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Press release: UN Women launches HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative

January 23, 2015

Top global leaders join campaign to advance gender equality. Watch the livestream of the press conference as UN Women's HeForShe initiative unveils a new campaign to engage governments, corporations and universities as instruments of change positioned within some of the communities that most need to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality. More

Media Advisory: Press Conference for UN Women launch of HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative

January 22, 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, and top global leaders to announce dynamic new initiative on 23 January. More

Media advisory: United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International pay tribute to the resilience of women

January 21, 2015

A benefit concert of the great Scheherazade-inspired works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Maurice Ravel celebrating the resilience of women and girls in the face of violence, a partnership between the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International will be held on Monday, 26 January 2015, 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. More

Ending gender inequality through the post-2015 agenda

January 20, 2015

At a panel discussion organized by UN Women on “The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” panelists took at a deeper look at the latest post-2015 discussions, stressing that only a transformative approach can steer the world onto a more just, equitable and sustainable path. More

Women, Peace and Security: Seeking Synergy with the Reviews on Peace Operations and Peacebuilding

January 20, 2015

Speech by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri at a panel organized by the Netherlands on “Women Peace and Security: Seeking Synergy with the Reviews on Peace Operations and Peacebuilding,” 20 January 2015, New York. More

Georgia declares 2015 as Year of the Woman

January 19, 2015

Georgian President George Margvelashvili declared 2015 as the Year of Women at a press conference on 15 January. More

Gender consideration in security management: a speech by Lakshmi Puri

January 19, 2015

Thank you for this opportunity to speak on behalf of UN Women on a subject that is of crucial importance. Security, in all of its dimensions, cannot be overlooked. For our UN colleagues, who consistently put their lives at risk every day to protect and enhance society, we must ensure their protection. More

Joint statement on the passing of Maha Abu Dayyeh

January 16, 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study on Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325. "It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of the passing away of Ms. Maha Abu-Dayyeh (24 August 1951 – 9 January 2015), a leading Palestinian women’s rights activist and a valued member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Group of the Global Study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325..." More

Seven days to coin a video ad for UN Women: YouTube opens contest ahead of Dubai Lynx Festival

January 14, 2015

Ahead of the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity 2015, YouTube has posted a “7-Day Brief” which this year calls on creative professionals from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to produce a campaign on behalf of UN Women. With the brief now live, contestants have until midday (Gulf Standard Time) on 21 January to create a video ad for YouTube which encourages viewers to donate and help UN Women establish hotlines across the MENA region for survivors of domestic violence. More

UN Women to reinforce gender equality in post-2015 agenda

January 14, 2015

On Monday, 19 January, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will open a UN Women-organized panel entitled “The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women issues annual Call for Proposals

January 13, 2015

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is pleased to announce its 2015 Call for Proposals in support of promising approaches to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Civil society organizations and governments are invited to apply for funding through the 19th grant cycle (2015), as of 12 January 2015. The deadline for submitting initial and brief concept notes is 29 January 2015, 23.59 EST (GMT–5). More

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

January 13, 2015

On 26 January at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women. Proceeds will support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

New Executive Board Bureau elected to lead UN Women in monumental year

January 12, 2015

For what promises to be one of UN Women's most challenging and transcendent years yet, Member States of the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing five representatives to its Bureau in elections on 7 January. The Western European Group has the Presidency of the Executive Board this year and Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN, was elected as President for 2015. More

Timeline: Gender equality, 2014 year in review

December 23, 2014

From the passing of one of the Arab region's most progressive Constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year. More

UN Women signs agreement to foster economic and social empowerment in Turkey

December 19, 2014

In order to improve women’s economic and social empowerment in Turkey, UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia has signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s largest industrial conglomorates, Koç Holding, which manages companies involved finance, energy, tourism, food, and information technology. More

UN Women calls for safe return of women and children abducted in Nigeria

December 19, 2014

UN Women expresses grave concern at the alleged attack by Boko Haram in the village of Gumsuri in northern Nigeria, with initial reports of more than 30 killed and about 200 women and children abducted. More

Innovative "Voices against Violence" curriculum mobilizes efforts to address the pandemic

December 18, 2014

In Pune, western India, at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) World Centre, more than 50 national trainers and youth leaders from the girl guiding movement across the Asia-Pacific region gathered for the first regional “Training of Trainers Workshop” on delivering “Voices against Violence”, a unique non-formal education curriculum that will teach young people how to stop violence against girls and women. At the end of the week-long training session from 12 to 18 December, where seven facilitators are providing support in running the workshop, participants will return to their countries to conduct national trainings among Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. More

Beijing+20: Review of progress underway

December 15, 2014

In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, representatives from Member States and civil society are gathering to assess the progress and challenges in implementing this landmark blueprint for women’s rights since its adoption in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

December 11, 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages. More

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