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Press release: IIX and UN Women partner to empower millions of women through innovative finance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

With the shared goals to close the funding gap for advancing gender equality and the dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, IIX and UN Women will collaborate on a series of activities including the development of financial instruments that leverage public funding to unlock greater private capital for women; the engagement of new actors to increase investments that are sensitive to gender issues; and a commitment to measure social and economic outcomes for women beneficiaries. The partnership, announced at a signing ceremony in New York today, aims to unlock billions in capital for millions of women.

Announcer: World's first Gender Smart Investing Summit takes place in London

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday, 1 November 2018 marks the first ever Gender Smart Investing Summit, where venture capitalists, asset managers, institutional investors, NGOs and entrepreneurs from around the world came together to examine how more capital can be channelled to accelerate positive change towards one of the most critical social issues of our time: achieving gender equality, globally.

In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Monday, September 10, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience.

Using gender budgeting to empower ethnic minority women in Viet Nam

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The experiences of ethnic minority households are shaping UN Women’s advocacy efforts in Viet Nam, to incorporate gender issues into development policies and programmes that benefit ethnic minorities.

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.

Speech: “Transformative financing is an imperative”—Lakshmi Puri

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the ‘How to do Good’ Tour on 8 May in New York.

“Gender equality is about the whole world” — Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 Conference on 30 June in Tallinn, Estonia.

Making budgets work for women in Ecuador

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In the province of Azuay, more than 1,000 women now take part in budget proposals, while at the national level a new tool reveals gender-related spending has reached over USD 364 million, up from just 34 million in 2011.

High-level conference focuses on how to make women’s equality a reality

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

At the “A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” conference at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 May, experts and advocates highlighted solutions to address the existing barriers in advancing equality for women and girls

“Gender equality is the biggest transformer and enabler for achieving sustainable development” — Lakshmi Puri

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at “A call to action for gender equality and women’s empowerment” in New York on 17 May.

Local budgets in Albania respond to community feedback

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A UN Women-led campaign results in Albania’s first-ever community budget consultations and brings immediate benefits to those in need.

Stakeholders tackle how to make the SDGs a reality for women and girls

Friday, January 22, 2016

At a UN Women-organized Multi-Stakeholder Forum on 21 January in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), States, civil society and the United Nations system discussed ways to accelerate realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and implementing related commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Innovative financing to drive women’s economic empowerment forward

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec attended an international forum hosted in Georgia to reflect on the implementation of SDGs through innovative financing.

Media Advisory: Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

UN Women and the People’s Republic of China will co-host a landmark event in conjunction with the UN Summit on the post-2015 development framework and as part of the 20th Anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. At the high-level “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action” event on 27 September, over 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps. It is a historic and a unique opportunity: for the first time at the UN, commitments to women and girls will be made at the level of Heads of States and Government.

UN Women Executive Board to discuss funding and new budget at its Second Regular Session 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s Second Regular Session from 15 to 16 September at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Why gender equality is the most critical of all the global goals

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ahead of the UN General Assembly, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes that governments and Heads of State must match the ambition of the 2030 Agenda with equally ambitious levels of investment and transformative financing commitments, including dedicated funding for women's-rights organizations.

Financing for development outcome bolsters gender equality

Friday, July 24, 2015

At the first of three international meetings which will shape international development, world leaders acknowledged the key role of gender equality in development at the recent Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. At the conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda endorsed a global framework that will shape the development cooperation agenda for the next 15 years and provide financing for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the standalone, comprehensive and transformative goal on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women Executive Director: As we move forward, we will seek opportunities to win traction for, and achieve, the deep changes in the global financial architecture

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, on the financing for development outcome document following the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015.

FFD3 Conference yields commitment to financing for gender equality

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Emerging from the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3), was a clear recognition of gender equality as a critical element in achieving sustainable development. During the conference, UN Member States adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), a global framework for financing for sustainable development, committing to action to achieve economic, social and environmental changes by transforming global finance practices.

“With these tools, we know WHAT needs to be done and HOW it can be done” – UN Women closing statement at FFD3

Thursday, July 16, 2015

UN Women statement delivered by Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, the African Union and UNECA, at the closing plenary in the General Debate at the third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16 July 2015.

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