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Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

02 February 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Path to justice for survivors of Kosovo’s sexual violence: Q&A with Siobhan Hobbs

15 August 2016

During the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors. More

In the words of María Alejandra Martínez: From revolution to reconciliation

15 June 2016

Originally from El Bordo, Department of Cauca, Colombia, María Alejandra Martínez, is the daughter of fighters for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). After they died during military operations, she was trained for guerrilla warfare. She was “recaptured” at the age of 16 and today, at 26, she writes, performs and participates in an artistic-political project that brings together displaced/demobilized survivors, police and military to build peace, reconciliation and reconstruction. More

Building peace in the Arab region, women’s groups spotlight progress and challenges

18 March 2016

On 15 March at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN in New York, a side event to the 60th Commission on the Status of Women featured a rich discussion by Arab women activists about women’s contribution to the peacebuilding processes across the region. More

Executive Director briefs the Security Council on Liberia

17 March 2016

Statement to the Security Council meeting on Liberia by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, 17 March 2016, New York. More

Reparations soon for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo*

17 March 2016

Kosovo begins implementation of the law that gives legal recognition to civilian survivors of the armed conflict and allows them to claim survivor benefits. More

New global funding instrument invests in women to accelerate conflict recovery, sustain peace

23 February 2016

A new multi-partner effort will be launched tomorrow to assist the international community to respond to today’s complex peace and security challenges and to direct investment in sustainable peace. More

Women mediators promote peace in Burundi

25 January 2016

As political turmoil intensifies, over 500 Burundian women are working as community peace mediators, actively helping to avert over 5,000 conflicts. More

Libyan women forge agenda for peace

23 November 2015

Libyan women are fighting for their right to a voice in the shaping of the future of their country. More

Yemeni women call for their inclusion in peace efforts

27 October 2015

When the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, briefed the UN Security Council on 23 October, he outlined the specific impact the civil conflict is having on women and mentioned UN Women’s efforts in the region. He also presented a letter prepared by Yemeni women, in which they call for an end to the violence and the inclusion of women voices in all peace efforts. More

UN Women applauds the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

09 October 2015

Today as the evidence grows that inclusive peace processes are likelier to end in sustainable peace, UN Women applauds the decision of the Nobel Peace Committee to honour the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. More

Executive Director calls for ending gender-based violence and women’s inclusion in the peace process in South Sudan

09 July 2015

During a two-day solidarity mission to South Sudan from 7-8 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the inclusion of women at all levels in the South Sudanese peace process. More

Opening doors for internally displaced women in Georgia

02 July 2015

Overcoming a life of loss, a dynamic Georgian woman now runs a daycare, computer centre, mill and vocational programmes for youth from her home, while also serving on local government. More

Ugandan Parliament adopts resolution to address needs of war-affected women

23 April 2014

Years of advocacy by women’s rights groups including those monitoring justice for women with disabilities in northern Uganda pays off. Justice for conflict-affected women in Uganda took a big step forward as the Parliament unanimously passed a resolution calling for establishment of special programmes for people affected by the LRA war in northern Uganda. More

Lakshmi Puri speech on mine action

04 April 2014

On the occasion of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a panel discussion on “Empowering Women in Mine Action”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan and the United Nations Mine Action Service, New York, 4 April 2014. More

New CEDAW recommendation a landmark for women in conflict-- UN Women Executive Director

05 November 2013

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on adoption of CEDAW general recommendation on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations More

Press release: UN Security Council adopts new resolution, urges women’s full inclusion in peace talks and transitional justice

18 October 2013

By unanimous vote, the Security Council adopted a resolution that sets in place stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery, and puts the onus on the Security Council, the United Nations, regional organizations and Member States to dismantle the barriers, create the space, and provide seats at the table for women. More

Women’s leadership is central to peacebuilding: UN Women Executive Director

18 October 2013

In her statement at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomed the new resolution on women’s peace leadership, which provides stronger measures to enable women to participate in conflict resolution and recovery. More

Demanding Justice for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge

24 June 2013

As the United Nations Security Council adopts a new resolution on conflict-related sexual violence today, we detail the efforts of a UN Trust Fund-supported programme that works to ensure that sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the 1974-1979 genocide in Cambodia is never forgotten. More

Lakshmi Puri speech on Women Peace and Security

07 June 2013

In a speech as part of a lecture series by the Liechtenstein Center for Self-Determination, Princeton University, Acting Head of UN Women and UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri stressed that women’s empowerment is key to preventing violations of their rights. More

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