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    In Focus: Engaging Men

    Ahead of the second MenEngage Global Symposium from 10-13 November in Delhi, India, we highlight how UN Women is engaging men and boys around the world on gender equality and women's empowerment. More

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    In Focus: Violence against women

    This month we focus 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

  • Displaced women and girls: leaders and survivors

    On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. More

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    In Focus: Women and Poverty

    This month we focus on the impact of poverty on women, the gendered discrimination they face, and their struggle to gain access to equal opportunities. 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

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    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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    In Focus: UN Women at the 69th General Assembly

    As global leaders convene in New York, UN Women will ensure that gender perspectives are reflected and that gender equality issues receive strong visibility and commitment. More

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    In Focus: Women and the Economy

    As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on women’s contributions to the economy and their remaining challenges in gaining full and equal rights, access and resources. More

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    In Focus: The Girl Child

    As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, we highlight girls’ need for protection from abuse and discrimination in all forms as well as the struggles faced by girls today as they assert themselves. More

In the words of ...
Nicole Kidman

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman raises awareness to end violence against women. She urges all members of society to play their part in halting this pandemic that affects one in three women and girls globally.

Women of achievement
WOA Kurbongul Kosimova

In the midst of the civil war, while trying to endure the daily trials of living in a war-torn state, Kurbongul Kosimova established the first long-term shelter for women survivors of violence from the conflict as well as domestic violence, and their children. Her organization also supports survivors by forming sustainable self-help groups

Featured Publication

World Survey 2014

World Survey on the role of women in development 2014
Produced every five years, the 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. More »

"Now is the time for action" — Executive Director

In her message ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that violence against women can and must end by addressing its root cause – gender inequality. More

Featured Video
New Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia Farhan Akhtar is a HeForShe

Indian actor, director, founder of Men against Rape & Discrimination (MARD) - and now UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia - Farhan Akhtar was touched by the struggle to end violence against women when a woman he worked with was sexually assaulted and killed in her own home. Farhan established MARD to advocate for change in the ideas of masculinity, and to campaign for the end of violence against women. He is a #HeForShe.

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