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In Focus: Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

Impacting one in three women worldwide, violence against women and girls devastates lives, causes untold pain and incurs high economic costs. Yet, robust funding for efforts to end this violence remains woefully insufficient. For the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November to 10 December, Orange the World and mobilize resources to end this global pandemic. More

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    In focus: Women leading climate action 

    As world leaders attend COP 22, we highlight the importance of an inclusive environment, which puts gender equality, voice and agency of women at the centre of climate management and investments. More

  • Planet 50-50 Step It  Up for Gender Equality

    World leaders Step It Up for gender equality

    More than 90 governments have made concrete commitments to overcome gender equality gaps at, and since, a historic event co-hosted by UN Women and the People’s Republic of China: the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” One year since then, momentum continues to rise as early results come in. From new laws to better policies for women and girls, commitments are turning into actions. More

  • Participants in a UN Women training to inform women affected by Hurricane Matthew of their rights. Photo: UN Women/Maria Sanchez

    In post-hurricane Haiti, women work together to rebuild

    One month since Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, women voice their needs and take an active role in recovery efforts. More

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    Gender and the New Urban Agenda

    At Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, UN Women advocated for and supported including women's rights at the heart of the New Urban Agenda. More

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    Fast forwarding to the future we want

    As UN Women turns five, the Annual Report 2015-2016 highlights our key achievements in the last year, and efforts to turn the promise of the SDGs into reality for women and girls through stepped-up partnerships with civil society, private sector, the media, and others. More

  • Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them. More

Relaunch of the UN Women Gender and HIV/AIDS Web Portal

Gender and HIV/AIDS

Visit UN Women’s updated and redesigned Gender and HIV/AIDS Web Portal for cutting-edge research, training materials, advocacy tools, current news, personal stories, and campaign actions on the gender equality dimensions of the HIV epidemic. Read more

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Why money matters in efforts to end violence against women and girls

Why money matters in efforts to end violence against women and girls
This short advocacy briefing aims to highlight some of the costs to national economies and households of violence against women and girls. It also gives some examples of how strategic investments to address this violence can make a concrete and long-lasting difference in lives of women and girls as well as their communities. More

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UN Women Flagship Programming initiatives

Using a human-rights-based approach focused on strengthening the voice of women and girls, UN Women has developed 12 flagship programmes that seek to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with sustainable development. Read more

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“The price of no change is unacceptable”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights effective interventions, and reiterates that the pandemic of violence against women and girls can end, but it will need commitment and investment, nationally and internationally. More

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Ending violence against women and girls in Brazil

In Brazil, Sueny Dos Santos Nogueira, a student, activist and arts educator, is now a leader in the fight to end violence against women and girls in her community. Nogueira is one of the participants of a programme by Casa da Mulher Trabalhadora (CAMTRA – the “House of Women Workers”) supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women). Donate to end violence against women at donate.unwomen.org.