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UN Women signs agreement to foster economic and social empowerment in Turkey

December 19, 2014

In order to improve women’s economic and social empowerment in Turkey, UN Women’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia has signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s largest industrial conglomorates, Koç Holding, which manages companies involved finance, energy, tourism, food, and information technology. More

UN Women calls for safe return of women and children abducted in Nigeria

December 19, 2014

UN Women expresses grave concern at the alleged attack by Boko Haram in the village of Gumsuri in northern Nigeria, with initial reports of more than 30 killed and about 200 women and children abducted. More

Innovative "Voices against Violence" curriculum mobilizes efforts to address the pandemic

December 18, 2014

In Pune, western India, at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) World Centre, more than 50 national trainers and youth leaders from the girl guiding movement across the Asia-Pacific region gathered for the first regional “Training of Trainers Workshop” on delivering “Voices against Violence”, a unique non-formal education curriculum that will teach young people how to stop violence against girls and women. At the end of the week-long training session from 12 to 18 December, where seven facilitators are providing support in running the workshop, participants will return to their countries to conduct national trainings among Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. More

Beijing+20: Review of progress underway

December 15, 2014

In the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, representatives from Member States and civil society are gathering to assess the progress and challenges in implementing this landmark blueprint for women’s rights since its adoption in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

December 11, 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages. More

Global Compact in Mexico endorses the private sector’s commitment to gender equality

December 10, 2014

On 5 December, Gustavo Pérez Berlanga, Chair of the Business Committee of Mexico’s Global Compact Network, met with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka during her official visit to Mexico. More

UN Women Executive Board's first visit to Viet Nam focuses on development priorities for gender equality

December 9, 2014

Ha Noi — The Executive Board Bureau of UN Women began its first official visit to Viet Nam today. During the trip, the Bureau will seek to enhance Bureau members’ understanding of how UN Women cooperates with the Government of Viet Nam in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women. This is the first field visit ever organized for the Bureau of the UN Women Executive Board. More

Women must be partners and drivers of climate change decision-making

December 9, 2014

As global leaders gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss a new global climate change agreement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of ensuring that women are included in all levels of the decision-making, and that emergency responses take women’s lives into account. More

We must encourage men "to take a stand" — Executive Director

December 5, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the HeForShe event, 4 December 2014, Senate of Mexico, Mexico City More

Coverage of the Executive Director in Mexico

December 5, 2014

From 4-7 December 2014, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Mexico on her first visit to the country as the head of UN Women. She is meeting with officials from all three levels of government and authorities from Mexico City, female indigenous leaders, feminist organizations and Mexican businesswomen. She will highlight the the importance of increasing investment in gender equality, and the role of women’s empowerment as the foundation for sustainable development. More

“We cannot afford to lose the potential of another generation of women” — Executive Director

December 5, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Second National Encounter of Women Legislators of the Commissions for Gender Equality and the Heads of Mechanisms for Women’s Progress in the 32 Mexican States, 4 December 2014, Mexico. More

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to visit Mexico

December 3, 2014

(New York) — By invitation of the Government of Mexico, through the National Women’s Institute, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Mexico from 4 to 7 December. Accompanied by Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, and Ana Güezmes, UN Women Representative in Mexico, the Executive Director will meet with Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Juan N. Silva Meza; the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Mead; the President of the National Women’s Institute, Lorena Cruz Sánchez; and the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera. The agenda also includes meetings with female indigenous leaders, feminist organizations and Mexican businesswomen. More

International Organisation of La Francophonie elects first female Secretary General

December 2, 2014

Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, was selected by consensus as the new Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) at its 15th Summit, held in Dakar, Senegal from 29-30 November. She will be the first woman to lead the organization of French-speaking nations, which includes 57 members or associates and another 20 observers. Ms. Jean, who is also of Haitian origin, will take over from outgoing Secretary General Abdou Diouf, of Senegal, in January 2015. More

“We have to make next year a great year for transformation” – Nicole Ameline, Chair of the CEDAW Committee

December 1, 2014

Nicole Ameline has been a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) since 2008 and its Chair since 2013. She is a Deputy in the French National Assembly and, among the many roles she has held, was Minister for Equality in Employment. She currently sits on the French National Advisory Committee on Human Rights and the French Foreign Affairs Committee. She speaks to UN Women about the role of the CEDAW Convention and the Beijing Platform for Action, as we near its 20th anniversary. More

New appointments and measures advance women’s participation in Secretary-General’s Peace Operations Panel

December 1, 2014

UN Women welcomes the announcement by the Secretary-General today of the appointment of three additional women to the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, as well as a range of further measures that will ensure that women, peace and security commitments are better reflected in all areas of this important Review. More

The fire behind the orange: 25 November

December 1, 2014

Today (25 November) we celebrate another milestone in the recognition of violence against women as a major global concern. The Empire State Building, the United Nations Headquarters and Times Square in New York are lit up in orange for International Day against Violence against Women — the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. This “orange your neighborhood” #OrangeUrHood initiative from UN Women and the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is used to “symbolize a brighter future without violence.” For us, the “orange” comes from the fire ignited by the many women’s groups dedicated to combating violence against women around the world. More

Message from UN Women’s Executive Director for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014

November 28, 2014

The new UNAIDS report released for World AIDS Day 2014 calls on us all to take a fast-track approach over the next five years to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. UN Women is proud to be a partner in the collaborative fight against AIDS, and commends UNAIDS on the progress made through this concerted drive. More

Kigali sings for a Safe City for women and girls

November 26, 2014

The two finalists of a song competition performed before a crowd of 3,000 dignitaries and agents of change on 25 November, as Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation announced new funding to support a transformative arts-for-change project in Kigali schools. More

In Times Square, Nasdaq and Reuters screens go orange with anti-violence messages

November 25, 2014

Lit orange in support of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to raise awareness of the occasion, the seven-story-tall NASDAQ and 22-story-tall Reuters video towers flashed UN Women anti-violence messages throughout the day More

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