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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

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

06 April 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities. More

UN Women and Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

05 April 2017

The Union Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Government of India, led by the Prime Minister has approved an agreement between UN Women and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programmes. 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

Japan’s largest business federation to advance women’s economic empowerment

03 March 2017

During their first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 2 March, leading female executives from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), joined UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri for a roundtable discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

02 March 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017. More

Women farmers of Nepal take charge of their lives and livelihoods

28 February 2017

A joint programme by UN Women and partners in Nepal has not only improved women farmers’ agricultural production and income, but also changed gender-discriminatory attitudes of their male counterparts. More

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”

23 February 2017

Anna Green has fought for equality in the workplace her whole career. Now, as CEO of ANZ Lao, she’s using the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, to empower other women and improve diversity in the company. More

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

17 January 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

Empowering refugee women and girls

09 January 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops. More

In a community in Myanmar, a role model changes attitudes and actions

04 January 2017

As one of 20 men trained as ‘role models’ in Kayah State and Rakhine State, Tin Moe Tun promotes a safe family environment, shares knowledge of women’s rights and organizes men to protect women from violence and to make sure they are included in community decision-making. More

Research from China reveals women more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

22 December 2016

UN Women launched the new research report, “Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China” in Beijing. The research fills a crucial literature gap in the country and supports evidence-based discussion on the future of climate change and disaster reduction in China. More

Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections

12 December 2016

In one of Asia’s newest countries, women are breaking gender stereotypes by participating successfully in local elections for Village Chiefs. More

UN Women Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit

10 December 2016

Statement delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit, “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”, on 10 December, 2016, Bangladesh More

“The movement of women…should be a right and it should be an opportunity”—Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

10 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the side event, “Integrating a gender perspective into the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Bangladesh More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

09 December 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Tokyo, Japan from 12 – 14 December to participate in the opening session of the World Assembly for Women 2016, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri in Bangladesh

09 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Bangladesh from 9 – 10 December to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. In her meetings with key stakeholders, Ms. Puri highlighted how the formidable cost of violence against women and girls impedes economic growth in Bangladesh and called for stronger commitment and investments to end the pandemic. More

“Ending violence against women requires that key institutions work together”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in India

08 December 2016

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the conference, ‘We-UNiTE: Investing in Planet 50-50’ in Mumbai, India More

Press release: Spotlighting urgent need to end violence against women and girls, business leaders pledge commitment and investment

06 December 2016

UN Women and India’s IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce partnership to boost women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment; Gateway of India and other iconic Mumbai monuments turn orange as part of 16 Days of Activism More

“We are responsible for making our communities safe”—Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

05 December 2016

[As delivered]  I would like to appreciate the presence of our many colleagues and partners here: the Honourable Governor of National Capital District Commission, the Australian High Commissioner, the New Zealand High Commissioner, the Representative of the European Union, colleagues from the United Nations, from the Australian National Committee, and our colleagues and friends from FIFA. It’s wonderful that you chose this country for this football tournament, which is so important... More

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