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Killing women means society pays the ultimate price

21 October 2016

UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country. More

"Women and social inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015"

07 May 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a global meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, on 6 May 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina. More

Trainings in Colombia build expertise on investigating gender-based crimes

22 January 2014

With 25 participants from around the world, including public prosecutors, investigators, human rights researchers, forensic experts and public policy advisors, a special training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” is taking place in Bogota, Colombia from 19-25 January. More

Girl Guide takes over UN Women’s Twitter accounts on 11 October

09 October 2013

For International Day of the Girl Child, #dayofthegirl, UN Women is joining the putting “Girls in the Lead”! campaign of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). UN Women will put Girl Guide María Agustina Morando from Argentina (@parakauu of @wagggs_world) in the lead by letting her take over the organization’s Twitter accounts. More

Domestic workers in the Southern Cone push for rights with ILO Convention on their side

13 June 2013

Uruguay was the first country to ratify International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights, adopted two years back on 16 June 2011, in Geneva. A Uruguayan union leader looks back on that achievement, its impact and what remains to be done. More

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls: UN report calls for urgent action

29 May 2013

A new study launched today during the XII Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, reveals that indigenous girls have a greater risk of experiencing violence due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face. More

Art and commitment mix in vibrant hues to end violence against women

21 May 2013

There are now 71 artists from all over Latin America and the Caribbean who have formed a regional network to support the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, using their artistry to raise awareness. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

06 March 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Economies rebound faster from crisis when responses focus on women's needs

21 January 2013

The need for gender-sensitive economic policies is the focus of two UN Women research papers being launched at a two-day workshop being held in New York from 21-22 January. Renowned feminist academics and policy experts will share critical perspectives on financial and economic crisis recovery. More

Setting the scene: using audio-visual tools to train peacekeepers to respond

28 November 2012

A new scenario-based training programme by UN Women and the DPKO is teaching troops and officers to better understand, prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. More

Gender training for peacekeepers in Argentina

02 May 2012

“Women hold the key to doors that are closed to men." So says Victor Nuñez, Commodore in Argentina's Air Force, who has seen his female colleagues use such keys for the benefit of many communities while on peace missions. More

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet visits Argentina

26 April 2012

On the first day of her mission to Argentina on 25 April, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, met President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in Casa Rosada, the seat of the presidency. More

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

01 August 2011

UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study in July 2011 that assessed the mechanisms currently in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that violence against women, especially within families and between partners, continues to persist. It also looks at the steps taken by governments to combat the issue through legal and judicial measures, as well as through the work of security forces. More

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