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In the words of Nongnee Kondii: “I was told that being a lesbian woman is a sin”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Discriminatory stereotypes, cultural norms and attitudes that normalize and trivialize violence against women and girls are prevalent in every part of the world. Nongnee Kondii*, 25, from Yala, a southern border province of Thailand, never felt safe expressing her sexual orientation at home or in her community. When she experienced a traumatic sexual assault, she kept silent at first. In May 2016, after participating in a gender retreat for young people organized by Rainbow Sky Association(RSAT), an organization that works to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual women, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) in Thailand, supported by the UN Trust Fund to end Violence against Women (managed by UN Women), Kondii decided to speak out and pursue the path of justice. With funding from the UN Trust Fund, RSAT continues to organize workshops with LGBTI individuals in Thailand to support them to combat stigma based on sexual orientation and gender identity. More

Rural women explore new solutions to counter customs and poverty driving FGM crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old. During the Ebola crisis of 2014, a moratorium was placed on FGM as part of the emergency health measures. But now three years on, the practice has returned, even though the ban is still in place. While gender inequality, myths... More

In the words of Jana Mustafa: “Disability should not stop anyone from starting over”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jana Mustafa is a former employee of a local NGO and a survivor of violence. One day she hopes to open a small business to support her six-year-old son Jamal and prove that her disability is not an issue. More

Standing up for survivors in the Shari’a court every day: Ayah al-Wakil is determined to leave no woman behind

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ayah al-Wakil is a lawyer working at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza Strip. Going to the Shari'a court every day to file cases on behalf of survivors of violence has been her morning routine since 2015. In November 2015, she was selected as one of the four female lawyers for a training with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, supported by the UN Women/UNDP joint programme, to defend women's rights at the Shari'a court. More

In Cameroon, former hostages of Boko Haram find safety and build resilience

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence in two Women Cohesion Spaces (WCS) supported by UN Women in Cameroon and funded by the Government of Japan and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB). Many have regained their health after spending several months as hostages. More

Dignity kits distribution begins for Barbuda women and girls impacted by Hurricane Irma and Jose

Monday, September 11, 2017

UN Women and UNFPA fast track funds to Antigua and Barbuda to help women and girls More

The Supreme Court of India bans instant divorce in a move to protect Muslim women’s rights

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering the word “talaq” three times. More

Statement: Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In a statement on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for immediate release of the arrested women’s rights and human rights activists and support to those, like women’s human rights defenders, who work for the good of their societies. More

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), UN Women joins with the international community to support the LGBTI community and “Celebrate Family Diversity”. We stand firmly behind the full human rights of all LGBTI people. Violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people undermines the shared international goal of gender equality. Addressing and ending such violations is part of the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind. More

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

Monday, February 20, 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?

Monday, January 16, 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

Monday, December 19, 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

Wednesday, October 19, 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

Wednesday, September 28, 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

Tuesday, September 27, 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

Monday, August 8, 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

Friday, July 1, 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

Friday, July 1, 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

Thursday, June 16, 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

Thursday, June 16, 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

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