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In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

Rebuilding lives after Boko Haram

01 August 2016

More than 2,000 girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The international community continues to advocate for their safe return. But after the girls are back, what happens to them? What happens to the children of rape and their young mothers? Hussaina Dahiru, from north-east Nigeria escaped Boko Haram, but tragically died at child birth. A programme by UN Women is working with girls and women who have survived Boko Haram’s attacks and making sure that the humanitarian response addresses their specific and unique needs. More

Breaking the cycle of human trafficking in Albania

30 March 2016

To support women and girl survivors of trafficking, UN Women in Albania has been supporting service-providers in shelters with capacity-building and salary subsidies under the project “Preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in Albania”, implemented by UN Women with funding from the European Union. More

Advocacy and laws confront trafficking across the Arab States

03 March 2016

A three-year anti-trafficking programme supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is boosting legal enforcement against the crime in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

20 November 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

New draft law to combat human trafficking brings hope in Morocco

09 September 2015

Experts believe adopting the new anti-trafficking law will make it easier for authorities to investigate and prosecute this widespread crime. More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women for the 500th day since the Chibok kidnappings

25 August 2015

This week, 500 days will have passed since the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from their hostel in Chibok, northern Nigeria. In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the global community to do more to protect girls, as well as boys, and prevent the spread of extremist groups such as Boko Haram. More

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

29 July 2015

All forms of violence against women and girls, sexual exploitation and trafficking, are serious human rights violations. Evidence shows, every country across the world is affected by human trafficking—as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

14 April 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence. More

UN Women statement on the occasion of the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2014

As the world observes the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says we must redouble our efforts to stamp out trafficking in persons, to return hope to those who have suffered this injustice and to build a future where these crimes no longer threaten any person, anywhere. More

Press Release: "We Just Keep Silent": A report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

28 April 2014

UN Women has launched a new report on gender-based violence among Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which reveals increased levels of intimate partner violence, high levels of sexual harassment by employers and taxi drivers, and a significant number of reports of sexual commercial transactions inside and outside camps. Almost all men also reported feeling afraid for the safety of their wives and daughters. More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri at a CSW58 side event on Trafficking in human beings

10 March 2014

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a CSW58 side event on Trafficking in human beings – A severe form of violence against women and girls and a flagrant violation of human rights, New York, 10 March 2014. More

It is time for action to end violence against women: a speech by Lakshmi Puri at the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly

19 June 2013

Speech by Acting Head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri on Ending Violence against Women and Children at the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly on 18 June 2013, in Brussels More

Lakshmi Puri underlines urgent need to take more courageous and decisive action against human trafficking

14 May 2013

Speech by Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Acting Executive Director, during an interactive panel discussion on “Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Prevention and Prosecution in the Implementation of the Global Plan of Action” at the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the United Nations Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons on 13 May 2013 at the General Assembly in New York. More

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet in her presentation of the Critical Services Initiative

07 March 2013

Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, in her presentation of the Critical Services Initiative. 7 March 2013, New York. More

Aty Cuña: Indigenous women’s assemblies tackling cases of violence and rights violations

27 February 2013

On the Brazil-Paraguay border, women leaders of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa and Ayoreo communities are organizing themselves to protect their rights and their dynamic women’s assemblies are preventing and documenting violence against women cases. A third gathering will be held 6 March in Sombrerito, Paraguay. More

Stakeholders’ Forum concludes with a call to Governments to commit to ending violence against women and girls

17 December 2012

“The time is now for Governments to translate international promises into concrete national action. We all must do better to protect women and prevent this pervasive human rights violation, but Governments and leaders must lead by example, said Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the closing session of the Stakeholders' Forum for preventing and eliminating violence against women, held at UN headquarters from 13-14 December, 2012. More

Breaking the silence: Survivors of violence tell how they used their experience to enact change

14 December 2012

Five women survivors of violence detail their successful struggles for policy and legislative reforms in their countries at a panel for survivors at the Stakeholders’ Forum on Preventing and Eliminating Violence against Women, organized by UN Women in New York. More

Introductory statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri at the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly

15 October 2012

Introductory statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri at the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly, Item 28, Advancement of women. 15 October 2012. More

Fighting Human Trafficking: Partnership and Innovation to End Violence against Women and Children

03 April 2012

Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the UN General Assembly Interactive Dialogue, “Fighting Human Trafficking: Partnership and Innovation to End Violence against Women and Children, on Tuesday 3 April 2012. More

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