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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

  • Women and the environment

    As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, we focus on one of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action, and how women can and do make a difference in environmental decisions. 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

  • 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

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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

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

Women of achievement
WOA Isha Johansen EN

A household name in Sierra Leone, Isha Johansen is the first female President of Sierra Leone’s Football Association and currently, the only female Football Association President in the world. From her passion of the game, another of her leading projects entitled FC Johansen, was born at the end of the country’s decade long civil war in 2002. This project aims to keep young boys in school through instilling in them a passion for football.

In the words of ...

Christine Lagarde

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.

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.


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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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