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Speech: “Lasting peace depends on equal rights, equal opportunity and the equal participation of women”—Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Parliamentary Forum second Plenary on “Ending violence, sustaining peace” in Bali, Indonesia. More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UN Women-supported women peace networks are active in four local governance areas of Jos North, Mangu, Riyom and Wase. The networks are increasing the participation of women in conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding, thus furthering the Nigerian government’s commitment to implement the provisions of UNSCR 1325 through the National Action Plan. Plans are underway to expand the peace networks in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau states. More

From where I stand: “If I am on the receiving end of violence, should I not be included in the discussions to end it?”

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hajiya Amina Ahmed is a peacebuilder from Nigeria who works across religious and ethnic lines to empower women and build peaceful communities. During a recent visit to a rural community, she, along with other women peacebuilders, convinced the community leader to appoint women in the traditional councils. More

Statement: Peace and stability has to be built with youth

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day 2017 More

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. More

In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

Monday, August 7, 2017

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. More

From where I stand: “A big part of being a feminist is to make sure that young women know that they have rights”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sophia Pierre-Antoine lived through many coup d'état in Haiti and watched the rising violence against women and girls all around her. Her feminism led her on a path to work with young girls to break the cycle of violence. More

Joint UN-AU delegation to focus on women’s participation and leadership in electoral and peace processes during visit to DRC

Monday, July 24, 2017

Following a high-level visit to Nigeria, the joint UN-AU delegation led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will be in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to urge action to strengthen meaningful participation of women in peace and security and elections. The UN Deputy Chief will be joined in the DRC by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, and the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop. More

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

Thursday, July 20, 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

Wednesday, July 19, 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

Monday, July 10, 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

Thursday, June 8, 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

Wednesday, June 7, 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

Friday, April 28, 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

Friday, April 28, 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

Tuesday, April 25, 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”

Tuesday, April 25, 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

Thursday, April 13, 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

Wednesday, April 5, 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

Monday, April 3, 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

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