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Press release: New report from UN Women unveils far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality

April 27, 2015

A major report from UN Women, released today in seven locations globally, brings together human rights and economic policymaking to call for far-reaching changes to the global policy agenda that will transform economies and make women’s rights, and equality, a reality. It takes an in-depth look at what the economy would look like if it truly worked for women, for the benefit of all. More

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

April 24, 2015

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. More

UN Women and Technovation announce strategic partnership to support young women entrepreneurs in technology

April 23, 2015

On this Girls in ICT Day, UN Women and Technovation are announcing a new partnership to expand young women’s technological innovation around the globe. Both organizations are committed to ensuring that young women are at the forefront of technology and innovation, so that their talents and interest in using technology to solve problems and unleash opportunity are not just sparked, but actively supported. More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

In Bosnia, story-tellers prized for their empowering prose

April 20, 2015

Inspiring women to be masters of their own destiny, we share excerpts from three winning short stories in a UN Women competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dubbed “Women – yesterday, today and tomorrow.” More

States assess progress on women’s involvement in conflict management and sustainable peace

April 20, 2015

More than 70 experts from across North America, Europe and Asia are meeting in the Lithuanian capital today for a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN Women and the Lithuanian Government, to discuss the implementation of the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. More

Mobilizing greater global investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment

April 17, 2015

To mobilize global leaders to increase the scale and scope of funding for gender equality commitments, UN Women, together with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Sweden, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, co-hosted a side event on “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” on 16 April in New York. More

UN Women's flagship report "Progress of the World’s Women" is here!

April 17, 2015

Chock-full of solid in-depth analysis and data, UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” will be launched on 27 April in seven cities around the world. More

Media advisory: New York launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

Media Advisory: Launch of Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

“We urge you to place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of the Financing for Development discussions and negotiations” – UN Women Executive Director

April 16, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the joint-side event during the Second Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” held on 16 April, in New York. More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

April 14, 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence. More

Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

April 14, 2015

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements. More

Quito: a city committed to preventing sexual harassment in public spaces

April 9, 2015

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. This reality reduces women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work and in public life. It limits their access to essential services, and enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being. More

Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution

April 8, 2015

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo. More

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

April 7, 2015

“I would not have found the opportunity to even go [get screened at all had it not been for this service],” says 65-year-old Ümmügül, from a farming family in the village of Hamamkarahisar, located an hour away from Eskişehir – a central Anatolian city in Turkey. She is one of the 659 rural women living on the outskirts of the city that have already been screened at the Cancer Early Diagnosis, Screening and Information Centre in Eskişehir since rural outreach efforts began in October 2014. More

Black Friday destroys village livelihoods in Vanuatu

April 2, 2015

In the wake of devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, UN Women is working with market vendors, governments and donors to help affected market women restore their livelihoods and build resilience against future shocks. More

Give mom back her name: #MyMothersNameIs

March 31, 2015

For men in Egypt and in many other countries in the Middle East, there is a peculiar taboo of not disclosing one's mother’s name in public, lest her name become a subject of shame and ridicule. Over time, she’s only referred to as ‘The mother of her eldest son’. More

UN Women Executive Director calls on stakeholders to “Step It Up” for gender equality to achieve “Planet 50:50 by 2030” in Ghana

March 26, 2015

Accra, Ghana- UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka paid an official visit to Ghana from 24-26 March, to engage with key stakeholders and participate in the international programme by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the theme “Ebola: What next?”. She met with key stakeholders in the capital, Accra, including a high-level meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, on 25 March. More

Restoring confidence in the health facilities in Sierra Leone

March 26, 2015

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease. More

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