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Press Release: President of Indonesia and Community Leaders Spotlight Role of Women in Sustainable Peace

Sunday, October 8, 2017

President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women’s HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined with UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women’s roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities. More

Ending violence against women: the time is now, together

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017. More

Take five: “The most effective solutions come from listening to women”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre for the past 31 years. Ms. Ali has also served as a Human Rights Commissioner in Fiji from 2004 to 2006. Her work has included developing and conducting training with police and other service-providers in Fiji and in the Pacific region. More

Speech: Two sides of the same coin: gender inequality and violence against women

Monday, October 2, 2017

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa More

Women’s role vital in countering violent extremism

Monday, October 2, 2017

To share experiences and best practices towards building peaceful communities in South and Southeast Asia, women activists, civil society representatives, experts and governments came together in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25-29 September in a forum hosted by UN Women and the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), with the support of the Government of Japan. More

A new life for women in Colombia’s artisanal fishing industry

Monday, October 2, 2017

In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women’s income and participation in the fishing sector. More

Expert’s take: Civil society has the potential to play a major role in ending violence against women

Friday, September 29, 2017

Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights, including women’s rights, in development programming. More

Georgian language has no gender prejudice, get it out of your head!

Friday, September 29, 2017

UN Women Georgia’s new social campaign focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport More

Making the change: Promoting gender equality in Moldova’s media

Friday, September 29, 2017

Swedish journalists share their experience in promoting gender equality in communications and journalism with local media, students and press officers in Moldova. More

Ending violence against women with disabilities in Serbia’s custodial institutions

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A recent study has uncovered that women, like Edith, with mental disabilities who are being held in Serbia’s institutions often suffer multiple forms of violence. More

Speech: “Enabling empowered women to work equally in all the productive sectors”—Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Keynote speech by United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at 2017 APEC Public – Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business More

Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri urges investment in women’s entrepreneurship at the She Means Business Forum in Viet Nam

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri starts today a visit to Viet Nam to participate in the “Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business”, which is part of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy, in Hue. More

Statement: A driver’s licence for Saudi women: a vital step to other freedoms

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on King Salman's decree allowing women to drive More

Local women’s networks drive gender equality in rural Serbia

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo. More

In the words of Shobhna Verma: “Once I came into the market, there was no turning back”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

For the past 35 years, Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. Today, Shobhna is the Legal Advisor with the Suva United Market Vendors Association in Fiji and has attended a series of trainings starting in 2005, on financial literacy, organizing, leadership, first aid, and disaster risk resilience, as part of UN Women’s Markets for Change project (M4C). More

New UN Trust Fund initiative in Moldova aims to protect elderly women from domestic violence

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HelpAge International, in partnership with Gender Centru, launched a 3-year initiative which aims to inform elderly women in Moldova about their rights and protect them from domestic violence. The project, "Ensuring Gender and Age Dimensions of Human Rights are realized in Moldova,” is supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). More

Media advisory: UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attends APEC 2017 in Viet Nam

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Hue City, Viet Nam to attend the Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy – Women Entrepreneurs Forum in the framework of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2017). More

Experts call for stronger support for networks of women mediators

Monday, September 25, 2017

A side event on 21 September during the 72nd UN General Assembly, brought together for the first time, women mediators networks affiliated with Member States and regional organizations, who work to advance women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peace processes around the world. The event was co-organized by the governments of Italy and Albania, the African Union and UN Women. More

Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa

Monday, September 25, 2017

African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for women building sustainable peace on the continent at a high-level event on 22 September during the 72nd General Assembly. More

UN Women and the Global Partnerships Forum celebrate women leaders

Friday, September 22, 2017

Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (front left) receives the Women of Achievement Award from President of Global Partnerships Forum, Amir Dossal (center) and UN Women Deputy Executive Directory Lakshmi Puri. Photo: Aditya Wicaksono On the occasion of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the Global Partnerships Forum jointly hosted a VIP luncheon, recognizing women leaders in public office for their pioneering work in achieving... More

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