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Report of CSW61 and analysis of the agreed conclusions

26 May 2017

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 13 – 24 March 2017, at a critical juncture in the changing political landscape and realignment of forces mobilized around the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. More

Understanding masculinities, results from the International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa

22 May 2017

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey is the first multi-country study of its kind and size in the Middle East and North Africa. Coordinated by UN Women and Promundo, in collaboration with local research partners, the report takes a never-before-seen look at what it means to be a man in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine today. Exploring key issues at home and at work, in public and private life, and their attitudes towards gender equality, and it also provides women’s perspectives on the same issues. More

Youth LEAP into gender equality

19 May 2017

UN Women's youth and gender equality strategy: Empowered young women and young men as partners in achieving gender equality. More

UNSCR 1325 and female ex-combatants: Case study of the Maoist women of Nepal

03 May 2017

The situation of women combatants and the roles they can play in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is an area which has received minimal attention in the women, peace and security agenda over the past 15 years. This case study of the Maoist women combatants in conflict and post conflict Nepal seeks to document and analyze their realities within the contrasting narratives of victimhood and agency. More

Making women count - not just counting women

03 May 2017

A central challenge to women’s underrepresentation in peace and transitional processes is the lack of evidence-based knowledge on the role and impact of women’s inclusion on peace processes. The objective of this report is to present an analysis of women’s inclusion in order to provide UN Women with direct comparative evidence on women’s influence in previous cases of peace processes since the 1990s. More

Women in politics 2017 map

27 April 2017

The Women in politics 2017 map, created by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women, depicts global rankings for women in the executive and parliamentary branches of government as of 1 January 2017. The map shows slow progress towards gender equality in these areas at regional and national levels. More

UN Women Virtual Skills School brochure

16 March 2017

This brochure introduces the reader to UN Women's Virtual Skills School initiative, an innovative approach to skills aqcuisition and education in the 21st Century through an open platform with diverse learning paths. More

Buy from Women Enterprise Platform brochure

16 March 2017

Overview of UN Women's Buy from Women Enterprise Platform that links women farmers to information, markets and finance. Includes information on the major system features, product design, added value and vision for UN Women's work in this area. More

Shaping the international agenda: Raising women's voices in intergovernmental forums

14 March 2017

The publication aims to build knowledge on women’s participation in national delegations to meetings of international organizations’ governing bodies by analyzing the best practices undertaken at the national and international levels, including specific examples provided by several intergovernmental entities. Building on these efforts, the publication provides a set of recommendations to empower a wide range of gender-equality advocates to champion gender equality and gender balance. More

Recommendations for addressing women's human rights in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

14 March 2017

A set of expert recommendations that provide a clear direction for ensuring that the human rights of women and girls are promoted and protected at all stages of migration, whilst simultaneously recognising their agency throughout the migration process. These recommendations seek to inform the formulation and implementation of the global compact for migration. More

The power of procurement: How to source from women-owned businesses

13 March 2017

With women-owned businesses securing less than one per cent of corporate purchasing expenditures, this timely guide sets out to highlight the challenges and barriers that exist today for women-owned businesses. The guide provides sensible, actionable steps that corporations can take with their strategic sourcing decisions and will help corporate purchasing executives evaluate the diversity of their supplier base in considering the potential of women-owned businesses. More

Why and how constitutions matter for advancing gender equality: Gains, gaps and policy implications

20 February 2017

This policy brief outlines the gains and gaps in gender-responsive constitution-making over the years, and the policy lessons that can be drawn from these for ongoing constitutional and post-constitutional reforms. More

Making social protection gender-responsive: Lessons from UN Women’s work in the Eastern Caribbean

20 February 2017

This brief synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on the strategies that were used by UN Women’s Multi-Country Office in the Caribbean to promote gender-responsive social protection in a context where reforms have been driven mainly by efforts to reduce public debt and promote economic competitiveness. More

The participation of women in the Mindanao peace process

16 February 2017

The participation of women in decision-making in peace processes is one of the pillars of UN Security Council resolution 1325. The Philippines has seen robust women’s participation in the peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In 2014, the parties signed a comprehensive peace agreement1 after 17 years of negotiations. The peace agreement was hailed for its strong provisions on women’s rights as well as for women’s political, social and economic participation. More

At what cost? Women migrant workers, remittances and development

15 February 2017

This report illustrates the nuanced interaction between women’s migration for labour, their scope of contributions to development and the economic, social and personal costs incurred throughout their migration highlighting the importance of labour and human rights to realizing the human development potential of women’s labour migration while critically considering what constitutes development: by whom, for whom, and at what cost. The report illustrates how gender mainstreaming of the migration for development model can enhance the protection of rights and opportunities for women migrant workers, and contribute to more inclusive and sustainable development. More

Gender and the role of women in Colombia's peace process

07 February 2017

The promises and visions articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and subsequent UN resolutions and position papers that recognize the connection between gender equity and women’s participation in all aspects of peace processes and peacebuilding on the one hand, and international peace and security on the other, have not been fulfilled. Nonetheless, these resolutions have opened the way for advocacy that has had some successes in specific contexts. Colombia offers one such case. More

Female genital mutilation/cutting and violence against women and girls: Strengthening the policy linkages between different forms of violence

07 February 2017

This policy note explores policy and programming interlinkages between different forms of violence and considers entry points in the areas of (i) national legislation, (ii) prevention strategies, (iii) response for survivors, and (iv) data and evidence, for increased coordination and collaboration to advance the objectives of ending both female genital mutilation/cutting and other forms of violence against women and girls, in particular intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. More

Women migrant workers' journey through the margins: Labour, migration and trafficking

06 February 2017

This report provides a detailed account of the lived realities of women migrant workers. The report focuses on specific sectors with high concentrations of women migrant workers, as well as the global issue of trafficking, to illuminate the gender-specific vulnerabilities and risks faced by women throughout their migration trajectory, and highlights the agency of women workers as they navigate challenges to claiming labour and human rights across borders. More

Women working worldwide: A situational analysis of women migrant workers

06 February 2017

This report reviews migration systems through the use of legal reviews and legislative comparison, providing an analysis of existing mechanisms, frameworks, legislation and policies vis-à-vis women migrant workers, with particular attention paid to the alignment of national legislation with international frameworks, like CEDAW. The report concludes by providing a set of recommendations aimed at global and regional actors, including the ratification of international treaties, enforcement of CEDAW and the creation of a new international instrument to promote the rights of women migrant workers. More

Strengthening organizational structure for delivering gender equality results: Corporate evaluation of the regional architecture of UN Women

24 January 2017

This evaluation brings to light important findings, conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the regional architecture that can enhance UN Women’s contribution to gender equality. More

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