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    Beijing+20: Review of progress underway

    In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, representatives from Member States and civil society are hosting regional reviews to assess progress and challenges in implementing this landmark blueprint for women’s rights. More

  • In Focus: Human rights of women

    This month we highlight women's human rights, how they must be embedded in national laws and policies consistent with international standards, and how women must be empowered to claim them. More

  • EVAW 25 November

    End violence against women

    To mark International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November, we take a look at how violence cuts across and intersects with each of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

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    UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

    UN Women is facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women and coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response to the Ebola crisis. More

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    Beijing+20: Violence against women

    As part of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign, this editorial package focuses on the social, health and economic costs of violence against women and the efforts in legislation and advocacy to prevent this human rights violation that affects one-in-three women worldwide. More

  • Sania Mirza announced as new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador

    Indian tennis superstar and youth icon joins campaign to end violence against women and girls as newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. More

  • Emma Watson speaking at HeForShe event

    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

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    Government contributions grow, but not fast enough

    UN Women relies almost entirely on voluntary financial contributions to sustain its work and programmes for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The generous donations of Governments, private sector companies, foundations and individuals allow UN Women to deliver on its mandate and work with women and girls on the ground, where it is needed most. More

In the words of...
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has extensive experience in international diplomacy and the protection of human rights. Here, he discusses achievements and gaps in guaranteeing equal rights for all, and stresses the importance and courage of women human rights defenders, and the challenges they face.

Jewelry for a cause
Nicole Kidman sports the Soko bracelet. Photo: UN Women/Toby Morris

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has teamed up with Soko, an ethical social enterprise in Kenya, to create a unique pair of handmade orange bracelets to raise awareness and funds for UN Trust Fund programmes. Get yours today!

Women of achievement

Florence Ndagire became the first visually impaired lawyer in Uganda, a country that though modern in many ways, does not often create educational curricula and materials for the visually impaired. She broke through many barriers and serves as a role model to many, including those with disabilities, standing up for their human rights.

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Call for safe return of women and children abducted in Nigeria — Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

UN Women expresses grave concern at the alleged attack by Boko Haram in the village of Gumsuri in northern Nigeria, with initial reports of more than 30 killed and about 200 women and children abducted. These victims are now part of the ongoing horror that captured the world’s attention with the kidnapping of the Chibok girls from their school eight months ago. More

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Deeyah Khan: Solidarity doesn’t cost anything

Born in Norway to immigrant parents from Afghanistan and Pakistan, multidisciplinary artist Deeyah Khan won an Emmy and the Peabody award for her documentary on the horror of honour killings within immigrant communities in Europe entitled Banaz: A Love Story.

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