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A Rohingya woman at the Cox's Bazar Refugee camp in Bangladesh. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce
World Refugee Day 2018

World Refugee Day is on 20 June. There are 22.5 million refugees around the world today, and half of them—some 11 million—are women and girls. With the average length of displacement being 17 years or more, entire generations are born and raised in refugee camps. Humanitarian action needs to offer long-term solutions that protect and advance women’s rights. Join us as we stand #WithRefugees. More

  • Infographic: Six essential objects for refugee women and girls

    Today, 50 per cent of refugees uprooted from their homes from conflict, persecution or natural disasters are women and girls. Take a look at some of the objects that give women and girls agency and secure their health, dignity and rights. More

  • Women’s mobility is an important factor to consider within the camp. Traditionally, Rohingya women are expected to wear a burqa when leaving their home or shelter. In the camps, women often share a burqa among themselves to access public spaces. Some have to wait for their turn to borrow a neighbour’s burqa to even step outside their shelter.

    Photo Essay: "I want to live in peace"

    Rohingya women who have fled escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar and now live in Bangladeshi refugee camps, share stories of loss and hopes of recovery 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

  • International Girls in ICT Day.

    Infographic: Women tech heroes

    Meet some on the women in tech inspiring the next generation. More

  • From 24 to 27 October 2016, in the sidelines of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) convened 29 UN Volunteers working in conflict and post-conflict settings for a learning and strategy workshop in New York, to exchange knowledge and build their capacities for gender-responsive peacebuilding. The workshop was part of a partnership initiative by UN Women, UNV and PBSO, which aims to enhance peacebuilding initiatives by incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring women’s participation at all stages of conflict prevention, resolution and recovery. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

    Gender parity in the UN system

    UN Women is committed to supporting the UN system to reach gender parity, based on its mandate to lead, promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities. More

Live webcast

Annual session of the UN Women Executive Board, 19–20 June 2018, 10am–6pm EDT, Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York.

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Statement: World Refugee Day 2018

On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all. More

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“The changes that we are navigating together will be both exciting and challenging”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board Annual Session 2018, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “As we move into a new era in the UN System and a brighter future for all women and girls.” More

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A Syrian refugee in Lebanon – UN Women’s second virtual reality film

On World Refugee Day, step into the world of urban refugees, and follow one family as they navigate their new reality after a harrowing flight from Syria.

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