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Expert’s take: A decade of efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict—Where are we now?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pablo Castillo Díaz is a Policy Specialist at UN Women, focusing on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings. More

Expert’s take: Making unpaid work visible creates livelihoods for rural women

Wednesday, March 8, 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

Expert’s take: Women’s meaningful participation still the missing ingredient in peacebuilding

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The United Nations undertook three separate reviews on peace and security last year—on peace operations, the UN’s peacebuilding architecture and on fifteen years of women, peace and security. I had the privilege of heading the review on women, peace and security, which concluded with the “Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)”, authored by Radhika Coomaraswamy. The study drew upon global consultations and new research and emerged with one key finding—women’s meaningful participation is the most important and overlooked ingredient for sustainable peace. More

Expert’s take: Why women must be at the heart of the humanitarian response in Haiti

Friday, October 14, 2016

Anthony Ngororano, Programme Advisor and Head of the Africa Section at UN Women Headquarters who is currently serving as Representative a.i. UN Women Haiti, writes about how all of Haiti can benefit from including women and women's needs in the humanitarian response in Haiti. More

Expert’s take: Is funding for gender-responsive peacebuilding pie in the sky?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division since 2010, Sarah Douglas is currently on a one-year secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked for the UN Mission in Sudan and UNDP Sudan, as well as for UNIFEM’s Peace and Security Section in New York from 2003 to 2006. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics. More

Expert’s take: Leveraging leadership among Syrian women—a strong constituency for peace

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hiba Qasas, Programme Advisor and Head of UN Women’s Arab States Section, details UN Women’s efforts to help unify Syrian women’s groups around a common agenda and amplify their voices and representation in peace negotiations. More

Expert’s take: Getting the post-cyclone response right for women in Fiji

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Aleta Miller is the Representative for UN Women’s Fiji Multi-country Office. A Clinical Psychologist with a Master’s degree in International Public Health, she has worked for the UN, national governments and NGOs across Asia, the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She reflects on UN Women’s coordination role in the response to Cyclone Winston, using protection to drive gender equality and address vulnerability. More

Expert’s take: SDGs monitoring for women and girls—are we ready for the ride?

Friday, April 8, 2016

On 25 September 2015, governments from around the world agreed to embark on a 15-year journey together, which if successful would result in a far better world. A world where poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions are eradicated, where our planet is healed and protected, where gender equality is achieved and where all human beings can enjoy safe and prosperous lives. The destination envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear, ambitious and desirable. But how do we get there? More

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all. More

Expert’s take: No empowerment without rights

Monday, June 8, 2015

Shahra Razavi joined UN Women as Chief of Research and Data in June 2013. She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on work, social policy and care. In this piece, she reflects on the true meaning of women's 'empowerment' the extent to which women are able to enjoy not only their equal right to work, but also their rights at work. More

Expert’s Take: Gender perspectives on sanitation for sustainable development

Thursday, November 20, 2014

An op-ed by Begoña Lasagabaster, Acting Head of UN Women’s Policy Division, to mark World Toilet Day, which is commemorated on 19 November. More

Expert's take: Bringing light to the darkest places

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blerta Aliko, former head of UN Women’s Humanitarian unit and current Deputy Regional Director for UN Women Arab States, reflects on the current unending flurry of humanitarian disasters around the world. She underlines that it is in the face of adversity that we see resilience, determination and the power of people’s will to live in dignity and respect, which is what gives humanitarians the strength they need to bring light to the darkest places. More

Our expert's take: Why do women remain invisible, in spite of their presence?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Venge Nyirongo joined UN Women's Economic Empowerment Section in March 2014, to support the organization's strategic and policy focus on Sustainable Development. He writes about women's critical, yet often unrecognized, role in food security. More

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