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From where I stand: “I feel like my life is headed somewhere”

21 March 2017

Bondu Salia, a single mother with a high school diploma in Business Studies, struggled against all odds to provide a better life for her two children. She is among 400 women who have been trained to set up their own small-scale businesses as part of the UN Women-Coca Cola initiative, “5by20”, which aims to empower 5 million women in Africa by 2020. Salia’s story relates to Sustainable Development Goal 8, which promotes decent work for all and encourages entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium sized enterprises. More

Speech: “Empowering Women in the changing world of work in Saudi Arabia and worldwide”—Joelle Tanguy

21 March 2017

Keynote address by Joelle Tanguy, UN Women Director, Division of Strategic Partnerships, at the opening of the AlWaleed Philanthropies Conference on “The Evolving Role of Women in Saudi Arabia” in Riyad. More

UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts partnership puts girls and young women in the lead for sustainable development

20 March 2017

On the sidelines of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts formalized their long-standing partnership of seven years by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to strengthen their collaboration to advance gender equality and rights of all girls and young women. More

UN Women and Innovation Norway sign momentous partnership agreement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

07 March 2017

UN Women and Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Government's instrument for innovation and development of enterprises, are partnering to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative technology solutions. More

Japan’s largest business federation to advance women’s economic empowerment

03 March 2017

During their first visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 2 March, leading female executives from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), joined UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri for a roundtable discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

UN Women Executive Director to call on businesses to power up sustainable development and women’s economic empowerment in Davos

15 January 2017

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will travel to Davos, Switzerland for the 47th Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 17 - 21 January. At the WEF, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with leaders in government, civil society and business, to strengthen alliances to drive women’s economic empowerment and call for active engagement and leadership of business in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Unilever and UN Women announce a global partnership to improve women’s safety in the tea industry

15 December 2016

UN Women and Unilever today announced a partnership to develop an evidence-based and human rights-based “Intervention Programme to inform the development of a Global Framework on Women’s Safety,” which will be implemented across Unilever’s supply chain in the tea industry. The programme will be implemented from 2017 – 2019 and aims to ensure that women and girls are socially, economically and politically empowered. More

Press release: Spotlighting urgent need to end violence against women and girls, business leaders pledge commitment and investment

06 December 2016

UN Women and India’s IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce partnership to boost women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment; Gateway of India and other iconic Mumbai monuments turn orange as part of 16 Days of Activism More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch partnership

19 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world. More

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?

21 September 2016

As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More

Media advisory: ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ programme high-level launch event

08 September 2016

A newly established public-private partnership to support UN Women’s “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme will be launched on 21 September at an event jointly organized by UN Women, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Data2X (United Nations Foundation) and the Government of Australia. More

“We appreciate your strong recognition of our achievements” —Executive Director at Executive Board

29 June 2016

Closing Remarks of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Annual Session of the UN Women Executive Board, 28 June 2016, New York. More

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces USD 80 million commitment to close gender data gaps and accelerate progress for women and girls

17 May 2016

New initiative will promote gender equality and support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals More

South African entrepreneurs share their success stories

12 May 2016

In South Africa, business skills training provided by UN Women in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company empowers women economically. More

MasterCard and UN Women join to advance empowerment of women

08 March 2016

Around the world, nearly 2.4 billion people live without any form of official personal identification, and the majority of them are women. As part of broader International Women’s Day activities, MasterCard and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding to address this imbalance and advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment. More

UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT CEOs from Fortune 500 companies reveal gender data

22 January 2016

Ten of the world’s leading companies have released new workforce gender diversity figures, including details on leadership roles and board membership, in UN Women’s inaugural HeForShe Parity Report. More

Nearly 40 Chinese companies sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

24 November 2015

Thirty eight companies from China signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. The Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, outline seven steps for companies to improve women’s empowerment at work and in the marketplace. More

Press release: Business leaders commit millions to gender equality

26 September 2015

Leading global companies and foundations are committing millions in additional financing for gender equality at a Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum organized by UN Women today. More

“When women come together to use their voices, the world has no choice but to respond” –Yuwei Lee

24 August 2015

Jewellery designer Yuwei Lee shares her story, talks about what motivated her to work with the UN Trust Fund and shares the inspiration behind her designs. More

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