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In Moldova, a woman councillor leads the way in transforming a landfill into a forest

04 January 2017

Situated in Rapa lui Visan, an important natural tourist spot in Moldova, Taraclia village put up with an unhealthy landfill until Pelaghia Traci, a local councillor mentored by a UN Women-supported initiative, got her neighbours to act. More

“The issues at stake for women and girls around the world are far too important and far too urgent”—Lakshmi Puri

18 October 2016

Address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Equality Assembly, Gender Equality and Urban Equity: Contributing to the Post 2015 Development Agenda, during United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development More

Putting gender equality at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

14 October 2016

At Habitat III and processes leading up to it, UN Women strongly advocated and supported the development of the New Urban Agenda by placing women’s rights at its heart, encouraging all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to shape sustainable, gender-responsive and inclusive cities, and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its true spirit of inclusion and equality. More

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

16 August 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management. More

“The new urban agenda should integrate a gender perspective”—Lakshmi Puri

17 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Role of Local Authorities and Networks on the Implementation of the SDGs” event on 17 May in New York. More

“Women play a crucial role in marine environments and fisheries economies” – gender and development expert

16 September 2015

UN Women interviews Mariette Correa, Senior Programme Coordinator with International Collective in Support of Fishworkers about the challenges women face in the industry, the impact of fish harvesting policies, and how to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries for women’s economic empowerment. More

UN Women stresses women’s role in water management at the Water for Life Conference

12 June 2015

Equal access to water for men and Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago. More

Boosting financial and business literacy in Rwanda

02 June 2015

Over 200 executive women from government, private enterprises, and international organizations took part in a two-hour financial planning and business investment seminar dubbed “Finishing Rich”, the first in a series of luncheon-events supported by the Rwanda Development Board, UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)... More

Income empowers Kilimanjaro women to seek justice

01 June 2015

Through a programme supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, more than 1,000 women have joined savings and loans groups, started businesses, and sought legal advice to claim their rights. More

The voice of caregivers

14 May 2015

Ahead of International Day of Families on 15 May, we share Violet Shivutse’s story, featured as a story of change in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. More

Shaping the next generation of STEM leaders, TechWomen visit South Africa

23 February 2015

On the way to the 24th Session of the African Union Heads of States’ Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Executive Director took the opportunity to spend time with delegates of TechWomen, who visited South Africa. More

Women living with HIV cultivate leaders and food, in Uganda’s slums

07 April 2014

In the Katwe slum in Kampala, a group of women living with HIV are cultivating food, cleaning up the community and raising awareness of the right to sanitation and adequate housing. More

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

03 March 2014

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. More

We must strengthen the role of women in local democracies: Lakshmi Puri

02 October 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri spoke at the Fourth Congress and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders organized by the United Cities and Local Government in Rabat, Morocco, on 1 October, 2013. More

Joining forces with UN-Habitat to promote women’s voice, access and safety in sustainable urban development

11 June 2013

As part of a new series highlighting UN Women partnerships with other UN entities, a look into our work with UN-Habitat to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in urban planning and sustainable development. More

Mothers lighting up homes and communities in rural Tanzania

04 June 2013

On World Environment Day, a tribute to six mothers and grandmothers from three remote villages in southern Tanzania who are bringing renewable energy to their communities, serving as role models, and increasing women’s safety and voice in local development. More

With some electoral gains in Iraq, women candidates work towards change

16 May 2013

Amid violence-fraught local and regional elections, in which 14 candidates were killed, 300 women contenders were trained by UN Women and the Iraq Foundation. Many emerged successful and thanks to a quota law, women will probably hold 26 per cent of seats on local councils across Iraq. More

Better lighting, wider pavements: steps towards preventing sexual violence in New Delhi

06 May 2013

As the UN marks Global Road Safety Week, a Safe Cities programme in New Delhi is conducting safety audits, whose findings are being adapted to make the crucial link between the public’s needs, urban planning and safety. More

In Tajikistan, rural women gain business skills and independence through self-help groups

10 April 2013

A UN Women supported project is training the families of migrants and rural women’s groups to start their own businesses, helping them access micro-credits, and fostering their economic empowerment. They also learn how to save energy and manage household budgets. More

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet at the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP) “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities”

20 February 2013

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet at the 8th Forum World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP) “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities”. Dublin, Ireland. 20 February 2013. More

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