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Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

November 22, 2014

Santiago - After two days of rigorous and productive discussions during the Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, delegations from 21 countries unanimously reaffirmed the region’s commitment to the Platform for Action, and the goal to remove barriers that prevent women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life. More

UN Women calls for clean cooking solutions for women at Cookstoves Future Summit

November 20, 2014

At the Cookstoves Future Summit in New York from 20-21 November, UN Women is calling on Governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organizations to commit to advancing gender equality by improving women’s access to clean cooking solutions. More

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

November 20, 2014

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and developing operating procedures. More

In Fiji first responders train to address sexual violence in disasters

November 20, 2014

Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific. More

Join the conversation for 25 November: #Orangeurhood in #16days

November 20, 2014

Orange your profile picture to show your support! Join the conversation and Orange your Neighbourhood in 16 Days on social media! Hashtags: #orangeurhood; #16days Join the ‘Orange Your World’ Event page on Facebook and post photos and actions happening in your country for the 16 Days of Activism. Orange your Facebook wall, Instagram and Twitter accounts with a variety of images, banners and promotional material . A social media package with sample messages in English... More

Expert’s Take: Gender perspectives on sanitation for sustainable development

November 20, 2014

An op-ed by Begoña Lasagabaster, Acting Head of UN Women’s Policy Division, to mark World Toilet Day, which is commemorated on 19 November. More

Media advisory: UN commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November 2014: “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”

November 19, 2014

This year’s theme to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is “Orange Your Neighbourhood”. The colour orange, bright and optimistic, has been designated by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women to symbolize a better future without this pervasive human rights violation that affects as many as one in three women and girls worldwide. The iconic Empire State Building, the UN Secretariat building and large screens in Times Square in New York will be lit orange to mark the day, along with the official commemoration event at UN Headquarters. More

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Ministerial review takes place in Bangkok

November 19, 2014

Bangkok, 19 November – The first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok began with stocktaking  on achievements made towards gender equality thus far, as well as emphasizing challenges that the region still faces in light of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , known as the blueprint for women’s rights and signed by 189 governmental representatives in 1995 as... More

In Addis Ababa, UN Women Deputy Executive Director meets with Civil Society Advisory Group ahead of Beijing+20 regional review

November 19, 2014

Addis Ababa – On the eve of the official Beijing+20 regional review, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, met with members of UN Women 12-member Civil Society Advisory Group in Ethiopia, and UN Women teams from the Africa region. Puri was in Ethiopia to attend the African Regional Conference on Beijing+20 , which opened on 17 November at the Conference Center of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), bringing together representatives from 51 African nations to review... More

"We need a global movement of solidarity for gender equality"- Deputy Executive Director

November 19, 2014

Speech UN Women Deputy Executive Diretor and Assistant Secretary General Ms. Lakshmi Puri Official Opening Ministerial Segment 9th Africa Regional Women’s Conference (Beijing+20) 19 November 2014 Dear Minister of Social and Community Services Gender, Child Development and Community Development of Malawi, Other Ministers of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Under- Secretary General of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, who is... More

Message of the Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

November 19, 2014

Message of the Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women More

New global initiative to close gender gap in science and technology

November 18, 2014

Global women leaders in tech participate in IGNITE More

Cambodia takes multi-pronged approach to confronting gender-based violence

November 17, 2014

To strengthen its policies and evidence base, UN Women supported the participatory formulation of Cambodia’s 2nd National Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Women. More

Open letter to the media: Orange your news and newsrooms to raise awareness of violence against women

November 17, 2014

A letter from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the news media, with a personal invitation from UN Women. More

In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders

November 14, 2014

Hard-hit by closed markets and travel restrictions, some 2,500 women cross-border traders will receive cash transfers via mobile technology from the Central Bank of Liberia with a grant from UN Women to help them save and expand their businesses. More

Farhan Akhtar announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

November 13, 2014

Actor calls on men and boys to join the UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, and mobilize for gender equality. More

Men can transform gender stereotypes and inequality — Executive Director

November 11, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Plenary of the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium in New Delhi, India on 11 November 2014. More

Female leaders call for end to AIDS epidemic

November 11, 2014

Female leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, meeting in Algiers, Algeria, on 10 and 11 November, called for advancing gender equality, the HIV response and universal access to HIV treatment and prevention in the region. More

"Break the social norms and gender stereotypes that constrain the roles of men and boys" – Executive Director

November 11, 2014

In her inaugural speech at the MenEngage Global Symposium, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the engagement of men and boys can be a game-changer in shifting power relations to end discrimination against women and achieve gender equality. More

Executive Director in India

November 10, 2014

From 8-12 November, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in India on her first visit to the sub-continent as the head of UN Women. Women’s public safety and legislation on women’s economic empowerment and political participation are high on the agenda. More

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