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In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America

15 February 2017

Latin America is seeing a wave of powerful protests against gender-related killings. As women and men demand #NiUnaMas (not one more women shall be killed), Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala talks about regional initiatives to prevent femicide. She was formerly the Regional Advisor on ending violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Speech: “The collective strength of the UN system is essential to achieving gender equality”—Lakshmi Puri

15 February 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Lakshmi Puri at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2017 on 14 February in New York. More

Speech: “To leave no one behind, women and girls must be placed at the centre of efforts”

14 February 2017

"The Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 frames our aspirations. The collaborative, transparent and accelerated process of preparing the plan demonstrates how UN Women will execute its mandate within Agenda 2030." Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session for the year 2017. More

Press release: UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

14 February 2017

A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate against women and girls, and ensuring that laws are grounded in gender equality and women’s human rights, and fully implemented, as part of global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Indigenous women take to radio to say, ‘no more violence’ in Nicaragua

12 February 2017

The national epidemic of violence against women and girls is acute in Nicaragua, particularly for indigenous women. UN Trust Fund is supporting an innovative radio project, which is providing consistent information on women’s rights and how to access justice in the local Miskito language. Since 2016, the project has trained women’s rights defenders on effective interviewing and broadcasting techniques, and provided more than 350 solar radios to 115 communities. More

Arab States build consensus on accelerating women´s economic empowerment ahead of CSW

10 February 2017

Ahead of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, governments of the Arab States region met to prepare a common position on women’s economic empowerment, with emphasis on equal pay for work of equal value, women’s entrepreneurship and harnessing the power of technology and innovation for women’s empowerment. More

Speech: “We must ensure that women’s participation in innovation is not the exception, but becomes the norm”—Lakshmi Puri

10 February 2017

"Full and equal access to, participation and leadership of women in science technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages has been recognized as an imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls..." Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the official UN commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. More

UN Women Statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

10 February 2017

Equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is founded on the principle of leaving no one behind, including women and girls who continue to be systematically under-represented both as users and as leaders in the science, technology and innovation space. More

Take Five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”

10 February 2017

As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030, launching on 14 February at the UN Headquarters, which will coordinate efforts to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls. More

No hidden figures: success stories can help girls’ STEM careers

09 February 2017

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February More

Latin America and the Caribbean commit to empower women at work

09 February 2017

Women's ministers and top gender officials from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean concluded the Regional Consultations leading up to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), calling for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends pre-CSW meeting in Panama

08 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attended the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Panama City, from 6 – 8 February, in the lead up to the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The intergovernmental meeting convened top gender officials from 25 countries from the region to forge a common position on women´s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, the priority theme for the upcoming CSW61 to be held in New York in March. More

UN Women Executive Board convenes first regular session 2017

07 February 2017

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s First Regular Session on 14 February at the United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Speech: “We must transform the world of work”—Lakshmi Puri

07 February 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations for CSW61 in Panama on 6 February. More

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

03 February 2017

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is observed across the world on 6th February, to raise awareness and boost efforts to end the harmful practice. More

It’s time to end FGM and give girls choices for their bodies and their future

03 February 2017

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the future for the world’s girls. Worldwide, 70 million girls were born in 2015 alone. It is up to us to fulfil the promise of Planet 50-50 by 2030 so that these girls come of age with choices for their future, in a gender equal world. More

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 

03 February 2017

While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director to participate in pre-CSW meeting in Panama

02 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will attend the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Panama City, from 6 – 8 February, in the lead upto the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). More

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”

02 February 2017

In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango talks about what it will take to root out the practice More

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