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Media advisory: As the Beijing Declaration turns 20, the 59th Commission on the Status of Women will take stock of women’s rights, amid mixed progress

February 26, 2015

The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing roadmap was adopted by 189 governments. But 20 years on, the commitments made are only partially fulfilled. More

During Brazil’s Carnival, parade-goers promote respect for women

February 26, 2015

Using an explosion of colour and audacious costumes to tell the story of brave women everywhere, the traditional samba school of Mangueira paid tribute to the women who fight every day to overcome gender inequalities in their parade. It is one of several national events for UN Women’s global Beijing+20 "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" campaign. More

UN Women Executive Director to co-host Beijing+20 “Women in Power and Decision-Making” high-level event in Chile

February 25, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate. More

The potential that technology has to open up the world for women and girls – Executive Director

February 25, 2015

Opening address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at Mobile Learning Week 2015: “Leveraging technology to empower women and girls”, 24 February, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. More

UN Women Executive Director addresses UNESCO Member States at Mobile Learning Week

February 25, 2015

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at Mobile Learning Week co-hosted by UNESCO and UN Women, on 24 February, in Paris. More

Peoples’ march on 8 March: Take to the streets for gender equality and women’s rights

February 24, 2015

Peoples’ march on 8 March: Take to the streets for gender equality and women’s rights On International Women’s Day (8 March), the march for gender equality and women’s rights in New York City, will be organized by UN Women and the City of New York, together with the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), Man Up and The Working Group on Girls NGO. In November last year, the City of New York signed an MOU with UN Women... More

Op-ed: Achieving gender equality is the challenge of our times

February 24, 2015

This oped was originally published in the Irish Times on 20 February, as the “A Women’s Place is in the World. Have Your Say on Beijing+20” conference was held in Dublin. More

Fund for Gender Equality issues call for proposals

February 23, 2015

Innovative civil society initiatives seeking to spur women’s economic and/or political empowerment are invited to apply for funding. More

Shaping the next generation of STEM leaders, TechWomen visit South Africa

February 23, 2015

On the way to the 24th Session of the African Union Heads of States’ Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Executive Director took the opportunity to spend time with delegates of TechWomen, who visited South Africa. More

UN Women launches comic competition on gender equality

February 20, 2015

On World Day of Social Justice, UN Women together with the European Commission, Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, are launching a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is part of the UN Women Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995. More

UN Women co-hosts Mobile Learning Week 2015

February 20, 2015

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will open the week-long gathering in Paris, which will focus on how mobile technology can be leveraged to empower and improve education for women and girls everywhere. More

Lakshmi Puri calls on Ireland and all Member States to make additional commitments for gender equality

February 20, 2015

Statement by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri at the “A Women’s Place is in the World. Have Your Say on Beijing+20” conference held on 20 February, in Dublin. More

Beijing+20 event in Ireland: A woman’s place is in the world!

February 19, 2015

At a conference organized by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the National Women’s Council of Ireland on 20 February, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will deliver a keynote speech highlighting Beijing+20 as a game-changer for women’s empowerment and underscoring the need for big, bold changes. More

Male African leaders join the HeForShe campaign

February 18, 2015

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Malawi, an influential cultural leader; Ron Archer, a renowned transformative leadership coach from the United States of America; and Gilberto Macuacua, a media personality in Mozambique, who is also a member of the UN Women Regional Civil Society Group (RCSAG), have signed on as male supporters of UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, calling on other men to follow suit. More

Press statement: UN Women and UNFPA condemn the brutal murder of Özgecan Aslan and stand with the women and men of Turkey who combat gender-based violence

February 17, 2015

We, as UN Women’s and UNFPA’s Representatives to Turkey, condemn the horrendous murder of Özgecan Aslan and join in solidarity with the thousands of women and men who have taken to the streets across Turkey to say “No” to violence against women and girls. We recognize the considerable progress Turkey has made with regard to the legislation to combat violence against women and commend the Turkish Government for its leadership in promoting the Istanbul Convention,... More

Adjusting the frequency: Women on the airwaves

February 12, 2015

This mournful and gruesome scene pulls the audience into the radio podcast Feminisme d’hier, égalité d’aujourd’hui? (Yesterday’s feminism, today’s equality?), aired in French on Montreal radio station CIBL 101.5. Three high-ranking professional women in construction, politics and the business secto) discuss that question and assess Quebec’s societal progress 25 years after the massacre. The discussion revolves around key questions: how has the women’s causes changed; are women accessing decision-making roles; are they more equal today? More

Martial artists fight gender discrimination and violence in Tajikistan

February 10, 2015

“Strong men respect women.” These were the words of World Taekwondo Champion Daler Tyuryaev, who is helping to lead a movement of martial artists in the battle against gender-based violence and discrimination in Tajikistan. The National Taekwondo and Kickboxing Federation of Tajikistan (NTKF), which has partnered with UNFPA and the UN Country Team to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence, is supported by UNFPA, UN Women and other UN agencies. More

UN Women Executive Director to discuss the future of impact and how women will play a leading role

February 10, 2015

On 10 February, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will join the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Winter Meeting, a yearly gathering with global leaders to discuss, create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. She will speak at the plenary session on “The Future of Impact”, which will be moderated by former U. S. President Bill Clinton. More

UN Women Executive Director inaugurates first regular Executive Board session of 2015

February 9, 2015

Mr. President, Members of the Executive Board, distinguished delegates, colleagues and friends, Good morning. First of all, please allow me to thank and recognize the fine leadership of our outgoing President, Ambassador Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno of Uruguay, who has steered his excellent bureau and board during their tenure. More

Community groups interact with Executive Director during her first visit to Egypt

February 9, 2015

In Cairo from 1-3 February, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited a Cairo Safe City Programme site, and met with key officials, after attending a comprehensive Beijing+20 regional review. More

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