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From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”

20 July 2017

Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for Africa’s Transformation and the launch of the African Women Leaders’ Network. More

Joint UN–AU high-level delegation to Nigeria and the DRC to spotlight women, peace and security agenda

19 July 2017

Today, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed began a first-of-its-kind visit to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), joined by the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. More

Feminism in Times of War and Peace

10 July 2017

In June 2016, the Government of Colombia signed the first historic cease-fire agreement with the FARC insurgency group. While this first peace accord was rejected in a referendum, a second agreement was ratified by the Colombian Congress in November of the same year, bringing an end to 52 years of armed conflict. Colombian women peacebuilders played a pivotal role in building consensus and bringing to light the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls throughout the peace process. More

Speech: “It is essential to have women in the centre of peacemaking”—Executive Director

08 June 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Session of the Workshop on the Rights of Internally Displaced Women and Women Affected by Conflict in Recovery and Peacebuilding in Kyiv, Ukraine More

Internally displaced women of Ukraine find voice through interactive theatre

07 June 2017

As the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, a local non-profit organization based in Kyiv empowers internally displaced women like Olesya Arkhypova by engaging them, along with women from the host communities, in live theatre. Together with local activists, the women depict and seek solutions to everyday challenges they face in host communities. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri discusses gender equality in crisis situations with key Ambassadors in Geneva

28 April 2017

In a high-level roundtable discussion with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, Ambassadors and representatives of Member States in Geneva discussed accelerating progress towards the 2030 agenda in the context of increasing vulnerabilities and crises. More

Speech: “Without women’s mobilization…peace-making and peace-building will not be possible”—Lakshmi Puri

28 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary- General, Lakshmi Puri, during a high-level roundtable discussion with Ambassadors and representatives of Member States in Geneva on accelerating progress towards the 2030 agenda in the context of increasing vulnerabilities and crises. More

Network of Women, Peace and Security focal points meets for the first time to spur progress on the agenda

25 April 2017

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) National Focal Points Network, launched on 23 September 2016, to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, will meet for the first time on April 26-27, in Alicante (Spain). More

From where I stand: “It was my dream to wear the uniform”

25 April 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Wafa Sharqawi was among the first women to join the Palestinian Civil Police in 1997, going against all norms. The only family member who supported her decision at the time was her brother, who followed in her footsteps and became a police officer later. Today, Colonel Sharqawi liaises with UN Women and other international agencies on security sector reform and gender-responsive police services. Gender equality is becoming a priority within the Palestinian police force, and public perceptions about women in police are shifting. More

“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

“Creating economic opportunities for refugees and their hosts is a win-win solution”—Yannick Glemarec

05 April 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Brussels Conference Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Session 3: Supporting the region and the refugees–implementation of London commitments and the way ahead, on 5 April in Brussels, Belgium. More

At Brussels Conference, UN Women calls for economic opportunities and political engagement of Syrian women

03 April 2017

As Syria enters its seventh year of war, leaving millions of refugees and internally displaced people in need of emergency and humanitarian assistance, UN Women will join major donors, government representatives, UN agencies, civil society, humanitarian and development organizations at the “Brussels conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” taking place from 4 – 5 April. More

From where I stand: “With every thread I wove…I was weaving away my sorrows”

28 March 2017

At 47, Emm Ali has experienced immense loss. A Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan since 2013, she found a sense of purpose as she joined UN Women’s cash-for-work programme and started weaving carpets. The cash-for-work programme is the largest employer of women refugees in the camp. 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

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

02 February 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at Helsinki Conference on Syria

23 January 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will travel to Finland this week to participate at the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region on 24 January More

Training in Kenya boosts deployment of female military officers for peacekeeping

14 December 2016

Forty-one female military officers from 31 countries just completed the fifth edition of the Female Military Officers Course co-organized by UN Women and the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya. More

Wartime sexual violence survivors lead businesses and fight stigma

05 December 2016

A UN Women project helps female survivors of sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina transform their lives and families by boosting their economic opportunities and teaching them how to set up a business and grow their markets. More

Voices for dignity: Providing assistance, amplifying the voices of women and girls fleeing Mosul

29 November 2016

During a recent emergency mission near eastern Mosul, where military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed formerly thriving communities, UN Women distributed urgent necessity kits containing basic provisions for families and feminine hygiene products to 144 families who have fled the Mosul conflict, and now live in IDP camps. More

From where I stand: Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova and Aigul Alybaeva

14 November 2016

Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova is participating in a school-based education programme to empower girls, initiate inter-generational dialogues to change attitudes and to end bride kidnapping, early and/or forced marriages. Her mother, Aigul Alybaeva, supports her daughter’s participation in the programme and talks with her about various issues, including violence against women and girls. More

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