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Ask a climate activist: Why is it important to engage women in promoting biodiversity and sustainable waste management in the Caribbean?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women’s conservation efforts. More

Take five: “Changing everyday habits will have an impact”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities. More

Design thinking workshop in Namibia tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security

Thursday, April 18, 2019

On 11 April 2019, the conference room at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management pulsated with energy, as 40 youth activists from around the world debated challenges and solutions to ensure young women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes in their countries and regions. More

From where I stand: “Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills. More

The Tunis Forum on gender equality

Friday, April 12, 2019

Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women’s rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women’s rights. More

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to step up leadership of women in all areas of peace and security at the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points meeting in Namibia

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Namibia this week to attend the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points Network meeting being held in Windhoek from 10 to 11 April. More

UN Women’s texting video series nominated for a Webby Award

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

For three years in a row, UN Women has been nominated for a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honouring excellence on the Internet. UN Women’s “Changing the narrative – texting video series to end violence against women” has been nominated under the “Public Service & Activism” category for Social Media. More

Executive Director to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting in France

Thursday, April 4, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting on 5 April in Dinard, France, as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council established by French President Emmanuel Macron. The G7 meeting will discuss reducing gender inequality globally, with a focus on protecting women from sexual violence in conflict and strengthening the role of women in peace processes and crisis resolution. More

Ask an athlete: How can we empower women and girls in sport?

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Marta Vieira da Silva is a Brazilian soccer player and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Marta, as she is popularly known, is widely regarded as the best female soccer player of all time. She is the all-time top scorer of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament and has been named Player of the Year six times. More

Taking the wheel of her destiny on the roads of western Nepal

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Padma Chaudhary, a 38-year-old mother of two, leaves early in the morning from her home in the village of Phulwari to her e-rickshaw stall almost 20 km away, in Dhangadhi bazaar. Decked in a smart, long red coat that matches her bright red chariot on wheels, she marvels at how much her life has changed in the months since she acquired the vehicle, which has allowed her to work independently. More

A teacher in Moldova learns to lead, changing her community for the better and inspiring others

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A local teacher in a remote village in Moldova helped improve the lives of her students and now has her sights set on local leadership, after participating in the UN Women supported "INSPIR-O!" (Inspire it) Mentorship Programme. More

From where I stand: “We need more female umpires so that I’m not the exception”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Po Chun Liu, 40, is the first woman international baseball umpire from Chinese Taipei. She was awarded this year’s World Trophy at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport Awards, co-hosted by UN Women and the IOC, for her advocacy for female empowerment through sport. More

Op-ed: Empowering women through sport

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In an op-ed for Olympic Review UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka describes sport as one of the great drivers of gender equality. More

“I want to change the way the world looks at itself”—Executive Director

Monday, April 1, 2019

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Unstereotype Alliance Global Member Summit in New York on 28 March 2019 More

The Elsie Initiative Fund launched to increase uniformed women in UN peacekeeping

Friday, March 29, 2019

Today, a little more than five per cent of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping forces are women. At an event in New York on 28 March, UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the office of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations, and the UN Development Programme’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, launched the Elsie Initiative Fund for uniformed women in Peace operations (Elsie Initiative) to increase meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peacekeeping operations. More

In rural Cambodia, biogas helps offset the effects of climate change

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sok Sopheap sets off to run errands and pick up her two grandchildren from school in Tropang Thom village, southern Cambodia. Sopheap is in her 50’s – a stage in life when many women in her country might slow down – but like many local women, she is bearing an increasingly heavy burden as a result of climate change. More

Press release: Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving signifcant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women. More

Using comedy to promote equality and peaceful communities

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The “Comedy for Equality” event on 25 March showcased UN Women’s work using comedy to promote women’s empowerment and counter extremism, as part of the “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” programme. More

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty". More

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to the International Civil Service Commission

Monday, March 25, 2019

In her remarks at the International Civil Service Commission Session, Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway asked "are we at the UN ready to take our own advice? Are we ready to turn the critical lens of equality upon ourselves?" More

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