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

21 June 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

16 June 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

05 June 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

28 May 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)

17 May 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

Statement: Vast gains for young women and girls with the right ICT skills and assets

26 April 2017

UN Women statement on International Girls in ICT Day 2017 More

Statement of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues

24 April 2017

Statement delivered by UN Women on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, at the 16th Session United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. More

Statement: Starting from girls, making women’s lives count

06 April 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women ahead of the Women’s G7 Forum: This is an important time to renew and strengthen resolve for the mutually reinforcing relationship between women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Statement on UNFPA by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

04 April 2017

In a statement following the decision by the United States to cut financial support for the UN Population Fund, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says UNFPA's work "must go on in order to support the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". More

UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day

06 March 2017

"Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed." - UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day More

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

28 February 2017

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017 More

UN Women Statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

10 February 2017

Equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is founded on the principle of leaving no one behind, including women and girls who continue to be systematically under-represented both as users and as leaders in the science, technology and innovation space. More

It’s time to end FGM and give girls choices for their bodies and their future

03 February 2017

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the future for the world’s girls. Worldwide, 70 million girls were born in 2015 alone. It is up to us to fulfil the promise of Planet 50-50 by 2030 so that these girls come of age with choices for their future, in a gender equal world. More

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 

03 February 2017

While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. More

UN Women Statement for International Migrants Day

16 December 2016

On International Migrants Day, UN Women reaffirms its commitment to work with partners to ensure that migration remains a matter of choice, with respect for the rights, and guaranteed safe passage and arrival for all migrants, especially women and girls, seeking a better future. More

UN Women Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit

10 December 2016

Statement delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit, “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”, on 10 December, 2016, Bangladesh More

World AIDS Day Statement: For young women, inequality is deadly

30 November 2016

For young women, inequality is deadly—Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016 More

“The price of no change is unacceptable”—Executive Director

18 November 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November, 2016 More

Condolences on the death of Ameera BinKaram

24 October 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home yesterday, 22 October. More

Killing women means society pays the ultimate price

21 October 2016

UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country. More

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