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“Commitments must not be simply plans on paper”—Executive Director

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Last year’s Open Debate had the highest number of participating speakers in the entire history of the Security Council. More than 180 political, financial, and institutional commitments were made in the course of the high-level review of 1325, and a new resolution of the Security Council, resolution 2242.This resolution cannot be ignored. These commitments must not be simply plans on paper. More

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—The Executive Director

Friday, September 23, 2016

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the high-level meeting on “Global Leadership – Local Partnerships: Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”. More

The League of Arab States and UN Women conclude the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The League of Arab States and UN Women concluded the first ministerial conference on “Women and Achieving Peace and Security in the Arab Region” on Monday, 5 September. More

Press Release: Syrian Women's Advisory Board shares experience in exploring solutions for peace

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

On the sidelines of its Executive Board second regular session, UN Women today organized a panel discussion with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year and composed of 12 independent Syrian civil society representatives from diverse backgrounds. At the event, representatives of the Women’s Advisory Board shared their experience in and contributions to exploring solutions for lasting peace. More

Empowering women key to preventing extremism in Jordan

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

As extremist groups seize control of territories, women have been forced or coerced into joining them. “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan,” a new report published by UN Women, reveals how radicalism is impacting women in Jordan and how empowering women is key to preventing the spread of extremist ideologies. More

Investing in women for peace and future generations: Timor-Leste adopts a national action plan on Security Council resolution 1325

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution. More

iKNOW Politics launches e-discussion on women, peace and security in the Arab region

Friday, January 8, 2016

iKNOW Politics, an interactive online network of women in politics who share experiences, resources, advice and collaborate on issues of interest, has launched an e-discussion on United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women peace and security in the Arab region. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security

Monday, December 14, 2015

UN Women welcomes the historic adoption of the first Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security. The resolution, spearheaded by Jordan, and adopted unanimously by Council members on 9 December, recognizes for the first time that youth’s vulnerabilities and experiences of conflict must be differentiated, as must the contribution of both young men and women to lasting peace and security, in particular through the prevention of conflict and sustainable peacebuilding. More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women. More

"Our focus should not just be on what women can do. It is also on what men can do" — Executive Director

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the "Men on the Stand: Men's roles in implementing UN Security Council resolution 1325” event in New York on 28 October. More

“Making this the year when the status of women in peace and security changed, for good” —Executive Director

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launch of the Global Study on UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, held in New York on 14 October. More

Statement by UN Women on the adoption of Security Council resolution 2242 on women, peace and security

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

UN Women welcomes the landmark Security Council resolution adopted on 13 October during the High Level Review on the 15th anniversary of resolution 1325. Resolution 2242 (2015), the eighth resolution on women, peace and security to date, places the women, peace and security agenda as a central component of our efforts to address the challenges of the current global context, including rising violent extremism, climate change, and unprecedented numbers of displaced people. The resolution makes clear the substantive links between women’s participation and sustainable peace and security; and provides an extraordinary new tool for all actors to further implement this agenda and the objectives of the Security Council. More

"The most underutilized tool we have for successfully building peace is the meaningful inclusion of women" – Executive Director

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Open Debate on women, peace and security on 13 October 2015. More

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace

Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community." More

Media Advisory: Press Conference on 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and new Global Study on women, peace and security

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief the press on critical actions needed to counter escalating conflict and violent extremism in the world today, highlighting the evidence base that shows the urgent need to place gender equality at the heart of peace and security interventions. More

Joint statement on renewed attacks against the civilian population, especially women and children, in the widening armed conflict in South Sudan

Friday, May 29, 2015

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh. More

States assess progress on women’s involvement in conflict management and sustainable peace

Monday, April 20, 2015

More than 70 experts from across North America, Europe and Asia are meeting in the Lithuanian capital today for a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN Women and the Lithuanian Government, to discuss the implementation of the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. More

Joint statement on the passing of Maha Abu Dayyeh

Friday, January 16, 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of the Global Study on Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325. "It is with great sadness and regret that we learn of the passing away of Ms. Maha Abu-Dayyeh (24 August 1951 – 9 January 2015), a leading Palestinian women’s rights activist and a valued member of the United Nations High-Level Advisory Group of the Global Study on implementation of Security Council resolution 1325..." More

A day in the life of Suaad Allami: The plight of Iraqi women refugees

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007, which manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors. She gives us a glimpse of how thousands of Iraqi women and girls are coping with displacement. More

“A culture of peace requires the participation of women” – Lakshmi Puri

Friday, September 12, 2014

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace, at UN Headquarters in New York, 9 September 2014. More

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