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Women-run businesses thrive in Albania's capital

21 April 2017

In Tirana, Albania “Competitive Fund for Women Entrepreneurs” of the Municipality of Tirana supports innovative and comprehensive business ideas through funding and training. More

UN Women brings focus on gender at international meetings on world economy and finance

19 April 2017

UN Women will be represented at the highest level in the upcoming Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), taking place in Washington D.C., USA, from 21 - 23 April. More

From where I stand: “Expanding indigenous women’s rights strengthens the collective rights”

18 April 2017

The concept of collective rights is central to indigenous cultures. But the status of indigenous women within and outside their communities remain precarious when they are unable to claim any rights of their own. Janneth Lozano Bustos works with indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower women so that they can enjoy autonomy over their lives and resources. More

In the words of Tarcila Rivera Zea: “My parents, illiterate as they were, pushed to learn more”

18 April 2017

Tarcila Rivera Zea is a Quechuan activist from Ayacucho, Peru, and Founder of the organization Chirapaq, and leader in the movement of indigenous women of the Americas. From 2013 – 2015, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality has supported Chirapaq’s work on strengthening rural indigenous women’s economic empowerment. Ms. Rivera Zea was recently elected to the UN’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is a journalist by profession and for more than 30 years has worked as an activist for indigenous peoples' rights, particularly those related to women, children and indigenous youth in national and international areas. More

Speech: “Gender inequality is a universal problem”—Executive Director

17 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies’ Development Roundtable in Washington, DC on 12 April, 2017 More

Towards a global compact on migration that works for migrant women

12 April 2017

At the event, ‘Integrating a gender perspective in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration’ at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), UN Women, in partnership with the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, presented a set of expert recommendations that specifically address women’s human rights in the forthcoming global compact for migration. More

Community leadership makes markets safer for women traders in Tanzania

11 April 2017

For women working in the Mchikichini market, violence and discrimination used to be a daily reality. But now, thanks to the “Give Payment, Not Abuse: Protecting Informal Women Traders in Dar es Salaam from Violence against Women” project, women market traders are protected by law and can work without the fear of violence. More

From where I stand: “I slept in the dog house because I wanted to go to school”

10 April 2017

Shirley Pryce, formerly a domestic worker herself, advocates for domestic workers’ rights in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. Globally The memory of her employers locking her out at night because she wanted to go to evening classes stays haunts her to date. Following Jamaica’s ratification of the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers, Pryce is advocating for a national law to protect the rights of domestic workers. More

UN Women Executive Director at Women’s G7 Forum

07 April 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be in Rome, Italy, from 7 – 8 April, to participate at the Women’s G7 Forum (W7) “Starting from girls”. The Women’s Forum, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, WE-Women Empower the World and the Aspen Institute, aims to foster dialogue among civil society, business, academia and the G7 institutional representatives on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

“Creating economic opportunities for refugees and their hosts is a win-win solution”—Yannick Glemarec

05 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Brussels Conference Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Session 3: Supporting the region and the refugees–implementation of London commitments and the way ahead, on 5 April in Brussels, Belgium. More

From where I stand: “I started my business with 15 dollars”

04 April 2017

Sandra Letio started a soap-making business with only USD 15. Today, she is 29 and her business is valued at USD 700,000. With sheer determination, talent, supportive parents and a team of young staff who believed in her, Letio overcame the barriers she encountered. At the CSW 61 Youth Forum, she inspired young entrepreneurs, but also reminded decision-makers to give equal opportunities to youth. More

From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

29 March 2017

Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. More

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

27 March 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment. More

“The outcomes of CSW61 are important building blocks”—Executive Director

26 March 2017

Closing remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Press Release: UN Commission on the Status of Women provides roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy

24 March 2017

At the closing of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Member States today committed to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, to women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieve sustainable development. More

“No job is impossible for women”

22 March 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Salomé Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company. More

From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

21 March 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. More

In the words of Aisulu Jenalieva: “Women can have more freedom and men can share domestic work”

20 March 2017

Aisulu Jenalieva, 48, has gone from being an abandoned wife of a migrant worker without the means to support her family, to leading a self-help group and collective that runs Jirgatol district’s first dairy production facility in north-east Tajikistan. Her entire perspective has changed since participating in the project. “Earlier, my only wish for my daughter was that she got a good husband, a good household and a piece of land. Now, I want a good education for her,” says Jenalieva. More

Young women call for increased women’s leadership, and change in the world of work

20 March 2017

Young women attending the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today met UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. More

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