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From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

22 February 2017

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community More

Women gain political representation and leadership in rural China

15 September 2016

Working at the grassroots level, a programme in the world’s most populous country successfully trained young women to run in local elections, and dismantled negative perceptions and discriminatory rules that hindered women’s political participation. More

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

12 May 2016

Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti. More

Women’s Situation Room to contribute to the electoral process in Uganda

17 February 2016

The official opening of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room was held on 15 February 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Women’s Situation Room is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence arising before, during and after elections. More

Chasing hard-hitting women’s stories in Tanzania

02 February 2016

Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania. More

Women claim their space in Tanzania’s elections

23 October 2015

A dozen of the women candidates trained by UN Women and partners speak about the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to this weekend’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections and how the training has motivated them. More

In India, UN Women Executive Director hears from rural tech gurus

09 November 2014

Music, dance and more than 500 rural women greeted UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as she entered the Town Hall of Shihore, a village block in the western state of Gujarat, on her second day in India. An “information fair” bringing together local women and their elected leaders, was the backdrop of the event, where community members shared their experiences of using technology to catalyse change. More

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

13 September 2013

For International Day of Democracy, we spotlight UN Women’s work to strengthen women’s voices, leadership and political participation. More

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera

12 September 2013

UN Women mourns the loss of award-winning human rights defender and an internationally renowned activist for gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, Sunila Abeysekera. She passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 9 September 2013, after a long fight with cancer. More

Sharp increase of women voters in Pakistan’s recent elections

21 August 2013

Songs, TV commercials and dramas, coupled with voter education and community awareness-raising encouraged an historic 15 million Pakistani women to vote in Pakistan’s recent general elections. More

Malian women press for peaceful, fair elections

25 July 2013

On the eve of Mali's historic presidential elections on 28 July 2013, UN Women is supporting a platform for information and debate about women’s issues. More

With some electoral gains in Iraq, women candidates work towards change

16 May 2013

Amid violence-fraught local and regional elections, in which 14 candidates were killed, 300 women contenders were trained by UN Women and the Iraq Foundation. Many emerged successful and thanks to a quota law, women will probably hold 26 per cent of seats on local councils across Iraq. More

Zimbabweans say yes to new Constitution strong on gender equality and women's rights

19 April 2013

With general elections approaching, Zimbabwean women hope to see women’s representation grow in Parliament, which is also mandated by the new Constitution approved by referendum in March. More

Women’s collectives foster access to justice in India

27 February 2013

Through special women’s courts and justice committees, women’s collectives in eastern India have forged an increasingly respected system to access justice, which also addresses cases of violence against women. They resolve disputes through both formal and informal channels, while providing emotional support and counselling. More

Aty Cuña: Indigenous women’s assemblies tackling cases of violence and rights violations

27 February 2013

On the Brazil-Paraguay border, women leaders of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa and Ayoreo communities are organizing themselves to protect their rights and their dynamic women’s assemblies are preventing and documenting violence against women cases. A third gathering will be held 6 March in Sombrerito, Paraguay. More

Broadening engagement with civil society, 14 UN Women Advisory Groups established in 2012

04 February 2013

From the time of its inception, UN Women has acknowledged that an institutional forum to allow for dynamic engagement with civil society is necessary. To facilitate regular consultations, the creation of Civil Society Advisory Groups (CSAGs), at a global, regional and national level has been pivotal. More

Remarks by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at meeting with African Civil Society Organizations

27 January 2013

Remarks by the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet at meeting with African Civil Society Organizations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 27 January 2013. More

Building the leaders of tomorrow: preparing young women in Latin America and the Caribbean

17 January 2013

To boost their leadership and political engagement, 80 young women from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean attended a regional forum in Panama, organized by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA. More

40 million women registered with Computerized National Identity Cards

04 October 2012

Women all over the world are often marginalized and unaware of their right to have a passport, driver's license and the crucial right to vote. These rights empower women, and give them a voice in society. Often they are uninformed of the processes, for example how to and register to vote and their political voice remains unheard. In Pakistan now, this is changing. More

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet press statement in New Delhi

03 October 2012

Press statement by UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet. New Delhi, India, 3 October 2012. More

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