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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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    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

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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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    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

  • 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

  • Women and the environment

    As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, and how women can and do make a difference in environmental decisions. More

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.

Women of achievement

Rafea Um Gomar, a brave Bedouin woman from a rural village has not only become the first female solar engineer in Jordan, but she has also set up 80 solar installations along with co-engineer Sahia Um Badr, providing electricity to her village. Today she is an elected leader, a role model and a teacher in her community, training many others how to use sustainable energy.

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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