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Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs. More

How improving childcare brings benefits for everyone

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blog by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, on how improving childcare brings benefits for everyone: There are 679 million children younger than five years of age in the world today - almost one in 10 of the world’s population. Who looks after these children when parents go out to work, and what are we missing when we do not consider this point? Classically it is the mother who provides a solution, but to reconcile care needs with the need to earn a living, and in the absence of affordable childcare services, she may be forced to leave the labour force altogether or take on lower-quality, lower-paid jobs. More

In the words of Sonja Lokar: “If there are so few women in politics, who will put on the agenda the priorities that affect women’s lives?”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sonja Lokar is the Executive Director of the Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues and has worked with women activists across all social, ethnic, religious and political divides in 21 countries. She has been a political activist from her youth and is a specialist in political party development, social welfare state issues, and gender issues. She is a feminist and an advocate for women’s human rights in Slovenia and internationally. Lokar recently spoke at the Regional Conference "Parliamentarians for gender equality and women's empowerment," organized by UN Women, UNDP, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) with the support of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and in partnership with the Government of Sweden. More

Colombian women growing coffee, brewing peace

Friday, October 13, 2017

Colombia’s half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country’s rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty and 9.6 per cent in extreme poverty. An initiative by UN Women has supported rural and indigenous women to develop leadership and business skills to boost their economic and political empowerment as the country strives for peace. More

Rural women: the invisible mainstay of sustainability

Friday, October 13, 2017

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked - Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, 2017 More

Markets for Change addresses barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Solomon Islands

Friday, October 13, 2017

This week, the Government of Australia announced increased support to the six-year multi-country project, Markets for Change (dubbed M4C)—a UN Women project principally funded by the Australian Government, and implemented in partnership with UNDP.  This innovative project aims to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. ... More

In the words of Ainuru Altybaeva: “Bride kidnapping is not a tradition, it’s a crime”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women’s empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls women’s movement, coordinated and led by UN Women in Kyrgyzstan. UN Women partnered with Altybaeva on several advocacy initiatives in Kyrgyzstan, including an advocacy campaign in the parliament on adopting the new law on domestic violence. She is the former chair and initiator of the Kyrgyz Parliament’s Women’s Caucus. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Solomon Islands

Thursday, October 12, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec, is meeting high-level government officials, partners, donors, and women leaders from market vendor associations and civil society during his first official visit to Solomon Islands, from 12 – 14 October 2017. Accompanying Mr. Glemarec is the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office Representative, Aleta Miller. More

In the words of Sunita Kashyap: “We believe in trade, not aid”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sunita Kashyap, is the secretary and founder of Mahila Umang Producers Company (Umang), an organization run by rural women in the districts of Almora and Ranikhet, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Locally owned by women farmers and producers, Umang sells knitwear and organic jams and jellies. More

Press Release: Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE, in partnership with UN Women, join forces to Level the Law and end gender discriminatory laws

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On Saturday September 23, 2017, Lupita Nyong’o and Freida Pinto took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York to speak out on gender equality, urging 60,000 Global Citizens gathered in Central Park and millions watching around the world to take action to level the playing field for girls and women. More

UN Women and ESCWA launch project to estimate the cost of violence against women in the Arab Region

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. More

Empowering women in the farthest corners of Armenia

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Catherine Wolf is a Programme Analyst with UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, overseeing the projects in Africa and Europe and Central Asia. She is based in Turkey, and recently visited a project in Armenia, implemented by Green Lane, a non-governmental organization that works in partnership with UN Women to empower rural women. More

Speech: “Innovation will be critical to break trends and achieve the SDGs”—Yannick Glemarec

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Women World Changers Summit in Australia More

Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec on official visit to Australia and the Pacific to discuss progress on women’s empowerment

Monday, October 9, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec will visit Australia this week, from 9 – 12 October, and the Solomon Islands, from 12 – 14 October, to step-up progress on women’s empowerment following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

Press Release: President of Indonesia and Community Leaders Spotlight Role of Women in Sustainable Peace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women’s HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined with UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women’s roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities. More

Ending violence against women: the time is now, together

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017. More

Take five: “The most effective solutions come from listening to women”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre for the past 31 years. Ms. Ali has also served as a Human Rights Commissioner in Fiji from 2004 to 2006. Her work has included developing and conducting training with police and other service-providers in Fiji and in the Pacific region. More

Speech: Two sides of the same coin: gender inequality and violence against women

Monday, October 2, 2017

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa More

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