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UN Women and the Global Partnerships Forum celebrate women leaders

Friday, September 22, 2017

Retno Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (front left) receives the Women of Achievement Award from President of Global Partnerships Forum, Amir Dossal (center) and UN Women Deputy Executive Directory Lakshmi Puri. Photo: Aditya Wicaksono On the occasion of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the Global Partnerships Forum jointly hosted a VIP luncheon, recognizing women leaders in public office for their pioneering work in achieving... More

African Women Leaders Network reconvene to call for action

Friday, September 22, 2017

The African Women Leaders Network, launched in June 2017, reconvened under the leadership of Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat today at the 72nd UN General Assembly, on 21 September 2017. The discussions focused on mobilizing support for women’s leadership in the transformation of Africa towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous continent. More

Parental leave is the key to economic prosperity

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, a high-level discussion hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Norway, Børge Brende, and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, put the spotlight on the issue of paid parental leave. More

Scoring goals for gender equality at the Global Goals World Cup

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Balls were flying high and goals were scored for gender equality across the river from the United Nations, as the Global Goals World Cup took place on 19 September in Brooklyn, New York, to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals More

Humanitarian actors highlight women’s role in recovery and peacebuilding in Iraq

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On 19 September, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq to the United Nations in Geneva, human rights activists and UN Women participated in a side event of the 36th Human Rights Council, where they discussed the “Impact of Terrorism on the Rights of Women”. The panellists at the event, organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Iraq, included Iraq's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Mu'ayad Salih; the Chief of Crisis Preparedness, Prevention and Response at... More

Making the business case for sexual and reproductive health rights

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High-level event on the margins of 72nd UN General Assembly highlights sexual and reproductive health rights are essential to women’s empowerment. More

It’s time to act for women’s economic empowerment, say global leaders

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

During the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, a roundtable dialogue organized by the Group of Champions on Women’s Economic Empowerment and UN Women, with the presence of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, urged action to advance women’s economic empowerment. More

Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. More

Central America and the Caribbean make historic strides to end child marriage

Friday, September 15, 2017

Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Guatemala abolish discriminatory legislation which allowed this harmful practice against girls and adolescent women More

UN High-Level Panel puts the spotlight on the private sector’s potential to advance women’s economic empowerment

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Business leaders and global experts gathered on 6 September 2017 in London to discuss how the private sector can advance the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Board endorses the new Strategic Plan, 2018 – 2021

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

At its Second Regular Session, from 29 – 30 August, UN Women Executive Board endorsed the new Strategic Plan, 2018 – 2021. The Strategic Plan outlines UN Women’s strategic direction, objectives and approaches to support efforts to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. More

Coverage: UN Secretary-General visits One Stop Centre in Palestine to meet survivors of violence

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

On his first mission to Israel and Palestine in his capacity as UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres visited the One Stop Centre in Palestine on Tuesday morning, 29 August 2017. Established in April 2017 in Ramallah, as part of a joint programme supported by UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF, the One Stop Centre is a unique facility that provides comprehensive in-house services to women and juvenile survivors of gender-based violence. More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. More

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Monday, August 21, 2017

Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. UN Women is leveraging its partnerships to ensure women’s leadership in humanitarian response in Sierra Leone and to meet the urgent gender-based needs of the affected population. More

Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim. More

Jordanian Parliament abolishes law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous “rape law”—article 308 of the Penal Code—which allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. More

Tunisia passes historic law to end violence against women and girls

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tunisia made historic strides by passing its first national law to combat violence against women on 26 July, 2017. More

News: Women’s economic empowerment is a pre-condition for sustainable development, say UN High-Level Panel members

Monday, July 17, 2017

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment holds event titled Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment today held an event titled, “Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda”, in the context of the  HLPF on Sustainable Development in New York... More

Reshaping the future: Women, girls, ICTs and the SDGs

Friday, July 14, 2017

A chapter on Sustainable Development Goal 5, written by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and originally published in the ITU publication, “Fast forward progress: leveraging tech to achieve the global goals”, launched at the High-Level Political Forum in New York. More

Feminism in Times of War and Peace

Monday, July 10, 2017

In June 2016, the Government of Colombia signed the first historic cease-fire agreement with the FARC insurgency group. While this first peace accord was rejected in a referendum, a second agreement was ratified by the Colombian Congress in November of the same year, bringing an end to 52 years of armed conflict. Colombian women peacebuilders played a pivotal role in building consensus and bringing to light the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls throughout the peace process. More

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