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From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women. More

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In Brazil, National Domestic Workers’ Day was commemorated on 27 April, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. More

Preventing violence against women in Brazil using art

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. More

City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres

Friday, September 30, 2016

The digital platform "City 50-50: All for Equality", available in www.cidade5050.org.br aims to encourage debate on equal rights between women and men in local elections this year. More

“People are beginning to see our potential…the potential of all the girls who play sport”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

Monday, August 22, 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

“We are carrying the torch for women and girls all over the world” – Executive Director

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at One Win Leads to Another event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro More

Press Release: In sport and for gender equality One Win Leads to Another

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rio de Janeiro—Coinciding with the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Always/Whisper today celebrated the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ initiative, a programme that empowers women and girls through sport. At the event, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Nawal El Moutawakel, former Vice-President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chair of the Coordination... More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director at 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Thursday, August 4, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3 – 6 August, highlighting the importance of leadership and participation of women and girls in sport. The Executive Director will carry the Olympic Torch and be part of a prestigious jury to award a prize during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 5 August. Partners since 2012, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will co-host an event,... More

Media advisory: UN Women at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Thursday, July 28, 2016

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Always (#LikeAGirl) will celebrate women’s and girls’ empowerment through sport and share experiences of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Brazil. More

From where I stand: Micaele Fernandes

Monday, July 25, 2016

Micaele Fernandes, 16, is a handball player from Rio de Janeiro. She is a participant in ‘One Win Leads to Another’, a programme to empower young women and girls through sport in Brazil by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). More

In Brazil, girls build self-esteem and independence through sport

Monday, July 25, 2016

What does being a winner mean? For 12-year old Adrielle Alexandre, who will carry the Olympic torch, it’s not only about becoming an Olympic rhythmic gymnast, but to make her community a place free of violence and full of respect. She is among 400 girls who are participating in a programme in Brazil that empowers girls through sport and by creating safe spaces. More

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

Monday, June 13, 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil. More

Time to change expectations: zero retribution to zero tolerance

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In an op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says "the drugging, abduction and violent gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil calls us all to turn the tide of sexual violence against women and girls in Brazil and in every country in the world. This is Brazil’s moment to shake that confidence to its core and reassert the rule of law and its respect for human rights. This is the time for zero tolerance for violence against women and girls." More

Actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

Thursday, April 7, 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus. More

UN Women Executive Director visits Brazil

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka undertakes her first official mission to Brazil from 18-19 November 2015. More

"In Brazil, women will be at the forefront of ending racism" — Executive Director

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the March of Black Women in Brazil on 18 November. More

Executive Director to undertake first mission to Brazil

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women celebrated annually on 25 November, and the call to take part in the 16 days of activism against gender violence, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake her first official mission to Brazil from 18-19 November 2015. More

In Brazil, new law on femicide to offer greater protection

Monday, March 16, 2015

Announced on national television on International Women's Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on 9 March Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law that criminalizes femicide, the gender-motivated killing of women, and sets tougher penalties for those responsible for such crimes. Noting that on average 15 women are murdered every day in Brazil simply for being women, she described the matter as “a gender issue”. More

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

Thursday, 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

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