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Speech: “Paid parental leave is about creating freedom to define roles”— UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway

08 March 2017

Keynote address by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day on 8 March in New York. More

Expert’s take: Making unpaid work visible creates livelihoods for rural women

08 March 2017

Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia. More

“Gender equality is everyone’s business” — Lakshmi Puri

21 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June. More

UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

15 June 2016

UN Women today announced the appointment of American award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, Ms. Hathaway will put the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels. More

“Pay inequality matters” — Executive Director

07 June 2016

Keynote address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Equal Pay State Launch event with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on 6 June in Ontario. More

Equal pay matters

12 April 2016

In an op-ed for Equal Pay Day in the USA, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile-Mlambo Ngcuka emphasizes the need for urgent and effective action to tackle the gender pay gap and reduce unpaid care work for women and girls. More

The work that makes work possible

04 April 2016

The labour of caregivers—often invisible and undervalued—is crucial for economic growth and gender equality. More

Study finds investing in early child care would generate hundreds of thousands of jobs in Turkey

18 September 2015

Study finds investments in early child care and pre-school education could create more than 700,000 jobs in Turkey, improve gender equality in the labour market and alleviate poverty through dual-earner households. More

Expert’s take: No empowerment without rights

08 June 2015

Shahra Razavi joined UN Women as Chief of Research and Data in June 2013. She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on work, social policy and care. In this piece, she reflects on the true meaning of women's 'empowerment' the extent to which women are able to enjoy not only their equal right to work, but also their rights at work. More

The motherhood penalty: An infographic for Mother's Day 2015

08 May 2015

As much of the world celebrates Mother's Day, this infographic puts the so-called "motherhood penalty" into perspective. Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", it tracks the gender gap in lifetime income, labour force participation rates, paid leave and legal reform around the world. More

"Women and social inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015"

07 May 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a global meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, on 6 May 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina. More

“If the economy worked for women…” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

27 April 2015

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a panel discussion for the launch of UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights,” in London, 27 April 2015. More

Join our Google Hangout on reducing the unequal burden of unpaid care work on women and girls

06 May 2014

UN Women is hosting a Google Hangout on 7 May 2014 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. EST. Unpaid care work, which includes domestic tasks, caring for people at home and in the community as well as the collection of fuel and water, is generally not recognized as ‘real work’ and is often undervalued by society. More

The Care Imperative

25 March 2014

An op-ed by Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, John Hendra, on a fundamental structural cause of gender inequality – women’s overwhelming responsibility for unpaid care work in homes and communities all over the world. More

Special Rapporteur positions unpaid care work as major human rights issue

23 October 2013

In a UN Women-supported report, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are a major barrier to gender equality and women’s human rights. More

“Power: Women as Drivers of Growth and Social Inclusion”: speech by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, in Lima

16 October 2012

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the event “Power: Women as Drivers of Growth and Social Inclusion, in Lima, Peru on 16 October 2012, at an event during Social Inclusion Week. More

Michelle Bachelet Addresses Opening Session of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries

09 May 2011

Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the opening session of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Istanbul, 9 May 2011. More

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