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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Justice Rapid Response Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman on the release of the Syria Commission of Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based violence

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UN Women and Justice Rapid Response (JRR) welcome the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, “I Lost My Dignity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Arab Republic.” More

Remarks of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Side Event on the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation

Monday, March 12, 2018

It is significant that we are now in a phase where consultation with women and their participation in influencing the strategies and policies dealing with counterterrorism have finally become a way of life and integrated.  More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Bangladesh

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh, witnessing the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between UN Women and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Bangladesh. More

Women in Bangladesh bolster efforts to turn the tide on rising extremism

Monday, January 29, 2018

The idea is simple, and makes perfect sense—when women are empowered economically and are part of decision-making in their communities, societies are more cohesive and more peaceful. It’s Wednesday morning in Dinajpur, a rural district in the northern part of Bangladesh. A group of women sit in a circle sipping tea, their children playing at their feet, as they prepare for a meeting. They are known in the community as “Polli Shomaj Women” [community-based women’s... More

From where I stand: “Women need to live a life without violence”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba is the Executive Director of Dushirehamwe (meaning, ‘let’s be together for peace’) in Burundi. She promotes women’s role in peacebuilding. In a conversation with UN Women, Ndacayisaba talks about her own journey as a peacebuilder, the current situation in Burundi and why we must engage women. More

Building peace while empowering women on Indonesia's Java Island

Thursday, January 11, 2018

With a pledge on 1 November, and the signing of a peaceful village inscription by the Regent of Klaten, Nglinggi became the first community in Indonesia to be declared a model Kampung Damai, or "peace village." More

From where I stand: Afro-descendent women of Colombia rise for justice

Monday, January 8, 2018

Charo Mina-Rojas has worked for many years to educate grassroots Afro-descendant communities of Colombia on Law 70 of 1993, which recognizes their cultural, territorial and political rights. Following the historic peace agreement which ended the more than 50-year conflict between the Government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Mina-Rojas advocates for justice and equality for Colombia’s afro-descendent women. More

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

Press release: European Union–UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis steps up its support to women’s empowerment in Jordan, Iraq and Turkey through a EUR 12.5 million investment. More

Executive Director’s blog series: Sexual violence in conflict

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Part 15 in a 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. More

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and Pramila Patten on the launch of the Elsie Initiative

Thursday, November 16, 2017

At the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a new initiative, named after the trailblazing Canadian feminist icon Elsie MacGill, to help increase women’s participation in peacekeeping operations. In the same ceremony, Major Seitebatso Pearl Block from South Africa was presented with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and particularly her outreach to women’s organizations in remote areas. More

Putting laws into action, police officers respond to violence against women in Moldova

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

With generous funding from the Swedish Government, UN Women has been working with police officers across Moldova for the past two years, to build their knowledge and improve their capacity to respond to domestic violence cases effectively. The programme, titled “Promoting and multiplying good innovative practices in preventing and combating violence against women”, also encourages police officers like Zglavoci to share good practices with their peers and other service providers through trainings and interactive platforms. More

In the words of Sanja Pejović: “Applying a gender perspective contributes to the success of military operations”

Monday, October 30, 2017

Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a regional gender trainer, training military personnel from all over the world, and has actively participated in regional and international projects on the inclusion of gender perspectives in security sector reform. More

Speech: Women, peace and security, an essential pillar in global affairs

Friday, October 27, 2017

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security More

Take five: Uncovering the untold stories of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict

Friday, October 27, 2017

Aurélie Roche-Mair is the Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office, where she manages the International Criminal Justice Programme. As a member of the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster, Ms. Roche-Mair served as the Gender Adviser to the judges during the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in 2016. Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including rape and sexual slavery. The ground-breaking case marked the first African Union-backed trial of a former Head of State.
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Expanding women’s leadership requires changing masculinities

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On 25 October, women leaders and experts gathered at the UN Headquarters to discuss issues of masculinities, violence against women, and women’s participation in peace and justice in transitional societies. With 2 billion people across 35 countries and territories affected by fragility, conflict and violence, women’s active participation and leadership in preventing conflict and sustaining peace is critical. More

Investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes—lessons from Iraq and Syria

Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the lead-up to UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, experts discuss what it takes to document and investigate conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes and pathways to justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Syria. More

Media advisory: UN Women highlights the voices of women building sustainable peace and mobilizing for justice and equality

Monday, October 23, 2017

On 27 October 2017, the UN Security Council will convene its annual Open Debate on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UN Security Council resolution 1325 recognized for the first time in 2000, the role of gender equality and women’s leadership in international peace and security. More

In the words of Hikmah Bafagih: “Our vision is to create an inclusive Islam, having people oppose me is very common”

Monday, October 23, 2017

Meet Hikmah Bafagih, from Malang in East Java, Indonesia. University professor, community organizer, peace-builder, Counsellor, mother, wife—Bafagih has many roles. She is also a religious leader, steering the women’s wing of the biggest Muslim organization in Indonesia. Her vision is to create an inclusive Islam, and she is used to opposition. Steadfast in her belief that women are solidarity makers, she works to empower women in her community, supports LGBT people and people living with HIV. More

Sepur Zarco: In pursuit of truth, justice, and now reparations

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sepur Zarco was the first case of conflict-related sexual violence challenged under Guatemala’s penal code. It was also the first time that a national court anywhere in the world had ruled on charges of sexual slavery during an armed conflict—a crime under international law. In its path-breaking judgment, the Guatemalan court noted that sexual violence against indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’ women was part of a deliberate strategy by the Guatemalan Army. More

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