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Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Mexico for the Global Forum on Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces

24 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Mexico City, to attend the biennial Global Forum on Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces, which is convening more than 200 urban experts and community leaders from around the world. More

Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America

15 February 2017

Latin America is seeing a wave of powerful protests against gender-related killings. As women and men demand #NiUnaMas (not one more women shall be killed), Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala talks about regional initiatives to prevent femicide. She was formerly the Regional Advisor on ending violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Killing women means society pays the ultimate price

21 October 2016

UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the killing of Lesbia Yaneth and Jo Cox

08 July 2016

In a statement following the murders of environmental activist Lesbia Yaneth in Honduras and Jo Cox in the United Kingdom, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for collective action on discrimination against political harassment and violence against women. More

UN Women strongly condemns the murder of human rights defender and Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres

04 March 2016

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, strongly condemns the murder on 3 March of indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her home in the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras. More

Prime Minister of Pakistan: "There is no honour in honour killing"

23 February 2016

Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has re-affirmed the Government of Pakistan's commitment to end discrimination and violence against women and girls, and the end the menace of honour killings prevalent in Pakistan. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

20 November 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Colombia

13 May 2015

During her first official visit to Colombia, from 8-9 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, accompanied by Regional Director Luiza Carvalho and UN Women Representative in Colombia Belén Sanz, met representatives from civil society, government institutions, the business sector, and representatives of the international community. More

On first visit to Colombia, Executive Director meets women survivors and peacebuilders in Antioquia

12 May 2015

During her first visit to Colombia, on 9 May UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka received a warm welcome from women survivors of the armed conflict and leading women human rights defenders in the Department of Antioquia. More

In Brazil, new law on femicide to offer greater protection

16 March 2015

Announced on national television on International Women's Day and hailed as a commitment to UN Women’s new Step It Up campaign, on 9 March Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law that criminalizes femicide, the gender-motivated killing of women, and sets tougher penalties for those responsible for such crimes. Noting that on average 15 women are murdered every day in Brazil simply for being women, she described the matter as “a gender issue”. More

Model protocol: Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

10 September 2014

The UN Human Rights Office in collaboration with UN Women has developed a Model Protocol to guide investigations and prosecutions launched in the wake of gender-based murders of women in Latin America. More

Dying to live: the gender dimension of child mortality in India

03 March 2014

Sharing the voices of Indian women, a new UN Women report details work towards meeting MDG targets and sheds light on the issue of female infanticide, son preference and violence against women. More

It is time for action to end violence against women: a speech by Lakshmi Puri at the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly

19 June 2013

Speech by Acting Head of UN Women Lakshmi Puri on Ending Violence against Women and Children at the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly on 18 June 2013, in Brussels More

UN Women calls for urgent and effective action against femicide

15 May 2013

In a statement, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri welcomes mounting global momentum to end gender-related killings and urges States to take bold and swift action to implement international agreements. More

Femicide in Latin America

04 April 2013

While women in El Salvador are working to implement a new law against gender-based killings of women, UN Women and OHCHR have come together to promote a regional protocol against such crimes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Bolstering efforts to end impunity for femicide and gender-motivated killings

15 March 2013

During a CSW57 side event on “Gender-motivated killings of women,” UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet detailed UN efforts to end impunity through legal reforms to establish femicide as a specific crime – particularly in Latin America, where rates are highest. More

Speech by Michelle Bachelet on “Gender-Motivated Killings of Women, Including Femicide”

12 March 2013

Speech by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women on “Gender-Motivated Killings of Women, Including Femicide” at a CSW57 side event on 8 March, 2013 More

Confronting dowry-related violence in India: Women at the center of justice

24 December 2012

After being attacked with a knife by in-laws, Shehnaz Bano filed a case under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act – a move that allowed her to escape the spiral of abuse and likely saved her life. More

UN Women calls on Member States and stakeholders to take urgent action against femicide

26 June 2012

Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, today called on States and stakeholders to take urgent action against femicide, after the release of the Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences on gender-related killings at the Twentieth Session of the Human Rights Council. More

Police and Judges against Gender Violence in the Southern Cone

01 August 2011

UN Women and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released a study in July 2011 that assessed the mechanisms currently in place to respond to gender-based violence in the Southern Cone. The study stresses that violence against women, especially within families and between partners, continues to persist. It also looks at the steps taken by governments to combat the issue through legal and judicial measures, as well as through the work of security forces. More

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