Emma Watson visits Uruguay
On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson highlights the need for women’s political participation and leadership at all levels. Learn more
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. Learn more
Photo opportunity with Emma Watson
Ahead of the special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign co-hosted by our Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on 20 September, a photo opportunity with UN accredited photographers will be held.Learn more
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. Learn more
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 will launch the first-ever global study on gender stereotypes in family entertainment on 22 September from 3–5 p.m. More
With the participation of Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, five former women Presidents and Prime Ministers, other dignitaries and grass-roots women, the event to highlight women's leadership on climate action is being hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice and UN Women on 22 September from 6-8.30 p.m. More
During the first World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, the International Forum on Indigenous Women and UN Women will highlight the situation of indigenous women and girls, focusing on violence, rights and decision-making, on 23 September from 12.30-2 p.m. More
As part of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, on 23 September, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFPA will co-host a thematic dialogue which will focus on the experiences of children, youth, women, indigenous peoples and other groups whose voices are too-often ignored in climate solutions. More
The G77 countries together with UNDP and UN Women are co-hosting the third UNiTE Soccer Match to End Violence against Women. Bolivian President Evo Morales, UNDP Associate Administrator Gina Casar and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will face off on 23 September from 2-3 p.m. More
- Photo Opportunity: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to co-host HeForShe campaign special event
- Press release: Raising ambition for climate action, women lead the way
- On visit to Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women’s political participation
- Press Conference: Launch of the first-ever global study on gender images in popular films
- Media advisory: UN Women at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly
In the words of ...
A former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.
Women of achievement
Gulzhan Kokbayeva, age 27, is the only female engineer for the first subway system in Kazakhstan, a country known for housing the first space launch complex in the world, the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Becoming a female engineer in a male-dominated profession where very few women have ventured before, a profession that is also considered dangerous to one’s health, was no easy feat.
“Invest in us. Invest in women” – Executive Director
At the opening of the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board in New York on 15 September, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks back on this year’s gender equality successes and challenges, urging for a stronger push to include women in the post-2015 agenda and to build on the Beijing Platform for Action.
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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A young girl dreams, despite adversity
After floods forced her family to abandon their home, a young girl in Paraguay holds on to the hope that education will guide her to a better life. More
Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. More
Analysis: Challenges of bringing more women into the Afghan justice sector
Better gender representation in the justice sector in Afghanistan will empower more women to take action against the men who abuse them. This is the reasoning of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which released a report last week documenting the gains - and considerable challenges that still lie ahead - in bringing more women into... More
At global summit, UN envoy Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexual violence in conflict
10 June 2014 - Hollywood actress, activist and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today called for concerted action to end once and for all the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. "It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict," Ms. Jolie stated in her address to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict,... More
Beijing+20 In Focus: Women and the environment
As debate on climate responses persists, water levels rise and climate change is causing destruction around the world. Among the most affected are women, as they gather water, fish, or farm land affected by flooding. During pregnancy and motherhood, their health is more at risk. Meanwhile, their voices are often the last to be heard in environmental... More
Boko Haram Must Release Girls Abducted Three Weeks Ago
Statement attributable to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui More
Briefing paper: Fleeing Boko Haram's relentless terror
As the world's attention has focused on Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, other aspects of the Islamist group's terror have been largely overlooked. Not least among them, its brutal violence has caused significant forced displacement in the north-east of the country and beyond. ... More
Cameroon: Alarming levels of malnutrition among refugee children and women from C.A.R.
YAOUNDE/DAKAR - In Cameroon, up to 1 out of 3 refugee children from Central African Republic suffer from malnutrition, a recent United Nations assessment found. More
Caught in crisis, South Sudanese women learn to plan their families
Teresa Aruoth never knew she could use family planning to help space the births of her children. Married in her teenage years, she counts herself lucky to have remained healthy in a country where one in seven mothers dies in childbirth. More
Combating Tanzania's high child marriage rates
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness Rhobi, in the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. But Happiness took a stand. More