At a forum, stakeholders reviewed progress for women and girls on all the MDGs and called for a stand-alone gender equality goal for the post-2015 development agenda.
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On 6 December, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka engaged with survivors of domestic violence and service providers at a shelter in New York City.
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Paying tribute, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says Nelson Mandela "was like a father to me and to many of us ... despite struggle, we must believe that freedom and justice are possible."
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Youth activist Chamathya Fernando, who is speaking at today's Stakeholders Forum, talks about how these goals have impacted the lives of women and girls in an urban low-income settlement in Colombo.
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As the world marks International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November, a look at global efforts to tackle the pandemic with a spotlight on "Orange the World in 16 Days”.
A series of ads, developed for UN Women by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai, uses genuine Google searches to illustrate the widespread prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women. More
For the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on women and peace and security on 18 October, a look at the issues through the lens of this year’s focus on women, the rule of law and transitional justice. More
Three landmark UN Days are observed in October dedicated to rural women, food production and the eradication of poverty. A look at UN Women’s efforts in these critical areas. More
This UN observance seeks to promote girls' human rights and address discrimination and gender inequalities around the world. Find out more about events, messages, the launch of a new informal curriculum and our Twitter takeover. More
As global leaders met at the UN General Assembly, UN Women called for women’s leadership, access to opportunities and freedom from violence, as well as a stand-alone goal on gender equality for the post-2015 development agenda. More
In an interview, UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening refers to her Government's recent additional funding to UN Women as an indication of the organization's importance in addressing the outstanding development challenges faced by girls and women around the world. More »
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"Voices against Violence"
Putting young people at the heart of prevention efforts, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts launched this non-formal curriculum to end violence against women and girls. More »
On Human Rights Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka exhorts world leaders to join forces and prioritize the protection of women's human rights. More
The 21st century has been hailed as the century of women. Yet a recent Google search shows just how much prejudice and discrimination towards women and gender equality persist. "The Autocomplete Truth" builds on the international viral success of the print and web advertising campaign from UN Women, developed by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai that first revealed the depth of that discrimination. The video argues that at this point in history, popular perception should be different and women should be seen as equal.
Lyon/Geneva – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality, and prevalence worldwide. The new version of IARC's online database, GLOBOCAN 2012, provides the most recent estimates for 28 types of cancer in 184 countries... more
"Criminalising private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified, according to High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
RUMPHI - Parts of Malawi, including large parts of the northern region, have not received rain since February 2013 and are now experiencing severe water shortages. Women in the affected areas are leaving their homes in the early hours of the morning and walking up to 40 minutes to fetch water from the closest source.
Meet Atanase Koukou Kouakou, a community health worker providing vital support for pregnant women living with HIV, in his rural village of Labo, Côte d'Ivoire.
Implementation of a landmark law in Afghanistan on the Elimination of Violence against Women has been slow and uneven, according to a UN human rights report released this week.
Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations."
SULIMANIYAH, Iraq – Baby Jian came into the world just one day after her mother arrived in Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. "She's a beautiful baby," says UNICEF WASH Consultant Atheer Al Yaseen. Mr. Al Yaseen first met the young mother-to-be when she was sheltering in a school for a week, before Arbat camp was established. "She had walked a long... more
A well-known Pakistani student activist and an anti-slavery campaigner from Mauritania are among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize.