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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Debora Barros Fince. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown | Tarcila Rivera. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown | Mama Neema. Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath | Pratima Gurung. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown. | Oralia Ruano Lima. Photo: UN Women/Rosendo Quintos
In Focus: Indigenous women’s rights and activism

On the occasion of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Women spotlights the voices and activism of indigenous women from around the world, as they tackle the challenges of climate change, poverty, gender-based violence, armed conflicts and more. More

  • CSW61: Women in the changing world of work

    CSW61

    Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work was the focus of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) from 13-24 March. Global leaders, civil society and government representatives, private sector and activists met to mobilize and strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

  • Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith

    International Women’s Day

    The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. Globalization and technological changes bring unprecedented opportunities. But the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, and new fiscal and trade policies also impact women’s economic empowerment. On International Women’s Day, UN Women called on all actors to Step It Up for Gender Equality so that the world of work works for all women. More

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    Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them. More

  • Flagship programming initiatives

    Flagship programmes

    Using a human-rights-based approach focused on strengthening the voice of women and girls, UN Women has developed 12 flagship programmes that seek to remove structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with sustainable development. More

  • Planet 50-50 Step It  Up for Gender Equality

    World leaders Step It Up for gender equality

    More than 90 governments have made concrete commitments to overcome gender equality gaps at, and since, a historic event co-hosted by UN Women and the People’s Republic of China: the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” One year since then, momentum continues to rise as early results come in. From new laws to better policies for women and girls, commitments are turning into actions. More

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Spotlight: Bureau members of UN Women Executive Board visit programmes in India
Members of the Bureau of UN Women Executive Board gain first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country during a recent visit. The members, including the President of the Bureau, Mrs. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, met with representatives from the government, UN Women and development partners.  Photo: UN Women/Ruhani Kaur Photo: UN Women/Ruhani Kaur

Members of the Bureau of UN Women Executive Board gain first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country during a recent visit. The members, including the President of the Bureau, Mrs. Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, met with representatives from the government, UN Women and development partners.

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

In a statement ahead of the Women’s G7 Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized that building gender equality is "a shared responsibility, needing action in all sectors and by everyone: public and private sectors, men and women alike". More

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Colombian women play central role in peace process

Debora Barros Fince is a Waayu indigenous lawyer and human rights defender from Bahia Portete, Colombia. Her community was massacred by Colombian paramilitaries in 2004, leading the Wayuu to abandon their ancestral homeland. Debora survived the massacre and went on to create an organization called Mujeres Tejiendo la Paz (Women Weaving Peace), which works with victims of sexual and domestic violence.