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End violence against women

To mark International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November, we urge you to "orange your neighbourhood" and take a look at how violence cuts across and intersects with each of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

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    Beijing+20: Violence against women

    As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, this editorial package focuses 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

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    In Focus: Engaging Men

    Ahead of the second MenEngage Global Symposium from 10-13 November in Delhi, India, we highlight how UN Women is engaging men and boys around the world on gender equality and women's empowerment. More

  • Farhan Aktar is new Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

    At the MenEngage Symposium in New Delhi this November, UN Women appointed actor-singer-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar as its Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, making him the first man to take on the role in the organization's history. 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

  • 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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    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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    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

Jewelry for a cause
Nicole Kidman sports the Soko bracelet. Photo: UN Women/Toby Morris

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has teamed up with Soko, an ethical social enterprise in Kenya, to create a unique pair of handmade orange bracelets to raise awareness and funds for UN Trust Fund programmes. Get yours today!

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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.

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"Now is the time for action" — Executive Director

In her message ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that violence against women can and must end by addressing its root cause – gender inequality. More

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Thailand: Domestic Violence

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.

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Orange your neighbourhood
from 25 November to 10 December
to say NO to violence against women

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