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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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    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

  • Climate Summit 2014

    Voices from the Climate Front Lines

    As part of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, on 23 September, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA co-hosted a thematic dialogue which focused on the experiences of children, youth, women, indigenous peoples and other groups whose voices are too-often ignored in climate solutions. More

  • World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014

    Plans of action for indigenous women and girls

    During the first World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, the International Forum on Indigenous Women and UN Women highlighted the situation of indigenous women and girls, focusing on violence, rights and decision-making, on 23 September. More

  • Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action

    With the participation of Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, five former women Presidents and Prime Ministers, other dignitaries and grass-roots women, an event to highlight women's leadership on climate action was hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice and UN Women on 22 September. More

  • 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in Media

    Launch of global study on gender stereotypes in family film entertainment

    At the 2nd Symposium on Gender in the Media, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, UN Women, The Rockefeller Foundation and USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism launched the first-ever global study on gender stereotypes in family entertainment on 22 September. More

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    HeforShe campaign special event

    UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson hosted an event to support a dynamic solidarity movement for gender equality on Saturday 20 September from 5-7 p.m. More

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    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

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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

  • Gender and progress towards the MDGs

    With just 500 days to go until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we take stock of progress and UN Women’s efforts towards each of these eight goals. More

HeForShe Event

On Saturday 20 September UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson co-hosted a special event in New York to kick-start the HeForShe campaign, a dynamic solidarity movement for gender equality.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson

In the words of ...
Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus established the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh with the objective of helping poor people escape from poverty by providing loans without collateral to support income-generating activities. Working towards eradicating poverty through micro-lending, Grameen Bank now has 8.4 million borrowers of whom 97 per cent are women. Prof. Yunus is the recipient of 112 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Women of achievement

Rafea Um Gomar, a brave Bedouin woman from a rural village has not only become the first female solar engineer in Jordan, but she has also set up 80 solar installations along with co-engineer Sahia Um Badr, providing electricity to her village. Today she is an elected leader, a role model and a teacher in her community, training many others how to use sustainable energy.

Voices rising for gender equality cannot be silenced

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

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka responds to the media conversation surrounding the HeForShe campaign, which was launched by UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on 20 September. She emphasizes that the campaign comes at a time when inaction is simply not an option.


Featured Video
Thailand: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a tragic feature of millions of women's lives. But in Thailand, new efforts are underway to better protect women from violence at the hands of their partners by training police cadets in investigating domestic violence. Produced by UNTV for UN Women, this piece follows one young woman cadet as she gets her first close-up look at a case of abuse.

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