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Research from China reveals women more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

22 December 2016

UN Women launched the new research report, “Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China” in Beijing. The research fills a crucial literature gap in the country and supports evidence-based discussion on the future of climate change and disaster reduction in China. More

Women gain political representation and leadership in rural China

15 September 2016

Working at the grassroots level, a programme in the world’s most populous country successfully trained young women to run in local elections, and dismantled negative perceptions and discriminatory rules that hindered women’s political participation. More

Playing for gender equality with Valencia Club de Fútbol

22 July 2016

Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first sport club to become a UN Women global partner, is hosting special matches and soccer clinics around the world to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

“Sustainable development is not possible if feminization of poverty continues” — Lakshmi Puri

25 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 W20 Meeting on 24 May, 2016. More

Nearly 40 Chinese companies sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

24 November 2015

Thirty eight companies from China signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. The Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, outline seven steps for companies to improve women’s empowerment at work and in the marketplace. More

Actress Hai Qing appointed UN Women National Ambassador for China

29 October 2015

During a four-day mission to Beijing and Hangzhou, China, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri appointed Chinese actress Hai Qing to be the country’s first UN Women National Ambassador at a HeForShe banquet on 22 October. More

Valencia Club de Fútbol, UN Women’s first ever soccer club partner, trains young players in Beijing

20 July 2015

Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first soccer club to become a UN Women global partner, trained students of the Beijing Royal School (BRS) in China. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

Press Conference: Launch of the first-ever global study on gender images in popular films

16 September 2014

The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by Stacy L. Smith and her research team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. More

China’s ‘left-behind girls’ learn self-protection

30 July 2014

Safe spaces for girls left by migrating parents have been set up and trainings are on-going for children, teachers, community leaders and public authorities to prevent sexual violence, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

Half of men report using violence and a quarter perpetrate rape according to UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia-Pacific

10 September 2013

On average, 4 per cent of respondents in nine sites across six countries said they had gang raped a woman or girl. This is the first time data from such a large sample has been gathered on gang rape. More

UN Women Partners with Geena Davis on First-ever Global Gender in Film Research Study

01 July 2013

The study will analyse gender stereotypes and representation of women and girls in the top-grossing international family films in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is the first such study ever undertaken. More

One Woman song to be released on International Womens Day

22 February 2013

As of today, behind-the-scenes videos chronicling the song’s year-long production will be available at to count down toward the launch on 8 March. This musical celebration of women worldwide features more than 20 artists from across the globe. More

Governments, rights advocates and experts from across Asia and the Pacific gather to unify efforts to end violence against women ahead of CSW57

18 February 2013

Governments from across Asia and the Pacific convened in Bangkok from 5-6 February to bring together voices on ending violence against women and girls. The high-level meeting was organized by the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). More

Asia-Pacific calls for urgent increase to low participation of women in politics

04 February 2013

As leaders from Governments and civil society across the Asia-Pacific region met for a workshop in Beijing, China this week, they called for effective measures to increase the number of women in political decision-making at all levels. More

In Asia, social media changes young minds about violence

10 August 2012

When it comes to mobilizing youth, a good Tweet goes a long way, or in China, as the case may be - a good Weibo message in 140 characters or less. Add the voice of a young celebrity or two to the mix, and you could have yourself a critical digital mass. More

UN Women working towards a sustainable future

06 June 2012

Women play a central role in advancing sustainable development. Everyday women take decisions that impact sustainable development—be it the use of land, water, energy, or forests or through their contributions to their families and the economy. If they have equal access to resources and opportunities and are part of the decision-making processes, women can become drivers of sustainable development. In partnership with women, their communities, and grassroots organizations, UN Women supports many initiatives that promote sustainable development solutions. More

A gift to UN Women showcases the world’s only female writing system from China

20 April 2012

A scroll, given to UN Women by a Chinese delegation, has showcased a unique female-only script. Deputy Executive Director John Hendra received the scroll from a delegation of experts from Hunan Province, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The scroll was a translation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), to celebrate UN Women's establishment, and a new exhibition of the writings at UN Headquarters. More

Rural women learn modern irrigation technology in China

17 March 2012

The university professors arrived to a packed conference room - yet those waiting expectantly were not their usual students. Instead, 62 out of the 70 trainees were female farmers from a small village in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, ready to be trained in cutting-edge water-saving irrigation technology. More

Study reveals shocking new evidence of men’s use of violence against women and girls in Asia Pacific

06 March 2012

One in four men admit to having raped a woman and half to using physical or sexual violence against an intimate partner. These are among the key preliminary results of a joint UN Programme which surveyed more than 10,000 men in six countries. More

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