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The Elsie Initiative Fund launched to increase uniformed women in UN peacekeeping

Friday, March 29, 2019

Today, a little more than five per cent of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping forces are women. At an event in New York on 28 March, UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the office of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations, and the UN Development Programme’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, launched the Elsie Initiative Fund for uniformed women in Peace operations (Elsie Initiative) to increase meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peacekeeping operations. More

In rural Cambodia, biogas helps offset the effects of climate change

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sok Sopheap sets off to run errands and pick up her two grandchildren from school in Tropang Thom village, southern Cambodia. Sopheap is in her 50’s – a stage in life when many women in her country might slow down – but like many local women, she is bearing an increasingly heavy burden as a result of climate change. More

Press release: Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving signifcant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women. More

Using comedy to promote equality and peaceful communities

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The “Comedy for Equality” event on 25 March showcased UN Women’s work using comedy to promote women’s empowerment and counter extremism, as part of the “Empowered Women, Peaceful Communities” programme. More

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In her closing remarks to the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "With the Agreed Conclusions you have given us the possibility to take the work forward, to make sure that we address the discrimination that may be suffered by women and girls in every part of the world, whether because they are disabled, because of their sexuality, because they are human rights activists, or because of poverty". More

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to the International Civil Service Commission

Monday, March 25, 2019

In her remarks at the International Civil Service Commission Session, Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway asked "are we at the UN ready to take our own advice? Are we ready to turn the critical lens of equality upon ourselves?" More

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

Friday, March 22, 2019

After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls. More

Overheard at CSW, UN’s largest annual gathering on women’s rights

Friday, March 22, 2019

Some 5,000 women and men representing civil society representatives, along with at least 1,850 delegates from governments attended this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights issues. More

UN Women and partners launch new initiative to repeal discriminatory laws worldwide

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A high-level event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on 20 March, launched the “Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: A Multistakeholder Strategy for Accelerated Action”. The strategy, developed by UN Women, the African Union, Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Secretaría General Ibero-Americana, and many other UN and NGO partners, seeks to fast-track the repeal or revision of discriminatory laws in 100 countries by 2023. More

IOC and UN Women celebrate women and girls’ empowerment through sport

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) co-hosted the Women and Sport Awards celebrating the role models and change makers in advancing women and girls in and through sport. More

Press release: SDGs and Her Initiative announces the winners of 2019 global competition

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On 18 March, the global SDGs and Her Competition announced the winners of the 2019 global competition.The winning entries are Taxshe, owned by Vandana Suri from India, and Green Business Innovation, owned by Saida Yusupova from Uzbekistan. More

“Sport is a very powerful tool for achieving gender equality”—Marta Vieira da Silva

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Remarks by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport Marta Vieira da Silva, at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Awards on 19 March in New York. More

After reaching gender parity in senior management, UN pushes for parity at all levels

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

At the ongoing UN Commission on the Status of Women, a UN Women side event on 18 March, titled, “The Road Ahead: Making Gender Parity a Reality”, brought together senior UN officials, civil society and Member States to discuss how to expand the momentum for gender parity. More

Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon announce 2019 'March On' for women campaign

Monday, March 18, 2019

Iconic beauty brand and actor/activist advance philanthropic campaign supporting UN Women More

Women, peace and security experts look ahead to 2020

Monday, March 18, 2019

As the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council resolution 1325 approaches in 2020, experts and advocates on the women, peace and security agenda came together on 15 March to take stock of progress and the way forward More

Strong partnerships and bold actions to stamp out child marriage and FGM

Friday, March 15, 2019

On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a high-level side event on “Accelerating the elimination of harmful practices to reap the demographic dividend in Africa” convened Member States, civil society, youth and development partners to discuss decisive measures to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the continent. More

New global report calls for urgent measures to close justice gap for women

Friday, March 15, 2019

The High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), comprising of justice, human rights and gender experts from different parts of the world, launched a pathbreaking global report on Justice for Women on 13 March, at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. More

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality. More

At CSW 63, youth ask for increased investment, accountability and seat at decision-making tables

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At a side event during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth leaders from 100 countries urged political leaders and senior UN officials to make strong commitments that safeguard and improve access to social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure for women and girls, including young women and girls, worldwide. Equally important, they said, was to engage young people in shaping the solutions that affect their lives. More

Political power of women suffering ‘serious regression’, General Assembly President warns

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

There has been a “serious regression” in the political power of women across the world in recent years, UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa told delegates to the annual summit of women activists at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. More

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