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“Sport is a very powerful tool for achieving gender equality”—Marta Vieira da Silva

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport Marta Vieira da Silva, at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Awards on 19 March in New York. More

After reaching gender parity in senior management, UN pushes for parity at all levels

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

At the ongoing UN Commission on the Status of Women, a UN Women side event on 18 March, titled, “The Road Ahead: Making Gender Parity a Reality”, brought together senior UN officials, civil society and Member States to discuss how to expand the momentum for gender parity. More

Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon announce 2019 'March On' for women campaign

Monday, March 18, 2019

Iconic beauty brand and actor/activist advance philanthropic campaign supporting UN Women More

Women, peace and security experts look ahead to 2020

Monday, March 18, 2019

As the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution 1325 approaches in 2020, experts and advocates on the women, peace and security agenda came together on 15 March to take stock of progress and the way forward More

Strong partnerships and bold actions to stamp out child marriage and FGM

Friday, March 15, 2019

On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a high-level side event on “Accelerating the elimination of harmful practices to reap the demographic dividend in Africa” convened Member States, civil society, youth and development partners to discuss decisive measures to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the continent. More

New global report calls for urgent measures to close justice gap for women

Friday, March 15, 2019

The High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), comprising of justice, human rights and gender experts from different parts of the world, launched a pathbreaking global report on Justice for Women on 13 March, at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. More

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality. More

At CSW 63, youth ask for increased investment, accountability and seat at decision-making tables

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At a side event during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth leaders from 100 countries urged political leaders and senior UN officials to make strong commitments that safeguard and improve access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure for women and girls, including young women and girls, worldwide. Equally important, they said, was to engage young people in shaping the solutions that affect their lives. More

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. More

Press release: One in five ministers is a woman, according to new IPU/UN Women Map

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to rise slowly, with slight improvements since 2017, according to the data presented in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU-UN Women map of Women in Politics. The map was launched at a press conference during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Take five: “Delivering the quantum change we need is not just a woman’s issue.”

Monday, March 11, 2019

Geraldine Byrne Nason is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, and the Chair of the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, taking place in New York from 11 to 22 March. A career diplomat, Ms. Bryne Nason previously served as Ireland’s Ambassador to France and Monaco, as well as the Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, she spoke to UN Women recently about the importance of CSW. More

In Cabo Verde, domestic workers call for legal protections and right to social protection

Monday, March 11, 2019

In Cabo Verde, more than a quarter of all employed women (26 per cent) are domestic workers, many of whom work without contracts, without recognition as formal workers and the social protections that come with formal jobs. For instance, domestic workers are unable to enrol in the National Institute of Social Security and do not have access to pensions when they retire or health coverage for them and their children. More

Opening statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 11, 2019

In her remarks at the opening of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for “change that lasts, and that can withstand the shocks of political climates that may be unconducive to human rights and women’s rights”. More

Press release: As economic uncertainties, exclusionary politics, push-back on civil society, and labour informality rise, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Friday, March 8, 2019

Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women’s lives More

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on International Women’s Day in New York City

Friday, March 8, 2019

In her speech at the commemoration of International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka called for intentional innovation, multiplied so that technology can raise the voices of many more women and change their lives irreversibly. More

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo

Friday, March 8, 2019

Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn’t long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative. More

In rural Georgia women are asking for kindergartens, here’s why

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In remote villages across Georgia, better roads and kindergartens are high on women’s agenda, and understandably so. How long it takes them to commute due to the lack of road infrastructure or essential public services such as kindergartens, and how far a mother has to go to get affordable childcare, determines how much time she has left in a day to get paid work. More

Social protection to domestic workers in Guatemala

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is pushing for better income, health insurance, safer working conditions; and helping exploited domestic workers take their cases to the courts. More

The journey along the gender road in Cameroon

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A 200-kilometre road (124 miles) project stretches between the townships of Batschenga, Ntui and Yoko, in central Cameroon. The road crosses farms, forests, water bodies and pastoral areas that sustain the mostly agrarian economy of nearly 40 villages and three towns. The road, a basic infrastructure that many countries take for granted, literally shapes the lives and livelihood of the people living along it. It decides whether a small entrepreneur will get her products transported on time,... More

The UN Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In a statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says: "Gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to global progress on peace and security, human rights and sustainable development". More

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