As leaders gathered at the World Urban Forum in Naples, UN Women spoke to the Mayor of Quito, one of the cities trying to become violence-free through through the Safe Cities programme.
The director of Jamaica’s National HIV/STI Programme notes the stark choice unemployed women sometimes face between feeding their families and having safer sex. In this video interview with UN Women, she outlines some of the social and legal challenges that leave women and girls 15–24 years old particularly vulnerable to HIV.
Baby Rivona has advocated passionately on behalf of women living with HIV and AIDS in Indonesia since 2005. She contracted the disease herself through drug use, and was shocked by the stigma and the lack of support she encountered, from both her government and wider society. Moved to action and advocacy by the plight of [...]
“We need to strengthen women’s self esteem and make them feel valued for their identity and culture”
Myrna Cunningham’s biography can be marked by the word “pioneer.” She was the first doctor of the Miskito ethnic group in Nicaragua and the first woman governor of the autonomous region. She was also the first indigenous woman to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. On 9 August, the UN marks the International Day of Indigenous Peoples with the theme “Indigenous designs: Celebrating stories and cultures, crafting our own future.” Indigenous people represent 370 million men and women, 5 percent of the world’s population. But when it comes to the proportion of indigenous peoples living in poverty, that number increases to 15 percent. Further, about one third of the 900 million living in extreme poverty come from rural areas. Myrna Cunningham talks about the challenges and needs of indigenous women.
(Español) La ex presidenta de Chile, Michelle Bachelet describió su nombramiento al frente de ONU Mujeres como un enorme desafío que acoge con beneplácito.
The new head of UN Women, the former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, talks to UN Radio about her plans for the new entity.