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From where I stand: “Ending violence against women and girls is hard work, but it’s not impossible“

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence. More

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 Pari Ibrahim: “Escaping ISIS is only the beginning, we cannot leave them alone in that journey.”

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pari Ibrahim is the founder and Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), an independent, non-profit organization that provides services for women survivors of the violence ISIS attacks on the Yezidi community. More

From where I stand: “It is important to show women athletes can be anywhere and can do anything”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Raphaela Barbosa, a handball player from the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aspires to play for Brazil’s national team one day. She believes that female athletes must be more visible, so that society changes its attitudes about men and women. 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

Georgian language has no gender prejudice, get it out of your head!

Friday, September 29, 2017

UN Women Georgia’s new social campaign focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport More

Scoring goals for gender equality at the Global Goals World Cup

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Balls were flying high and goals were scored for gender equality across the river from the United Nations, as the Global Goals World Cup took place on 19 September in Brooklyn, New York, to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals More

Press release: 30 global leaders convene to share ground-breaking solutions on how to achieve gender equality as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thirty global leaders unveiled their ground-breaking solutions for gender equality today as part of UN Women’s HeForShe movement. More

From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women. More

In the words of Elena Kochoska: "Women bear a double burden because of their gender and disability”

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Elena Kochoska is a vocal advocate for persons with disabilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and works at the local organization, Polio Plus, Movement Against Disability. She participated in training and mentoring sessions on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB)—analyzing a budget to ensure women’s needs are met—organized by UN Women’s regional programme on GRB, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Austrian Development Agency. Thereafter, she prepared a report that did a cost-benefit analysis showing the benefits of including children with disabilities in mainstream education. More

World Rugby U20 Championship joins HeForShe

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hosted by Georgia, the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017 saw its participating teams and the World Rugby Organization declare their support for HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality. More

Editorial spotlight: Amplifying the voices of women with disabilities

Monday, June 12, 2017

At the 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, taking place from 13-15 June, UN Women will amplify the voices of women with disabilities and highlight the importance of their representation in decision-making. More

From where I stand: “Being a person with disability is challenging. Being a woman with disability adds extra challenges”

Friday, June 9, 2017

Malvika Iyer, a Disability Rights Activist and motivational speaker, received a standing ovation for her speech at the CSW61 Youth Forum. After losing her hands from a bomb blast, she became a strong advocate for inclusion of disability rights and gender. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

From where I stand: “We must be at the table making decisions”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For Pratima Gurung from Nepal, empowering indigenous women with disabilities starts with making them count as active participants and decision-makers, not just observers of decisions. She points to the need to strengthen their voices in disability fora, as well as indigenous peoples’ fora. More

From where I stand: “Technology sees skills before gender and disability”

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Casar Jacobson, a disability rights activist and a UN Women Youth Champion, shares her personal story of living with hearing disability and persevering to carve out a place in the world of work. She stresses on the power of technology in ensuring that no one is left behind. More

Speech: “The agenda of creating a planet 50-50 cannot come true if religion, religious leaders and faith actors remain outside the conversation”—Lakshmi Puri

Friday, March 17, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development Platform More

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria. More

In Albania, football and a mobile app get men to commit to gender equality

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The HeForShe in Stadiums campaign and HeForShe Fan mobile app use football to reach men and boys across Albania, encouraging them to empower women, stop discrimination and speak out against gender-based violence. More

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