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“It Takes a Woman” to build peace in Syria

13 April 2017

UN Women launches audiovisual campaign at the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the Region More

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

02 February 2017

In 2016, 28 women were successfully trained to participate in and collaborate on various cross-border issues, including disputes over shared natural resources. More

Launch of Women’s leadership initiative for peace and stability in Africa

16 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, together with the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, Harald Braun and the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, Téte António, launched the “Women’s Leadership Initiative for Stability in Africa” on 14 December at an event in New York. More

Coverage: Towards justice and gender equality to build peace

01 December 2016

Today, at an event in New York, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec joined María Emma Mejía, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations; Margarita Cabello, President of Colombia’s Supreme Court of Justice and other dignitaries to discuss Colombia’s progress and challenges in the pursuit of peace and gender equality. More

From where I stand: Francesca De Antoni

14 November 2016

Francesca De Antoni, 31, is a UN Volunteer and a Programme Coordinator based in UN Women’s office in Mali for a project supported by the Peace Building Fund. More

UN Volunteers supporting gender-responsive peacebuilding on the ground

31 October 2016

From 24 to 27 October 2016, on the sidelines of the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women, the United Nations Volunteers programme and the Peacebuilding Support Office brought together 29 UN Volunteers working across the world on gender-responsive peacebuilding. More

From where I stand: Rita Lopidia

25 October 2016

Rita Lopidia addressed the UN Security Council Open Debate on the 16th anniversary of SCr 1325 on 25th October. Lopidia, a former member of UN Women’s Peace and Security section, is based in Juba, South Sudan and has ten years of experience in women, peace and security issues in both Sudan and South Sudan. She contributed towards the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and participated as a civil society delegate to the August 2015 peace process. More

Expert’s take: Women’s meaningful participation still the missing ingredient in peacebuilding

25 October 2016

The United Nations undertook three separate reviews on peace and security last year—on peace operations, the UN’s peacebuilding architecture and on fifteen years of women, peace and security. I had the privilege of heading the review on women, peace and security, which concluded with the “Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)”, authored by Radhika Coomaraswamy. The study drew upon global consultations and new research and emerged with one key finding—women’s meaningful participation is the most important and overlooked ingredient for sustainable peace. More

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

25 October 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

“Women are change-makers”—Executive Director

20 October 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening ceremony of IIFMENA conference in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. More

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

23 September 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

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

21 September 2016

Monira Hwaijeh, 58, is one of the 12 members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria earlier this year. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the independent civil society representatives that make up WAB, consult regularly with the Special Envoy and provide recommendations to assist the peace talks. More

UN Women supports the Second National Summit of Women and Peace in Bogota highlighting Colombian women’s participation in peacebuilding

20 September 2016

The Second National Summit of Women and Peace in Bogota, supported by UN Women, brings together 500 Colombian women, emphasizes the importance of women’s participation in the final endorsement, verification and implementation of the historic peace agreement. More

Women of Syria, a strong constituency for peace

01 September 2016

On 31 August, 2016, on the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women organized a panel with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board, where they shared their experience and recommendations for lasting peace. More

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

31 August 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

Media advisory: Syrian women engaged in the peace talks meet in New York

26 August 2016

On the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women is organizing a panel with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year. At the event, representatives of the Women’s Advisory Board will share their experience and contribution to exploring solutions for peace. More

Women at the frontlines, building peace in Colombia

22 July 2016

As the Colombian peace talks signal hope for a final agreement, UN Women Executive Director and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence visit Havana, Cuba, to meet with the parties and women peacebuilders. More

In Havana, Cuba, UN Women Executive Director to meet with Colombian parties of the Peace Talks Table

22 July 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence Zainab Hawa Bangura, will visit Havana, Cuba, from 23-24 July. More

Expert’s take: Is funding for gender-responsive peacebuilding pie in the sky?

12 July 2016

A Policy Specialist for UN Women’s Peace and Security Division since 2010, Sarah Douglas is currently on a one-year secondment as the Gender Advisor for the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. Prior to joining UN Women, she worked for the UN Mission in Sudan and UNDP Sudan, as well as for UNIFEM’s Peace and Security Section in New York from 2003 to 2006. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the London School of Economics. More

Expert’s take: Leveraging leadership among Syrian women—a strong constituency for peace

27 May 2016

Hiba Qasas, Programme Advisor and Head of UN Women’s Arab States Section, details UN Women’s efforts to help unify Syrian women’s groups around a common agenda and amplify their voices and representation in peace negotiations. More

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