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Highlights
Highlights
“Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016”

Chock-full of new data and pointed analysis, UN Women’s flagship report unveils a far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality. More

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    In Focus: Women and the Media

    In May we highlight women and the media and the importance of increasing women’s leadership in this field, while simultaneously boosting efforts to end stereotypes of women and girls in the media across all platforms. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    A call to governments

    "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" is a new UN Women initiative urging governments to make national commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. More

  • Women and Health

    In Focus: Women and Health

    This month we focus on women's health and the significant impact that can be made by increasing access to care and recognizing women's rights to preventative interventions. More

  • Beijing+20 at CSW59

    From 9-20 March 2015, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women reviewed progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years on. More

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    Leaders and celebrities unveil Planet 50-50

    At a star-studded event in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to galvanize global attention, putting out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. More

  • Youth voices highlight

    Post-Beijing voices

    They were toddlers in 1995 when the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by global leaders. Some of them, not even born. Infusing fresh meaning into the complex concepts of gender equality, here’s their take on what a gender-equal world would look like. More

  • Donor Contributions Gauge

    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...
Geena Davis

Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Geena Davis is a long-standing advocate for women’s diverse portrayal in the media, and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The Institute released the first-ever global study on female characters in popular films, in 2014, with support from UN Women and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Gender Equality Champions
Edith Lederer

Chief Correspondent at the United Nations for the Associated Press (AP) and an icon in the field of journalism, Edith Lederer of the U.S. has had a long tryst with issues of gender equality and led the AP team at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

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“If the economy worked for women…” –Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

Speaking at a panel discussion for the launch of UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights,” in London on 27 April 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka asked why the global economy isn't fit for women. With this report, she said “we are demanding nothing less than a new economic agenda” to create a more sustainable future. More

Video
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Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements.

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