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Internally displaced women of Ukraine find voice through interactive theatre

07 June 2017

As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, a local non-profit organization based in Kyiv empowers internally displaced women like Olesya Arkhypova by engaging them, along with women from the host communities, in live theatre. Together with local activists, the women depict and seek solutions to everyday challenges they face in host communities. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Ukraine and Moldova

07 June 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake her first visit to Ukraine and Moldova this week. She will use this opportunity to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support both countries in their efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More

Speech delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Executive Board of UNFPA

06 June 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri pays remembers head of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotomehin More

UN Women puts women’s rights and leadership in the heart of international development discourse in Brussels

06 June 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec, starts today a visit to Brussels (Belgium) to participate in the third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) and the European Development Days . More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the passing of Babatunde Osotimehin, head of UN Population Fund

05 June 2017

It is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of our friend and colleague. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the staunch leader of UNFPA and a brother in our fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Supporting Rohingya refugee women impacted by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh

05 June 2017

UN Women in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping provide emergency shelters and other supports to ensure the safety and protection of thousands of women in the two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district in southeast Bangladesh that was struck by Cyclone Mora in the morning of 30 May 2017. At least 27 refugees were injured by the storm. More

Press Release: New platform launched to galvanize and boost women’s leadership of Africa

02 June 2017

UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany today launched the African Women Leaders Network, a ground-breaking initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability. More

Media Advisory: High-Level Panel and Launch of the African Women Leaders Network

02 June 2017

The African Union Commission, UN Women and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations will launch the African Women Leaders Network - a platform to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability, following the “High-Level Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation.” The Forum is scheduled to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 31 May to 2 June. More

In the words of Itumeleng Komanyane: If male policymakers don’t understand gender, how can they pass progressive policies to protect women?

31 May 2017

Itumeleng Komanyane is the International Programme Manager at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, which advances gender equality and addresses HIV and AIDS across eighteen countries in Africa. At Sonke, she coordinated a multi-country project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) from 2011-2014, which focused on increasing support among men and boys to end gender based violence in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Recently, Komanyane attended the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. More

From Commitment to Action: Statement by Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

30 May 2017

Statement by Yannick Glemarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico More

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

30 May 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

Statement: Response to the naming of a community centre in Burqa, Occupied West Bank

28 May 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event of the centre was used without any prior authorization from the United Nations. UN Women strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and the glorification of such acts. UN Women dissociates itself from the centre and all related activities and, at the request of UN Women, the logo has been removed. More

Speech: “This first ASEM presents us with an enormous opportunity”—Lakshmi Puri

26 May 2017

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “ASEM Conference on Women's Economic Empowerment: Creating Equal Opportunities in the World of Work”, in Vilnius, Lithuania on 25 May. More

Gender equality at new heights: Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mount Everest for gender equality in sports

24 May 2017

After an 11-hour-climb from Camp 4 on Everest’s South Col route, Kanchhi Maya Tamang, together with Pemba Dorje Sherpa, and their Sherpa teammates reached the 29,035 feet (8,848 metres) summit of the world’s highest peak on 20 May. It was the first time someone has climbed Mount Everest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women launches new programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction

23 May 2017

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Norway for annual consultations

19 May 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Oslo, Norway from 22 –23 May, for the annual consultations, which provide the opportunity to discuss the status of gender equality in Norway, as well as Norway’s contribution to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Norway and UN Women share. More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

18 May 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

Making the SDGs work for women: Experts meet at the UN ahead of High-Level Political Forum

18 May 2017

UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will convene an expert group meeting from 30 to 31 May at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss “Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

18 May 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

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