On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson highlights the need for women’s political participation and leadership at all levels.
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As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on women’s contributions to the economy and their remaining challenges in gaining full and equal rights, access and resources.
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British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.
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In line with this year's Democracy Day theme of engaging young people in democratic processes, we highlight how UN Women works to build women and youth leaders.
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UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign is a call to action and imagination. Join us!
As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on women’s contributions to the economy and their remaining challenges in gaining full and equal rights, access and resources. More
Ahead of the 3rd UN Conference in Samoa, read news, interviews and feature stories about UN Women's work to promote gender equality in Small Island Developing States. More
Blerta Aliko leads UN Women’s Humanitarian unit and in this piece reflects on the current unending flurry of humanitarian disasters around the world. More
With just 500 days to go until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we take stock of progress and UN Women’s efforts towards each of these eight goals. More
With just 500 days to go until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Women Deputy Executive Director for policy and programme John Hendra reiterates that now is the time to deliver for women and girls. More
As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, this month we highlight girls' need for protection from abuse and discrimination in all forms as well as the struggles faced by girls today as they assert themselves. More
As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on Women in Power and Decision-making, and how women create change through holding political office, acting as advocates and making decisions in public and private spheres of life. More
As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, and how women can and do make a difference in environmental decisions. More
A former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.
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Gulzhan Kokbayeva, age 27, is the only female engineer for the first subway system in Kazakhstan, a country known for housing the first space launch complex in the world, the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Becoming a female engineer in a male-dominated profession where very few women have ventured before, a profession that is also considered dangerous to one’s health, was no easy feat.
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Virtual Knowledge Centre guidance on conflict
See step-by-step programming guidance, case studies from around the world and implementation tools for addressing violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings developed by UN Women, together with the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility under the Protection Cluster. More
At the opening of the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board in New York on 15 September, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks back on this year’s gender equality successes and challenges, urging for an even stronger push to include women in the post-2015 agenda and to build on the Beijing Platform for Action.
Domestic violence is a tragic feature of millions of women’s lives. But in Thailand, new efforts are underway to better protect women from violence at the hands of their partners by training police cadets in investigating domestic violence. Produced by UNTV for UN Women, this piece follows one young woman cadet as she gets her first close-up look at a case of abuse.
The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions... more
The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. This year's theme is "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative... more
16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. "As I stand in this newly... more
15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about... more
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness Rhobi, in the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. But Happiness took a stand.
United Nations - The sad truth about violence against women is that it's not just the emotional and physical suffering that destroys lives. The ability of millions of women around the world to participate as equals in their countries is also diminished. In Nicaragua groups of determined women and men are now taking to the stage and acting against the... more
Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU.