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UN Women addresses allegations of sexual misconduct

Saturday, December 16, 2017

UN Women has received allegations of sexual misconduct involving one of its staff members. The case is currently under investigation. We recognize the seriousness with which such a case should be treated. More

Joint statement for International Migrants Day, 18 December, by the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and UN Women

Friday, December 15, 2017

On International Migrants Day, we call for the development of a gender-responsive global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration that promotes and protects the human rights of all migrants, and especially women and girls. 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

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

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

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

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

Statement: A driver’s licence for Saudi women: a vital step to other freedoms

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on King Salman's decree allowing women to drive More

UN Women statement for World Humanitarian Day, 19 August

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This year we are focusing on the issue of civilians trapped in situations of conflict. UN Women fully supports the UN's #NotATarget campaign, and we demand again, as mandated by international humanitarian law, that civilians not be a target of armed conflict. More

Statement: Peace and stability has to be built with youth

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day 2017 More

Joint statement of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues (IASG), consisting of over 40 United Nations system entities and other international organizations, uses the occasion of the World Day of Indigenous Peoples, to congratulate indigenous peoples and institutions all over the world on the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. More

Statement: Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In a statement on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for immediate release of the arrested women’s rights and human rights activists and support to those, like women’s human rights defenders, who work for the good of their societies. More

Statement: Widows’ rights to independent life and livelihood after loss

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Friday, June 16, 2017

Statement for World Refugee Day, 20 June, by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the passing of Babatunde Osotimehin, head of UN Population Fund

Monday, June 5, 2017

It is with great sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of our friend and colleague. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the staunch leader of UNFPA and a brother in our fight for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Statement: Response to the naming of a community centre in Burqa, Occupied West Bank

Sunday, May 28, 2017

UN Women supported the rehabilitation of a community building in Burqa last year but has had no role in the naming or any other activity related to the centre since the completion of the project was at the end of 2016. The UN Women logo in the recent inauguration event of the centre was used without any prior authorization from the United Nations. UN Women strongly condemns all acts of terrorism and the glorification of such acts. UN Women dissociates itself from the centre and all related activities and, at the request of UN Women, the logo has been removed. More

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), UN Women joins with the international community to support the LGBTI community and “Celebrate Family Diversity”. We stand firmly behind the full human rights of all LGBTI people. Violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people undermines the shared international goal of gender equality. Addressing and ending such violations is part of the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind. More

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