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

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

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In focus: Prevent violence against women

This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign’s 16 days call for action are focused on strategies to prevent violence against women and girls. More

  • A woman cleans up her home in Cite Soleil. Hurricane Gustav passed through Haiti yesterday dumping heavy rains that flooded thousands of homes and left approximately 50 people dead. Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

    In Focus: Women and climate change

    As world leaders attend COP 21 in Paris next week, UN Women will continue to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment to be fully recognized in the universal climate agreement they will adopt. More

  • In Focus: 15 years of Security Council resolution 1325

    Since the adoption of resolution 1325, women’s participation in peace and security decision-making has been key to preventing conflict and securing peace. To assess progress and accelerate action, the 2015 High-level Review took place along with the launch of the Global Study on the implementation of resolution 1325, from 12-14 October. More

  • Women of the world unite.

    The UN at 70: Gender Equality Milestones & Memorable Moments

    From groundbreaking resolutions to awe-inspiring speeches to activists inspiring change offline and online, this timeline marks select milestones and memorable moments for women's rights at the UN since its founding in 1945. More

  • Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them. More

  • Step It Up Highlight

    World leaders commit to gender equality

    On 27 September, some 80 world leaders made concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps at a historic event co-hosted by UN Women and the People’s Republic of China: the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action.” More

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"It can be prevented"

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

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The Story of Resolution 1325 | Women, Peace and Security

When United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 was passed, it changed history. Never before had world leaders formally recognized the key contributions of women in conflict and post-conflict interventions. On the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325, we look back at how a broad civil society movement brought this agenda to the council, and, working together with governments and UN agencies, saw the resolution through to adoption.