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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

  • HeforShe campaign special event

    UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host an event to support a dynamic solidarity movement for gender equality on Saturday 20 September from 5-7 p.m. More

  • Launch of global study on gender stereotypes in family film entertainment

    At the 2nd Symposium on Gender in the Media, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, UN Women, The Rockefeller Foundation and USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism will launch the first-ever global study on gender stereotypes in family entertainment on 22 September from 3 – 5 p.m. More

  • Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action

    With the participation of Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, five former women Presidents and Prime Ministers, other dignitaries and grass-roots women, the event to highlight women's leadership on climate action is being hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice and UN Women on 22 September from 6-8.30 p.m. More

  • Plans of action for indigenous women and girls

    During the first World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, the International Forum on Indigenous Women and UN Women will highlight the situation of indigenous women and girls, focusing on violence, rights and decision-making, on 23 September from 12.30-2 p.m. More

  • Voices from the Climate Front Lines

    As part of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, on 23 September, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA will co-host a thematic dialogue which will focus on the experiences of children, youth, women, indigenous peoples and other groups whose voices are too-often ignored in climate solutions. More

  • Soccer Match to End Violence against Women

    The G77 countries together with UNDP and UN Women are co-hosting the third UNiTE Soccer Match to End Violence against Women. Bolivian President Evo Morales, UNDP Associate Administrator Gina Casar and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will face off on 23 September from 2-3 p.m. More

  • Gender and progress towards the MDGs

    With just 500 days to go until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we take stock of progress and UN Women’s efforts towards each of these eight goals. 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

In the words of ...

Christine Lagarde

A former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.

Women of achievement

Gulzhan Kokbayeva, age 27, is the only female engineer for the first subway system in Kazakhstan, a country known for housing the first space launch complex in the world, the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Becoming a female engineer in a male-dominated profession where very few women have ventured before, a profession that is also considered dangerous to one’s health, was no easy feat.

“Invest in us. Invest in women” – Executive Director

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

At the opening of the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board in New York on 15 September, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks back on this year’s gender equality successes and challenges, urging for a stronger push to include women in the post-2015 agenda and to build on the Beijing Platform for Action.


Featured Video
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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