In Focus

The following are special compilations of news, speeches, feature stories, videos and social media content focused around special events and topics.

In Focus: International Youth Day

Students in a technical education program supported by the World Bank in Antioquia, Colombia. Photo: World Bank/Charlotte KeslThe global youth population—1.8 billion strong—represents boundless possibilities and talent to build a peaceful and sustainable world. The theme for International Youth Day, 12 August, 2017, focuses specifically on "Youth Building Peace". Read more»


In Focus: Empowering women to conserve our oceans

Women lead ocean conservation in Seychelles. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan BrownIn June 2017, the United Nations put a spotlight on oceans with the first-ever Ocean Conference. Read more»


In Focus: Indigenous women’s rights and activism

Debora Barros Fince. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown | Tarcila Rivera. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown | Mama Neema. Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath | Pratima Gurung. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown. | Oralia Ruano Lima. Photo: UN Women/Rosendo Quintos On the occasion of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Women spotlights the voices and activism of indigenous women from around the world, as they tackle the challenges of climate change, poverty, gender-based violence, armed conflicts and more. Read more »


In Focus: UN Women at CSW61

CSW61: Women in the changing world of work Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work will be the focus of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) from 13-24 March. Global leaders, civil society and government representatives, private sector and activists will meet to mobilize and strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more »


International Women's Day

Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina SmithThe theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. The world of work is changing, with significant implications for women. Globalization and technological changes bring unprecedented opportunities. But the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, and new fiscal and trade policies also impact women’s economic empowerment. Read more »


Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

women and men wear orange.From 25 November to 10 December, for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, UNiTE calls for action to orange the world and mobilize resources to end and prevent violence against women.
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Women and climate change

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 DorminoAs world leaders attend COP 22 in Morocco, UN Women will continue to advocate for inclusive environment which puts gender equality considerations and voice and agency of women at the centre of climate management and investments. Read more »


Women at the forefront of peacebuilding

A woman crafts in the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig.Sixteen years since the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000, the women, peace and security agenda remains relevant and critical in the face of rising violence, extremism and deadly conflicts. Read more »


Empowering rural women ensuring food security and ending poverty

Rural women’s rights, food and poverty are issues that are inextricably linked. Empowering rural women is a pre-requisite to fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more »


International Day of the Girl Child

Image for the International Day of the Girl Child. Photo: UN Women/Shaista Chishty.The fourth International Girls make a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world and girls’ progress = goals’ progress. On International Day of the Girl Child, we spotlight the potential of girls worldwide and issues that impact them. Read more »


In Focus: Women refugees and migrants

Burundian refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo. Around the world, people are on the move, half of them are women. In the lead-up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, we highlight the voices of women refugees and migrants. Read more »


In Focus: UN Women at the UN General Assembly

GAAs global leaders convene in New York, UN Women will continue to ensure the voices of women and girls are heard and place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of all development efforts.Read more »


In Focus: Scoring for gender equality through sport

Women and sport. In the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, UN Women spotlights the remarkable achievements, persistent hurdles and unmatched potential of women and girls in sport. Read more »


In Focus: Women in humanitarian action

A woman refugee in Burundi.Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit later this month, we highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure women are involved as equal partners and agents of change in humanitarian action. Read more »


Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to be 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. Read more »


2015 year in review

2015 year in reviewFrom the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action to the historic adoption of the SDGs with a strong gender equality focus, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year. Read more »
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Financing: Why it matters for women and girls

financing for development logoAhead of the high-stakes Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women highlights the need for dedicated financing for gender equality to achieve transformative change. Read more »


Beijing critical areas of concern

Woman in India crosses bridgeFocused on each of the 12 “critical areas of concern” identified in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, comprehensive editorial packages are being published once a month from June 2014-June 2015. Read more »


Engaging men

Fiji men holding bannerAhead of the second MenEngage Global Symposium from 10-13 November in Delhi, India, we take a look at some of the ways UN Women is working with men and boys to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more »


Displaced women and girls lead and survive

On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on women, peace and security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. Read more »


Small Island Developing States

SIDS Conference logoAhead of the 3rd UN SIDS Conference in Samoa (1-4 September), read news, interviews and feature stories about UN Women's work to promote gender equality in Small Island Developing States. Read more »


Progress towards the MDGs for women and girls

Rural villagers walk to and from a water well in Shatkhira, Bangladesh. 2010.As CSW58 focuses on the impact of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, we take stock of progress and UN Women’s efforts towards each of the eight goals. Read more »


Strengthening Women's Access to Justice

At the 67th General Assembly, UN Women called on Governments to show commitment and accelerate action to increase women’s access to justice while fostering a responsive justice system that advances women’s rights and participation. Read more »


UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The UN Rio+20 Conference brought Heads of State and Government to Brazil in June 2012. It appraised implementation, progress and gaps for agreements struck at the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio, and beyond. Read more »