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Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

Thursday, October 8, 2015

With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, young women around the world are entering non-traditional economic and political spheres, and redefining leadership on their own terms. More

"I came to CSW because..."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A snapshot of their messages and perspectives on this year’s session of CSW… More

Photo essay: They were not at the Beijing Conference, but...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some were not even born in 1995. That was the year when the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action took shape. But their voices are no less relevant. Four passionate youth activists shared what gender equality means to them. We weave together some of their ideas for action and thoughts on what the Beijing Platform for Action means to them –a generation later– and how youth are a part of that change. More

“What do the MDGs mean to me?” Girls and women speak from their own experiences at the Stakeholder’s Forum

Friday, December 6, 2013

A civil society panel organized by UN Women brought together voices of women and girls from different parts of the world and across a broad age spectrum to assess the relevance of the current UN Millennium Development Goals to their lives, identify glaring gaps and present their aspirations for the future development agenda. More

In the words of Chamathya Fernando: In Sri Lanka, MDG results are a mixed bag for women and girls

Thursday, December 5, 2013

As the UN discusses the new development agenda that will be adopted beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target date of 2015, youth activist Chamathya Fernando with the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association talks about how these goals have impacted the lives of women and girls in an urban low-income settlement. Fernando will speak at a panel on the MDGs at the Stakeholders Forum on 5 December. More

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera

Thursday, September 12, 2013

UN Women mourns the loss of award-winning human rights defender and an internationally renowned activist for gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, Sunila Abeysekera. She passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 9 September 2013, after a long fight with cancer. More

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

Tuesday, September 10, 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

Lakshmi Puri speech on Women Peace and Security

Friday, June 7, 2013

In a speech as part of a lecture series by the Liechtenstein Center for Self-Determination, Princeton University, Acting Head of UN Women and UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri stressed that women’s empowerment is key to preventing violations of their rights. More

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

Tuesday, March 6, 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

Bringing Widows to the Forefront: UN Women to Implement Programme for Widows in South Asia

Friday, April 15, 2011

UN Women has launched a three-year regional programme to address the needs of widows in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Funded jointly by UN Women's Swiss National Committee and the Standard Chartered Bank, the programme will be implemented to reduce the social ostracism faced by widows. More

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