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Take five: We need “initiatives to raise the status of women, led by Muslim leaders”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bukuru Elie Khalfan, President and Legal Representative of the Northern Corridor Alliance of Imams for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) in Burundi. Through his involvement in the #ImamsForShe campaign—launched in 2015 by the Muslims for Progressive Values Initiative in the spirit of UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign—he promotes women's rights and access to education, as well as women's empowerment through cooperatives. More

The Tunis Forum on gender equality

Friday, April 12, 2019

Women, youth, champions of gender equality from all corners of the world gather in Tunis to take stock of progress made on women’s rights, leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This will be the first of many global meetings leading up to the year 2020, calling for actions to accelerate progress and protect the hard-won gains of women’s rights. More

Press release: Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving signifcant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women. More

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo

Friday, March 8, 2019

Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn’t long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative. More

Press release: Commemoration of International Women’s Day will celebrate individuals and activists who are finding innovative ways to advance gender equality

Thursday, March 7, 2019

With technology and innovation playing an integral role in our everyday lives, it is not easy to imagine development in the 21st century without it. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. The theme explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls. More

Women taking the lead in tourism

Thursday, March 7, 2019

UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Bank Group and Amadeus, has today released preliminary findings of the Global Report on Women in Tourism, Second Edition. More

Listen, believe, support: the power of mental health care for survivors of violence

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Around the world, one in every three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way—most often by someone she knows. Yet public services, such as quality mental health services, are rarely planned with women’s safety, recovery and healing from violence in mind. More

Statement: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

Monday, March 4, 2019

In a statement for International Women’s Day, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, calls to put innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities. More

Latin America and the Caribbean hold regional consultation in lead up to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean in the lead up to the 63rd UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) started on 11 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More

Women rising: Women’s activism that has shaped the world as you know it

Friday, March 1, 2019

On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women activists around the world who have insisted on a better world and persisted in the face of adversity. More

Media advisory: International Women’s Day 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On 8 March, UN Women is observing International Women’s Day to celebrate the tireless work of activists who are central to the global push for gender equality and who strive every day to make women’s rights a reality. More

Ask a Senator: How does Bolivia have such a high representation of women in politics, and why is it important to include women’s voices in politics?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Women account for 53.1 per cent of Parliamentarians in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the third-highest percentage globally. Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in Paris

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér attended the first meeting of the G7 Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the Elysée Palace on 19 February, on behalf of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

Take five: “One of the main obstacles to gender parity is the glass ceiling”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Angela Mwai leads the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat and serves as the agency’s Gender Focal Point. The Gender Equality Unit works to ensure gender perspectives are encompassed in all of UN-Habitat’s work by mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment in all of UN-Habitat’s policies, projects and programmes. More

Governments and civil society representatives from the Arab States region come together to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019 More

African Union calls upon its Member States to prepare for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, February 18, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019. More

Opening new opportunities for tech careers for women in Moldova

Thursday, February 7, 2019

More than 1,000 women are learning new skills through an online platform supported by the Moldovan Association of ICT Companies and UN Women, with the financial support of the Government of Sweden. The programme trains young women for ICT careers as front-end developers and technology creators. More

From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 6 per cent of political positions being held by women. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the upcoming elections for the House of Representatives and received capacity-building training from UN Women. More

Women’s groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women’s Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections. More

In the words of Mereng Bessela: “I am a fighter and I do everything I need to”

Monday, January 21, 2019

Mereng Alima Bessela, age 50, is a successful entrepreneur from Ntui, in the Central Region of Cameroon. She is a cocoa farmer, which is traditionally farmed by men, has her own restaurant business and a fish farm. Like thousands of women in the region, Madame Bessala has no lack of acumen, but needs access to skills, markets and finance. More

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