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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 coming!

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

From complex coding in Kigali to graduation gowns in Pittsburgh

March 26, 2015

From Nairobi and Kampala, passing through Kigali and Pittsburgh, on their way to visit New York City on 11 March – for Ivy Wainain and Lynn Kirabo, walking through UN Women Headquarters is a “surreal” feeling. They take stock of every step they have undertaken to reach the milestone they are about to achieve – graduating from a Master’s degree in the United States. More

“Ebola – What next?”: UN Women Executive Director to visit Ghana and take part in BBC live debate

March 24, 2015

On her first official visit to Ghana as the Executive Director of UN Women from 24-26 March, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with President H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection Ministry, Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, to discuss the strengthening of collaboration around the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

"Women’s input and leadership is essential for global challenges” – Deputy Executive Director

March 23, 2015

The annual Women in Parliaments Global Forum, taking place from 23-25 March in Addis Ababa under the theme of New Leadership for Global Challenges focuses on the need for leaders to share insights to navigate the future. The 2015 Forum, co-hosted by the African Union, co-financed by the European Commission will highlight the post-2015 development agenda, as well as celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the blueprint for advancing women’s human rights. Participants include parliamentarians from every region, with working group sessions co-organized by UN Women, UNDP, World Bank and others. The Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri delivered the keynote address on the post-2015 development agenda. More

UN Women Executive Director on high-level mission to Sierra Leone in solidarity over the impact of Ebola

March 23, 2015

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Sierra Leone to meet with President H. E. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government of Sierra Leone and other stakeholders to discuss the gender dimensions of the Ebola virus. More

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