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In the words of Maximina Salazar: "My friend, you have rights, don’t let others trample on them."

03 March 2017

Maximina Salazar was born in 1952 in Pedro Carbo, a town on the outskirts of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has worked as a domestic worker since the age of 11 and started organizing domestic workers in her community after receiving trainings through the María Guare Foundation, a UN Women partner. More

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Lakshmi Puri

17 October 2016

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-general and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the opening of the Women’s and Youth Assembly, Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) More

Preparing for disasters, rebuilding in the aftermath

12 October 2016

On International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, UN Women spotlights women’s rights and potential for building more disaster resilient communities and nations. More

Women are rebuilding Ecuador, literally

12 October 2016

After the April 2016 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecaudor, impacting 720,000 people, a UN programme helps women gain skills in masonry and construction, boosts local economy, while transforming gender roles. More

Making budgets work for women in Ecuador

22 June 2016

In the province of Azuay, more than 1,000 women now take part in budget proposals, while at the national level a new tool reveals gender-related spending has reached over USD 364 million, up from just 34 million in 2011. More

Women entrepreneurs find hope in post-earthquake Ecuador

03 June 2016

In Manabí, one of the provinces hardest-hit by the April earthquake, some 80 women now living in shelters recently took a UN Women skills-training workshop on business development, fuelling dreams of recovery. More

In post-earthquake Ecuador, workshops and shelter visits seek to prevent violence against women

26 April 2016

Acting swiftly to address the protection of women and girls in the wake of the earthquake, UN Women coordinated safe resettlement and recovery activities for women, and visited temporary shelters, as well as areas where new ones will be set up, to provide technical assistance and recommendations to improve the safety of women and girls housed there. More

UN Women civil society partners in Ecuador tell their stories

12 April 2016

Women Activists in Ecuador: Our stories, our work, our country, a video produced by UN Women’s Civil Society Section in collaboration with the UN Women country office in Ecuador, weaves together the stories of various members of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Ecuador. Through a personal lens, it takes look at their lives as women and as gender equality advocates. More

Quito: a city committed to preventing sexual harassment in public spaces

09 April 2015

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. This reality reduces women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work and in public life. It limits their access to essential services, and enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being. 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

South-south cooperation: The Deputy Mayor of Kigali on her visit to Quito

01 November 2013

Hope Tumukunde, Deputy Mayor of Kigali, is visiting Quito from 28 October-2 November to share experiences from the Kigali City Initiative that forms part of the “Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls” Global Programme, launched by UN Women and other partners in 2010 in five pilot cities, including Quito and Kigali. Ms. Tumukunde spoke to us prior to her visit to Quito. More

In cities, efforts to make public spaces safer for women and girls

28 October 2013

On 25 October, marking Orange Day, cities around the world held activities to raise awareness and promote action to prevent and respond to sexual violence in public spaces. More

Ensuring women’s rights through better public services

21 June 2013

As part of efforts to promote more accessible services for women and girls, UN Women has supported a special category of the UN Public Service Awards on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Winners will be recognized 23 June at a ceremony in Bahrain. More

Joining forces with UN-Habitat to promote women’s voice, access and safety in sustainable urban development

11 June 2013

As part of a new series highlighting UN Women partnerships with other UN entities, a look into our work with UN-Habitat to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in urban planning and sustainable development. More

Press Release: Priorities for the global development agenda shaped by unprecedented public outreach effort

21 March 2013

The United Nations presented today the first findings from an unprecedented global conversation through which people from all over the world have been invited to help Member States shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date at the end of 2015. More

Speech by Michelle Bachelet : Reclaiming Public Spaces for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

07 March 2013

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women: Reclaiming Public Spaces for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.CSW Side Event. 07 March 2013. More

Q&A with Mayor of Quito, illustrating the Safe Cities programme

04 September 2012

As leaders gathered at the World Urban Forum in Naples, UN Women spoke to the Mayor of Quito, one of the cities trying to become violence-free through the Safe Cities programme. More

Michelle Bachelet visits Ecuador to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to gender equality in the country

13 June 2012

In response to an invitation from the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will visit the country from the 13th -16th June. 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

ICT training Opens Windows of Opportunity for Rural Women

26 April 2012

It's the century of the tablets and androids. But nearly 50 percent of the world population live in rural areas, and they have very limited access to what the other half considers a basic necessity to work, learn or manage social relations: the computer. More

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