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: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

CSW62: Empowering rural women and girls The 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 – 23 March 2018. It will focus on the theme, “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Read more»

In Focus: International Women's Day

Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Join us to celebrate the activists working to claim women’s rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban. Read more»

In Focus: Women and the SDGs

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more»


In Focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

A women at work at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Agrobiodiversity Research Area.  Photo: CIAT/Neil Palmer Bridging the gender gap in science is vital for achieving sustainable development and fulfilling the promise of the 2030 Agenda to “leave no one behind”. On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February, we take a stand for women and girls in science and work to break the stereotypes that hold them back. For a future that benefits women equally as men, now is the time to smash the gender bias and enable girls and women to access and excel in science. Read more»


In Focus: Leave No One Behind - End Violence against Women and Girls

Young school girls organize themselves before the March to End Gender-Based Violence in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  One sign reads: "Refrain from using abusive language for Women and Children"  Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, is taking place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. Millions have rallied behind the hashtag #MeToo and other campaigns, exposing the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer, every day. Breaking the silence is the first step to transforming the culture of gender-based violence. Read more»


In Focus: Climate action by, and for, women

Aminata Traore works in the greenhouse of Sidibe Argo-Techniques in Katibougou Village, outside Bamako, Mali on November 3, 2013. Sidibe Argo-Techniques is growing watermelons, sweet peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables.   Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez Climate change is making our world more dangerous. Catastrophic storms, of increased frequency and strength, are destroying lives, homes and businesses. Severe droughts are stifling rural livelihoods. Sea level rise have put low-lying areas and island nations at risk. An additional 250,000 climate-related deaths per year are expected between 2030 and 2050 from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. Read more» 

In Focus: Women, peace and security: Preventing war and sustaining peace

In observance of International Women's Day, participants march from the centre of Monrovia to the Temple of Justice, home of the Liberian Supreme Court, where they staged a peaceful sit-in protest against gender-based violence.    Photo: UN Photo/Eric KanalsteinWhen women lead and participate in peace processes, peace lasts longer. Since the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution 1325, calling for women’s participation in peacebuilding was passed 17 years ago, there is mounting evidence that women are powerful actors in sustaining peace in their communities and nations. Research shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlates with outbreaks of conflict.Read more »

In Focus: International Day of Rural Women

Chandra Kala Thapa, one of many smallholder women farmers from Ranichuri village in Sindhuli district, was barely able to produce enough grains to feed her family. With support from the Joint Programme, she converted her field from grain production to high-value vegetables. “Now the prices are good and the money comes on time. This was not the case when I used to cultivate grains instead of high-value vegetables,” she says.   Photo: UN Women/Narendra ShresthaRural women make up over a quarter the world population and majority of the 43 per cent of women in the global agricultural labour force. They till the lands and plant seeds to feed nations. They ensure food security for their communities and build climate resilience. But when it comes to owning land, accessing agricultural inputs, financing and technologies for climate resilience, they are left far behind men. Read more »

In Focus: International Day of the Girl Child

Three girl participants in the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ in Brazil celebrate during a basketball game. Photo: UN Women/Gustavo Stephan There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more. Read more»

In Focus: 72nd session of the General Assembly

United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown As global leaders come together for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, from 12 – 25 September, UN Women will bring women’s voices and priorities to the forefront and call for tangible actions to achieve gender equality. Read more»


In Focus: World Humanitarian Day

Tawaf is a beneficary of IRC / UN Women program that gives up to 1000 USD small business start up grants after a 9 day small business training program. Photo: UN Women/Christopher HerwigOn this year's World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, the United Nations and partners are advocating for the protection of civilians, humanitarian workers, and all those affected by conflict. Read more» 


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 »

 

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: 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 »


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 »