In Focus

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

Rural women, food and poverty eradication

Three women plant seeds in a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.   Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World BankThree landmark UN Days are observed in October dedicated to rural women, food production and the eradication of poverty. A look at UN Women’s efforts in these critical areas. Read more »

International Day of the Girl Child

Girl Child In Focus packageThis UN observance seeks to promote girls' human rights and address discrimination and gender inequalities between girls and boys. The 2014 theme is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence”. Read more »

UN Women at the UN General Assembly

GAAs global leaders meet at the 69th UN General Assembly, UN Women will seek to ensure that gender perspectives are reflected and that gender equality issues receive strong visibility and commitment to implementation. 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 »

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 »

Commission on the Status of Women

CSW58 plainFrom 10-21 March 2014, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women focuses on the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls”. 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 »

International Women’s Day

Female construction student at suco development project in Liquica. Photo: UN Women/Betsy DavisCelebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is “Equality for women is progress for all”. It was marked at UN headquarters in New York on 7 March, ahead of CSW58. Read more »

2013 year in review

2013 Year in ReviewFrom the adoption of an historic agreement to end violence against women to a viral campaign exposing the scope of sexism online, this timeline captures select gender equality gains in 2013. Read more »

End Violence against Women

Banner 25 November 2013 In Focus packageAs the world marks International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November, a look at global efforts to tackle the pandemic with a spotlight on “Orange the World in 16 Days”. Read more »

Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

An opening ceremony is held by the African Union and the Somali Police Force to commemorate the beginning of a new training program for the force. On the eve of the Security Council’s 2013 Open Debate on women and peace and security, a look at this year’s focus on women, the rule of law and transitional justice. 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 »