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Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

Monday, July 17, 2017

With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In the remote areas, infrastructure and facilities in clinics are often lacking; midwives and health workers have to deliver babies without any electricity at night. With the installation of solar lighting systems by UN Women and partners, conditions have improved in 26 clinics and five newly constructed Maternal Waiting Rooms across Liberia. More

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

Monday, June 13, 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil. More

Actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

Thursday, April 7, 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus. More

“Women are crucial for a resilient health system,”—Executive Director

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “Every Woman Every Child High-Level event: The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”, 15 March, 2016, New York. More

Women must be at the centre of the response to the Zika virus, says UN Women Executive Director

Monday, February 29, 2016

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the public response to the Zika virus epidemic must recognize its impact on women’s lives, and ensure that their health and social needs are met. She stresses UN Women’s efforts to ensure that women are empowered, their contributions recognized, and their rights and health—including sexual and reproductive rights—kept firmly at the centre of the response. More

UN Women to address gender-based violence in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal

Friday, May 1, 2015

In the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, which according to Government reports has caused more than 5,000 deaths and left more than 10,000 people injured, a flash appeal was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator and partners. More

Op-ed: The way forward for gender equality

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In an editorial, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, stress that 20 years after the Cairo population conference, there is still much to achieve for women's empowerment. More

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges. More

Lakshmi Puri: “Gender inequalities affect health outcomes and must be addressed accordingly”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Remarks by UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at a meeting hosted by H4+ and the Inter-agency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children, during the Women Deliver Conference, 29 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More

Press Statement by Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Press Statement by UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia, 28 May. More

Experts call for increased efforts to improve maternal and newborn child health in Africa

Monday, April 29, 2013

More than 50 government, civil society, academic and United Nations experts came together for a meeting coordinated by the African Union (AU) in partnership with UN Women from 24 to 26 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review key frameworks and initiatives on maternal and newborn child health and recommend actions for reduction of maternal and child deaths in Africa. More

Ensuring mothers do not die when giving life

Friday, April 5, 2013

A programme in seven countries advances efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality highlighting the links between violence against women and maternal health, and training midwives and community health workers to bring long-term change. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, at the event “Empowering Girls through Education”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the event “Empowering Girls through Education, New York, 11 October 2012, on the occasion of the first International Day of the Girl Child. More

Remarks by Michelle Bachelet at the General Assembly H4+ side event on progress of Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

Monday, September 24, 2012

Remarks by Michelle Bachelet at the General Assembly H4+ side event on progress of Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. 24 September, New York. More

Statement by Michelle Bachelet at the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders’ Forum

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Statement by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at the Inaugural dinner of the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders' Forum. Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. 3 June 2012. More

Innovative Campaign highlights HIV-positive Mothers

Monday, May 14, 2012

Women infected and affected by HIV face persistent challenges as a result of their gender. Each year as many as 42,000 HIV-affected women die from complications relating to HIV and pregnancy alone, and many others struggle to access prevention, treatment, care and support services. More

UN Women statement at the Commission on Population and Development forty-fifth session

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Statement by UN Women Commission on Population and Development Forty-Fifth session 23-27 April 2012. More

Introductory Statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet – 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 27, 2012

Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the opening of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 27 February 2012, at UN headquarters in New York. More

Women as the Way Forward, Remarks by Ms. Bachelet at the World Economic Forum

Friday, January 27, 2012

We know that when you invest in girls' education, in primary and secondary education, we will see an important drop in early pregnancy and that will lead to a reduction in maternal mortality. This is important because many maternal deaths in developing countries take place when the girls are between 15 and 19 years old. More

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