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From where I stand: “Always rely on yourself”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Maha Aasi Emm Ala’a, a Syrian refugee, came to the UN Women-run women’s centre in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp with severe depression after her husband passed away. She received counseling and found tailoring work through the cash-for-work programme. As refugee crises become more protracted, humanitarian assistance must take into account immediate and long-term needs of women and girls. The women’s centres in Za’atari Refugee Camp are building women’s resilience and empowering them as leaders, workers and entrepreneurs. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Asa Régner on first official visit to Japan

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Asa Régner will be on her first official visit as UN Women Deputy Executive Director to Tokyo, Japan, from 13 to 15 June. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with Japan towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad. More

In the words of Rabiha Khalloof: “Our society needs women to help future generations succeed”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rabiha Khalloof is a 47-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Syria almost three years ago. She is among 520 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who have received training and economic assistance from the third phase of a UN Women project, funded by the Government of Japan and the Ford Foundation. Today Khalloof is earning an income for the first time and aspiring to teach other women to start their own businesses. More

Tokyo event showcases new approaches for promoting gender equality and peace through music, art and comedy

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Japanese pop sensation PIKOTARO debuted his new song, “Gender Equal Peaceful World”, at a dynamic event in Tokyo on 1 March, organized by UN Women and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More

In the words of Rabab Sleiman: “Every woman whom I have trained is committed and keen to transform her life”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rabab Sleiman is a self-taught trainer from Lebanon, who is playing a pivotal role in reviving the traditional craft of palm leaf weaving and teaching the skill to young Lebanese and Syrian refugee women Rabab strongly believes that the training she has provided has had a positive impact on the 17 women beneficiaries from UN Women’s Japan-funded project “Strengthening Resilience and Protection of Women and Youth in Host Communities”. More

Women in Bangladesh bolster efforts to turn the tide on rising extremism

Monday, January 29, 2018

The idea is simple, and makes perfect sense—when women are empowered economically and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive and more peaceful. It’s Wednesday morning in Dinajpur, a rural district in the northern part of Bangladesh. A group of women sit in a circle sipping tea, their children playing at their feet, as they prepare for a meeting. They are known in the community as “Polli Shomaj Women” [community-based women’s... More

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 – 3 November to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Shiseido becomes the first Japanese company to partner with UN Women to promote gender equality in Japan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shiseido and UN Women have announced a partnership to promote gender equality in Japan. Grounded in UN Women’s universal mandate to advance gender equality and Shiseido's commitment towards women’s advancement, the partnership aims to raise awareness of gender equality and develop capacities of young women and men to act as agents of change. More

Japan’s largest business federation to advance women’s economic empowerment

Friday, March 3, 2017

During their first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 2 March, leading female executives from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), joined UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri for a roundtable discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

Friday, December 9, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Tokyo, Japan from 12 – 14 December to participate in the opening session of the World Assembly for Women 2016, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

“We must capitalize on this momentum” – Executive Director in Japan

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the inauguration of the UN Women Liaison Office in Bunkyo City, Tokyo. More

Japanese Prime Minister and UN Women Executive Director inaugurate UN Women Liaison Office in Bunkyo City

Monday, August 31, 2015

Japan’s Prime Minister and several Government officials joined Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to inaugurate the new UN Women Liaison Office in Bunkyo City, Tokyo. More

"It is a big year for women" – Executive Director

Friday, August 28, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Assembly of Women in Tokyo, Japan on 28 August 2015. More

UN Women Executive Director to return to Tokyo

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On 28 August, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will address an international gathering of leaders of government, business and civil society at the second World Assembly of Women in Tokyo hosted by the Government of Japan. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will highlight progress achieved in women’s empowerment and outline further steps that must be taken to advance women's rights and gender equality at a global level. She addressed the... More

Making UN Women "fit and funded for purpose"

Monday, July 6, 2015

More than 40 governments voiced their support for UN Women and dozens announced new funding commitments during a special pledging event for the organization on 1 July, during the 2015 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York. More

Partner profile: Interview with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, refers to his Government's contribution of nearly USD 5 million to UN Women’s core budget and over USD 14 million to projects and programmes financed through its non-core budget, bringing Japan’s total funding for 2015 to USD 19,244,181 million – more than double its 2014 donation. In an interview, Minister Kishida reinforces messages by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underlining Japan’s commitment to gender equality and desire to become one of UN Women’s top contributors. More

“Womenomics” in Japan an example to other nations – Executive Director

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening session of the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo, Japan on 13 September 2014. More

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

Tuesday, September 16, 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

UN Women Executive Director Speaks to Women's Parliamentary Group in Tokyo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a women’s parliamentary group meeting, Tokyo, 31 March 2014 More

Press statement by UN Women Executive Director in Tokyo

Monday, March 31, 2014

Press statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Nippon Press Club, Tokyo, Japan, 28 March 2014. More

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