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Shiseido becomes the first Japanese company to partner with UN Women to promote gender equality in Japan

26 April 2017

Shiseido and UN Women have announced a partnership to promote gender equality in Japan. Grounded in UN Women’s universal mandate to advance gender equality and Shiseido's commitment towards women’s advancement, the partnership aims to raise awareness of gender equality and develop capacities of young women and men to act as agents of change. More

UN Women Executive Director to discuss progress on women’s rights during visit to Washington

11 April 2017

The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will visit Washington D.C., USA, on 12 April to attend a series of events aiming to advance public discourse on gender equality. More

UN Women and Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

05 April 2017

The Union Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Government of India, led by the Prime Minister has approved an agreement between UN Women and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programmes. 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 Women and UN Kosovo Team-supported movie “Home” wins BAFTA award

28 March 2017

In February, the UN Women Kosovo-supported short film “Home” received the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Film Awards 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award. 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

From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

21 March 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. More

Speech: “Empowering Women in the changing world of work in Saudi Arabia and worldwide”—Joelle Tanguy

21 March 2017

Keynote address by Joelle Tanguy, UN Women Director, Division of Strategic Partnerships, at the opening of the AlWaleed Philanthropies Conference on “The Evolving Role of Women in Saudi Arabia” in Riyad. More

UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts partnership puts girls and young women in the lead for sustainable development

20 March 2017

On the sidelines of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts formalized their long-standing partnership of seven years by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to strengthen their collaboration to advance gender equality and rights of all girls and young women. More

Speech: “The agenda of creating a planet 50-50 cannot come true if religion, religious leaders and faith actors remain outside the conversation”—Lakshmi Puri

17 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development Platform More

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

UN Women and Innovation Norway sign momentous partnership agreement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

07 March 2017

UN Women and Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's instrument for innovation and development of enterprises, are partnering to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative technology solutions. 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

Take five: “Globally, women now represent 50 per cent of the company’s board members”

23 February 2017

Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, talks about how the Women’s Empowerment Principles have shaped and improved work place culture and performance at Unilever Turkey. Recently, Unilever (global) also announced a partnership with UN Women to improve women’s safety in the tea industry More

Arab States build consensus on accelerating women´s economic empowerment ahead of CSW

10 February 2017

Ahead of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, governments of the Arab States region met to prepare a common position on women’s economic empowerment, with emphasis on equal pay for work of equal value, women’s entrepreneurship and harnessing the power of technology and innovation for women’s empowerment. More

Speech: “Your leadership and commitment are critical to ensuring a successful outcome of CSW61”—Lakshmi Puri

30 January 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” on 30 January. More

Interview with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop

24 January 2017

Following the signing of the Australia-UN Women 2016-2020 Partnership Agreement on 16 December 2016, Julie Bishop, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, outlines why her Government believes funding UN Women is an important priority. More

Australia and UN Women reaffirm partnership

19 January 2017

In December 2016, the Government of Australia and UN Women signed a new four-year Partnership Framework Agreement, reaffirming their shared commitment to the advancement of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. More

UN Women Executive Director establishes her new Civil Society Advisory Group

15 December 2016

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has established her new Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) for the term 2017-2019. More

Unilever and UN Women announce a global partnership to improve women’s safety in the tea industry

15 December 2016

UN Women and Unilever today announced a partnership to develop an evidence-based and human rights-based “Intervention Programme to inform the development of a Global Framework on Women’s Safety,” which will be implemented across Unilever’s supply chain in the tea industry. The programme will be implemented from 2017 – 2019 and aims to ensure that women and girls are socially, economically and politically empowered. More

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