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In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?

16 January 2017

Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks to UN Women about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More

UN Women releases CEDAW for Youth

19 December 2016

UN Women releases youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) More

From where I stand: Debora Barros Fince

19 October 2016

Debora Barros Fince is an Wayúu indigenous activist, human rights defender and lawyer from the community of Bahía Portete, La Guajira, Colombia. She travelled to Havana, Cuba, as part of the “victims delegation” to share her perspective during the peace process in December, 2015. More

Statement by UN Women on the release of Homa Hoodfar from Iranian prison

28 September 2016

UN Women welcomes the release on 26 September 2016 of the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran, where she had been detained since 6th June 2015. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri meets with Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission

27 September 2016

On 29 September, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri met with Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission Representative Dr. Tamadrr Al-Rammah, to discuss issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

08 August 2016

This year’s theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August focuses on the right to education. Indigenous peoples’ right to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and many human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More

UN Women statement on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

01 July 2016

UN Women recognizes the unique and intersecting challenges that women with disabilities face. This makes it all the more critical that women with disabilities are fully represented on panels, committees, human rights treaty bodies and across all areas of leadership so that their voices are heard. It is therefore regrettable that the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will have just one female representative. More

UN Women welcomes new Human Rights Council Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

01 July 2016

UN Women welcomes the Human Rights Council’s decision to appoint an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and calls for full support to the new mandate. More

Women with disabilities raise their voices during session on rights treaty

16 June 2016

As part of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, being held in New York from 14-16 June 2016, and as the UN treaty approaches its 10th anniversary, women and girls with disabilities took part in a series of side events, emphasizing that they are the key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so that "no one is left behind." More

“Embrace empowering young women and girls with disabilities” — Lakshmi Puri

16 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 15 June in New York. More

Women and girls with disabilities must not be left behind

13 June 2016

The ninth session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities taking place in New York from 14 to 16 June 2016, will focus on “Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind.” More

UN Women’s Constitutional Database boosts efforts towards women’s rights

06 May 2016

On 6 May, professors and students from the University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Milan, shared their experiences in utilizing UN Women’s revised Global Gender Constitutional Database (GECD) at a symposium co-hosted by UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). More

From where I stand: Cristina Francisco Reyes

08 March 2016

Cristina Francisco Reyes, paraplegic since the age of 9, founded the Circle of Women with Disabilities (CIMUDIS), an NGO that advocates for the social inclusion, rights and equal access of women living with disabilities in the Dominican Republic, in all areas of life. More

UN Women strongly condemns the murder of human rights defender and Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres

04 March 2016

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, strongly condemns the murder on 3 March of indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her home in the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras. More

UN Women Executive Board to discuss humanitarian response and funding at its First Regular Session of 2016

08 February 2016

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s First Regular Session on 9 February at United Nations Headquarters in New York. More

UN Women assesses the needs of women migrants and refugees in Serbia and fYR Macedonia

13 January 2016

Despite gender-sensitive good practices, a UN Women assessment found that response-planning, services, protection capacity and information are not yet sufficient to meet the needs of migrant women and girls in Serbia and fYR Macedonia. More

UN Women Statement for International Migrants Day

18 December 2015

In a statement for International Migrants Day on 18 December, UN Women emphasizes the importance of building the capacities of migrant women around the globe. More

UN Women introduces new policy brief series to pave the way for gender equality and women’s rights

16 December 2015

The UN Women policy brief series synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on gender equality and women’s rights in an accessible format. The series aims to bridge the research and policy divide by identifying areas that require urgent policy attention and propose a set of suitable measures to address them. More

"Every victim of violence must have prompt access to the full range of essential services" — Executive Director

11 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level launch of the Essential Services Package at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul on 10 December. More

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