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Youth leaders join UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group

October 31, 2014

UN Women has appointed three youth representatives from around the world to support its Global Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG) in engaging youth on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Advisory Group is a consultative forum composed of 25 civil society professionals who provide their expertise to UN Women’s Executive Director on ways to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Established in 2012, it assists in strengthening UN Women’s partnerships... More

UN launches Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in Sierra Leone

October 30, 2014

To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October. It includes an Advisory Board whose main task is to advise UNMEER on how to tackle the gender dimensions of Ebola. More

First Global Forum on Youth Policies connects the dots between gender equality and youth

October 30, 2014

“Nothing for youth, without youth” was the clarion call emerging from the First Global Forum on Youth Policies that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 28 to 30 October. The Forum gathered more than 700 participants, including youth leaders, policy experts, UN officials and the largest gathering of ministers and government representatives working on youth issues since the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in 1998, in Lisbon. More

ITU, UN Women celebrate power of technology to transform women’s lives

October 29, 2014

Seven outstanding individuals and organizations that are harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to boost gender empowerment were honoured on 28 October as recipients of the first-ever Gender Equality Mainstreaming–Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards. More

It is time to renew commitments to refugee and displaced women — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 28, 2014

Full Statement of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, 28 October 2014, in New York. More

Press release: As nature of conflicts change, UN Women urges swifter action to protect targets of violence

October 28, 2014

(New York) With the worst levels of displacement since the Second World War, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka today at the UN Security Council called upon UN Member States to address the violent extremism that is on the rise and threatens the lives and futures of women and girls worldwide. More

In the words of Suaad Allami: The plight of Iraqi women refugees

October 28, 2014

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007, which manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors. She gives us a glimpse of how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping with displacement. More

Development agenda must protect rights of Muslim women facing new challenges — Lakshmi Puri

October 27, 2014

Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) on Women’s Role in Development of IOC Member States, 20-21 October 2014, in Baku, Azerbaijan. More

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

October 24, 2014

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. More

Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

October 24, 2014

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region. More

Women’s key role in agricultural production emphasized

October 24, 2014

African leaders called for greater investment in women in order to increase agricultural production and improve livelihoods, at a three-day Sharefair on Rural Women’s Technologies to Improve Food Security, Nutrition and Productive Farming. More

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

New law spurs action, bringing protection to many

October 17, 2014

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors. 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

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