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UN Women National Committees convene for annual meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hosted by the UN Women National Committee Australia, the annual meeting brought together staff from UN Women Headquarters, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and National Committees around the world in Fiji for a week. More

#HearMeToo: Afghan women, the faces of change

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Women’s Protection Centre is part of a network of 11 shelters in nine provinces across Afghanistan. They have offered refuge to more than 1,600 survivors of gender-based violence this year, along with a combination of medical, legal and psychosocial services, and skills training so that women can restart their lives. Family Guidance Centres in five provinces offer mediation support, where lawyers, social workers and others engage with women who remain in their communities without facing any imminent risks. More

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Monday, September 17, 2018

Marquita da Cunha is an army lieutenant with the Falintil–Defence Forces of Timor-Leste (F-FDTL) who recently participated in a training designed for female military officers organized by UN Women and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in preparation for future deployment in UN peacekeeping operations. She spoke to UN Women about her journey. Her story is part of an editorial series that presents the daily sustainable development challenges that people around the world face and how they are bringing about change. More

Empowerment through employment for Syrian refugee women in Jordan

Friday, August 10, 2018

1.3 million refugees are currently hosted by Jordan, a country that continues to demonstrate humanitarian leadership in the Syrian refugee crisis. In 2012, UN Women opened its first Oasis— a centre for refugee women and girls to access emergency aid and specialized gender-based violence services at Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan. Over time, the scope and impact of the Oasis model has expanded to encompass multi-sectoral services that build women’s resilience and empowerment. Currently, UN Women operates four Oasis centres in two Jordanian camps: Za’atari and Azraq. More

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

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers. More

“I want to help other women”—Rohingya women strive to reclaim a life of dignity

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Marie Sophie Pettersson is Humanitarian Action and Resilience Building Programme Specialist with UN Women, currently working in Myanmar. She visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from October-December 2017 to support UN Women’s engagement in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response. Marie Sophie has worked with UN Women since 2014 in crisis and disaster response, recovery, preparedness and resilience building. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked in Bangladesh on economic empowerment programmes and innovations to address poverty. More

Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec on official visit to Australia and the Pacific to discuss progress on women’s empowerment

Monday, October 9, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec will visit Australia this week, from 9 – 12 October, and the Solomon Islands, from 12 – 14 October, to step-up progress on women’s empowerment following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Interview with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Following the signing of the Australia-UN Women 2016-2020 Partnership Agreement on 16 December 2016, Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, outlines why her Government believes funding UN Women is an important priority. More

Australia and UN Women reaffirm partnership

Thursday, January 19, 2017

In December 2016, the Government of Australia and UN Women signed a new four-year Partnership Framework Agreement, reaffirming their shared commitment to the advancement of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. More

UN Women signs new partnership with RedR Australia

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Following close on the heels of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec and Ms. Kirsten Sayers, Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of stand-by personnel to be deployed to UN Women to respond to humanitarian crises. 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

Markets set to improve with Pacific women in the lead

Friday, August 29, 2014

UN Women is working with women market vendors in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to improve their working conditions, earning power and leadership skills. More

Highlights of the Executive Director's Australia visit

Thursday, August 28, 2014

From 27-29 August, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking an official visit Australia for the first time as the Executive Director of UN Women. See coverage of her three-day trip to Canberra and Sydney, including speeches, webcasts and more. More

“We need a movement for change” – Executive Director

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Urging parliamentarians and civil society organizations in Australia to make gender equality a reality in their workplaces, schools and communities – online and in the streets – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the Beijing+20 campaign at Parliament House in the Australian capital, Canberra on 27 August. More

UN Women Executive Director to make first official visit to Australia and the Pacific

Friday, August 22, 2014

From 27-29 August, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Australia for the first time as the Executive Director of UN Women and from 1-3 September, she will participate in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa. More

Amplifying the voices of women living with HIV: UN Women at the 2014 International AIDS Conference

Monday, July 21, 2014

UN Women will ensure women’s voices and leadership feature prominently in the global HIV response, at the 20th International AIDS conference, Stepping up the Pace, in Melbourne, Australia from 20-25 July, 2014. More

Markets for Change to seek safety and better earnings for women in the Pacific

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Vendors and management at marketplaces across Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are set to benefit from a new project that will inject almost USD 11 million into ensuring they provide safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory working environments. More

“We must put women and their rights at the centre of the response to violence against women” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launch of the UN Women and UNFPA Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence, at the Australian Mission to the UN, New York, 3 December 2013. More

UN Women Partners with Geena Davis on First-ever Global Gender in Film Research Study

Monday, July 1, 2013

The study will analyse gender stereotypes and representation of women and girls in the top-grossing international family films in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is the first such study ever undertaken. More

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