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Jordanian Parliament abolishes law that allowed rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In a historic move, on 3 August, the Parliament of Jordan voted to abolish the infamous “rape law”—article 308 of the Penal Code—which allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ukraine and Moldova

Friday, June 9, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Ukraine and Moldova from 8-11 June to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support both countries in their efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. During the visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka met with officials, parliamentarians, donors, women's groups, internally displaced women, survivors of domestic violence and other women facing multiple forms of discrimination. More

Gender equality at new heights: Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mount Everest for gender equality in sports

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

After an 11-hour-climb from Camp 4 on Everest’s South Col route, Kanchhi Maya Tamang, together with Pemba Dorje Sherpa, and their Sherpa teammates reached the 29,035 feet (8,848 metres) summit of the world’s highest peak on 20 May. It was the first time someone has climbed Mount Everest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), UN Women joins with the international community to support the LGBTI community and “Celebrate Family Diversity”. We stand firmly behind the full human rights of all LGBTI people. Violations of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people undermines the shared international goal of gender equality. Addressing and ending such violations is part of the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promise to leave no one behind. More

UN Women at the 21st Annual Webby Awards

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On 15 May, UN Women was among the winners and honourees of the 21 st Annual Webby Awards, celebrated at a star-studded ceremony in New York. UN Women’s timeline, Women’s Footprint in History , won the prestigious award for Activism category for Websites. “Step Up for Gender Equality,” said Jaya Jiwatram, UN Women’s Digital and Interactive Media Specialist, in her five-word acceptance speech. We are at the #Webbys to receive our @TheWebbyAwards for the... More

Shiseido becomes the first Japanese company to partner with UN Women to promote gender equality in Japan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shiseido and UN Women have announced a partnership to promote gender equality in Japan. Grounded in UN Women’s universal mandate to advance gender equality and Shiseido's commitment towards women’s advancement, the partnership aims to raise awareness of gender equality and develop capacities of young women and men to act as agents of change. More

UN Women timeline on women’s history wins a Webby Award

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A UN Women timeline, Women’s Footprint in History, has won a Webby Award, a prestigious international award honoring excellence on the Internet More

UN Women brings focus on gender at international meetings on world economy and finance

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UN Women will be represented at the highest level in the upcoming Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), taking place in Washington D.C., USA, from 21 - 23 April. More

Speech: “Gender inequality is a universal problem”—Executive Director

Monday, April 17, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies’ Development Roundtable in Washington, DC on 12 April, 2017 More

UN Women Executive Director to discuss progress on women’s rights during visit to Washington

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will visit Washington D.C., USA, on 12 April to attend a series of events aiming to advance public discourse on gender equality. More

Statement: Starting from girls, making women’s lives count

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women ahead of the Women’s G7 Forum: This is an important time to renew and strengthen resolve for the mutually reinforcing relationship between women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

Friday, March 10, 2017

At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth come together to strategize and collaborate to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. More

UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed." - UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to visit Sweden ahead of International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 4, 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Stockholm, Sweden from 5 – 6 March, ahead of International Women's Day, to discuss how to remove the persistent barriers to gender equality and ensure that women and men have the same power to shape their societies and their own lives, both at home and abroad. More

Take Five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”

Friday, February 10, 2017

As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030, launching on 14 February at the UN Headquarters, which will coordinate efforts to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls. More

From where I stand: “Today, I am living my dream, because I got a second chance”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Aissata Ibrahim Maiga is a 37-year-old journalist from Mali, currently anchoring the 8 p.m. news on the national television. More

Africa to speak in one voice on key issues to boost women’s economic empowerment at CSW61

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Africa Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting convened in Addis Ababa to prepare for the upcoming 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded successfully with a unified Africa position, “One Africa One Voice”. More

Stories you may have missed: A look back at 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

From changing the narrative of peacebuilding in Colombia, to new laws that promoted women’s participation in politics in Liberia and Tunisia, we take a look back at some UN Women stories that captured events, which may not have made the headlines, but are certainly worth telling. More

“UN Women stands ready to collaborate with everyone to make the lives of women and girls better”—Executive Director

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening of the World Assembly for Women 2016 in Tokyo, Japan More

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