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Step It Up: Voices worldwide

10 September 2015

Eight women's rights activists talk about UN Women's "Step It Up" campaign, which calls on governments worldwide to "Step It Up" for gender equality by 2030. Hailing from the four corners of the globe, these women tell us why this initiative matters, and what they hope to achieve through this advocacy effort. http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/step-it-up/voices More

More equality in care, more equality in rights.

08 May 2015

In Latin American and Caribbean countries with availability of time use data, women devote between twice and five times as much time as men to unpaid care and domestic work, which limits their educational and professional opportunities and leaves them less time for rest, leisure or political participation. UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” highlights the importance of generating decent employment for women and ensuring that... More

Cambodia: Women protecting their properties

22 April 2015

It's a story of courage; it's a story of pain. In Cambodia, as in many places around the world, development threatens homes. Over 120,000 people in Phnom Penh have been evicted from their homes since 1990. But women are fighting back. Our story from the streets of Cambodia's capital. More

Safe markets for women vendors in Papua New Guinea

14 April 2015

Women represent nearly 80 per cent of Port Moresby's market vendors are. For many of them, selling vegetables is their only source of daily subsistence, and yet markets are not a safe place for them. In 2011, with support from the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), UN Women-Papua New Guinea Office, women’s grassroots organizations, the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and other partners launched the Port Moresby Safe City Programme. It aims to improve market... More

Quito: a city committed to prevent sexual harassment in public spaces

09 April 2015

The city of Quito in Ecuador is committed to the prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment in public spaces. As part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative, Quito is one of the five pioneer cities working to secure public spaces through the Safe Cities programme, established in 2011. Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. It happens on streets,... More

Maternal health: Where are we today?

09 April 2015

Maternal and newborn child health is central to social, human and economic development. Despite significant progress in improving maternal health globally, the current rate of progress is not enough. Far too many women still die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Just how many? Watch the video to find out. See what you can do to help: http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/get-involved More

Farhan Akhtar speaks and performs at UN: "End violence against women"

09 April 2015

Actor, singer and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar joins Nicole Kidman, Emma Watson, Sania Mirza and Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, to become the first male ambassador for UN Women. Farhan speaks out on violence against women and the Delhi rape incidents, and sings a song he personally wrote for one of the victims. More

Pacific Regional Ending Violence against Women Facility Fund – Knowledge and Learning Exchange

23 March 2015

In October 2014 representatives from 15 organizations in seven Pacific Island countries gathered in Melbourne, Australia for a week-long knowledge and learning exchange organized by UN Women. It was an opportunity to share experiences and learn both from each other and from a number of organizations working in Victoria, a state that employs Australia’s most holistic approach to ending violence against women. The exchange was part of the capacity building component of UN Women’s Pacific Regional... More

Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

20 March 2015

As a sign of appreciation for a lifetime of love, this Mother's Day thank Mom with one small gift: Give Mom back her name. Change your twitter profile picture to your mothers name and #MyMothersNameIs …. Let the world know she gave her all to raise you. For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule in public forums. Over time, her name becomes... More

International Women's Day March 2015

12 March 2015

Thousands marched through midtown Manhattan on March 8, 2015, in support of women's rights and gender equality. They were joined by thousands more all around the world who took to the streets to urge governments to Step It Up! for gender equality. More

The Journey of Women's Rights: 1911-2015

02 March 2015

UN Women captures the journey of women's rights from 1911-2015, and key moments of the women's movements globally. More

Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

02 March 2015

20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since then, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it! See more at: http://beijing20.unwomen.org Follow the discussion #Beijing20. More

Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai

27 January 2015

Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and activist, Mallika Sarabhai calls herself a "communicator". Through her art and activism, and in her message for #Beijing20, she stresses that it's time to break the silence about violence against women, and teach men that to be gentle and vulnerable is manly. See more at: http://beijing20.unwomen.org Follow the discussion #Beijing20. More

Karla Wheelock - Climbing mountains, conquering new heights

15 January 2015

Karla Wheelock of Mexico is the first Latin American woman to reach the top of the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks on each continent of the globe. She is also the first Latin American woman to reach the top of Mount Everest by the death-defying northern slope route, a feat only accomplished by a handful of fearless mountaineers. Also a social entrepreneur, she is the President of the KW Foundation, which focuses on developing leadership through youth empowerment. A motivational speaker... More

UN Women Egypt: The Pyramids of Giza Lit Orange

05 January 2015

In a spectacular scene, UN Women Egypt Country Office set the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza aglow in orange light on 10 December 2014 in solidarity with the mobilization to end violence against women and girls. From from 25 November to 10 December, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods." The colour of the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign symbolizes a brighter future for all women and girls – one free of... More

Beijing+20 Snapshot: Ending Violence against Women

29 December 2014

Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a global pandemic that takes place in public and private spaces. Together we can empower women and humanity to end this pandemic. This video is a brief snapshot on the issue. For the bigger picture, view the full infographic on violence against women here: http://beijing20.unwomen.org/en/infographic/evaw More

Fund for Gender Equality

24 December 2014

The Fund for Gender Equality is a UN Women grant-making mechanism dedicated exclusively to the economic and political empowerment of women worldwide. Since its launch in 2009, the Fund has delivered grants of USD 56.5 million to 96 grantee programmes in 72 countries. Each programme supports women, especially those who are marginalized, with what they need and require to regain control over their lives, whether they are trying to start a business or initiate a grassroots movement. Guided by UN... More

One Woman: A Song for UN Women

24 December 2014

Support women all over the world. Buy "One Woman" at http://song.unwomen.org. From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia, acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are "One Woman". Launching on International Women's Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women's rights and gender equality. "One Woman" was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and... More

UN Women: Putting the Women's Agenda as a Priority

24 December 2014

UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to accelerate progress on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Over the last two years, it has achieved results for women and girls everywhere by supporting efforts to end violence against them, bringing them to the centre of peacebuilding, advancing their political participation and leadership and increasing their economic empowerment. Additional photos and footage courtesy of: UN Photo UNTV UN Trust Fund to End... More

Make Change: Anoushka Shankar on the power of art

24 December 2014

On 8 March 2013 - International Women's Day 2013 - UN Women will release the song "One Woman." Two years in the making, the song was first performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall when the agency was launched in 2011. The track features 25 singers and musicians recording in over 20 countries. Here, Anoushka Shankar speaks about the freedom that comes from art - and the ability to reach across boundaries and make change through music. For more information, please visit... More

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