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Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

10 March 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

06 March 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

04 March 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”

10 February 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”

31 January 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

30 January 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

21 December 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

13 December 2016

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

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo

09 December 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Tokyo, Japan from 12 – 14 December to participate in the opening session of the World Assembly for Women 2016, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Judit Polgar discusses how she changed gender stereotypes playing chess

23 November 2016

Judit Polgar, chess Grandmaster and now a Planet 50-50 Champion in support of UN Women, visited UN Women Headquarters in New York to participate in a dialogue with Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, youth activists and other experts. More

UN Women Executive Director to emphasize human security and safety of women during her visit to the Caribbean

31 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be visiting the Caribbean region for the first time this week, making stops in Barbados, followed by Jamaica. More

Aishwaryaa Dhanush meets with UN Women for a dialogue on gender equality

28 October 2016

Aishwaryaa Dhanush, UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India, visited UN Women Headquarters in New York to participate in a dialogue with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. More

In Albania, football and a mobile app get men to commit to gender equality

26 October 2016

The HeForShe in Stadiums campaign and HeForShe Fan mobile app use football to reach men and boys across Albania, encouraging them to empower women, stop discrimination and speak out against gender-based violence. More

Signaling a boost for gender equality, Liberia passes the ‘Affirmative Action Bill’

03 October 2016

On 29 September, the Liberian House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven ‘Special Constituencies’, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled. More

Strong steps forward for the African continent as Nigeria and Liberia undertake new legislation

30 September 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the occasion of parliamentarians in Nigeria and Liberia taking positive steps to directly support inclusivity and create opportunities for women. More

City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres

30 September 2016

The digital platform "City 50-50: All for Equality", available in www.cidade5050.org.br aims to encourage debate on equal rights between women and men in local elections this year. More

“Luxembourg is well positioned to take a leading role…in the national implementation of the SDGs”—Lakshmi Puri

27 September 2016

Statement by Lakshmi Puri, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the Foundation of Luxembourg’s Cooperation 2016 conference on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Belgium and UN Women sign agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

27 September 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework Arrangement in New York on 20 September 2016, to formalize and strengthen collaboration for promoting women’s rights and gender equality. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework... More

Press release: Robust actions mount, at one year mark of landmark meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment

27 September 2016

Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide 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

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