UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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A woman crafts in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Photo: Christopher Herwig
In Focus: Women, peace and security

This year on 25 October, the UN Security Council convenes its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. This year’s theme “Promoting the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Sustaining Peace through Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment”. This editorial package brings together voices of women on the ground, groundbreaking cases and expert opinions on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. More

  • The abuelas of Sepur Zarco pose for a photo. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan Brown

    Sepur Zarco case: The Guatemalan women who rose for justice in a war-torn nation

    The full story about the groundbreaking case where Guatemalan women raped and enslaved during the civil war fought for justice at the highest court, and won. More

  • Women's meaningful participation builds peace

    Infographic: Women's meaningful participation builds peace

    Women’s full and equal participation at all levels of society is a fundamental human right. During times of conflict, women’s participation in resolving conflict and negotiating peace is especially important to ensure that women’s rights are protected, experiences are recognized, and that peace lasts. More

  • Orange the World: #HearMeToo, end violence against women and girls

    Orange the World

    The UNiTE Campaign will celebrate this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. More

  • Women and a man in Rwanda check the "Buy From Women" mobile platform on a cell phone. Photo: UN Women/Sandra Hollinger

    International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

    The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. More

  • In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Asa Regner, at the “We are Latin America: Legislating for the economic empowerment of women” event (“Somos Iberoamérica: Legislando para el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres”), co-hosted with SEGIB and the Government of Spain on 22 October, in Madrid, Spain. Participants discussed the conclusions of a recent study that shows progress achieved by countries in the Latin American region in reducing a considerable amount of the existing legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment and the main challenges ahead. Photo: SEGIB/ Juan Carlos Rojas

UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Asa Regner, at the “We are Latin America: Legislating for the economic empowerment of women” event (“Somos Iberoamérica: Legislando para el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres”), co-hosted with SEGIB and the Government of Spain on 22 October, in Madrid, Spain. Participants discussed the conclusions of a recent study that shows progress achieved by countries in the Latin American region in reducing a considerable amount of the existing legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment and the main challenges ahead.

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“Together we will be able to support the people of South Sudan”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, briefed the Security Council of the African Union on the joint African Union/United Nations Mission to South Sudan. More

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Rural women—agents of change fighting poverty, hunger and climate change

Rural women make up over a quarter the world's population and majority of the 43% of women in the global agricultural labour force. They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations. They ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. But when it comes to owning land, accessing agricultural inputs, financing and technologies for climate resilience, they are left far behind men.

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