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Interview with Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen

Friday, July 7, 2017

In a May 2017 interview, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Kai Mykkänen referred to his country’s combined core and non-core contribution of approximately USD 14.53 to UN Women in 2016, and urged other Member States to also step up and help UN Women deliver on its mandate of achieving gender equality by 2030. Finland has been one of UN Women’s largest donors, topping the list in 2014. More

Interview with Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin

Friday, July 7, 2017

In 2016, the Government of Sweden donated a core contribution of USD 12 million to UN Women. In addition, the Government, through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), contributed USD 30 million in multi-bi support – bringing its overall 2016 contribution to approximately USD 42 million and making Sweden UN Women’s largest donor. In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin explains why her Government believes UN Women’s work is such an important priority for its multilateral aid. More

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN platform for review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 – 19 July. More

Press Release: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka appointed to a second term as Executive Director of UN Women

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres re-appointed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for a second term as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for a period of four years. More

High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment calls for ending gender discrimination to ensure the full potential of Africa’s youth at African Union Summit

Friday, June 30, 2017

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment was represented at the  4 th  African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, 29-30 June,  in Addis Ababa, by HLP member Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba, Founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media.  More

Speech: “We commit ourselves to working diligently”—Executive Director

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Annual Session of the UN Women Executive Board More

In Benin, small savings and loans groups drive rural women’s empowerment

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Across rural Africa, women farmers are benefiting from Savings and Loans Groups to grow their businesses. Some 40 per cent of the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality grantees in Africa are now using this methodology, leading to better nutrition, business development and sustainable land management outcomes. The Miguéze’ programme, for example, has impacted 2,780 people, and women are emerging as leaders and role models. More

Speech: “Together with our partners…we will continue to deliver for women and girls”—Executive Director

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board More

From where I stand: “We thought gender was only for educated people”

Monday, June 26, 2017

Modesta Mujawariya is a co-founder of a small farmer’s cooperative in Rwanda. Although she had twelve plots of land, she didn’t know the exact size of her land and how to estimate yields. The Buy from Women platform connected her to markets and information through mobile technology. One of her biggest surprises was learning about how gender equality matters in agriculture. More

UN Women to present new Strategic Plan and its work in Somalia at the Annual Session of the Executive Board

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s Annual Session on the 27 and 28 June at United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Statement: Widows’ rights to independent life and livelihood after loss

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June More

Press Release: In Cannes, UN Women Executive Director calls on members of global industry to eliminate gender stereotypes in advertising

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under- Secretary-General of the United Nations, is joining industry leaders at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this week. She will call on the industry to strengthen their commitment to gender equality and collectively eliminate gender stereotypes in advertising. More

Press Release: Equals in Tech Awards

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for international ‘Equals in Tech’ Awards, an initiative of ITU and UN Women, recognizing ICT initiatives empowering women and girls. Awards promote and support gender equality in the ICT field More

Expert’s take: A decade of efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict—Where are we now?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pablo Castillo Díaz is a Policy Specialist at UN Women, focusing on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings. More

Editorial spotlight: World Refugee Day

Monday, June 19, 2017

Every year on 20 June we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees around the world. Half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide are women, with specific needs and vulnerabilities that are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian action. More

Finding a new normal in the Za’atari refugee camp

Monday, June 19, 2017

Of Syrian and Jordanian descent, Hadeel Al-Zoubi, 40 years old, is the UN Women Senior Camp Assistant at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. She joined UN Women in 2013 because she felt compelled to help people caught in the Syrian refugee crisis. More

In Tanzania, refugee women find safety and embrace new lives

Friday, June 16, 2017

In three Women’s Centres supported by UN Women in Tanzania, women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence. Many have picked up new trades and advocate for their own rights. Some have found new family and new lives. More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Friday, June 16, 2017

Statement for World Refugee Day, 20 June, by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Friday, June 16, 2017

UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into considerations the unique vulnerabilities of women and children. More

Oslo Hackathon explores new technology to empower women in humanitarian crisis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The first “blockchain hackathon”, co-organized by UN Women and Innovation Norway at the Katapult Future Fest in Oslo, brought together technology innovators to address day-to-day challenges faced by refugees and displaced persons. Blockchain is a technology that offers decentralized and secure online database, records and money transfer systems. More

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