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UN Women and the Government of Mexico City launch the campaign #NoEsDeHombres to tackle sexual harassment in public transport

03 April 2017

Mexico City, 30 March 2017. UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Mexico City launch a campaign to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public transport in Mexico City as part of the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for women and girls programme. More

From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

29 March 2017

Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet. More

UN Women and UN Kosovo Team-supported movie “Home” wins BAFTA award

28 March 2017

In February, the UN Women Kosovo-supported short film “Home” received the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Film Awards 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

UN Secretary-General visits UN Women centre in Za’atari refugee camp, his first stop on his visit to Jordan

28 March 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan on Tuesday morning, 28 March 2017. Coming ahead of his participation at the Arab Summit (Dead Sea, 23-29 March 2017), this is the first official visit of Mr. Guterres to Jordan and the region in his capacity as UN Secretary-General. More

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

27 March 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment. More

Why I come to CSW…

27 March 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway. More

“The outcomes of CSW61 are important building blocks”—Executive Director

26 March 2017

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Press Release: UN Commission on the Status of Women provides roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy

24 March 2017

At the closing of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Member States today committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, to women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieve sustainable development. More

“No job is impossible for women”

22 March 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Salomé Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company. More

From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

21 March 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. More

Speech: “Empowering Women in the changing world of work in Saudi Arabia and worldwide”—Joelle Tanguy

21 March 2017

Keynote address by Joelle Tanguy, UN Women Director, Division of Strategic Partnerships, at the opening of the AlWaleed Philanthropies Conference on “The Evolving Role of Women in Saudi Arabia” in Riyad. More

In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”

20 March 2017

Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project. “Earlier, my only wish for my daughter was that she got a good husband, a good household and a piece of land. Now, I want a good education for her,” says Jenalieva. More

Young women call for increased women’s leadership, and change in the world of work

20 March 2017

Young women attending the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today met UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. More

“The clear objective of our time is parity' rooted in women's empowerment” – UN chief Guterres

20 March 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with women’s rights activists attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, including how the UN can deliver on its own commitments on gender equality. The town-hall style discussion was moderated by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts partnership puts girls and young women in the lead for sustainable development

20 March 2017

On the sidelines of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts formalized their long-standing partnership of seven years by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to strengthen their collaboration to advance gender equality and rights of all girls and young women. More

Global Platform on Gender Equality and Religion launched

20 March 2017

Building on the growing recognition that the role of faith-based organizations in addressing the needs of women and girls is critical, a global Platform on “Gender Equality and Religion” was launched on 15 March at the on-going UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Speech: “The agenda of creating a planet 50-50 cannot come true if religion, religious leaders and faith actors remain outside the conversation”—Lakshmi Puri

17 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development Platform More

Press Release: Second panel report shows how economically empowered women are at the core of an inclusive and sustainable global economy

17 March 2017

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment has presented its second report with final recommendations to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. In its report, the Panel lays out concrete actions for accelerating progress towards women’s full and equal economic participation. The report also acknowledges that gender inequalities remain stubborn across the world, but they can be overcome if systematic barriers are removed. More

Speech: “Together we must leverage the strength of international agreements and frameworks”—Lakshmi Puri

16 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the opening of the CSW61 Review Theme on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. More

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