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    In Focus: Violence against women

    This month we focus on the social, health and economic costs of violence against women and the efforts in legislation and advocacy to prevent this human rights violation that affects one-in-three women worldwide. More

  • Displaced women and girls: leaders and survivors

    On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. More

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    In Focus: Women and Poverty

    This month we focus on the impact of poverty on women, the gendered discrimination they face, and their struggle to gain access to equal opportunities. More

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    Government contributions grow, but not fast enough

    UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The generous donations of Governments, private sector companies, foundations and individuals allow UN Women to deliver on its mandate and work with women and girls on the ground, where it is needed most. More

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    Emma Watson: Gender equality is your issue too

    On 20 September UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a powerful speech at a special event in New York to kick-start the HeForShe campaign, a dynamic solidarity movement for gender equality. More

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    In Focus: UN Women at the 69th General Assembly

    As global leaders convene in New York, UN Women will ensure that gender perspectives are reflected and that gender equality issues receive strong visibility and commitment. More

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    In Focus: Women and the Economy

    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

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    In Focus: The Girl Child

    As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, 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

  • Women in Power and Decision-making

    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

In the words of ...
Nicole Kidman

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman raises awareness to end violence against women. She urges all members of society to play their part in halting this pandemic that affects one in three women and girls globally.

Women of achievement

Today, as head of the Palestinian Civil Police Family Protection Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Khaled Ayyad Muammar is the highest-ranking female officer in the police, in spite of societal pressure to give up on her dream to serve the country through her work.

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World Survey 2014

World Survey on the role of women in development 2014
Produced every five years, the 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. More »

It's time to fulfil the promise to end violence against women – Executive Director

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has devoted her life to issues of human rights, equality and social justice and previously served as Deputy President of South Africa. In this message, she stresses that violence against women can and must end by addressing its root cause – gender inequality.

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Partnerships with Caribbean Women Towards Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

Women in The Bahamas, Dominica and Jamaica are strongly engaged in key sectors as farmers, food producers and as local artisans selling traditional and eco-friendly products. UN Women is working to enhance women farmers’ and artisans’ direct access to the marketplace, to increase their access to emerging technologies, knowledge and skills, and to strengthen women’s voice and leadership.

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