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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation

Monday, April 30, 2018

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

From where I stand: “Women have the solutions”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wekoweu (Akole) Tsuhah, from a rural community in Nagaland, India, is the first generation of women in her family to have been educated. She spoke to UN Women during the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women about the situation of women in her community, and what they want. More

In the words of Lilian Soto: “The presence of diverse women in politics generates different kinds of public policies”

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lilian Soto is a Project Coordinator at the Centro de Documentación y Estudios (CDE) in Paraguay, a non-governmental organization supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality, working to promote human rights and social transformation. Ms. Soto was also councilwoman for Asuncion – the capital of Paraguay - from 1991 to 2000, and continues to participate in politics in the socialist, feminist and environmentalist political movement “Kuña Pyrenda”, which means “place where women put their feet” in the local language. She and her organization were behind the law on democratic parity pending before the Chamber of Deputies. More

In the words of Rabiha Khalloof: “Our society needs women to help future generations succeed”

Monday, April 2, 2018

Rabiha Khalloof is a 47-year-old Syrian refugee who fled Syria almost three years ago. She is among 520 Syrian women refugees in Lebanon who have received training and economic assistance from the third phase of a UN Women project, funded by the Government of Japan and the Ford Foundation. Today Khalloof is earning an income for the first time and aspiring to teach other women to start their own businesses. More

Coverage: System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity: How to walk the talk?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

At a side event during the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, senior UN officials, along with Member States and civil society partners, discussed the latest measures to reach gender parity within the UN System. More

Empowering women and girls in rural areas to achieve the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) priority theme, “Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls” is critical to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. More

Ring the Bell for Gender Equality kicks off at Nasdaq, New York

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March 2018), 63 stock exchanges around the world will host a bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Press release: Commemoration of International Women’s Day amidst unprecedented global movement for women’s rights

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Coming on the heels of unprecedented global efforts for women’s rights, equality and justice, International Women’s Day, 8 March, will put a spotlight on the tireless work of activists who have been central to these extraordinary movements worldwide. Under this year’s theme, “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”, events around the world will capture the vibrant work of activists and their mobilization for change. More

One room, her only home

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In Albania, although the civil and family law recognize women’s equal right to land and property, only a small percentage of women own land, because the laws are not implemented. The Centre for Legal and Civic Initiatives, supported by UN Women, is working in 10 municipalities across Albania to increase access to information about women’s property rights. More

Rural Algerian women take charge of their own lives, empower others

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

In remote and rural Algerian communities, poverty among women is high. For vulnerable groups, such as widows, it’s even higher. A project funded by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality has revealed the unique challenges faced by women in these areas and given them the means to earn incomes, take charge of their own lives and inspire other women in their communities. More

In the words of Rabab Sleiman: “Every woman whom I have trained is committed and keen to transform her life”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rabab Sleiman is a self-taught trainer from Lebanon, who is playing a pivotal role in reviving the traditional craft of palm leaf weaving and teaching the skill to young Lebanese and Syrian refugee women Rabab strongly believes that the training she has provided has had a positive impact on the 17 women beneficiaries from UN Women’s Japan-funded project “Strengthening Resilience and Protection of Women and Youth in Host Communities”. More

Facebook Live with UN Secretary-General and activists

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

On 7 March, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation ahead of International Women’s Day, beginning at 12:15 PM (EST). This online event is an opportunity to discuss how we can transform the recent global momentum created by the women’s movement into action, and to empower women in all settings, both rural and urban, to claim their rights and realize their full potential. More

Media advisory: International Women’s Day 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

International Women’s Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, the theme for this year’s commemoration is: “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”. Members of the media are invited to attend or follow the commemoration events below. More

From where I stand: “I learned to see beyond a physical space – and see what people needed”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dalia Osama is a Palestinian female architect from Rafah City, Gaza Strip, who has redesigned and restored the only public garden in Al-Shoka neighbourhood, which was destroyed during 2014 conflict. More

A garden for all—women and youth rebuild safe and inclusive spaces in Gaza

Friday, March 2, 2018

Green, open spaces where everyone can convene, relax and take a break may be taken for granted in some parts of the world. For women and girls in Al-Shoka, a conflict affected neighbourhood in Gaza, this was a distant dream, until now. It took three female architects and a group of young people to rebuild the only public garden in Al-Shoka, since it was destroyed during the 2014 conflict. More

The UN Secretary-General’s Message on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world. More

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s Day More

Eight ways you can be a women’s rights advocate today, and every day

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Right now women and men around the world are part of an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. From global marches to social media campaigns like #MeToo, women are raising their voices in unison, calling out sexual harassment, organizing for unequal pay and women’s political representation. Join us in celebrating women’s rights activists everywhere, embrace your inner activist and empower the women in your life. More

Op-ed: Making the Business Case for Gender Equality 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Around the world, gender bias is attracting renewed attention. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide and inequality. But, as successful as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been in raising public awareness, the struggle for parity is far from over. More

In the words of Ana Vasileva: “We are talking the talk and walking the walk”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ana Vasileva is a women’s rights activist and a member of the feminist collective, Fight Like a Woman, living and working in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. She has also contributed to UN Women’s “Not only on March 8th” initiative, which makes a point that gender equality issues should not be in the limelight only once a year, on International Women’s Day, but should be publicly debated consistently. More

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