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In the words of Sunita Kashyap: “We believe in trade, not aid”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sunita Kashyap, is the secretary and founder of Mahila Umang Producers Company (Umang), an organization run by rural women in the districts of Almora and Ranikhet, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Locally owned by women farmers and producers, Umang sells knitwear and organic jams and jellies. More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. More

From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Malvika Iyer, a Disability Rights Activist and motivational speaker, received a standing ovation for her speech at the CSW61 Youth Forum. After losing her hands from a bomb blast, she became a strong advocate for inclusion of disability rights and gender. More

UN Women Executive Board visits India

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Bureau of UN Women’s Executive Board concluded a three-day mission to India, where they gained first-hand understanding of UN Women’s work in the country through meetings and interactions with representatives from the government, development partners and media. More

UN Women and Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Union Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Government of India, led by the Prime Minister has approved an agreement between UN Women and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programmes. More

“Ending violence against women requires that key institutions work together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in India

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the conference, ‘We-UNiTE: Investing in Planet 50-50’ in Mumbai, India More

Press release: Spotlighting urgent need to end violence against women and girls, business leaders pledge commitment and investment

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

UN Women and India’s IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce partnership to boost women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment; Gateway of India and other iconic Mumbai monuments turn orange as part of 16 Days of Activism More

Op-ed: Women powering a clean future

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

There is a clear link between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well-being More

Aishwaryaa Dhanush meets with UN Women for a dialogue on gender equality

Friday, October 28, 2016

Aishwaryaa Dhanush, UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India, visited UN Women Headquarters in New York to participate in a dialogue with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. More

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush announced as UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Film director will raise awareness on gender equality and the empowerment of women; boost UN Women’s efforts to close the gender gap and achieve ‘Planet 50-50’ by 2030. United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri today announced the appointment of film director, classical dancer and writer, Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush, as UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s... More

UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment hears from women in the informal economy in India

Thursday, August 4, 2016

UN Women and the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) jointly hosted a global consultation on ‘ Women’s Voices from the Informal Economy ’ on August 3 rd at Ahmedabad, India, as part of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment . The event brought together eminent experts on economic empowerment and women informal workers who have organized to form producer groups and collectively advocated for legal reform,... More

From where I stand: Maruti Joshi

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ahead of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May, we highlight Maruti Joshi, a police officer who has donned the blue helmet in South Sudan and currently trains women peacekeepers to address sexual and gender-based violence in conflict. More

New Delhi mission tackles women’s access to sustainable energy

Monday, May 9, 2016

N Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec undertook a three-day mission to New Delhi from 1-3 May to intensify UN Women’s joint efforts with partners in assessing women’s energy needs in India. More

New United Nations stamps celebrate International Women's Day

Monday, March 7, 2016

To commemorate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) and India Post will jointly issue stamps that spotlight gender equality. More

What is a real man — a 'mard'?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Farhan Akhtar, a regional UN Women Ambassador for South Asia and an advocate for the HeForShe campaign, writes about masculinity in the 21st Century, and the pressures men face around identity. More

“Women play a crucial role in marine environments and fisheries economies” – gender and development expert

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

UN Women interviews Mariette Correa, Senior Programme Coordinator with International Collective in Support of Fishworkers about the challenges women face in the industry, the impact of fish harvesting policies, and how to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries for women’s economic empowerment. More

Safe Cities critical for sustainability, as urban population rises

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Calling on governments, citizens, the private sector and media to come together and make safe urban spaces for women a reality, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri delivered remarks at the opening on 10 June of a Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting being held in New Delhi, India until 12 June. More

"No city can be smart and sustainable if half of its population is not safe and lives in fear of violence." – Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Opening remarks delivered on 10 June, by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting “Safe Cities for Women and Girls – Implementation Essentials”, held in New Delhi, India from 10 – 12 June. More

Female peacekeepers take the helm, to end gender-based violence

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A training course piloted in India aims to equip female military officers in peacekeeping missions to tackle sexual and gender-based violence. More

Stock exchanges ring their opening bells for gender equality

Monday, March 9, 2015

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and International Women’s Day, stock exchanges from around the world joined UN Women, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative in supporting gender equality and highlighting the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women. More

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