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From where I stand: “We thought gender was only for educated people”

26 June 2017

Modesta Mujawariya is a co-founder of a small farmer’s cooperative in Rwanda. Although she had twelve plots of land, she didn’t know the exact size of her land and how to estimate yields. The Buy from Women platform connected her to markets and information through mobile technology. One of her biggest surprises was learning about how gender equality matters in agriculture. More

UN Women to present new Strategic Plan and its work in Somalia at the Annual Session of the Executive Board

21 June 2017

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s Annual Session on the 27 and 28 June at United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Statement: Widows’ rights to independent life and livelihood after loss

21 June 2017

UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June More

Press Release: In Cannes, UN Women Executive Director calls on members of global industry to eliminate gender stereotypes in advertising

20 June 2017

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations, is joining industry leaders at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this week. She will call on the industry to strengthen their commitment to gender equality and collectively eliminate gender stereotypes in advertising. More

Press Release: Equals in Tech Awards

20 June 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for international ‘Equals in Tech’ Awards, an initiative of ITU and UN Women, recognizing ICT initiatives empowering women and girls. Awards promote and support gender equality in the ICT field More

Expert’s take: A decade of efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict—Where are we now?

19 June 2017

Pablo Castillo Díaz is a Policy Specialist at UN Women, focusing on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings. More

Editorial spotlight: World Refugee Day

19 June 2017

Every year on 20 June we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees around the world. Half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide are women, with specific needs and vulnerabilities that are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian action. More

Finding a new normal in the Za’atari refugee camp

19 June 2017

Of Syrian and Jordanian descent, Hadeel Al-Zoubi, 40 years old, is the UN Women Senior Camp Assistant at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. She joined UN Women in 2013 because she felt compelled to help people caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. More

In Tanzania, refugee women find safety and embrace new lives

16 June 2017

In three Women’s Centres supported by UN Women in Tanzania, women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence. Many have picked up new trades and advocate for their own rights. Some have found new family and new lives. More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

16 June 2017

Statement for World Refugee Day, 20 June, by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

16 June 2017

UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into considerations the unique vulnerabilities of women and children. More

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

13 June 2017

The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems. More

World Rugby U20 Championship joins HeForShe

13 June 2017

Hosted by Georgia, the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 saw its participating teams and the World Rugby Organization declare their support for HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality. More

Speech: “Gender mainstreaming is crucial”—Lakshmi Puri

13 June 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Session of 2017, on 7 June in New York. More

Editorial spotlight: Amplifying the voices of women with disabilities

12 June 2017

At the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, taking place from 13-15 June, UN Women will amplify the voices of women with disabilities and highlight the importance of their representation in decision-making. More

New films on Global Goals spotlight women’s journeys of resilience

12 June 2017

On 12 June, the Leave No One Behind Coalition, together with UN Women launched four new films that show how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a set of 17 global goals unanimously adopted by governments worldwide—can truly transform the lives of women and girls. More

From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges”

09 June 2017

Malvika Iyer, a Disability Rights Activist and motivational speaker, received a standing ovation for her speech at the CSW61 Youth Forum. After losing her hands from a bomb blast, she became a strong advocate for inclusion of disability rights and gender. More

Press release: UN Women highlights women’s role in the energy of the future during EXPO 2017

09 June 2017

UN Women will showcase its best solutions on women’s role to boost the world’s access to energy, while at the same time fighting climate change, at this year’s EXPO in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10 June to 10 September 2017. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ukraine and Moldova

09 June 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Ukraine and Moldova from 8-11 June to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support both countries in their efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. During the visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka met with officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, internally displaced women, survivors of domestic violence and other women facing multiple forms of discrimination. More

Speech: “It is essential to have women in the centre of peacemaking”—Executive Director

08 June 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Session of the Workshop on the Rights of Internally Displaced Women and Women Affected by Conflict in Recovery and Peacebuilding in Kyiv, Ukraine More

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