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From where I stand: Lorraine Kakaza

18 July 2016

Lorraine Kakaza is a community monitor volunteer from South Africa who uses podcasts to explain how unsafe water impacts women in her community. More

From where I stand: Sita Shrestha

13 April 2016

Sita Shrestha, 19, took part in a two-day training on leadership organized by the UN Women-supported women’s group SAATHI, in Nepal, following which she helped construct a tap and organize villagers to turn a natural water source into a public space they could share. More

“Water and sanitation…is MDG unfinished business” — Executive Director

17 March 2016

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch of the Liberia and Sierra Leone Regional WEE/WASH Programme on 17 March 2016 in New York More

From where I stand: Surayo Mirzoyeva

08 March 2016

Surayo Mirzoyeva, 41, took part in a self-help group supported by the UN Women project “Empowering abandoned wives of migrant workers in Tajikistan,” which has provided more than 3,000 villagers in Fathobod, Tajikistan, with clean drinking water. More

Collecting and carrying water, burdensome reality for women

21 March 2014

Ahead of World Water Day, UN Women highlights the urgent need to reverse the disproportionate burden on women to provide water for their families. More

Speech by John Hendra on “Feminization of Poverty in Rural Areas”

14 March 2014

Remarks by John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, at a side event on “Feminization of Poverty in Rural Areas”, New York, 13 March 2014. More

Remarks by John Hendra at a side event on Women and Water: Multipliers of Development

11 March 2014

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme John Hendra, at a side event on Women and Water: Multipliers of Development, New York, 11 March 2014 More

To improve data collection, UN agrees on ground-breaking gender indicators

26 June 2013

The need to set concrete targets and indicators for a future global development agenda will be made easier due to the recent agreement by the United Nations Statistical Commission on a new set of gender-specific indicators, which will also measure more accurately the prevalence of violence against women and girls. More

Dar es Salaam meeting brings women to the table on extractive industries

04 April 2013

A ministerial-level meeting on incorporating gender into extractive industries and natural resource management kicks off on today in Dar es Salaam, bringing together 30 participants from government, civil society, and the United Nations. The two-day meeting marks the beginning of a new partnership between Publish What You Pay and UN Women. More

On World Water Day, UN Women spotlights the need to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation for all

21 March 2013

On World Water Day, UN Women is calling attention to the urgent need to increase access to clean water and basic sanitation and to support the initiative of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to enhance progress on sanitation ahead of the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More

Tanzanian Women bring safe drinking water to their communities

21 March 2013

With water cooperation as the focus of this year’s World Water Day (22 March), we highlight the experience of the Kingolwira village in Tanzania, where water is scarce but women’s leadership and the community-wide construction of a small dam is now ensuring an equitable distribution of clean water. More

Joint Statement: End water and sanitation inequalities in the future development agenda

21 February 2013

The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, UNICEF, UN Women, WaterAid and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. New York, 21 February 2013. More

Gender perspectives on water and food security

31 August 2012

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the Closing Plenary Session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, 31 August 2012. More

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development

09 August 2012

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the High Level Ministerial meeting ‘Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development' Rio de Janeiro, 20 June 2012. More

Circles of life: Community groups in Zimbabwe turn early warnings into early action

16 May 2012

For years Beauty, 52, carried out menial tasks in return for food in Mashonaland East, a rural district in Zimbabwe. She couldn't sell at the city market because it was considered neither safe nor appropriate for women in her community, where vendors routinely wait overnight for markets to open. She was little involved in village decisions about its agricultural or economic affairs. More

Mrs. Ban meets with women’s rights activists in India

27 April 2012

While on an official trip to India with the UN Secretary-General, Mrs. Ban meets with leading voices on women's rights and hears about the main challenges and opportunities in one of the world's largest democracies. More

Rural women learn modern irrigation technology in China

17 March 2012

The university professors arrived to a packed conference room - yet those waiting expectantly were not their usual students. Instead, 62 out of the 70 trainees were female farmers from a small village in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, ready to be trained in cutting-edge water-saving irrigation technology. More

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