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Editorial spotlight: What does gender have to do with reducing and addressing disaster risk?

18 May 2017

The fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 24 – 26 May, is expected to convene more than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, disaster experts, along with representatives from civil society organizations, United Nations, academia and technology sector, and the private sector. With natural disasters on the rise—445 million people were affected last year alone, according to UNISDR (the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)—the Forum will focus on how to prevent disasters and reduce the loss of lives, as well as economic and infrastructure losses. More

Take Five: Families are changing, policies impacting them must change too

15 May 2017

On the International Day of Families, 15 May, UN Women Chief of Research and Data, Shahra Razavi, talks about women’s rights within families. In many parts of the world, families come in different shapes and forms than what was traditionally viewed as the norm. Families in a Changing World will be the focus of UN Women’s forthcoming flagship report, the 2018 edition of Progress of the World’s Women. With families becoming more diverse, laws and policies must be responsive to the needs of real-world families. The report will look at how laws, policies and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice. More

Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples”

04 May 2017

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women. More

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

03 May 2017

In Brazil, National Domestic Workers’ Day was commemorated on 27 April, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. More

International Girls in ICT Day

26 April 2017

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year, led by ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology. UN Women joins girls and women around the world on 27 April to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education. More

Orange Day calls to stop violence against indigenous women and girls

25 April 2017

On the 25 of the month, Orange Day is commemorated to draw attention to the elimination of violence against women and girls. In April, the theme for Orange Day is the elimination of violence against indigenous women and girls. More

Women-run businesses thrive in Albania's capital

21 April 2017

In Tirana, Albania “Competitive Fund for Women Entrepreneurs” of the Municipality of Tirana supports innovative and comprehensive business ideas through funding and training. More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

19 April 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

Leveraging the Technovation Challenge, Tunisian girls start coding

17 April 2017

Girls across Tunisia are getting ready for the third edition of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that invites girls aged 10 – 18 years to learn and apply technology to solve problems within their communities. Working in teams, girls build mobile applications and use business planning to launch these apps, supported by mentors. Some 70 teams and more than 300 applicants have registered for the 2017 national pitch in Tunisia, and finalists would be announced in May 2017. More

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

11 April 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence. More

World Health Day 2017

06 April 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

06 April 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities. More

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

27 March 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment. More

Why I come to CSW…

27 March 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway. More

“No job is impossible for women”

22 March 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Salomé Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company. More

Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

10 March 2017

At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth come together to strategize and collaborate to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. More

In Uruguay, care law catalyzes change, ushering services and breaking stereotypes

28 February 2017

Uruguay’s Care Act has changed the concept of “care”. Under the new law, all children, persons with disabilities and elderly persons, have the right to get care. The state not only provides care services, but also guarantees their quality by providing training and regulations. More

Women farmers of Nepal take charge of their lives and livelihoods

28 February 2017

A joint programme by UN Women and partners in Nepal has not only improved women farmers’ agricultural production and income, but also changed gender-discriminatory attitudes of their male counterparts. More

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

In El Salvador, rural women plant seeds of independence

27 February 2017

In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women’s cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes. More

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