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Statement: Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey

18 July 2017

In a statement on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for immediate release of the arrested women’s rights and human rights activists and support to those, like women’s human rights defenders, who work for the good of their societies. More

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

18 July 2017

In the recently concluded national elections, Albania has reached a new milestone with 28 per cent of women parliamentarians. Women candidates benefited from the gender quota and public forums organized by UN Women and partners that enabled them to outreach to the public. Efforts continue to boost women’s political participation nationally and to secure gender balance in local elections. More

In the words of Elena Kochoska: "Women bear a double burden because of their gender and disability”

11 July 2017

Elena Kochoska is a vocal advocate for persons with disabilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and works at the local organization, Polio Plus, Movement Against Disability. She participated in training and mentoring sessions on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB)—analyzing a budget to ensure women’s needs are met—organized by UN Women’s regional programme on GRB, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Development Agency. Thereafter, she prepared a report that did a cost-benefit analysis showing the benefits of including children with disabilities in mainstream education. More

Press Release: UN Women and the European Union launch a new initiative to focus on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

10 July 2017

UN Women and the EU will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transfrom dicriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More

World Rugby U20 Championship joins HeForShe

13 June 2017

Hosted by Georgia, the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 saw its participating teams and the World Rugby Organization declare their support for HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality. More

Press release: UN Women highlights women’s role in the energy of the future during EXPO 2017

09 June 2017

UN Women will showcase its best solutions on women’s role to boost the world’s access to energy, while at the same time fighting climate change, at this year’s EXPO in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10 June to 10 September 2017. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ukraine and Moldova

09 June 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Ukraine and Moldova from 8-11 June to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support both countries in their efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. During the visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka met with officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, internally displaced women, survivors of domestic violence and other women facing multiple forms of discrimination. More

Speech: “It is essential to have women in the centre of peacemaking”—Executive Director

08 June 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Session of the Workshop on the Rights of Internally Displaced Women and Women Affected by Conflict in Recovery and Peacebuilding in Kyiv, Ukraine More

In Moldova, women survivors rise to break the cycle of violence

08 June 2017

Women who have experienced violence and overcome it, know how to end and prevent it—that’s the premise of UN Women Moldova’s Positive Champions initiative. Using a peer-support model, the initiative has supported 44 women across villages and towns to share their experience and inspire women survivors to break the cycle of violence. More

Internally displaced women of Ukraine find voice through interactive theatre

07 June 2017

As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, a local non-profit organization based in Kyiv empowers internally displaced women like Olesya Arkhypova by engaging them, along with women from the host communities, in live theatre. Together with local activists, the women depict and seek solutions to everyday challenges they face in host communities. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Ukraine and Moldova

07 June 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will undertake her first visit to Ukraine and Moldova this week. She will use this opportunity to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support both countries in their efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More

UN Women puts women’s rights and leadership in the heart of international development discourse in Brussels

06 June 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec, starts today a visit to Brussels (Belgium) to participate in the third edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) and the European Development Days . More

From housewives to local councils, rural women in Kyrgyzstan shift gears

30 May 2017

In villages across Kyrgyzstan, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods after completing leadership and skills training programmes. Most of the participants are now running small-scale businesses and some have joined local councils to shape laws and policies. More

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

26 May 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

New progressive law on domestic violence adopted in Kyrgyzstan

10 May 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

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

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

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

At Brussels Conference, UN Women calls for economic opportunities and political engagement of Syrian women

03 April 2017

As Syria enters its seventh year of war, leaving millions of refugees and internally displaced people in need of emergency and humanitarian assistance, UN Women will join major donors, government representatives, UN agencies, civil society, humanitarian and development organizations at the “Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” taking place from 4 – 5 April. More

UN Women and UN Kosovo Team-supported movie “Home” wins BAFTA award

28 March 2017

In February, the UN Women Kosovo-supported short film “Home” received the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Film Awards 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award. More

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