine what we… Continue reading Bangladesh blazes trails on measuring women’s unpaid work

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Press release: UN Women unveils new feminist roadmap for economic recovery and transformation

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021 Media contact UN Women Media Team: [email protected] Today, UN Women has published a feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and previous crises: “Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice.” As the world faces the choice between doubling down on the mistakes… Continue reading Press release: UN Women unveils new feminist roadmap for economic recovery and transformation

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Empowering women and girls in Jordan to build more peaceful and inclusive societies

Youth from different cities in Jordan participate in an advocacy campaign on gender and gender roles hosted by Generations For Peace in partnership with UN Women Jordan in September 2019. Photo: Generations for Peace/Ahmad Albakri Many women peace activists around the world have been putting themselves on the front lines, pushing for the protection and… Continue reading Empowering women and girls in Jordan to build more peaceful and inclusive societies

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LGBTIQ+ people feel counted through first gender-sensitive question in Nepal Census

When Nepal held its last Census in 2011, respondents were asked to indicate the sex of people in their household as either ‘male’, ‘female’ or ‘third gender’. It was a first attempt to count the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) populations.  But when the exercise produced a number far lower than… Continue reading LGBTIQ+ people feel counted through first gender-sensitive question in Nepal Census

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Statement from UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine, 30 March

Statement from UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine, 30 March Since the war began, more than 10 million people have been forced from their homes in search of safety and security. UN Women applauds Ukraine’s neighbours who have already received more than 3.6 million people. Women and girls constitute approximately 90 per cent… Continue reading Statement from UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine, 30 March

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‘Staggering number’ of unintended pregnancies reveals failure to uphold women’s rights 

“This report is a wakeup call”, said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, adding that the “staggering number of unintended pregnancies represents a global failure to uphold women and girls’ basic human rights.”   The ground-breaking Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy, warns that this human rights crisis has… Continue reading ‘Staggering number’ of unintended pregnancies reveals failure to uphold women’s rights 

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Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms women’s and girls’ leadership as key to address climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction for all

(New York, 25 March – The 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)—the second largest UN intergovernmental meeting in New York—closed its two-week long session today (14 to 25 March) acknowledging the important role of women and girls as agents of change for sustainable development, in particular safeguarding the environment and… Continue reading Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms women’s and girls’ leadership as key to address climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction for all

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PEPFAR and UN Women announce a partnership to strengthen the leadership and voice of young women in the global HIV response

Originally published on state.gov To mark the conclusion of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UN Women announced a partnership for ‘Investing in Adolescent Girls and Young Women’s Leadership and Voice in the HIV Response’. The United States government is investing over USD 670,000… Continue reading PEPFAR and UN Women announce a partnership to strengthen the leadership and voice of young women in the global HIV response

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Mistreatment in childbirth, a human rights and healthcare problem, new study warns

Women across the world face unacceptable mistreatment during childbirth, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) launched on Wednesday. The new supplement, Dignity and respect in maternity care, spotlights how women and their newborn babies are treated during childbirth and offers a path to improved… Continue reading Mistreatment in childbirth, a human rights and healthcare problem, new study warns

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Civil society activists and international leaders highlight the triple threat of climate crises, conflict, and gender inequality and call for women-centered commitments

Civil society activists and international leaders highlight the triple threat of climate crises, conflict, and gender inequality and call for women-centered commitments The event, “Climate shocks exacerbating humanitarian crisis, insecurity and gender inequality – Voices from the Sahel and Afghanistan”, took place against the backdrop of ongoing violent extremism and displacement, heightening political instability, humanitarian… Continue reading Civil society activists and international leaders highlight the triple threat of climate crises, conflict, and gender inequality and call for women-centered commitments

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Women and girls deserve to live without violence in ‘safety, dignity and freedom’

“One in three women worldwide has directly experienced violence”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message at an event on the fringes of the annual Conference on the Status of Women (CSW). He noted that every 11 minutes, a woman is killed by a partner or family member, often in her own home, “where… Continue reading Women and girls deserve to live without violence in ‘safety, dignity and freedom’

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Speech: To combat climate shocks, protect women’s rights and strengthen their resilience and leadership

Speech: To combat climate shocks, protect women’s rights and strengthen their resilience and leadership Women and girls in crisis situations are particularly exposed to risks and the impacts of climate shocks. Today, 80 per cent of people displaced by conflict, persecution and violence are from countries at the frontlines of the climate emergency. When women… Continue reading Speech: To combat climate shocks, protect women’s rights and strengthen their resilience and leadership

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Statement: Voices for action against racism

Despite a revitalization in recent years of the global movement for racial justice, racism remains deeply embedded and pervasive. Its continued existence has been seen all too clearly in the compounded effects of ongoing crises, such as differentiated health outcomes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbated impact of the effects of climate change and environmental degradation,… Continue reading Statement: Voices for action against racism

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UN Women Executive Director re-ignites ambition for Generation Equality by sharing her bold vision for the future at CSW66

UN Women Executive Director re-ignites ambition for Generation Equality by sharing her bold vision for the future at CSW66 “It is time to look towards the future and the journey ahead of us to translate the promises of Generation Equality into implementation and impact in the lives of women and girls in all their diversity… Continue reading UN Women Executive Director re-ignites ambition for Generation Equality by sharing her bold vision for the future at CSW66

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Women need to be leaders in addressing climate change challenges, say leaders in Asia and the Pacific

Women need to be leaders in addressing climate change challenges, say leaders in Asia and the Pacific This was the clear message from the officials, civil society representatives and other practitioners gathered for the Asia-Pacific regional consultation ahead of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), which took place virtually on 9-10… Continue reading Women need to be leaders in addressing climate change challenges, say leaders in Asia and the Pacific

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Building climate resilient societies requires sustainable care systems, say leaders of the Global Alliance for Care

Building climate resilient societies requires sustainable care systems, say leaders of the Global Alliance for Care The Government of Mexico through its National Institute of Women (INMUJERES) and UN Women co-convene the Alliance, which was launched at the Generation Equality Forum as a collective commitment of the Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights. UN… Continue reading Building climate resilient societies requires sustainable care systems, say leaders of the Global Alliance for Care

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Leaders call for collective action, elevating marginalized voices and women in decision making roles beyond COVID-19

Leaders call for collective action, elevating marginalized voices and women in decision making roles beyond COVID-19 The event was moderated by Kate Donald, Director of Program at the Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Ms. Donald was joined by a high-level panel of women leaders for a dynamic and interactive dialogue. The conversation showcased… Continue reading Leaders call for collective action, elevating marginalized voices and women in decision making roles beyond COVID-19

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African women to play key roles in mitigating impacts of climate change

On the sidelines of the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, African women leaders came together to discuss the impact of climate change on women in Africa, and the leadership roles that women are playing in mitigating the impacts of climate change. African women to play key roles in mitigating impacts… Continue reading African women to play key roles in mitigating impacts of climate change

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Speech: Calling for a major shift in action, policies and investments

Speech: Calling for a major shift in action, policies and investments As the Executive Director of UN Women, it is really a pleasure to look across the UN system and see so many women leaders powerfully affecting change. It is so important that we work together in these increasingly difficult times. The impacts of COVID-19… Continue reading Speech: Calling for a major shift in action, policies and investments

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In Moldova, women mobilize to help refugees from Ukraine

In Moldova, women mobilize to help refugees from Ukraine Voluntarele JCI Ungheni împărțind pungi cu alimente refugiaților grăbiți în vama Sculeni. Foto: UN Women Moldova The first days of March saw temperatures of -3⁰C in Moldova, with queues growing, despite the cold, snow and rain. Among those arriving at the Sculeni border were Nadejda, 63,… Continue reading In Moldova, women mobilize to help refugees from Ukraine

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Speech: Bringing transformative change with accountability and accelerated pace

Speech: Bringing transformative change with accountability and accelerated pace Dear partners and friends. Thank you, my dearest Maria Fernanda Espinosa; it’s wonderful to see you. And thank you Anika Jane Dorothy, it’s also great to see you. Thank you both for your kind introduction and for your engagement and leadership on Generation Equality since its… Continue reading Speech: Bringing transformative change with accountability and accelerated pace

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The climate crisis is a human rights crisis and a women’s rights crisis, UN chief says

“Climate action must include investing in women activists, human rights defenders, and civil society organizations,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a virtual town hall with women representing a range of civil society organizations during the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66). The climate crisis is a human rights crisis… Continue reading The climate crisis is a human rights crisis and a women’s rights crisis, UN chief says

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Afghan women call for global attention and action to meet the needs of women and girls in Afghanistan

Horia Mosadiq, an Afghan woman and founder and director of Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization, addresses the CSW66 side event on the upcoming renewal of the UNAMA mandate. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Afghan women call for global attention and action to meet the needs of women and girls in Afghanistan “We are urging the international… Continue reading Afghan women call for global attention and action to meet the needs of women and girls in Afghanistan

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Results from the open consultation on the global indicator framework for monitoring the targets of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions

Document links Frequently asked questions (FAQs) This FAQ section contains information previously provided to organizations to aid in completing the consultation. It has since been updated to include questions received throughout the consultation on the overarching goals of the indicator framework and next steps now that the consultation is complete.  expand all collapse all What… Continue reading Results from the open consultation on the global indicator framework for monitoring the targets of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions

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Calling for an end to violence against women in politics

At a special event hosted by Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly, on the sidelines of the 66th Commission on the Status of Women, leaders came together to call for concrete actions and responses to end violence against women in politics around the world. Calling for an end to violence against women in… Continue reading Calling for an end to violence against women in politics

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Guterres vows to improve UN’s handling of sexual exploitation and abuse

Secretary-General António Guterres released his annual update on the Organization’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) on Tuesday, dovetailing with his system-wide strategy – launched in 2017 – to stamp out incidents by placing victims at the heart of efforts, throughout the system. Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq told a regular press briefing in… Continue reading Guterres vows to improve UN’s handling of sexual exploitation and abuse

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The road to a sustainable tomorrow: Tracking a COVID-19 gender-sensitive and green recovery

The global pandemic has revealed how underprepared the world is for systemic shocks, including the rapidly escalating environmental crisis. Even before COVID-19, the world was off-track to meet global commitments to a greener and fairer future. Now, with the world at a crossroads, as outlined in UN Women’s Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice,… Continue reading The road to a sustainable tomorrow: Tracking a COVID-19 gender-sensitive and green recovery

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UN Women and gender data at CSW66

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women 15 March  |  8-9:30am ET     Side event: Shameful Contrast: Inequality at the Intersection of Age and Gender Co-organized by UN Women, DESA, AARP, Argentina and UN Human Rights Special Procedures. Register This side event places a spotlight on older women and catalyze political… Continue reading UN Women and gender data at CSW66

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More than 2 million moms left the labour force in 2020 according to new global estimates

New global data covering 189 countries and territories expose the motherhood penalty faced by millions of women around the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just released as part of a collaboration between UN Women and ILO, the analysis focuses on mothers and fathers (women and men aged 25 to 54 with partners… Continue reading More than 2 million moms left the labour force in 2020 according to new global estimates

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Poverty deepens for women and girls, according to latest projections

Two years on, the unpredictable course of this pandemic continues to upend prospects for growth and poverty reduction.  New projections of global poverty by UN Women, UNDP and the Pardee Center for International Futures estimate that, globally, 388 million women and girls will be living in extreme poverty in 2022 (compared to 372 million men… Continue reading Poverty deepens for women and girls, according to latest projections

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Data on gender-specific environmental impacts ramps up, informing responses

When Quang Tri Province, in central Viet Nam, suffered its worst flooding in decades in October 2020, many families were devastated. Among them was Tran Thi Quyt, a blind 60-year-old and the main breadwinner for her family of four people with disabilities. She lost all her poultry and income.  Thanks to a gender assessment, and… Continue reading Data on gender-specific environmental impacts ramps up, informing responses

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Four facts you need to know about gender and poverty today

This International Women’s Day arrives as millions of women have lost their jobs and livelihoods amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Feminized sectors have been the hardest hit and women have also left jobs to care for children and other family members at higher rates than men. It may come as no surprise that poverty levels also… Continue reading Four facts you need to know about gender and poverty today

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Counted and Visible Toolkit

Introduction Get started Objectives Scope The toolkit has the following objectives: Provide guidance on mechanisms and tools Present methodologies and assessment exercises Present statistical management and coordination mechanisms Provide insights, learnings, and challenges The toolkit was created in response to the need for tools and methodologies for data disaggregation and for achieving the full potential… Continue reading Counted and Visible Toolkit

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Violence against women in politics marks ‘moral and ethical failure’ – General Assembly President

Top UN officials on Tuesday gathered with government and civil society representatives to draw attention to the scourge of violence against women worldwide who are involved in politics, which is increasingly seeing women parliamentarians, human rights defenders and electoral observers silenced, and intimidated.  “As a former Parliamentarian, and a lifelong politician, violence against women in… Continue reading Violence against women in politics marks ‘moral and ethical failure’ – General Assembly President

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Women’s leadership in climate response and recovery at the centre of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini, Chair of the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Permanent Representative of South Africa, opens the session at UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown. Women’s leadership in climate response and recovery at the centre of the UN Commission on the Status of Women… Continue reading Women’s leadership in climate response and recovery at the centre of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

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Speech: Crises multiply threats, women are the solution multipliers

UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous addresses the opening of the 66th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women on 14 March in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown Speech: Crises multiply threats, women are the solution multipliers The Secretary-General has been clear. The invasion of Ukraine must end, war must end and… Continue reading Speech: Crises multiply threats, women are the solution multipliers

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In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)

In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66) This year, the 66th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, will take place from 14 to 25 March, under the theme, “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls… Continue reading In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)

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Media advisory: UN Commission on the Status of Women stresses the empowerment of women and girls in fighting climate change, 14-25 March 2022

OFFICIAL SESSIONS: CSW Opening Ceremony 14 March 2022, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) The official opening session of the 66th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will take place in-person, in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. More information on official meetings of CSW66… Continue reading Media advisory: UN Commission on the Status of Women stresses the empowerment of women and girls in fighting climate change, 14-25 March 2022

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In Lebanon, women are leading the fight against climate change

In Lebanon, women are making substantial contributions and leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.  As the world commemorates International Women’s Day and comes together for the 66th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women,  we’re celebrating some of the women who… Continue reading In Lebanon, women are leading the fight against climate change

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Interview: “Getting to an equitable, just and net-zero world is possible”

Mindy Lubber is CEO and President of Ceres, a sustainability non-profit working with the most influential capital market leaders – investors, companies, regulators and policymakers to drive equitable policy solutions throughout the economy. She leads an all-women executive team that has inspired these leaders to take actions that will help stabilize the climate, protect water… Continue reading Interview: “Getting to an equitable, just and net-zero world is possible”

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From where I stand: “When it comes to climate action, the issue is not the size of land but the utilisation of scarce water sources.”

RachelNzulu, 29, is one of 31 trainer that are supporting women farmers in Laikipia, Kitui and West Pokot counties of Kenya. Photo: UN Women/James Ochweri. From where I stand: “When it comes to climate action, the issue is not the size of land but the utilisation of scarce water sources.” I got into agriculture because… Continue reading From where I stand: “When it comes to climate action, the issue is not the size of land but the utilisation of scarce water sources.”

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From where I stand: “Put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of climate action”

Kamala Thapa is shown on 18 February 2022 in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photo: UN Women/Uma Bista From where I stand: “Put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of climate action” If we are going to build a just, equitable and sustainable future, we must put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of… Continue reading From where I stand: “Put indigenous women and our communities at the centre of climate action”

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Five young women on the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia

Five young women on the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia Five young women on the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia. Illustrations: UN Women/Nina Cosford. Women and girls are powerful leaders and change-makers for climate adaptation and mitigation and must be included in the design and implementation of… Continue reading Five young women on the forefront of climate action across Europe and Central Asia

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In Focus: War in Ukraine is a crisis for women and girls

People in Kyiv, Ukraine crowd the train stations trying to get out of the country during the Russian invasion, but the evacuation trains are not enough for all the people. 1 March 2022. Photo: Sebastian Backhaus/Agentur Focus/Redux. The conflict has severely impacted social cohesion, community security and the resilience of local communities, especially women and… Continue reading In Focus: War in Ukraine is a crisis for women and girls

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Women flee and show solidarity as a war ravages Ukraine

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia Across Ukraine on 24 February, people awoke to the sounds of sirens and explosions as Russia began its military attack. Since that morning, 1 million Ukrainians – the vast majority women and children – have fled to neighbouring countries. Another 160,000 people have… Continue reading Women flee and show solidarity as a war ravages Ukraine

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Women and girls lead humanitarian response to war in Ukraine

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia In the two weeks since Russia began its military offensive in Ukraine, more than 1,5 million people have fled their homes, the vast majority women and children. Those who flock to border crossings – and those who stay behind to defend their country… Continue reading Women and girls lead humanitarian response to war in Ukraine

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Koç Group launches catalytic new Generation Equality commitments to advance gender equality in technology and innovation

Originally published on forum.generationequality.org On 1 March, Koç Holding announced the mobilization of its Group companies in support of Generation Equality, launching far-reaching new commitments to the Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality. The Action Coalition, of which Koç Holding is a Leader, is one of six multi-stakeholder action groups convened by… Continue reading Koç Group launches catalytic new Generation Equality commitments to advance gender equality in technology and innovation

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Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launched the Gender Justice Platform

(New York, 8 March 2022) – On International Women’s Day, UNDP and UN Women launched the Gender Justice Platform to leverage their partnership on gender justice. Since 2020, UN Women and UNDP have joined together to enable access to justice for 42,000 individuals. In 14 conflict-affected contexts across Africa and the Middle East, UNDP and… Continue reading Access to justice for women and girls: UNDP and UN Women launched the Gender Justice Platform

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Speech: We must give peace a chance

[As delivered.] Excellencies, I thank Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Her Excellency Ambassador Nusseibeh for their leadership and for prioritizing a discussion on women, peace, and security on the Council’s agenda on International Women’s Day. Happy International Women’s Day. Excellencies, when the pandemic emptied this Chamber… Continue reading Speech: We must give peace a chance

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Investing in women’s empowerment yields major peace, prosperity dividend, Security Council hears

“We have an opportunity to do things differently in 2022”, declared Executive Director Sima Bahous, who – addressing the Council on International Women’s Day – recalled the uptick in military spending, military coups, seizures of power by force that followed the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, erasing gender equality gains that took decades to achieve.  “It is… Continue reading Investing in women’s empowerment yields major peace, prosperity dividend, Security Council hears

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Meet some of the women and girls on the front lines in Ukraine

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia In the two weeks since Russia began its military offensive in Ukraine, more than 1,5 million people have fled their homes, the vast majority women and children. Those who flock to border crossings – and those who stay behind to defend their country… Continue reading Meet some of the women and girls on the front lines in Ukraine

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International Women’s Day: ‘Time is now’ for gender equality

‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ is the theme for the UN’s commemoration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, celebrating the work of women and girls in fighting climate change and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.  Senior UN officials joined women activists, artists, politicians and others from around the world, for an online event to… Continue reading International Women’s Day: ‘Time is now’ for gender equality

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UN Women announces DP World as first HeForShe champion for gender equality from the Middle East

(Dubai, 8 March 2022) — UN Women announced DP World as the newest HeForShe Alliance member during a high-profile event today at Expo 2020 Dubai. UN Women announces DP World as first HeForShe champion for gender equality from the Middle East DP World is the first company from the UAE to join this solidarity movement… Continue reading UN Women announces DP World as first HeForShe champion for gender equality from the Middle East

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Women refugees from Ukraine bear war trauma and pain of separation

Women refugees from Ukraine bear war trauma and pain of separation Natalia and her daughter, Elena, after they fled the military offensive in Ukraine. Photo: UN Women/Nadejda Roscovanu “Stress, danger and traffic jams, especially near military units… It was awful to see bags full of sand at checkpoints, tanks. I don’t even remember the whole… Continue reading Women refugees from Ukraine bear war trauma and pain of separation

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Press release: International Women’s Day celebrates the contribution of women and girls as climate solution multipliers

[Also available in: ar | es | fr | ru | zh] Media Inquiries: media.team[at]unwomen.org (New York, 8 March)— Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March), “Gender equality… Continue reading Press release: International Women’s Day celebrates the contribution of women and girls as climate solution multipliers

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Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on International Women’s Day

Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on International Women’s Day On International Women’s Day, we celebrate women and girls everywhere. We celebrate their contributions to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Their ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our world for the better. And their leadership across all walks of life. But we also recognize that… Continue reading Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on International Women’s Day

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‘Turn the clock forward on women’s rights’: UN chief’s International Women’s Day message

Ahead of International Women’s Day, celebrated on 08 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has insisted that the world “cannot emerge from the pandemic with the clock spinning backwards on gender equality”. Mr. Guterres highlighted the contribution that women have made to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, hailed the ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our… Continue reading ‘Turn the clock forward on women’s rights’: UN chief’s International Women’s Day message

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Women flee and show solidarity as a military offensive ravages Ukraine

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Europe and Central Asia Across Ukraine on 24 February, people awoke to the sounds of sirens and explosions as Russia began its military attack. Since that morning, 1 million Ukrainians – the vast majority women and children – have fled to neighbouring countries. Another 160,000 people have… Continue reading Women flee and show solidarity as a military offensive ravages Ukraine

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Celebrating the solution multipliers

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the power and potential of women and girls. We recognize their courage, resilience and leadership. We mark the ways in which we are making progress towards a more gender-equal world. Celebrating the solution multipliers At the same time, we see how that progress is being undermined by multiple, interlocking… Continue reading Celebrating the solution multipliers

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In Morocco, fisherwomen adopt new climate-resilient practices

In Morocco, about 10,000 women collect shellfish and other seafood along the coastline to make a living. Photo: UN Women/Mediating. In Morocco, climate change is now at the heart of political concerns, both at national and local levels, but its management requires a collective response. Including women and girls in the design and implementation of… Continue reading In Morocco, fisherwomen adopt new climate-resilient practices

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Op-ed: What does the military offensive in Ukraine mean for women and girls?

A Ukrainian woman waiting in line at the Palanca-Maiaki-Udobnoe border crossing point, between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, 1 March 2022. Photo: UN Women/Aurel Obreja Originally published on UN Women’s Regional website for Europe and Central Asia By Alia El-Yassir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia The military attack in Ukraine… Continue reading Op-ed: What does the military offensive in Ukraine mean for women and girls?

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COVID-19: Depression, anxiety soared 25 per cent in a year

Findings in the UN health agency’s new report suggest that the greatest deterioration in mental health took place in the areas worst-hit by COVID-19 -where infections were high and social interaction was restricted. “The information we have now about the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s mental health is just the tip of the iceberg,”… Continue reading COVID-19: Depression, anxiety soared 25 per cent in a year

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In Focus: International Women’s Day

In Focus: International Women’s Day With the latest data, we now understand the vital link between gender, social equity and climate change, and recognize that without gender equality today, a sustainable future, an equal future, remains out of reach.  Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender… Continue reading In Focus: International Women’s Day

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Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected

Gender inequality coupled with the climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It poses threats to ways of life, livelihoods, health, safety and security for women and girls around the world. Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected Historically, climate change scientists, researchers and policymakers have struggled with how… Continue reading Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected

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Explainer: Why women need to be at the heart of climate action

Those who are most affected by climate change today–women, girls and marginalised communities–must be involved in the design and implementation of climate response actions to ensure the equal sharing of benefits. Explainer: Why women need to be at the heart of climate action Because women possess unique knowledge and experience, particularly at the local level,… Continue reading Explainer: Why women need to be at the heart of climate action

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A climate smart approach to drought in Kenya’s arid lands

The climate in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) is changing, as prolonged droughts reduce the region’s agriculture and livestock production. Climate smart adaptations to farming are now building women’s resilience to climate shocks in the region, a precursor for protecting food security, water security and livelihoods. A climate smart approach to drought in Kenya’s… Continue reading A climate smart approach to drought in Kenya’s arid lands

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Weather forecasts shift climate change impact for women farmers in Malawi

UN Women uses funds from Standard Bank to increase women’s agricultural productivity using climate smart techniques like double row planting and providing early weather information. Photo: UN Women/Bennie Khanyizira. As grey clouds start moving over the fields in Mkanda village in central Malawi, 43-year-old Jennifer Lipungaa inspects her two-acre groundnut farm. Unlike in the past,… Continue reading Weather forecasts shift climate change impact for women farmers in Malawi

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Media advisory: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022

(New York, 1 March) – This year’s International Women’s Day (8 March) takes place against the backdrop of the ongoing global pandemic and emerging new strains, but also in a world desperately trying to emerge from the impact of this pandemic and focus again on other urgent and critical global issues such as climate change.… Continue reading Media advisory: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022

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Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability

Gender inequality and the climate crisis are two of the most urgent challenges of today. As we better understand and make the critical connections between gender, social equity and climate change, it’s time we take action towards solutions. Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability In Guinea, rural women form cooperatives where members learn… Continue reading Five ways to build gender equality and sustainability

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Youth voices for change: Four young climate action leaders we admire

Climate change represents one of the defining issues of this generation. From catastrophic storms and severe droughts to increasing global temperatures and rising sea-levels, the way our planet is changing is not for the better. It’s on all of us to do our part to stop the harm to our environment, and some of the… Continue reading Youth voices for change: Four young climate action leaders we admire

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Interview: “You can’t have climate justice without gender equality”

How did you get involved in climate activism? I remember learning about climate change in school, as I read more, I observed that the impact of climate change was already unfolding in Uganda. For example, the floods in the western part of the country, landslides in the east as well as the droughts. The climate… Continue reading Interview: “You can’t have climate justice without gender equality”

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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine

UN Women is gravely concerned at the intensification of the military offensive in Ukraine and in particular draws attention to its consequences on the lives and livelihoods of Ukraine’s women and girls. We are committed to supporting Ukraine’s people, especially its women and girls, at this time of greatest need. Statement by UN Women Executive… Continue reading Statement by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Ukraine

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visits Berlin and meets the new German leadership

Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visited Germany from 16-18 February to meet with the new government and members of the German Parliament and to exchange on Germany’s new Feminist Foreign Policy and Feminist Development Policy, G7 priorities and UN Women’s Strategic Plan. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visits Berlin and meets the new… Continue reading UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visits Berlin and meets the new German leadership

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Interview: “Women are a driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response”

Women and girls are not just victims of disasters and crises, but active agents of change. What are women’s roles in disaster management in Thailand? When I first joined the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), I was one of few women in the disaster management sector. At that time, people associated disaster management… Continue reading Interview: “Women are a driving force in disaster risk reduction and emergency response”

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Women building a sustainable future: the Kenyan engineer fighting for equality

Norah Magero, a Mechanical Engineer and Renewable Energy Expert from Kenya, is helping communities adapt to the changing climate, in the face of gender discrimination. “I grew up in a society that did not value women. Our rights to education, expression, and sometimes even basic needs, were considered unimportant and trivial. I grew up with… Continue reading Women building a sustainable future: the Kenyan engineer fighting for equality

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Baby formula marketing ‘pervasive, misleading and aggressive’ – UN report

How marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding, the first report in a series by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), draws on interviews with parents, pregnant women, and health workers in eight countries. More than half of those surveyed acknowledged that they had been targeted by… Continue reading Baby formula marketing ‘pervasive, misleading and aggressive’ – UN report

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Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board I also thank the Vice-Presidents for their substantive contributions. And I recognize the facilitators from the Permanent Missions of Iceland and Ukraine, Ms. Hildigunnur (Hilda) Engilbertsdóttir and Ms. Yaroslava… Continue reading Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board

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Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board Please allow me to congratulate the President of the Executive Board on her election. Madam President H.E. Ms. Fatima Rabab, my esteemed friend, I know that we can… Continue reading Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the first regular session of the UN Women Executive Board

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Invest in women and girls as science entrepreneurs, urge global leaders from the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation

Invest in women and girls as science entrepreneurs, urge global leaders from the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation “We know that role models have an important influence on whether young women feel that STEM is welcoming them and whether they pursue STEM subjects in school and in their careers. The number of… Continue reading Invest in women and girls as science entrepreneurs, urge global leaders from the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation

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UN Women Executive Board to convene first regular session of 2022

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s first regular session from 14 to 15 February 2022, remotely via the Zoom Platform. UN Women Executive Board to convene first regular session of 2022 The President of the Executive Board, H.E. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, will open the… Continue reading UN Women Executive Board to convene first regular session of 2022

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Encourage today’s girls to become ‘tomorrow’s leading scientists and innovators’

“Today, only one in three science and engineering researchers in the world is a woman”, stated Secretary-General António Guterres, explaining that “structural and societal barriers” are preventing women and girls from “entering and advancing in science”. A world denied A significant gender gap has persisted at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)… Continue reading Encourage today’s girls to become ‘tomorrow’s leading scientists and innovators’

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Press release: Launch of a “one-stop-shop” for all gender-related disaster and climate resilience knowledge

Media contact: [email protected] [email protected] (Geneva, 10 February, 2022) — UN Women in partnership with the Australian Government has launched the global Women’s Resilience to Disasters (WRD) Knowledge Hub during the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Support Group meeting held today with Member States. Press release: Launch of a “one-stop-shop” for all gender-related disaster and climate resilience… Continue reading Press release: Launch of a “one-stop-shop” for all gender-related disaster and climate resilience knowledge

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In focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

A worker at the Agrobiodiversity Research Area of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) holds a seedling plant in a glass vial. Photo: CIAT/Neil Palmer. Taking on the greatest challenges currently facing the global community will mean harnessing all talent. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the critically important climate crisis,… Continue reading In focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

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Joint message from Ms Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February

The major challenges the world faces today, from COVID-19 to climate change, need our brightest scientific minds to solve them. However, only one in three scientists is a woman. This glaring disparity does not just hamstring our ability to find solutions to our common challenges, it keeps us from building the societies we need. And… Continue reading Joint message from Ms Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February

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Interview: “As a scientist, my mission is to raise public awareness and contribute to informed decision-making”

What is your mission? Last year, I focused my work on energy poverty and air quality in urban areas. As a scientist, my mission is to raise public awareness and contribute to informed decision-making by making and presenting research. Every time we bring our research to the public, we not only provide insight and data… Continue reading Interview: “As a scientist, my mission is to raise public awareness and contribute to informed decision-making”

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From where I stand: “Women-led actions need to be sufficiently and equitably funded to achieve a just, green transition”

Norah Magero is a Mechanical Engineer and a Renewable Energy Expert from Kenya with experience in the design and management of off-grid energy technologies. From where I stand: “Women-led actions need to be sufficiently and equitably funded to achieve a just, green transition” Norah Magero poses for a photo with the Vaccibox, an innovative solar-powered… Continue reading From where I stand: “Women-led actions need to be sufficiently and equitably funded to achieve a just, green transition”

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From where I stand: “Gender equality is essential for us to be able to mitigate climate change.”

Portrait of Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, UNEP Champion of the Earth 2021. Photo: UNEP/Kibuuka Mukisa From where I stand: “Gender equality is essential for us to be able to mitigate climate change.” I first got engaged in conservation and the environment by setting up a high school wildlife club. I’d always wanted to be a vet… Continue reading From where I stand: “Gender equality is essential for us to be able to mitigate climate change.”

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UN Women Statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2022

Our largest challenges may yet be ahead of us in global efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM). The predicted rapid population growth among young girls in countries with high prevalence of the practice could see an estimated 4.6 million girls undergoing FGM each year by 2030. We must not allow this to happen. By… Continue reading UN Women Statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2022

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Pandemic threatens push to end Female Genital Mutilation

The COVID-19 pandemic could reverse decades of global progress in stamping out female genital mutilation (FGM), UN agencies warn ahead of the International Day to eliminate the harmful practice.  Shuttered schools, lockdowns and disruption to services that protect girls, have put millions worldwide at increased risk of being subjected to FGM.  This means an additional… Continue reading Pandemic threatens push to end Female Genital Mutilation

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Rooting out FGM in rural Uganda

Priscilla Nanagiro was only 13 years old when she underwent female genital mutilation (FGM). She went into the process willingly, believing that it was her initiation into adulthood.  “I bled over and bled the whole day, and my parents were worried, other girls were also worried since I was over bleeding and things were not… Continue reading Rooting out FGM in rural Uganda

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Calling for applications to UN Women’s Adolescent Girl Advisory Body

Girls are leading movements in the fight for gender equality and other social justice issues. Their voice and agency are more important than ever to advance the 2030 Agenda towards a more equal and sustainable future. Calling for applications to UN Women’s Adolescent Girl Advisory Body UN Women is calling on girls between the ages… Continue reading Calling for applications to UN Women’s Adolescent Girl Advisory Body

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The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) receives funding from the Elsie Initiative Fund to enable an inclusive environment in UN peacekeeping

[Also available in: ar, fr] The Elsie Initiative Fund for Women in Peace Operations (EIF) announced today that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is the first UN field mission to receive funding to create an enabling and inclusive environment for women peacekeepers. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) receives funding… Continue reading The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) receives funding from the Elsie Initiative Fund to enable an inclusive environment in UN peacekeeping

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Gender equality starts at home: How three couples in Lebanon are reshaping norms

Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for the Arab States and North Africa From cities to rural communities and camp settings, families in Lebanon are reshaping traditional patriarchal roles and advocating for gender equality. We take a glance at the lives of three couples who share their experiences of participatory and equal relations in… Continue reading Gender equality starts at home: How three couples in Lebanon are reshaping norms

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In Pakistan, artists and peace activists empower women and girls to address violent extremism

Shamim Awan, an artist from Karachi, speaks in front of the murals she helped design, depicting a more tolerant, peaceful society. Photo: PAIMAN In Pakistan, as in many parts of the world, women and girls play a critical role in preventing the spread of extremist ideologies and keeping peace within their communities. Increasingly, they are… Continue reading In Pakistan, artists and peace activists empower women and girls to address violent extremism

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New UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022 elected with historic full Permanent Representative composition

In elections taking place on 11 January, the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing its new Bureau for 2022. New UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022 elected with historic full Permanent Representative composition The incoming and outgoing UN Women Executive Board Bureau representatives celebrate the virtual election of the Bureau 2022 on… Continue reading New UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022 elected with historic full Permanent Representative composition

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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Sima Bahous, at the Election of the UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022

[As delivered] Good morning, Madam President, Your Excellencies, distinguished Delegates and colleagues. It is my pleasure to meet you for the first time in the new year, so Happy New Year. I thank you all for your steadfast support to UN Women and I very much look forward to engaging with you in the coming… Continue reading Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Sima Bahous, at the Election of the UN Women Executive Board Bureau 2022

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First Person: Combatting stereotypes to prevent violence against women in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani activist Maryam Majidova is fighting to improve gender equality in her country, and address the daily challenges faced by women and girls. Maryam Majidova is a co-founder of the Gender Hub social platform, which brings together advocacy groups, non-profit organisations, feminists, and human rights activists, to fight against gender-based violence. The platform also aims… Continue reading First Person: Combatting stereotypes to prevent violence against women in Azerbaijan

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Persisting in the pandemic: Youth activism during COVID-19

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the global crisis has impacted nearly every facet of life. From where people work and go to school to how people engage with and build community, lives look vastly different today, especially for the world’s 1.8 billion young people. Persisting in the pandemic: Youth activism during COVID-19 Throughout the… Continue reading Persisting in the pandemic: Youth activism during COVID-19

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Sixteen defining moments for gender equality in 2021

Originally published on un-women.medium.com As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the major moments for gender equality and women’s rights from the past 12 months. From women at the forefront of the ongoing fight against COVID-19, to new laws to support survivors of gender-based violence, from women in… Continue reading Sixteen defining moments for gender equality in 2021

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What does gender equality look like? Artists around the world share their vision

We all have the potential to create meaningful change in the world around us. Whether by educating family and friends, speaking up on social media, challenging stereotypes through creative expression or otherwise, we can each promote gender equality and #ActForEqual every single day. In the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum — a… Continue reading What does gender equality look like? Artists around the world share their vision

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Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia

For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we are handing over the mic to women and men on the front line, those who are battling COVID-19 and the pandemic of violence against women and girls that’s relentless and rising. These are the voices of survivors, essential workers, and leaders, telling us what’s urgent,… Continue reading Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia

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New data show women and girls far less likely to receive COVID-19 relief

Originally published on data.unwomen.org UN Women’s newest report reveals that women and girls have disproportionately suffered the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 – be it through lost jobs and reduced work hours, increased intensity of care and domestic work, and strains on their physical and mental health. And yet, the report also shows that women and… Continue reading New data show women and girls far less likely to receive COVID-19 relief

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Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence

Originally published by news.un.org Whether at home, at work, in the streets or even online, women and girls across the world remain highly vulnerable to gender-based violence, something which the COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified, six senior UN women leaders said on Thursday. Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence The… Continue reading Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence

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Lifesaving support for new mothers in crisis-wracked Afghanistan

The Malalai Maternity Hospital is one of the busiest in the Afghan capital, Kabul, welcoming around 85 babies into the world every day, including 20 by Caesarean section. But the ongoing crisis in the country is drastically undermining the staff’s capacity to care for their patients. “Shortages of equipment, supplies and medicine, a lack of… Continue reading Lifesaving support for new mothers in crisis-wracked Afghanistan

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Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence

The top officials, who included Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and heads of key UN agencies, examined ways to end this “invisible emergency” during a roundtable discussion held from UN Headquarters in New York.  The frank and open conversation was organized by the Spotlight Initiative, a joint UN and European Union (EU) programme working to eradicate… Continue reading Women leaders examine how to end ‘invisible emergency’ of gender-based violence

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International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender equality… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”

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Trafficked and returned: Supporting migrant women survivors in Ethiopia during COVID-19

“The soldiers were shooting us from behind as we ran away in the forest. Some girls were raped and beaten. When we got caught [in a neighbouring country], the police made us sleep next to a toilet. We had to beg them for food,” shares Alem Kifle* about her migration journey. “When you are an… Continue reading Trafficked and returned: Supporting migrant women survivors in Ethiopia during COVID-19

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UN Women statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2021

In the 12 months since we last commemorated International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recorded the deaths of 541 migrant women – and these are just the ones who have been identified. Many lost their lives as a result of violence or because they lacked adequate food or water. Others have… Continue reading UN Women statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December 2021

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Recognize care as a human right, urge leaders of the Global Alliance for Care

At a high-level event on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the Global Alliance for Care called for a human rights perspective to be incorporated across all efforts to transform the global care agenda. Recognize care as a human right, urge leaders of the Global Alliance for Care “The right to care is a human… Continue reading Recognize care as a human right, urge leaders of the Global Alliance for Care

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Take five: “There are many stories that encourage me to do more”

As a human rights activist you’ve fought for fair treatment for prisoners and detainees in Yemen. Who inspired you to fight for the rights of others? My mother was the one who inspired me. She was always helping others with everything – solving other people’s problems, from marriages to resolving disputes. I have always wanted… Continue reading Take five: “There are many stories that encourage me to do more”

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From victims to leaders: Ending gender-based violence in the Lake Chad Basin

Aissa Doumara Ngatansou was 15 years old when she was forced into marriage. Nearly 30 per cent of girls in Ngatansou’s home in North Cameroon are married before the age of 18, facing loss of education, high rates of maternal mortality, and increased risk of gender-based violence. Many others suffer sexual violence at the hands… Continue reading From victims to leaders: Ending gender-based violence in the Lake Chad Basin

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Joint statement by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-General of The Organisation of African, Caribbean And Pacific States (OACPS) on Human Rights Day (10 December 2021)

Joint statement by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-General of The Organisation of African, Caribbean And Pacific States (OACPS) on Human Rights Day (10 December 2021) The new data released by UN Women highlight how the pandemic has impacted women’s safety at home and in public… Continue reading Joint statement by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-General of The Organisation of African, Caribbean And Pacific States (OACPS) on Human Rights Day (10 December 2021)

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Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director completes her first official visit to Egypt

UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, Ms. Sima Bahous, concluded her first official field visit to Egypt this week. In her meeting with Egypt’s Prime Minister, Moustafa Madbuly, Ms. Bahous reiterated, “UN Women’s commitment to support the Government to achieve the goals of the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030.” Under-Secretary-General… Continue reading Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director completes her first official visit to Egypt

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In Cox’s Bazar, gender-responsive policing efforts build trust with Rohingya women and girls

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh is home to over 880,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence and persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Most Rohingya women and girls in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps are either survivors of, or witnesses to, gender-based violence. In Cox’s Bazar, gender-responsive policing efforts build trust with Rohingya women and girls UN Women works with… Continue reading In Cox’s Bazar, gender-responsive policing efforts build trust with Rohingya women and girls

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Bolivian indigenous women are scaling Latin America’s highest peaks, taking the UNiTE campaign flag to new heights

On the summit of Bolivia’s Huayna Potosí mountain, towering more than 6,000 metres above sea level, a flag proudly flies to promote the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, a global effort to end all violence against women and girls. Bolivian indigenous women are scaling Latin America’s highest peaks, taking the UNiTE campaign flag to new… Continue reading Bolivian indigenous women are scaling Latin America’s highest peaks, taking the UNiTE campaign flag to new heights

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Take five: “The justice system must be responsive to persons with disabilities.”

Dewi Tjakrawinata, Indonesian advocate for rights of people with disabilities, with her son, Morgan. Illustration courtesy of Dewi Tjakrawinata and Oxfam Originally published on UN Women’s regional website for Asia and the Pacific. Dewi Tjakrawinata is the co-founder of YAPESDI (Yayasan Peduli Sindroma Down Indonesia, or Down Syndrome Care Foundation Indonesia), a Jakarta-based non-profit organization… Continue reading Take five: “The justice system must be responsive to persons with disabilities.”

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COVID-19 and violence against women: What the data tells us

Before COVID-19, a different pandemic was already threatening the lives and well-being of people around the world: violence against women, impacting at least 1 in 3 women and girls. From the early days of the COVID lockdowns, women’s organizations noted a significant increase in reported cases of violence against women. But comprehensive data collection on… Continue reading COVID-19 and violence against women: What the data tells us

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UN Women statement for World AIDS Day

This World AIDS Day, there is progress around the globe to celebrate, in access to HIV testing, life-saving treatment and care. We are seeing increased recognition of the role that gender norms play in the HIV response, leading to improved HIV prevention methods, targeted HIV policies and programmes, and access to comprehensive sexuality education for… Continue reading UN Women statement for World AIDS Day

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From where I stand: “Women coming together, working together, kept me going… Now, we live in fear.”

Mursal Samadi* had worked as a prosecutor, independent investigator, and a civil society leader for more than 16 years in Afghanistan when the Taliban took over Kabul on 15 August. She remains in Afghanistan, advocating for the rights of Afghan women and girls. From where I stand: “Women coming together, working together, kept me going…… Continue reading From where I stand: “Women coming together, working together, kept me going… Now, we live in fear.”

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Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence calls on all actors to join the five-year collective drive to eradicate violence against women and girls

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), global leaders endorsed the powerful steps being taken by the Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence to inspire action across all sectors and ignite lasting change. Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence calls on all actors to join the five-year collective… Continue reading Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence calls on all actors to join the five-year collective drive to eradicate violence against women and girls

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In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Your browser does not support the video tag. The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence… Continue reading In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

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Working with traditional leaders to end violence against women in West Africa

“We [traditional practitioners] used to teach girls how to behave in the presence of older people, plaiting hair and being modest,” explains Kema Dahn, a community leader and former practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Nimba County in north-eastern Liberia. “But we are no longer practicing FGM because we realized that it is not… Continue reading Working with traditional leaders to end violence against women in West Africa

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Believe Survivors. Act Now. Milena’s Story, Moldova

Only 1 out of 10 women survivors of violence seek help from the police, globally. But even those that do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from police or other judicial actors. Women’s access to justice starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through this special editorial series for… Continue reading Believe Survivors. Act Now. Milena’s Story, Moldova

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Believe Survivors. Act Now. Diana’s Story, Argentina

Only 1 out of 10 women survivors of violence seek help from the police, globally. But even those that do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from police or other judicial actors. Women’s access to justice starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through this special editorial series for… Continue reading Believe Survivors. Act Now. Diana’s Story, Argentina

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The COVID-19 crisis in Morocco disrupts value chains for women’s cooperatives

Breadcrumb Home News and stories News 20 September 2021 Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to E-mail Image Despite the COVID-19 crisis, members of the women-led Cooperative Tudert continue harvesting aromatic and medicinal herbs while respecting physical distancing and other prevention measures to stop the spread of the virus. The cooperative,… Continue reading The COVID-19 crisis in Morocco disrupts value chains for women’s cooperatives

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From 16 Days of Activism to 365 days of action to end gender-based violence

From 16 Days of Activism to 365 days of action to end gender-based violence “The first campaign was in 1991,” remembers Charlotte Bunch, who was part of a team of 25 women from around the world who came together at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute at the Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. “We… Continue reading From 16 Days of Activism to 365 days of action to end gender-based violence

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“There’s a long way to go”: Three women share their stories of overcoming political violence in Colombia

“There’s a long way to go”: Three women share their stories of overcoming political violence in Colombia One of the main challenges is violence against women in politics, which has contributed to stunting Colombia’s path to parity in elected and decision-making posts. This year, to raise awareness of the need to increase women’s participation as… Continue reading “There’s a long way to go”: Three women share their stories of overcoming political violence in Colombia

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Believe survivors. Act now. Layla’s story, Morocco

Only 1 out of 10 women survivors of violence seek help from the police, globally. But even those that do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from police or other judicial actors. Women’s access to justice starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through this special editorial series for… Continue reading Believe survivors. Act now. Layla’s story, Morocco

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Believe survivors. Act now. Romela’s story, Bangladesh

Nearly 1 in 3 women have experienced violence, globally. In times of crises, the numbers may be even higher. Gender-based violence is the most pervasive violation of human rights, but it is neither natural, nor inevitable. It can and must be prevented. Stopping this violence starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through… Continue reading Believe survivors. Act now. Romela’s story, Bangladesh

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Believe Survivors. Act Now. Goretti’s Story, Kenya

Nearly 1 in 3 women have experienced violence, globally. In times of crises, the numbers may be even higher. Gender-based violence is the most pervasive violation of human rights, but it is neither natural, nor inevitable. It can and must be prevented. Stopping this violence starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through… Continue reading Believe Survivors. Act Now. Goretti’s Story, Kenya

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Claiming women’s space in leadership

Originally published on un-women.medium.com Shirley Chisholm, the first Black US Congresswoman once said: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair”. The future is better with women at every table where decisions are being made. Trailblazing women like Shirley Chisholm have been claiming their space and demanding women’s inclusion… Continue reading Claiming women’s space in leadership

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‘Bodyright’ campaign launched, to end rise in gender-based violence online 

Corporate logos and Intellectual Property (IP) receive “greater protection online than we do as human beings”, the UN’s women’s health agency that works to end gender-based violence, UNFPA, said on Thursday, launching a new bodyright campaign to help shield bodies and minds from cyber violence.  “It’s time for technology companies and policymakers to take digital violence seriously”, said UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem -“right now”.   The bodyright campaign highlights that corporate logos and copyrighted IP are more highly valued and… Continue reading ‘Bodyright’ campaign launched, to end rise in gender-based violence online 

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On International Day, UN chief says ‘violence against women is not inevitable’ 

“In all of our own neighbourhoods, there are women and girls living in danger. Around the world, conflict, climate-related natural disasters, food insecurity and human rights violations are exacerbating violence against women”, she said.  And according to UN Women, more than 70 per cent have experienced GBV in some crisis settings.   Hidden violence  In both rich and poor countries alike,… Continue reading On International Day, UN chief says ‘violence against women is not inevitable’ 

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Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

“I admit that it was difficult, but with the [mental health] support, legal aid and skills training, I healed a lot,” she explained. Essential services for survivors of domestic violence are a lifeline. “I no longer feel like a prisoner, cornered, or betrayed. There are so many things one goes through as a victim, including… Continue reading Violence against women must stop; five stories of strength and survival

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Spotlight Initiative combats gender-based violence during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, some 650,000 women and girls were provided with gender-based violence services through a joint UN and European Union (EU) programme working to stamp out what is arguably one of the most prevalent human rights violations.  This is just one of the achievements detailed in the Spotlight Initiative’s impact report for… Continue reading Spotlight Initiative combats gender-based violence during COVID-19 pandemic

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WHO and partners unite for Day of Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, alongside celebrities, First Ladies, cancer survivors and health and community organizations, have united to raise awareness and mobilize efforts, one year after the UN agency launched a landmark global initiative on cervical cancer elimination.  ‘We have the tools’  They pointed to inequalities in accessing lifesaving tools and treatment, similar to… Continue reading WHO and partners unite for Day of Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination

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UNFPA supports health workers delivering hope, and babies, in crisis-wracked Tigray

The UN agency has supported a community-based health care organization called Maedot, which has established a Maternity Waiting Home at a camp for people displaced by the ongoing conflict between Ethiopian government troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).  “They have saved my life and that of my daughter,” said Selam, the first mother… Continue reading UNFPA supports health workers delivering hope, and babies, in crisis-wracked Tigray

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Nepali Superintendent in DR Congo is UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

A Nepali peacekeeper serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was on Friday named the recipient of the UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award.  Superintendent Sangya Malla with the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO, is Chief of its Police Health and Environment Unit, based in the capital, Kinshasa.  Ms. Malla, a medical professional by training, helped establish the unit, which… Continue reading Nepali Superintendent in DR Congo is UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

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UN commits to long-term support for Afghan mothers and newborns: Najaba’s story

The delivery of reproductive health services, including safe childbirth, has been seriously impacted in Afghanistan, due to the turmoil surrounding the Taliban takeover of the country.  Najaba, 36, has experienced firsthand how the dangers of pregnancy, collided with rising insecurity, according to the UN reproductive and maternal health agency, UNFPA, which continues to provide lifesaving… Continue reading UN commits to long-term support for Afghan mothers and newborns: Najaba’s story

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Women in leadership ‘must be the norm’, Security Council hears

“Today, women’s leadership is a cause. Tomorrow, it must be the norm”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting, covering landmark resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Women remain on the periphery of formal peace processes, and they’re largely excluded from rooms where decisions are made — UN chief Frontline women Having just visited the… Continue reading Women in leadership ‘must be the norm’, Security Council hears

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‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms supressed

Gender-based violence, hate speech and disinformation are being used extensively online and offline, to chill or kill women’s freedom of expression, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Monday. Presenting her report on gender justice and free expression, Special Rapporteur on protecting freedom of opinion and expression, Irene Khan, said that “women’s voices… Continue reading ‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms supressed

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First Person: Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan

Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered. Marking International Day of The Girl Child on Monday, Ms. Shahin told UN News that online games can help young people to address gender issues. HeForShe Balqees Shahin is a… Continue reading First Person: Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan

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Somalia: ‘Sustained focus, investments’ needed to boost women’s political participation

Unresolved issues surrounding parliamentary quotas, and women’s participation in elections in Somalia were highlighted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in the Security Council on Tuesday, with the aim of increasing their involvement in the political process. Briefing ambassadors under the Women, Peace and Security agenda, she said that her most recent trip, earlier this… Continue reading Somalia: ‘Sustained focus, investments’ needed to boost women’s political participation

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DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’

Sexual abuse and exploitation allegedly carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) staff during the UN health agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “a sickening betrayal of the people we serve,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said on Tuesday.  An independent panel commissioned by WHO identified more… Continue reading DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’

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UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless

“It is essential that the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls are protected”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council. Women are not just half of the global population, it has been shown that their full participation in public life “enhances economic results, prompts greater investment in social protection, leads to more sustainable peace… Continue reading UNICEF’s women Goodwill Ambassadors, give voice to the voiceless

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Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies

GBV includes acts that inflict physical, sexual or mental harm – or other forms of suffering, coercion and limits on personal freedoms – and has “long-term consequences on the sexual, physical and psychological health of survivors”, according to the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA). These are being driven increasingly by conflict, climate change,… Continue reading Call to action: Prevent gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies

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First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan’s girls and women

Afghanistan’s girls and women are showing “bravery” in the face of real “fears and pressures” following the formation of the new, de facto authorities in Afghanistan,  according to a UNICEF member of staff, one of the few westerners to remain in Kabul. Following an announcement by the Taliban that boys could return to secondary school… Continue reading First Person: The ‘bravery’ of Afghanistan’s girls and women

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Afghanistan: ‘Palpable’ fear of ‘brutal and systemic repression’ of women grows

Michelle Bachelet informed a high-level event on safeguarding 20 years of international engagement in Afghanistan, that women have been “progressively excluded from the public sphere”, prohibited from appearing without a male guardian and face increasing restrictions on their right to work. “The Ministry that once promoted women’s rights has been disbanded, and its premises taken… Continue reading Afghanistan: ‘Palpable’ fear of ‘brutal and systemic repression’ of women grows

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UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 

The UN’s gender equality and empowerment organization on Thursday published a flagship feminist plan for economic recovery and transformation, which aims to learn the lessons of the past, and seize the opportunity to handle COVID-related crises better. UN Women’s Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice, draws on the latest data, analysis, and input… Continue reading UN Women’s feminist roadmap tackles triple crises of jobs, care and climate 

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Gender equality ‘champion’ Sima Sami Bahous to lead UN Women 

Secretary-General António Guterres described Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan, as “a champion for women and girls”, announcing on Monday her appointment to lead the UN’s gender equality and empowerment entity, UN Women.  The UN chief said she would also champion gender equality and youth empowerment, as well as being a “keen advocate for quality education, poverty alleviation and inclusive governance”.  Ms. Bahous brings to the job more than 35 years of leadership experience at… Continue reading Gender equality ‘champion’ Sima Sami Bahous to lead UN Women 

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Afghanistan: UN chief following escalation in fighting ‘with deep concern’

With Taliban fighters continuing to gain ground in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General is following events “with deep concern” said the UN Spokesperson on Thursday, including the battle for Herat and Kandahar, the country’s second and third largest cities. “We are particularly concerned about the shift of fighting to urban areas, where the potential for civilian… Continue reading Afghanistan: UN chief following escalation in fighting ‘with deep concern’

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For women in e-commerce, ‘entrepreneurship means freedom’

Pierangela Sierra set up an e-commerce platform in Ecuador called Tipti to make shopping easier but also to save people time. Ms. Sierra spent the better part of her career working for prominent international corporations across Latin-America, becoming a renowned marketing expert. A few years ago, she decided to retire from the corporate world to… Continue reading For women in e-commerce, ‘entrepreneurship means freedom’

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First Person: ‘I’m not old enough to be a woman’ says trafficked teen

Some one thousand victims of human trafficking have been identified in Burundi since 2017, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). Elisabeth (not her real name) is one of the lucky ones. She survived the ordeal and received assistance from IOM to return home to Burundi. She told her story for the first time… Continue reading First Person: ‘I’m not old enough to be a woman’ says trafficked teen

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Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit

Farmers, especially women and indigenous people, work tirelessly to put food on our tables. UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed met on Saturday women producers at a farmers’ market in Circo Massimo, Rome, ahead of the Food Systems Pre-Summit taking place next week. Dozens of stalls were set up in the vicinity of the UN event’s venue,… Continue reading Farmers the ‘lifeblood of our food systems’, deputy UN chief highlights, ahead of key summit

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