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Statement: Response to the naming of a community centre in Burqa, Occupied West Bank

Sunday, May 28, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event of the centre was used without any prior authorization from the United Nations. UN Women strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and the glorification of such acts. UN Women dissociates itself from the centre and all related activities and, at the request of UN Women, the logo has been removed. More

Speech: “This first ASEM presents us with an enormous opportunity”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, May 26, 2017

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “ASEM Conference on Women's Economic Empowerment: Creating Equal Opportunities in the World of Work”, in Vilnius, Lithuania on 25 May. More

Gender equality at new heights: Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mount Everest for gender equality in sports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

After an 11-hour-climb from Camp 4 on Everest’s South Col route, Kanchhi Maya Tamang, together with Pemba Dorje Sherpa, and their Sherpa teammates reached the 29,035 feet (8,848 metres) summit of the world’s highest peak on 20 May. It was the first time someone has climbed Mount Everest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women launches new programme to address the gender inequality of risk at international conference on disaster risk reduction

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Yannick Glemarec, will participate at the fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (24-26 May) in Cancun, Mexico, which will convene more than 5,000 delegates to discuss how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Norway for annual consultations

Friday, May 19, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Oslo, Norway from 22 –23 May, for the annual consultations, which provide the opportunity to discuss the status of gender equality in Norway, as well as Norway’s contribution to achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide—a top priority that Norway and UN Women share. More

In Viet Nam, women are leading disaster prevention and response

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations. More

Making the SDGs work for women: Experts meet at the UN ahead of High-Level Political Forum

Thursday, May 18, 2017

UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will convene an expert group meeting from 30 to 31 May at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss “Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. More

Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), UN Women joins with the international community to support the LGBTI community and “Celebrate Family Diversity”. We stand firmly behind the full human rights of all LGBTI people. Violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people undermines the shared international goal of gender equality. Addressing and ending such violations is part of the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind. More

UN Women at the 21st Annual Webby Awards

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On 15 May, UN Women was among the winners and honourees of the 21 st Annual Webby Awards, celebrated at a star-studded ceremony in New York. UN Women’s timeline, Women’s Footprint in History , won the prestigious award for Activism category for Websites. “Step Up for Gender Equality,” said Jaya Jiwatram, UN Women’s Digital and Interactive Media Specialist, in her five-word acceptance speech. We are at the #Webbys to receive our @TheWebbyAwards for the... More

Take Five: Families are changing, policies impacting them must change too

Monday, May 15, 2017

On the International Day of Families, 15 May, UN Women Chief of Research and Data, Shahra Razavi, talks about women’s rights within families. In many parts of the world, families come in different shapes and forms than what was traditionally viewed as the norm. Families in a Changing World will be the focus of UN Women’s forthcoming flagship report, the 2018 edition of Progress of the World’s Women. With families becoming more diverse, laws and policies must be responsive to the needs of real-world families. The report will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice. More

Coverage: Executive Director in Rwanda

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Rwanda to participate in the Transform Africa Summit (10 – 12 May), which has become a landmark forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the continent, gathering around 4,000 participants annually. More

New progressive law on domestic violence adopted in Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recently adopted law on domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan aims to improve protection measures for survivors, simplifies reporting procedures and introduces behaviour correction for perpetrators. More

Op-ed: Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

Speech: “Transformative financing is an imperative”—Lakshmi Puri

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the ‘How to do Good’ Tour on 8 May in New York. More

UN Women Executive Director to call for bridging the gender digital divide at Transform Africa Summit

Monday, May 8, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Rwanda to participate in the Transform Africa Summit (10 – 12 May), which has become a landmark forum on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the continent, gathering around 4,000 participants annually. More

Speech: “E-commerce offers enormous opportunities”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, May 5, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Dimension of E-Commerce Panel Discussion co-organized by ITC, ITU, UNCTAD, UN Women. More

Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women. More

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In Brazil, National Domestic Workers’ Day was commemorated on 27 April, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. More

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