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UN Women and the World Bank unveil new data analysis on women and poverty

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant variables to better understand the profile of the poor. The findings aim to improve policy interventions to eradicate global poverty and meet the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Zimbabwe’s Annual Manufacturing Survey features a Gender Analysis component

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment of the manufacturing sector, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the sector. More

Expanding women’s leadership requires changing masculinities

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On 25 October, women leaders and experts gathered at the UN Headquarters to discuss issues of masculinities, violence against women, and women’s participation in peace and justice in transitional societies. With 2 billion people across 35 countries and territories affected by fragility, conflict and violence, women’s active participation and leadership in preventing conflict and sustaining peace is critical. More

Investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes—lessons from Iraq and Syria

Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the lead-up to UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, experts discuss what it takes to document and investigate conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes and pathways to justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Syria. More

Humanitarian actors, Member States and the UN place gender equality at the centre of effective refugee response

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The side event held as part of the Global Compact on Refugees thematic discussions, on 17 October, in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on: “The centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for the formulation of the global compact on refugees.” More

Take Five: Thomas & Friends™ bring gender equality to pre-schoolers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children’s television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages. UN Women is supporting this initiative and Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, Africa Programme Adviser, provided guidance to the production team for the development of a new African female character, Nia, who champions gender equality.   More

How improving childcare brings benefits for everyone

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blog by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, on how improving childcare brings benefits for everyone: There are 679 million children younger than five years of age in the world today - almost one in 10 of the world’s population. Who looks after these children when parents go out to work, and what are we missing when we do not consider this point? Classically it is the mother who provides a solution, but to reconcile care needs with the need to earn a living, and in the absence of affordable childcare services, she may be forced to leave the labour force altogether or take on lower-quality, lower-paid jobs. More

Markets for Change addresses barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Solomon Islands

Friday, October 13, 2017

This week, the Government of Australia announced increased support to the six-year multi-country project, Markets for Change (dubbed M4C)—a UN Women project principally funded by the Australian Government, and implemented in partnership with UNDP.  This innovative project aims to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory, promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. ... More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Solomon Islands

Thursday, October 12, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec, is meeting high-level government officials, partners, donors, and women leaders from market vendor associations and civil society during his first official visit to Solomon Islands, from 12 – 14 October 2017. Accompanying Mr. Glemarec is the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office Representative, Aleta Miller. More

UN Women and ESCWA launch project to estimate the cost of violence against women in the Arab Region

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. More

Experts call for stronger support for networks of women mediators

Monday, September 25, 2017

A side event on 21 September during the 72nd UN General Assembly, brought together for the first time, women mediators networks affiliated with Member States and regional organizations, who work to advance women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peace processes around the world. The event was co-organized by the governments of Italy and Albania, the African Union and UN Women. More

Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa

Monday, September 25, 2017

African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for women building sustainable peace on the continent at a high-level event on 22 September during the 72nd General Assembly. More

Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Friday, September 22, 2017

On 21 September, UN Women hosted the Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum for Women and Girls and Gender Equality in New York. The high-level Forum took place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, and convened business and philanthropy leaders from around the world who committed to invest in the empowerment of women and girls. More

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

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