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  • International Women's Day 2015

    The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” Join governments and activists across the world in commemorating the 20th anniversary year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an historic roadmap that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. And help mobilize your communities to do their part. More

  • In Focus: The Education and Training of Women

    This month, as part of UN Women's coverage of each of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, we highlight how educating women and girls is a lifeline to a better future for all and the key to empowered societies and flourishing economies. More

  • Beijing+20 Review Latin America and Caribbean

    Beijing+20: Review of progress underway

    In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, representatives from Member States and civil society are hosting regional reviews to assess progress and challenges in implementing this landmark blueprint for women’s rights. More

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    UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

    UN Women is facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women and coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response to the Ebola crisis. More

  • Interactive Timeline: 2014 Year in Review

    From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to legislation providing redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, we highlight some of this year's gender equality achievements. More

  • In Focus: Human rights of women

    This month we highlight women's human rights, how they must be embedded in national laws and policies consistent with international standards, and how women must be empowered to claim them. More

  • Sania Mirza announced as new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

    Indian tennis superstar and youth icon joins campaign to end violence against women and girls as newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. More

In the words of...

Nicola Grinstead is Chair of the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a global movement of 10 million girls and young women in 146 countries, dedicated to supporting girls and young women to reach their full potential. In this op-ed, she emphasizes the importance of life-long learning, non-formal and self-directed education and engaging girls and boys to eradicate gender-based violence.

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“Being strong is our only choice” – Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

At the UN Women Executive Board’s 2015 first regular session on 9 February, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said this year can be a springboard for concerted global action on gender equality and women’s empowerment; a moment for bold decisions. Underlining the imperative to see 2030 as the definitive expiry date for gender inequality, she thanked Member States for their strong support and leadership and called on them to match funding to their ambitious vision for the organization. She said such support is intrinsically linked to the ultimate success of the post-2015 development agenda, as gender equality is a pre-requisite for its success. More

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Close the gap!

Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?