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Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space. More

Women in rural Kyrgyzstan bring change through water, technology and better infrastructure

Monday, March 4, 2019

Shakhodat Teshebayeva from Khalmion, a village in southern Kyrgyzstan bordering Uzbekistan, is 50 years old and the sole breadwinner of her family. Her income comes from farming, working for 8-10 long hours in the fields every day. She doesn’t shy away from the hard work, but lately, the hard has become impossible, because of the growing water crisis. More

From where I stand: “I never gave up and I am learning everyday”

Monday, March 4, 2019

Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked, and 56 per cent of them are women, according to latest data from The World Bank. The trend continues in Africa, where up to 95 million unbanked adults receive cash payments for agricultural products, and 65 million save using semiformal methods. Lack of access to banking services and financial skills such as savings, budgeting and debt management, means women who are already poor, have little or no means to invest, retire or build a cushion against emergencies. In humanitarian crisis, these challenges are compounded. Esperance Mutegwaraba, 61, fled the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 along with 30,000 refugees. More

Statement: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

Monday, March 4, 2019

In a statement for International Women’s Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls to put innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities. More

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines

Monday, March 4, 2019

Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao. More

Latin America and the Caribbean hold regional consultation in lead up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean in the lead up to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) started on 11 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More

Women rising: Women’s activism that has shaped the world as you know it

Friday, March 1, 2019

On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women activists around the world who have insisted on a better world and persisted in the face of adversity. More

Media advisory: International Women’s Day 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On 8 March, UN Women is observing International Women’s Day to celebrate the tireless work of activists who are central to the global push for gender equality and who strive every day to make women’s rights a reality. More

UN Women to host Facebook Live conversation ahead of "Saint Judy" premiere

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On 28 February, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation ahead of the premiere of the film, SAINT JUDY More

Ask a Senator: How does Bolivia have such a high representation of women in politics, and why is it important to include women’s voices in politics?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Women account for 53.1 per cent of Parliamentarians in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the third-highest percentage globally. Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America. More

Grooming her business in Nepal: Beautician-turned entrepreneur

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In the historical town of Banepa, 35-year-old Sulochana Timalsina runs a little shop, half of which is a grocery store and the other half a beauty parlour. The two units share a single space with different purposes for her clients, but one single purpose for this young entrepreneur – empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Director in Finland for annual consultations

Monday, February 25, 2019

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Finland to meet with Finnish Government officials, Members of Parliament, private sector and the academia. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in Paris

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér attended the first meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the Elysée Palace on 19 February, on behalf of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

Ahead of CSW 63, regional stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific call for holistic and gender-responsive approach to social protection

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bangkok, Thailand – Gender inequalities remain profound and entrenched across Asia and the Pacific, despite recent rapid economic progress. Women’s inequitable access to health, education and other basic social services starts young and has a life-long, cumulative impact on their social and economic opportunities. Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for CSW63 at UNCC Bangkok. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking To overcome such disadvantages, "investment in... More

Take five: “Access to certain services has been diminishing as a result of public-private partnerships”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bavi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Phillipines. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around Manila, where infrastructure problems place a burden on women. In February 2019, Cerillo attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing +25 Review. More

In the words of Rajaa Altalli: “Women are leading efforts to push forward in Syria”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Rajaa Altalli was 12 years old when her father was arrested by the Syrian government for being part of a political party. She thought she would never be involved in public life, but as the Syrian revolution erupted, she decided otherwise. Altalli is now a member of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria to ensure that women’s perspectives and leadership is taken into account in the peace process. More

Take five: “One of the main obstacles to gender parity is the glass ceiling”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Angela Mwai leads the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat and serves as the agency’s Gender Focal Point. The Gender Equality Unit works to ensure gender perspectives are encompassed in all of UN-Habitat’s work by mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment in all of UN-Habitat’s policies, projects and programmes. More

Governments and civil society representatives from the Arab States region come together to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019 More

African Union calls upon its Member States to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019. More

Press release: UN Women and Procter & Gamble announce newest commitment to gender equality across the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region at the #WeSeeEqual Summit  

Monday, February 18, 2019

Co-hosted with UN Women, P&G’s first IMEA #WeSeeEqual Summit brought together business and government leaders, and influencers to share inspiration and surface insights around the myths that prevent us from accelerating our progress for gender equality. More

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