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UN Women Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Thursday, May 17, 2018

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, our focus must be strongly on inclusion. That means advocating for change in ways that acknowledge the intersections between multiple forms of discrimination. More

Statement: Appeal for clemency for Noura Hussein

Sunday, May 13, 2018

UN Women, UNFPA and the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa join the people of Sudan who are appealing for clemency in the case of 19-year-old Noura Hussein of Sudan, who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband. Reports indicate that she was forced against her will into marriage at the age of 16. She was raped by her husband while his three male relatives held her down. Speaking as the voices of women and girls of the world, we plead with the government of Sudan to save the... More

Statement from Purna Sen, UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Saddened by the pain caused to women that is now being heard through the #MeToo movement across the world, UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment, Purna Sen, honours victims who have spoken and who continue to come forward. More

UN Women statement for International Girls in ICT Day 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Unprecedented hunger for change brings girls expanded horizons and changed attitudes More

UN Women statement to the 17th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Thursday, April 19, 2018

UN Women extends its unwavering commitment to the rights of indigenous women of all ages who are here at the Forum as well as to those who are supporting them from behind. More

Statement: UN Women in Egypt congratulates the National Council for Women on the approval of the new law regulating the council

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In line with the national efforts to advance the status of Egyptian women, UN Women in Egypt congratulated the President of the National Council for Women on the approval of the law passed by the Egyptian Parliament on 15 April concerning regulating the work of the council. More

Statement: Sexual violence leaves people behind: we must have accountability and change for women and girls

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the recent cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India, 17 April More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Justice Rapid Response Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman on the release of the Syria Commission of Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based violence

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UN Women and Justice Rapid Response (JRR) welcome the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, “I Lost My Dignity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Arab Republic.” More

The UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world. More

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s Day More

Statement by UN Women on the passing of Asma Jahangir of Pakistan

Monday, February 12, 2018

UN Women is deeply saddened by the loss of Asma Jahangir, courageous feminist and inspirational human rights leader. We stand in solidarity with women everywhere and with all those working for a better world, for whom Asma will remain an inspiration. More

Joint message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In their joint message for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, Audrey Azoulay,
 Director-General of UNESCO
 and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
 call on all to tackle gender inequality in the sciences by dismantling the barriers to girls and women, at home, in the classroom and in the workplace. More

Statement: “FGM is an act that cuts away equality”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, 6 February 2018 More

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

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