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Executive Director remarks at the launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative regional programme on Femicide in Latin America

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Closing Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the high-level launch of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative regional programme on Femicide in Latin America More

Press release: The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a EUR 50 million investment to end femicide in Latin America

Thursday, September 27, 2018

With today's EUR 50 million financial contribution, the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative will fund new and innovative programmes in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, to help women and girls live lives free from violence and to eradicate femicide in Latin America. More

In South Africa, women call for #TotalShutdown of gender-based violence

Friday, August 3, 2018

Thousands of women embarked on protest action on 1 August across South Africa to protest the scourge of gender-based violence. Women from all walks of life used the start of the country’s Women’s Month to demonstrate their frustration and anger at the increasing levels of gender-based violence in South Africa. More

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. More

Paraguay passes new law to end violence against women, including femicide

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gloria Zapattini never gets tired of speaking out to end violence against women. A survivor of violence herself and member of a women’s group in Paraguay, “Yo te creo” (I believe you), she participated in the consultations for drafting the new national law that protects women from all forms of violence (Act 5777). With this new law, Paraguay becomes the 18th country in Latin America and the Caribbean region to criminalize... More

Executive Director’s blog series: “Ni Una Menos” (Not One Less) – Fulfilling the promise to end femicide for women and girls

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Part five of a 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. More

The long road to justice, prosecuting femicide in Mexico

Monday, November 27, 2017

In Mexico, at least seven women were victims of gender-related killings every day in 2016. The killings continue, although there are comprehensive laws in the books, because of prevailing impunity and the lack of effective implementation. It took Irinea Buendía six years to get justice for her daughter’s murder, but her pursuit of justice led to a historic precedent in prosecuting femicide in Mexico. UN Women is supporting government institutions and civil society organizations, so that together they can raise awareness and end impunity towards crimes against women and girls. More

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

Friday, February 24, 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

Wednesday, February 15, 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

Friday, October 21, 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

Friday, July 8, 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

Friday, March 4, 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"

Tuesday, February 23, 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

Friday, November 20, 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

Wednesday, May 13, 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

Tuesday, May 12, 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

Monday, March 16, 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

Wednesday, September 10, 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

Monday, March 3, 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

Wednesday, June 19, 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

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