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Regional Review meeting to explore status of women in the UNECE region 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action

October 23, 2014

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary commemoration of the landmark Beijing Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive agenda on women’s rights, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has undertaken a review of the implementation of the Platform by its Member States. The results of this review will be the focus of the Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting to be co-hosted in Geneva by UNECE and UN Women on 6 and 7 November 2014. More

Access to justice is key to advancing individual and collective human rights for indigenous women and girls

October 21, 2014

To present best practices from across Latin America regarding indigenous women’s rights and access to justice, country representatives from Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala took part in a side event during the Third Committee of the 69th UN General Assembly. It followed an interactive dialogue led by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. More

UN Women mourns loss of Sierra Leone colleague to Ebola

October 20, 2014

UN Women is deeply saddened by the passing away of our colleague Mr. Edmond Bangura-Sesay on Saturday, 18 October, after testing positive for the Ebola virus. Mr. Bangura-Sesay served with great dedication since 2005​ as the driver for the UN Women Office in Sierra Leone. More

Synergies between sustainable development and gender equality undeniable, policy change needed: UN report

October 16, 2014

Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, UN Women today released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. More

At dawn of post-2015 agenda, we cannot afford to leave rural women behind — Lakshmi Puri

October 16, 2014

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a panel discussion for International Day of Rural Women at UN Headquarters in New York, 15 October 2014. More

UN Women launches gender equality course for UN staff

October 15, 2014

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark for women’s rights and gender equality, UN Women is launching an online course to help inform and educate UN staff on gender issues. More

Transnational corporations have important role to play in women’s empowerment — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 15, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Investment Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, 14 October 2014. More

Istanbul Convention a promising framework for combatting violence against women — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 15, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Future Policy Awards in Geneva, 14 October 2014. More

Rural women need to be at the heart of all development efforts — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 14, 2014

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2014. More

"Together, we can make 2030 an expiry date for gender inequality" — Executive Director

October 14, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva on 14 October, 2014. More

Press release: Inspirational US policy wins prestigious international prize on ending violence against women

October 14, 2014

Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention. More

Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

October 14, 2014

With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives. More

Women mobilize to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

October 13, 2014

Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women. More

Member States must be a leading example for the advancement of women — Executive Director

October 13, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Third Committee meeting on the advancement of women at UN Headquarters in New York on 13 October 2014. More

At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

October 10, 2014

Through radio programmes, psychosocial support and training women’s networks, UN Women is supporting efforts to address the gender dimension of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. However, considering the devastating emotional and psychological effects of the Ebola. More

UN Women Executive Director applauds joint Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala, Kailash Satyarthi

October 10, 2014

In a statement, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the award is fitting as we celebrate Girl Child Day. She says Malala’s staunch and fearless advocacy has amplified the voices of girls who might otherwise remain unheard. More

Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 9, 2014

On this International Day of the Girl Child let us commit to creating a world where girls can live free of violence and achieve their full potential. Violence against girls, in all its forms, is a grave human rights violation rooted in gender inequality. Up to one-third of adolescent girls report their first sexual experience as being forced. At least 133 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation. More

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, UN Women and Zonta International accelerate efforts towards ending violence against girls and young women

October 8, 2014

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl, marked globally on 11 October, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and UN Women, in partnership with Zonta International, today announced the further roll out of the “Voices against Violence” programme in the coming months. More

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

October 7, 2014

A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education. More

States must prioritize gender equality in social and economic policies to prevent global economic crises — new UN Women report

October 3, 2014

More than seven years after the global economic crisis erupted, women and men are still experiencing lasting impacts on their jobs, livelihoods, access to social services and ability to care for one another. Decisive action is needed to advance women’s right to a decent standard of living and to address the underlying causes that led to the crisis, according to a new report from UN Women. More

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