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Op-ed: Women are pivotal to addressing hunger, malnutrition and poverty

Monday, October 23, 2017

Op-ed by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women More

Op-ed: Good men should not be quiet spectators: Is shared outcry bringing an end to the cruel privilege of impunity?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women More

Op-ed: Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

Op-ed: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”

Monday, March 6, 2017

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman. When she started practicing law, Ann Green , CEO of ANZ Lao, was asked to make coffee or pick up dry cleaning (by men and women), simply because she was a young woman. The difficulties faced by Yayi and Ann in entering the labour force and at the workplace are not only unique to... More

No hidden figures: success stories can help girls’ STEM careers

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February More

Op-ed: Women powering a clean future

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

There is a clear link between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well-being More

Op-ed: Immoral hazard: the gender inequality of risk

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Whilst the international media reported that over 800 people died in Haiti due to the impact of the recent Hurricane Matthew, a gender breakdown was not given even though your chances of surviving a natural disaster often depends on your sex. This inequality of risk is increasingly important in a world of more frequent and bigger disasters and crises, with almost 100 million people affected by 346 disasters in 2015 alone. And climate change drives these numbers ever higher. More

Op-ed: Making Paris Climate Change Agreement deliver for women and girls – the Marrakech opportunity

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A truly transformational agenda on climate action and sustainable development with a historic gender equality compact was achieved in 2015. Parties to the Paris Agreement committed to take decisive action to arrest global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to respect, promote and consider their obligations on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls when addressing climate change. This could and must be a departure point for ensuring that the fight against climate change must not only be about saving the one planet we have for future generations but equally about making it a Planet 50/50 for women and girls here and now and into the future. More

Op-ed: Partnerships, Financing and Data

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on Partnerships, Financing and Data. More

Op-ed: Empowering women and girl migrants and refugees

Thursday, September 15, 2016

On 19 September 2016, Heads of State and Government will address the issues surrounding large movements of refugees and migrants and endorse a set of commitments and a global agenda for the future when they formally adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. Ensuring gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls and the realization of their human rights, must be a central driving force of the historic opportunity in addressing the largest movement of refugees and migrants since the Second World War, writes Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, in this op-ed. More

Op-ed: Optimizing Development Co-benefits to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A year ago at the United Nations General Assembly, world leaders from 193 nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a bold set of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this op-ed, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec elaborates on what could make the SDGs attainable by 2030 and how gender equality and women’s empowerment is both fundamental human right and a solution to seemingly intractable sustainable development challenges. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

Monday, August 22, 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

Time to change expectations: zero retribution to zero tolerance

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In an op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says "the drugging, abduction and violent gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil calls us all to turn the tide of sexual violence against women and girls in Brazil and in every country in the world. This is Brazil’s moment to shake that confidence to its core and reassert the rule of law and its respect for human rights. This is the time for zero tolerance for violence against women and girls." More

Equal pay matters

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In an op-ed for Equal Pay Day in the USA, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile-Mlambo Ngcuka emphasizes the need for urgent and effective action to tackle the gender pay gap and reduce unpaid care work for women and girls. More

The work that makes work possible

Monday, April 4, 2016

The labour of caregivers—often invisible and undervalued—is crucial for economic growth and gender equality. More

Women and girls imperative to science and technology agenda

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In an op-ed ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri writes about the importance of including women and girls "as creators and decision-makers in spheres that are transforming our everyday world". More

Let’s equal the playing field for women in sport

Friday, December 11, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes "Sport and the pursuit of gender equality can be mutually reinforcing." More

What is a real man — a 'mard'?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Farhan Akhtar, a regional UN Women Ambassador for South Asia and an advocate for the HeForShe campaign, writes about masculinity in the 21st Century, and the pressures men face around identity. More

To secure peace and renewal, including women in peacebuilding is key

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Khetsiwe Dlamini, Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of UN Women, writes about Fragile States and the Role of Women as part of the World Bang Group's Law, Justice, and Development Week. More

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace

Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community." More

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