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  • Displaced women and girls lead and survive

    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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    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

  • 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

  • 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

Featured Publication

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 »

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Major General Kristin Lund—Leading change, paving the way for many

Major General Kristin Lund of Norway is the first woman ever to be appointed as Force Commander in a United Nations Peacekeeping Operation, and is currently serving with the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). A role model for many, she has held several top leadership posts in a male-dominated profession.

In the words of ...
Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. Working towards eradicating poverty through micro-lending, Grameen Bank now has 8.4 million borrowers of whom 97 per cent are women. Prof. Yunus is the recipient of 112 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rural women need to be at the heart of all development — Executive Director

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

In her message for International Day for Rural Women on 15 October, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the need to ensure women’s access to land and other productive resources are embraced in the post-2015 agenda. She says rural women’s voices must be recognized in policymaking in order to end discriminatory agricultural practices and guarantee the well-being of women and their families. More

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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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