Lakshmi Puri highlights the need for concerted action to provide sustainable, life-saving energy solutions
Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General of UN Women Lakshmi Puri takes part in high-level meetings in Washington D.C. from 18-21 April, aimed at stepping up cooperation between the UN and the World Bank. On Friday she will discuss UN Women’s efforts to increase access to modern energy sources for women’s health facilities and services.
On the eve of Kenya’s Presidential elections on 4 March, schools and communities are raising awareness to prevent both electoral and domestic violence. Using theatre, art and an essay-writing competition, kids are tackling how to identify and report incidents of violence.
Remarks by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at the “Stand up for Malala: Girls’ education is a right” event at UNESCO Headquarters
Remarks by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at the “Stand up for Malala: Girls’ education is a right” event at UNESCO Headquarters. Paris, France,10 December 2012.
Escaping the scourge of female genital mutilation in Tanzania: a Maasai girls’ school provides scholarships for those at risk
“You need to be circumcised to be married, so that if you get pregnant you don’t bring shame to your family,” explains Nengai, a proud, 26-year-old school teacher. In Gelai, the rural village where she grew up, all of the girls she knew were circumcised, usually after they completed primary school. Her own mother came [...]
Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the Dame Jillian Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Global Health. Hunter College, New York, 25 October.
Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls’ rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18.
In the Genda Oromo village of the Kombolcha district in Ethiopia, 14-year-old Fetura Mohammed was appalled to learn that her father had arranged for her to marry an older man.
Many young children in rural Moldova are stuck at home in the long cold winter months with nowhere to go and nowhere to play. Kindergartens and pre-schools are few and even when they are in place, they are in poor shape and often badly heated.
Women all over the world are often marginalized and unaware of their right to have a passport, driver’s license and the crucial right to vote.
According to a study by the Research Center for Women’s Action (CIPAF), about 80 per cent of teachers in the Dominican Republic believe that boys excel in mathematics while girls do better in languages. But the facts speak to a different reality: “We compared these results with real data and found out that it was [...]