Monthly Archives: October 2011
India’s Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj and Tribal Affairs, Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo, has commended a joint government-UN Women programme to empower women in local government. “Changes can be brought about effectively and equitably at this basic level,” he said at a recent two-day meeting on promoting women’s political leadership. “As far as I [...]
Her Royal Highness of Bhutan, Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, joined prominent women leaders in Thimphu earlier this year to encourage young Bhutanese girls to enter politics. She spoke at an event to launch a UN Women-assisted project, “Inspiring Bhutanese Girls: Creating A New Generation of Leaders.” The project is the first in Bhutan to inspire [...]
In September, the little district of Zimpeto in the suburbs of Maputo, Mozambique became the capital of African sports for two weeks as host to the 10th All Africa Games. About 5,000 African athletes, almost half of whom were women, came from across the continent to compete in diverse sports. The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to [...]
Message of UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, at the Girls 20 Summit, Paris, France, 18 October 2011.
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, keynote address on the occasion of the celebration of World Food Day Rome, Italy, 17 October, 2011.
UN Women, through the Fund for Gender Equality, Kicks Off New Call for Proposals on Women’s Empowerment in Arab States
UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, a grantmaking fund initiated by Spain and dedicated to advancing women’s rights and gender equality, announced today its second Call for Proposals, inviting women’s organizations and government agencies to apply for grants to support women’s political and economic empowerment.
Heads turn in awe and respect as Sarpanch (Village Head) Rajkala Devi walks inside the Panchayat (local village body) office to lead a meeting attended by a large assembly of women from the Hingwada Gram Panchayat in Alwar district of Rajasthan, India. Rajkala might never have been to a management school, but she manages the [...]
As she treads along the recently constructed road that connects the Panchayat office to her kuchcha village house in a harijan’basti (marginalized community), her gait is evident of her newfound confidence. Meet Badam Devi, a first time Sarpanch (village head) from Lahora in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, India. “The villagers faced a lot of [...]
Remarks of Michelle Bachelet United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director of UN Women at panel discussion on Women, Peace and Security, Litteraturhuset Oslo, Norway, 14 October 2011.
The President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. Boris Tadic, in September opened a regional forum on security in the Balkans that highlighted the role of women leaders. “The Balkans and Global Security: What Do We Have in Common, What Sets Us Apart?” brought together 70 participants, including high-level national politicians, influential foreign policy experts [...]