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Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

26 April 2017

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promises to leave no one behind and reach the furthest first provide additional momentum and impetus for addressing the situation of indigenous women. Yet, the 20-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2015 revealed that indigenous women across the world continue to face disproportionate levels of discrimination, exclusion and violence both as women and as members of indigenous communities. More

Orange Day calls to stop violence against indigenous women and girls

25 April 2017

On the 25 of the month, Orange Day is commemorated to draw attention to the elimination of violence against women and girls. In April, the theme for Orange Day is the elimination of violence against indigenous women and girls. More

Network of Women, Peace and Security focal points meets for the first time to spur progress on the agenda

25 April 2017

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) National Focal Points Network, launched on 23 September 2016, to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, will meet for the first time on April 26-27, in Alicante (Spain). More

From where I stand: “It was my dream to wear the uniform”

25 April 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Sharqawi was among the first women to join the Palestinian Civil Police in 1997, going against all norms. The only family member who supported her decision at the time was her brother, who followed in her footsteps and became a police officer later. Today, Colonel Sharqawi liaises with UN Women and other international agencies on security sector reform and gender-responsive police services. Gender equality is becoming a priority within the Palestinian police force, and public perceptions about women in police are shifting. More

In the words of Ani Jilozian: “Ultimately, this violence stems from patriarchy”

25 April 2017

Ani Jilozian, 31, is the Research and Data Specialist at the Women’s Support Center in Armenia, which has been supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), for the period of 2015-2017. More

UN Women timeline on women’s history wins a Webby Award

25 April 2017

A UN Women timeline, Women’s Footprint in History, has won a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honoring excellence on the Internet More

Statement of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues

24 April 2017

Statement delivered by UN Women on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, at the 16th Session United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. More

Young filmmakers celebrate activists and civil society leaders during CSW61

21 April 2017

During the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in March 2017, a film and arts segment kicked off the UN Women-organized event, “Supporting Feminist Movement Building for Planet 50-50 by 2030”, with a series of short films produced by 13 young filmmakers and photographers from 11 countries. Six of the filmmakers were supported by the Yvonne Hebert scholars programme, administered by UN Women, which provides scholarships to participate in the Commission on the Status of... More

Women-run businesses thrive in Albania's capital

21 April 2017

In Tirana, Albania “Competitive Fund for Women Entrepreneurs” of the Municipality of Tirana supports innovative and comprehensive business ideas through funding and training. More

UN Women brings focus on gender at international meetings on world economy and finance

19 April 2017

UN Women will be represented at the highest level in the upcoming Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), taking place in Washington D.C., USA, from 21 - 23 April. More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

19 April 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

From where I stand: “We must be at the table making decisions”

19 April 2017

For Pratima Gurung from Nepal, empowering indigenous women with disabilities starts with making them count as active participants and decision-makers, not just observers of decisions. She points to the need to strengthen their voices in disability fora, as well as indigenous peoples’ fora. More

From where I stand: “Expanding indigenous women’s rights strengthens the collective rights”

18 April 2017

The concept of collective rights is central to indigenous cultures. But the status of indigenous women within and outside their communities remain precarious when they are unable to claim any rights of their own. Janneth Lozano Bustos works with indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower women so that they can enjoy autonomy over their lives and resources. More

In the words of Tarcila Rivera Zea: “My parents, illiterate as they were, pushed to learn more”

18 April 2017

Tarcila Rivera Zea is a Quechuan activist from Ayacucho, Peru, and Founder of the organization Chirapaq, and leader in the movement of indigenous women of the Americas. From 2013 – 2015, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality has supported Chirapaq’s work on strengthening rural indigenous women’s economic empowerment. Ms. Rivera Zea was recently elected to the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is a journalist by profession and for more than 30 years has worked as an activist for indigenous peoples' rights, particularly those related to women, children and indigenous youth in national and international areas. More

Speech: “The world has to fight gender inequality together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

18 April 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the W7 Women’s Forum on Inequality and Sustainable Growth in Rome, Italy on 7 April, 2017. More

Speech: “Gender inequality is a universal problem”—Executive Director

17 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies’ Development Roundtable in Washington, DC on 12 April, 2017 More

Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

17 April 2017

Girls across Tunisia are getting ready for the third edition of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that invites girls aged 10 – 18 years to learn and apply technology to solve problems within their communities. Working in teams, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps, supported by mentors. Some 70 teams and more than 300 applicants have registered for the 2017 national pitch in Tunisia, and finalists would be announced in May 2017. More

“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

13 April 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

Towards a global compact on migration that works for migrant women

12 April 2017

At the event, ‘Integrating a gender perspective in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration’ at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), UN Women, in partnership with the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, presented a set of expert recommendations that specifically address women’s human rights in the forthcoming global compact for migration. More

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

11 April 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence. More

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