Emma Watson calls out to men and boys
Hosting a special HeForShe campaign event in her new role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, British actor Emma Watson urged men and boys worldwide to join the movement for gender equality. Learn more
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. Learn more
Discrimination against women rife in film
The first-ever global study on women characters in the international film industry, launched today by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation, yields eye-opening results. Learn more
Express yourself this Orange Day
The Arts —music, drama, writing and the visual arts— are powerful tools in challenging stereotypes and changing behaviour. This Orange Day, 25 September, artists galvanize to end violence against women and girls. Learn more
As part of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, on 23 September, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA co-hosted a thematic dialogue which focused on the experiences of children, youth, women, indigenous peoples and other groups whose voices are too-often ignored in climate solutions. More
With the participation of Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, five former women Presidents and Prime Ministers, other dignitaries and grass-roots women, an event to highlight women's leadership on climate action was hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice and UN Women on 22 September. More
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 launched the first-ever global study on gender stereotypes in family entertainment on 22 September. More
- Women and girls in Iraq face heightened security and health risks, new gender alert shows
- As front-line caretakers in Ebola crisis, women and girls need gender-based humanitarian response, Gender Alert says
- Voices rising for gender equality cannot be silenced. We are HeForShe.
- UfM Secretariat and UN Women join forces to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region
- Voices of indigenous women and girls in the post-2015 agenda
On Saturday 20 September UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson co-hosted a special event in New York to kick-start the HeForShe campaign, a dynamic solidarity movement for gender equality.
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Women of achievement
A household name in Sierra Leone, Isha Johansen is the first female President of Sierra Leone’s Football Association and currently, the only female Football Association President in the world. From her passion of the game, another of her leading projects entitled FC Johansen, was born at the end of the country’s decade long civil war in 2002. This project aims to keep young boys in school through instilling in them a passion for football.
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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.
Voices rising for gender equality cannot be silenced
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka responds to the media conversation surrounding the HeForShe campaign, which was launched by UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on 20 September. She emphasizes that the campaign comes at a time when inaction is simply not an option.
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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Understanding customs and people's lives: Gender and land in the Western Balkans
This FAO-World Bank film addresses the challenges to increasing female land ownership in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Although sound legal frameworks protecting women's rights to own property are in place throughout the region, longstanding customs and traditions continue to favor... More
Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia
This report documents the dynamics of violence against women in South Asia across the life cycle, from early childhood to old age. It explores the different types of violence that women may face throughout their lives, as well as the associated perpetrators (male and female), risk and protective factors for both victims and perpetrators, and interventions... More
World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on 22-23 September 2014. The meeting will be an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. More
Post-2015 development agenda takes centre stage as General Assembly's 69th session opens
16 September 2014 – The United Nations General Assembly opened its 69th annual session today with the body's new President declaring that it would be a historic opportunity to formulate a post-2015 development agenda that is transformative, brings tangible results in fighting poverty, and leads to improving lives of all people. "As I stand in this newly... More
UN General Assembly 69th Session
The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. This year's theme is "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative... More
Combating Tanzania's high child marriage rates
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness Rhobi, in the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. But Happiness took a stand. More
FEATURE: Record number of women makes history at UN Security Council
15 September 2014 – The United Nations Security Council has long been a bastion for men selected to represent their countries on what many consider to be the Organization's most powerful body. But now, women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about... More
Nicaragua: Acting against violence
United Nations - The sad truth about violence against women is that it's not just the emotional and physical suffering that destroys lives. The ability of millions of women around the world to participate as equals in their countries is also diminished. In Nicaragua groups of determined women and men are now taking to the stage and acting against the... More
Women parliamentary leaders address gender issues
Women Speakers represent less than 15 per cent of all Speakers of Parliament in the world, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). To tackle this inequality, senior women parliamentary leaders recently met in Geneva at the annual meeting of the IPU. More
ILO at OATUU Women Conference in Kenyas
NAIROBI (ILO News) – The ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Africa, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, will address the OATUU Women Conference in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss ways and means of organizing informal economy workers and promoting equality for women and men in the world of work. More