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Media Advisory: Two events today at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

15 March 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong will launch today at 12.30 p.m., the 2017 edition of the Women in Politics Map. The Map, co-produced by IPU and UN Women since 2000, includes the latest global data on the rankings of women in politics at executive and parliamentary levels of governments. This afternoon, the Commission on the Status of Women will symbolically mark the global gender pay gap, when it will interrupt its work at 4.10 p.m., when there is 23 per cent of the work-day left. More

Press Release: New IPU and UN Women map shows women’s representation in politics stagnating

15 March 2017

The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. More

Press Release: Activists, celebrities and governments call to end global gender pay gap

14 March 2017

Today, at a packed event in the UN General Assembly in New York, champions of equal pay took centre stage, putting forth a clarion call to end the global gender pay gap that stands at 23 per cent. The event launched the high-profile Equal Pay Platform of Champions, a diverse group of advocates to amplify and galvanize mobilization—as part of a broader ILO-UN Women Global Equal Pay Coalition—calling for equal pay for work of equal value. The event at the UN was hosted by UN Women in partnership with ILO, and co-sponsored by the Missions of Iceland, South Africa and Switzerland, coinciding with the opening day of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality, which is focusing this year on the theme of “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. More

Final report of the UN High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment calls on leaving no one behind

14 March 2017

The final report to the UN Secretary-General High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment has now been published, stressing that building women’s economic empowerment must be done in ways that leaves nobody behind, particularly the most marginalized women at the bottom of the pyramid. More

Announcement: The United Nations Headquarters in New York closed on 14 March

14 March 2017

The United Nations Headquarters complex will be closed tomorrow Tuesday, 14 March 2017, due to inclement weather. Official meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women and side events will not take place tomorrow, Tuesday 14th March. Also, CSW registration at the Pass and ID office will be closed. More

Statement by Executive Director: “Constructive impatience for change”

13 March 2017

Opening statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women More

Speech: “You are the leaders of today”

11 March 2017

Opening remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the CSW61 Youth Forum, “Youth Create Gender Equality – Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work.” More

Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

10 March 2017

At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth come together to strategize and collaborate to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. More

“When girls are educated, everything is possible.”

10 March 2017

Malawi Chief, nicknamed “The Terminator” for annulling thousands of child marriages, receives prestigious Vital Voices award; UN Women’s Habiba Osman among the honourees for her role in promoting positive social norms More

UN Women and ITU panel: Why Women in Tech Matter

10 March 2017

“Why Women in Tech Matter?” will be the theme of the panel discussion jointly organized by ITU and UN Women on 11 March, in Austin, Texas, in the context of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference. This will be the first time ever that UN agencies are organizing this prestigious event that celebrates the convergence of interactive, film and music industries. More

Media Advisory: Equal Pay Platform of Champions launch event and photo opportunity

10 March 2017

On Monday 13 March, UN Women and ILO will launch the high-profile Equal Pay Platform of Champions, bringing together activists, celebrities and governments, including Oscar-winning American actor Patricia Arquette, Olympic gold medalist and soccer star Abby Wamback, trade union leaders and activists, aiming to bring the issue of equal pay for work of equal value to the forefront. More

International Women's Day Around the World

10 March 2017

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrated women’s achievements, activism and potential. UN Women, along with partners, organized events in more than 50 countries across the globe, under the theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. From film festivals, solidarity marches, seminars and press conferences to art exhibits and activities to engage girls in sport, here are some highlights from the occasion. More

Press release: As the world of work transforms, UN’s largest inter-governmental meeting to focus on its impact on women and girls

09 March 2017

Press release: Amid rising mobilization by women’s movements globally, the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights is set to take place with a focus on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. More

Speech: “Paid parental leave is about creating freedom to define roles”— UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway

08 March 2017

Keynote address by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day on 8 March in New York. More

Expert’s take: Making unpaid work visible creates livelihoods for rural women

08 March 2017

Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia. More

Press Release: UN Women announces four new HeForShe Thematic Champions to accelerate progress towards gender equality

08 March 2017

Media contact:  dinal.limbachia@unwomen.org                                           New York, NY (March 7, 2017) –  On International Women’s Day, UN Women will announce four male global leaders as the newest Thematic Champions to be part of its latest initiative. These Thematic Champions, representing both the public and private sectors, have committed to implement... More

Press Release: International Women’s Day spotlights impact of changing world of work

07 March 2017

Press release: At a time when women’s voices are rising around the world, International Women’s Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March through a rich diversity of initiatives, celebrating women’s achievements, opportunities and potential, while reflecting on this year’s theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to focus on the need for parental leave; Planet 50-50 gathers momentum in events around the world. More

UN Women and Innovation Norway sign momentous partnership agreement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

07 March 2017

UN Women and Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's instrument for innovation and development of enterprises, are partnering to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative technology solutions. More

Speech: Making equality a reality

06 March 2017

[Check against delivery]   Mr. Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, Madam Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General, Distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much to FIFA for inviting UN Women to be part of this important conference that brings together the worlds football constituency to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Remember that what we are pledging today requires us to work for women's human rights not just once a year, once a month or once a... More

Op-ed: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

06 March 2017

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman. When she started practicing law, Ann Green , CEO of ANZ Lao, was asked to make coffee or pick up dry cleaning (by men and women), simply because she was a young woman. The difficulties faced by Yayi and Ann in entering the labour force and at the workplace are not only unique to... More

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