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Acceptance remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director for the ‘Power of One’ Award from the Diwali Foundation USA

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I do believe in the ‘Power of One’, in each of us being a lamp to illuminate and transform the world through the power of ideas and knowledge, advocacy and movement building, setting of global standards and values to realize the ideals of the United Nations and the Perfect World we all dream of, want and deserve. The ‘Power of One’ is about not giving-up ever. More

Joint Statement - ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Friday, December 8, 2017

In a joint statement for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, the Executive Directors of UNFPA and UN Women, and the Administrator of UNDP stated: On this Human Rights Day, the last day in the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we repeat the deep connections between freedom from fear, freedom from want and ending gender-based violence, and we say: It is time to turn the tide of violence against women and end it.   More

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"What would the world look like in 2030 if it lived up to our expectations? Violence against women will be something that is not a norm, but an outlier. Mainstream society would not tolerate gender-based violence, would not tolerate domestic violence, would not tolerate trafficking. Everywhere we would have mechanisms to make sure that these practices do not thrive." - Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit More

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism in Bahrain

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Bahrain. More

UN Women Executive Director’s remarks at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Let us unite to end violence against women and girls so that we leave no one behind

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Leaders from the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) are preparing to meet at their fifth joint summit in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, (29 – 30 November) with a focus on investing in youth for a sustainable future. Those investments must include both the ending of violence in all its forms and the building of equality between women and men, girls and boys. These two, directly-linked areas of investment need concerted and coherent action from coalitions of countries. More

Message by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

Friday, November 24, 2017

Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community, particularly affecting those who are most marginalized and vulnerable. More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in New York City, NY More

Statement: A life without the threat of violence for everyone: leave no one behind

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Message by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2017 More

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and Pramila Patten on the launch of the Elsie Initiative

Thursday, November 16, 2017

At the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a new initiative, named after the trailblazing Canadian feminist icon Elsie MacGill, to help increase women’s participation in peacekeeping operations. In the same ceremony, Major Seitebatso Pearl Block from South Africa was presented with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and particularly her outreach to women’s organizations in remote areas. More

Speech: Women, peace and security, an essential pillar in global affairs

Friday, October 27, 2017

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security More

Speech: Making innovation work for women

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017 on 24 October. More

Rural women: the invisible mainstay of sustainability

Friday, October 13, 2017

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked - Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, 2017 More

Speech: “Together we will unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017 More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the annual Girls Speak Out event in celebration of the International Day of the Girl 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Your Excellency, Minister Maryam Monsef, Excellencies, ambassadors of Peru and Turkey, Distinguished Colleagues, Girl activists and advocates, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Let me start by commending the Governments of Canada, Peru, and Turkey for continued commitments to the International Day of the Girl. Sincere thanks to the Working Group on Girls and all the other co-organizers of this thought provoking event of today. I am so inspired by these amazing girls as they use their... More

Speech: “Innovation will be critical to break trends and achieve the SDGs”—Yannick Glemarec

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Women World Changers Summit in Australia More

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

Ending violence against women: the time is now, together

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017. More

Speech: Two sides of the same coin: gender inequality and violence against women

Monday, October 2, 2017

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa More

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