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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

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. More

Media Advisory: Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum

Thursday, September 7, 2017

UN Women, the UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are partnering to host the first UN Women Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum, a one-day global conference, which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world. More

UN High-Level Panel puts the spotlight on the private sector’s potential to advance women’s economic empowerment

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Business leaders and global experts gathered on 6 September 2017 in London to discuss how the private sector can advance the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment. More

Speech: “Lasting peace depends on equal rights, equal opportunity and the equal participation of women”—Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Parliamentary Forum second Plenary on “Ending violence, sustaining peace” in Bali, Indonesia. More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UN Women-supported women peace networks are active in four local governance areas of Jos North, Mangu, Riyom and Wase. The networks are increasing the participation of women in conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding, thus furthering the Nigerian government’s commitment to implement the provisions of UNSCR 1325 through the National Action Plan. Plans are underway to expand the peace networks in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau states. More

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dilruba Haider is a Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Humanitarian Actions, with UN Women Bangladesh Country Office. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Haider worked with UNDP, DFID and local non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. During her 24-year career in this field, Ms. Haider’s work has spanned shaping and influencing policies, as well as working with grassroots women in disaster-prone areas. More

Press release: The Moth presents global stories of women and girls

Friday, September 1, 2017

Beloved storytelling nonprofit The Moth, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, will present a special showcase featuring personal stories told by women hailing from the global south. More

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