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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

Coverage: “#MeToo, Now What?”

Friday, March 16, 2018

“The Media has a powerful voice to expose wrongdoings and to hold the powerful to account,” said Sienna Miller, renowned actor and activist, at the opening of the side event, “#MeToo, Now What?”, co-organized today by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, The Guardian and UN Women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. More

In the words of Kadire Tahiraj: “Sexual violence during the war remains an unpunished crime in Kosovo"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Centre for Promotion of Women’s Rights in Drenas, central Kosovo, which has been advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual violence during the war in 1998-1999. The centre provides support and services to survivors who still face many challenges in the face of post-conflict transformation. More

“I learned to respect women”—Tuk Tuk drivers join efforts to make the streets of Cairo safe for women

Monday, January 22, 2018

In November 2010, UN Women started the Cairo Safe City free of Violence against Women and Girls Programme to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public spaces. Mansheyat Nasser, along with two other neighbourhoods—Ezbet El Haggana and Embaba—was selected to implement the programme, and public transportation, including tuk tuks, were identified as public spaces where women and girls experience sexual harassment on a daily basis. More

UN Women addresses allegations of sexual misconduct

Saturday, December 16, 2017

UN Women has received allegations of sexual misconduct involving one of its staff members. The case is currently under investigation. We recognize the seriousness with which such a case should be treated. More

In the words of Johanna Tantria T. Wardham: “Gender inequality starts from the household”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Passionate and fiery Johanna Tantria T. Wardham, is known universally as Jo. A popular figure in the urban slums of Jakarta, she can often be spotted in Prumpung and other neighborhoods, on the outskirts of Indonesia’s bustling capital city. Her mission in life is to build a culture of gender equality, from the ground up. She leads community discussions, trainings on preventing violence against women and girls, and conducts gender audits, but in the midst of all this, what she has become is a GO-TO person for the community. Jo is a staff member of the NGO Kalyanamitra, UN Women’s partner for the Safe City pilot programme in Indonesia. The Prumpung area was selected along with two other sites for the initiative, due to high prevalence of violence, including gender-based violence in the neighbourhoods. According to the National Women’s Commission, there were over 250,000 cases of violence against women and girls reported in Indonesia in 2016. Today Jo inspires not only the people she works with, but also many young students, to give back to the community. More

Creating a new normal, students across Bangladesh say no more sexual harassment

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Women, everywhere, have had enough. Around the world, they are saying #metoo, no longer willing to suffer sexual harassment in silence. In cities across Bangladesh, sexual harassment against women is a daily reality. A project implemented by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) and UN Women in four major universities is engaging male and female students, as well as teachers, to challenge gender stereotypes, speak out and learn how to prevent sexual harassment. Koyesh Miah from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and Sumaya Rahman Kanti from the University of Rajshahi, recently spoke to UN Women about their experience. They too, have had enough, and will not be silent bystanders. More

UN Women and the Government of Mexico City launch the campaign #NoEsDeHombres to tackle sexual harassment in public transport

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mexico City, 30 March 2017. UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Mexico City launch a campaign to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public transport in Mexico City as part of the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for women and girls programme. More

From where I stand: “I had minimized my interactions with men since I was eighteen to avoid rape”

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gulzada Serzhan shares the damaging impact of sexual harassment at work place and the heightened risk faced by women of alternative sexualities. More

From where I stand: “Some demand sex before awarding a contract”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sarah Quaye Reeves is a proud restaurant owner whose business has grown and become more competitive since the expansion of business registration and other services came to her city. But her number one challenge remains the daily sexual harassment from some of her male customers. More

In Timbio, Colombia, youth take a stand against street harassment

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A workshop organized by UN Women to prevent violence against women and build non-violent masculinities led to the development and adoption of a Municipal Decree by the Mayor, to sensitize the public and prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against women, including street harassment. More

Young people in Viet Nam organize to end dating violence

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The first survey conducted by youth activists on dating violence in Viet Nam shows almost 59 per cent of young women have experienced violence. Presented with the findings, the CEDAW Committee recommends revision of the national law to penalize all forms of violence against women, including dating violence. More

Making public transport safe for women and girls in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In Papua New Guinea, UN Women is implementing the Safe Public Transport for Women and Children programme, which will support efforts to end sexual harassment in public spaces, and ensure increased access to economic opportunities for women. More

From where I stand: Yoeurn Reaksa

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

After moving from a rural district in Cambodia to Phnom Penh to work in a factory, Yoeurn Reaksa began working with CARE Cambodia to address sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace. 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

UN Women welcomes strong response to alleged misconduct of UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Thursday, August 13, 2015

UN Women welcomes the strong leadership and commitment shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to the latest allegations concerning the conduct of UN peacekeepers serving with the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. More

Quito: a city committed to preventing sexual harassment in public spaces

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. This reality reduces women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work and in public life. It limits their access to essential services, and enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being. More

UN Women and New York City sign agreement to enhance safety and empowerment of women

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

City joins global Safe Cities Initiative; promises to scale up advocacy and action. UN Women and the City of New York today signed an agreement to work together in order to enhance the safety and empowerment of women and girls. It is the first such agreement signed between the City and a United Nations entity. More

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education. More

UN Egypt calls for firm stand on violence against women

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The United Nations in Egypt has been following with deep concern the recent reports and statistics indicating the high prevalence of sexual harassment in Egypt. The UN calls upon authorities, civil society and stakeholders to join forces and take a firm stand against all forms of gender-based violence in Egypt. More

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