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On visit to Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women’s political participation

On visit to Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women’s political participation

On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson today highlighted the need for women’s political participation and leadership at all levels. More

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Press release: Raising ambition for climate action, women lead the way

September 18, 2014

On the eve of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, more than 130 women leaders will gather in New York to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious and gender-sensitive climate action. More

We need the resources to accomplish our ambitions – Executive Director

September 16, 2014

Closing speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the second regular session of the Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York, 16 September 2014. More

“Womenomics” in Japan an example to other nations – Executive Director

September 16, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening session of the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan on 13 September 2014. More

Press Conference: Launch of the first-ever global study on gender images in popular films

September 16, 2014

The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by Stacy L. Smith and her research team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. More

‘Invest in us. Invest in women,’ Executive Director tells Executive Board

September 15, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York, 15 September 2014. More

Media advisory: UN Women at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly

September 15, 2014

The sixty-ninth session of the UN General Assembly represents a unique opportunity to position gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of the global agenda as it occurs at the conjunction of major historic processes: the deliberations on the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals, the 20-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the 29th special session on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the high-profile World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Preparations are also underway for the 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, as well as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC to be held in Paris in 2015. Against this background, through a series of high-profile events at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women will bring the diverse voices and concerns of women into the debate. Throughout the session, UN Women will engage with Member States and partners to ensure that gender perspectives are fully reflected in the dialogues and debates, and that gender equality issues receive strong visibility, and actionable commitment and implementation. More

Engaging young people on democracy

September 13, 2014

To engage young women around the world, UN Women is working to spur women’s leadership and political participation in general, but with youth in particular as well. More

“A culture of peace requires the participation of women” – Lakshmi Puri

September 12, 2014

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, at UN Headquarters in New York, 9 September 2014. More

UN Women Executive Board meets for its second regular session

September 12, 2014

The UN Women Executive Board will meet for its second regular session on 15-16 September, against the backdrop of UN Women’s global campaign to review and commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

UN Women launches online hub for businesses to support women’s economic empowerment

September 11, 2014

UN Women has launched an online business platform for entrepreneurs and business enterprises to exchange strategies and initiatives in support of women's economic empowerment. The new hub is part of the organization's commitment to connect and encourage a global network of gender-responsive businesses and to support women-led enterprises. More

Gender equality necessary for success of post-2015 agenda – Executive Director

September 11, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, at UN Headquarters in New York, 11 September 2014. More

Media advisory: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson to co-host a special event for the HeForShe campaign

September 11, 2014

British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. More

Call for nominations for the Regional Civil Society Advisory Group for Europe and Central Asia

September 11, 2014

In line with its global directive and following the establishment of UN Women’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office in Istanbul in 2014, UN Women will be establishing a new regional Europe and Central Asia Civil Society Advisory Group [ECA CSAG] and currently seeking nominations. Applications are sought from individuals from a network/coalition of NGOs nominating a CSAG member. More

Model protocol: Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

September 10, 2014

The UN Human Rights Office in collaboration with UN Women has developed a Model Protocol to guide investigations and prosecutions launched in the wake of gender-based murders of women in Latin America. More

New study to examine women’s role in peace and security over the past 15 years

September 10, 2014

At a special event at United Nations headquarters today, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and UN Women announced the launch of a global study to review progress and challenges since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, in 2000. More

Innovative women-led enterprises win SEED Gender Equality Awards

September 10, 2014

Three women-led social and environmental enterprises have been presented with the 2014 SEED Gender Equality Award for leading the way in tackling sustainable development challenges while promoting gender equality, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. More

Comprehensive approach to end child, early and forced marriage needed

September 10, 2014

John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Programme, took part in an informal panel discussion on “Child, Early and Forced Marriage Worldwide, including the Elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 5 September 2014, in the final days of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly. More

Partnership with the City of Cape Town to improve safety for women and girls in public places

September 5, 2014

UN Women, in partnership with the City of Cape Town in South Africa, has launched a programme on 22 August 2014, to increase the safety of women and girls in public places, especially when accessing public transport. More

Economic Empowerment of Women at the Heart of Sustainable Development - a speech by Lakshmi Puri

September 4, 2014

Keynote address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Ninth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in Geneva, Switzerland, 4 September 2014. More

Women as everyday peacebuilders critical to nation-building

September 4, 2014

Women’s daily peacebuilding stories often remain untold. To bring such voices to light, the UN Peacebuilding Commission, under the chairpersonship of Brazil, held a session entitled “Women, Everyday Peacebuilders” on 3 September 2014. The session brought together women peace activists from Colombia, Kenya and Liberia, delegates to the Peacebuilding Commission and senior UN officials. More

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