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From where I stand: “What we need is free education for girls”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Purity Soinato Oiyie is a Maasai girl from Kenya who escaped Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. She spoke at the opening session of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights. In her own words, she shares her story and her dream to start a school for girls in her community. More

Expert’s take: Curbing the tide of violent extremism needs women’s voices and inclusion

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hanny Cueva, Regional Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security at UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, discusses women's role in preventing the spread of violent extremism in communities. More

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council. More

Four indigenous women who are claiming their space

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Indigenous peoples live across 90 countries, represent 5,000 different communities and speak a majority of the worlds languages. They account for less than 6 per cent of the world’s population, but make up 15 per cent of the poorest worldwide. As more than 1,000 indigenous representatives come together in New York for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, this year focusing on the theme “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and... More

Statement: Sexual violence leaves people behind: we must have accountability and change for women and girls

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the recent cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India, 17 April More

Op-ed: Closing the gender gap in politics

Monday, April 16, 2018

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls on Commonwealth countries to make democracy more democratic by ensuring that women can participate freely, fairly and safely in elections and politics. More

From where I stand: “We want to be heard, to be recognized, this land is ours”

Monday, April 16, 2018

As the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opens today at the UN, focusing on the theme of “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”, here is what Alice Lesepen has to say. From the indigenous community of Rendille Community in Marsabit County, Kenya, Ms. Lesepen works with women at the grassroots level, with a focus on the empowerment of indigenous women. She spoke to UN Women recently on what are the top priorities of her community. More

Speech: “The women, peace and security agenda is a powerful tool”—Executive Director

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch Event of Finland’s 1325 National Action Plan in Helsinki, Finland on 13 April. More

Speech: “We need to close the digital gap”—Executive Director

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event ‘All on Board – Closing the Digital Gap for Women and Girls in Developing Countries’ at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The event was co-hosted by the Executive Director, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr. Neven Mimica and the Chair of the Development Committee of the European Parliament, Ms. Linda McAvan. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Nordic countries for annual consultations

Thursday, April 12, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Helsinki, Finland, on 12-13th April to discuss the status of gender equality globally, as well as Finland’s contribution to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Finland and UN Women share. Following this, the Executive Director will visit Sweden on April 16-18 to attend the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, as well as take part in a ministerial roundtable discussing gender equality as a means for economic development, and the methods and best practices that have proven to be most effective in achieving real change. More

From where I stand: “Women have the solutions”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wekoweu (Akole) Tsuhah, from a rural community in Nagaland, India, is the first generation of women in her family to have been educated. She spoke to UN Women during the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about the situation of women in her community, and what they want. More

UN Women appoints Purna Sen as Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Saddened and angered by women’s experiences of sexual harassment and committed to seeing its end, UN Women’s Executive Director has announced a newly created special assignment: Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. More

Speech: The power of proximity

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Skoll World Forum More

High-level event organized by UN Women and EU institutions gathers decision-makers on closing the gender digital gap

Monday, April 9, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will attend the “All on board – Closing the digital gap for women and girls in developing countries” high-level event, co-hosted by the European Commission, the European Parliament and UN Women in Brussels, on 11 April. More

In the words of Blessing Ihauku Daru: “Women need to be in the corridors of power and politics”

Monday, April 9, 2018

Blessing Ihuaku Duru is a Programme Manager with Alliances for Africa (AfA), a non-governmental organization working in the south-east region of Nigeria, to promote gender justice, participation of women in leadership and in peace, security and conflict resolution. With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, AfA is implementing a project to bridge the gender gap in elected public positions. They are working with the Government, political parties and women leaders to pass a bill that will provide for an affirmative action to ensure a minimum of 35 per cent of women’s representation in governance. Ms. Duru spoke to UN Women when she attended the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector. More

In the words of Lilian Soto: “The presence of diverse women in politics generates different kinds of public policies”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lilian Soto is a Project Coordinator at the Centro de Documentación y Estudios (CDE) in Paraguay, a non-governmental organization supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality, working to promote human rights and social transformation. Ms. Soto was also councilwoman for Asuncion – the capital of Paraguay - from 1991 to 2000, and continues to participate in politics in the socialist, feminist and environmentalist political movement “Kuña Pyrenda”, which means “place where women put their feet” in the local language. She and her organization were behind the law on democratic parity pending before the Chamber of Deputies. More

In the words of Rabiha Khalloof: “Our society needs women to help future generations succeed”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rabiha Khalloof is a 47-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Syria almost three years ago. She is among 520 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who have received training and economic assistance from the third phase of a UN Women project, funded by the Government of Japan and the Ford Foundation. Today Khalloof is earning an income for the first time and aspiring to teach other women to start their own businesses. More

Voices from CSW62

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

More than 4,300 civil society representatives from 130 countries participated in the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), which focused this year on rural women and girls. Why do they come and what do they take back with them from this UN meeting? Here are some of their voices and perspectives. More

Take Five: "Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2016. Mr Kurbanov spoke to UN Women during his official mission to Kenya and South Sudan about the importance of volunteerism and UNV’s contributions in addressing women’s issues. UNV is working together with UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in organizing workshops on gender-responsive peacebuilding in conflicted-afflicted areas. More

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