UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

A woman in Guatemala walks through greenery. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
In focus: International Day of Rural Women

This year, on International day of Rural Women on 15 October, we are calling for better public services, including health care, education, childcare and shelters, on which millions of rural women depend; and laws, policies and budgets to improve their livelihoods and well-being. We stand in solidarity with rural women and their organizations everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives. More

  • Orange the World: #HearMeToo, end violence against women and girls

    Orange the World

    The UNiTE Campaign will celebrate this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. More

  • Women and a man in Rwanda check the "Buy From Women" mobile platform on a cell phone. Photo: UN Women/Sandra Hollinger

    International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

    The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. More

  • Young girls from Mtakataka Secondary School in the District of Dedza, Malawi. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker

    International Day of the Girl Child

    On International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, join UN Women as we stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future. More

  • Jessica Bennett, gender editor at The New York Times. Photo: Sharon Attia

    Ask a journalist...

    Jessica Bennett, gender editor at The New York Times, spoke to UN Women about the making of a multi-media project showing what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. 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

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UN Women statement for International Day of Rural Women

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women calls upon the international community to work with rural women and girls everywhere and to invest in the sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection that can revolutionize their livelihoods, well-being and resilience. Read more ►

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“Together we will be able to support the people of South Sudan”
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, briefed the Security Council of the African Union on the joint African Union/United Nations Mission to South Sudan. More

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Rural women—agents of change fighting poverty, hunger and climate change

Rural women make up over a quarter the world's population and majority of the 43% of women in the global agricultural labour force. They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations. They ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. But when it comes to owning land, accessing agricultural inputs, financing and technologies for climate resilience, they are left far behind men.

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