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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

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UN Women statement on International Girls in ICT Day 2017 More

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

Monday, April 24, 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

Thursday, April 6, 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

Tuesday, April 4, 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

Monday, March 6, 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

Tuesday, February 28, 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

Friday, February 10, 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

Friday, February 3, 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 

Friday, February 3, 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

Friday, December 16, 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

Saturday, December 10, 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

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