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Speech: Together, ending violence, the most de-humanizing form of gender oppression

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the launch event of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to End Violence against Women More

Press release: EU and UN team up to eliminate violence against women and girls

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Today at the United Nations General Assembly in New York the European Union and the United Nations launched a Spotlight Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. More

Humanitarian actors highlight women’s role in recovery and peacebuilding in Iraq

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On 19 September, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations in Geneva, human rights activists and UN Women participated in a side event of the 36th Human Rights Council, where they discussed the “Impact of Terrorism on the Rights of Women”. The panellists at the event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq, included Iraq's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mu'ayad Salih; the Chief of Crisis Preparedness, Prevention and Response at... More

Making the business case for sexual and reproductive health rights

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High-level event on the margins of 72nd UN General Assembly highlights sexual and reproductive health rights are essential to women’s empowerment. More

Press release: WE Day UN in New York celebrates young people changing the world

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Her Excellency President Ellen Sirleaf, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mary Robinson, along with Chelsea Clinton, Jordan Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg and more come together to inspire youth to challenge and encourage current world leaders to live up to their commitments. More

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process. More

Press release: 30 global leaders convene to share ground-breaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thirty global leaders unveiled their ground-breaking solutions for gender equality today as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement. More

It’s time to act for women’s economic empowerment, say global leaders

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

During the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, a roundtable dialogue organized by the Group of Champions on Women’s Economic Empowerment and UN Women, with the presence of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, urged action to advance women’s economic empowerment. More

Speech: Transforming the economies of the world so that they work for women

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Leave no one behind: Roundtable of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment. More

Speech: Unequal pay: united action against this formidable discrimination

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opening remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the launch of the Equal Pay International Coalition on 18 September, 2017 More

Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. More

Press release: Powerful global coalition to boost equal pay for women at work

Monday, September 18, 2017

With the launch of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are bringing together a diverse set of actors at the global, regional and national levels to support governments, employers and workers and their organizations, and other stakeholders, to make equal pay between women and men for work of equal value a reality. More

Central America and the Caribbean make historic strides to end child marriage

Friday, September 15, 2017

Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Guatemala abolish discriminatory legislation which allowed this harmful practice against girls and adolescent women More

Interview with Ulla Tøernæs, Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark

Friday, September 15, 2017

In a recent interview with UN Women, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tøernæs, signals strong support for UN Women through core funding and through thematic initiatives, such as innovation. On 20 September, the Government of Denmark and UN Women will sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement for the coming four years. More

Young people in Kosovo take action to combat violence against women

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo* have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides. More

Editorial spotlight: International Day of Democracy 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women—half of the population—are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, “Democracy and Conflict Prevention”, calls for “strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law”. More

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly opens today at UN Headquarters. During its General Debate, starting on 19 September, under the theme, “Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”, UN Women will bring forth the voices of women and girls, and spotlight the interventions that are making a real difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. More

Press release: UN Women and technology leaders launch Global Innovation Coalition for Change

Monday, September 11, 2017

On 14 September, UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls. More

Dignity kits distribution begins for Barbuda women and girls impacted by Hurricane Irma and Jose

Monday, September 11, 2017

UN Women and UNFPA fast track funds to Antigua and Barbuda to help women and girls More

From where I stand: “Peace is not the absence of armed conflict”

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cherisse Francis says she is a feminist because she believes in gender equality, and believes that to truly experience peace, women and girls must be on equal footing with men and boys. More

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