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Editorial spotlight: World Refugee Day

Every year on 20 June we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees around the world. Half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide are women. On World Refugee Day, we bring you the voices of women refugees and those who work with them. More

  • Burundian refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    In focus: Women refugees and migrants

    UN Women highlights the voices of women refugees and migrants around the world. With refugee and migrant women playing a pivotal role around the world to sustain communities and economies, global commitments must address their unique needs, include their voices and be accountable to them. More

  • “From where I stand” editorial series

    From where I stand...

    This editorial series captures the unique and powerful stories of people around the world, through compelling first-person accounts of their daily sustainable development challenges, and how they are bringing about change. More

  • Photo: UN Photo/Sylvain Lietchti

    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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Pablo Castillo Díaz. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Ten years ago, the United Nations launched its first-ever global campaign against sexual violence in conflict. Pablo Castillo Díaz, Policy Specialist at UN Women, talks about the progress made, the ensuing debates and the reality on the ground. More

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

In her remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2017, on 27 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized the importance of strong partnerships with Member States and civil society. More

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The refugees and displaced women of northern Iraq

There are 3.3 million refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq. They have been brutalized by violence and denied access to safety and basic services. Newly displaced women and girls are often marginalized and stigmatized in camps. UN Women is working with partners to empower refugee and displaced women and girls through education, counselling and work opportunities.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality