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From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

13 June 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil. More

Actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

07 April 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus. More

“Women are crucial for a resilient health system,”—Executive Director

15 March 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “Every Woman Every Child High-Level event: The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”, 15 March, 2016, New York. More

Women must be at the centre of the response to the Zika virus, says UN Women Executive Director

29 February 2016

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the public response to the Zika virus epidemic must recognize its impact on women’s lives, and ensure that their health and social needs are met. She stresses UN Women’s efforts to ensure that women are empowered, their contributions recognized, and their rights and health—including sexual and reproductive rights—kept firmly at the centre of the response. More

"Every victim of violence must have prompt access to the full range of essential services" — Executive Director

11 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level launch of the Essential Services Package at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul on 10 December. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World AIDS Day

01 December 2015

In her statement for World AIDS day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of breaking down barriers that stop women and girls demanding health care services and realizing their rights. More

Lakshmi Puri addresses the World Health Assembly

21 May 2015

Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Lakshmi Puri at the 68th World Health Assembly, held on 21 May 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

22 April 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

Restoring confidence in the health facilities in Sierra Leone

26 March 2015

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease. More

“Gender equality demands a concerted push” – Executive Director

17 March 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women at the Intergenerational dialogue, held at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York, 13 March 2015. More

UN organizations call for an end to forced, coercive and involuntary sterilization

18 June 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO), along with OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women, have issued a statement on “Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization”. More

TV premiere on Orange Day to spotlight ending FGM

15 April 2014

Link TV presents the Television Premiere of the UN Concert Event - "Raise Your Voice to End Female Genital Mutilation" with Grammy Award® Winner and UNICEF Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo. The inspiring musical event premieres on Link TV on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The 25th of every month has been proclaimed Orange Day by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, a monthly moment to highlight and take action against violence against women and girls. More

Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

31 January 2014

UN Women applauds the thousands of communities that have made public declarations to abandon this harmful practice that cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture. To end FGM, leadership is needed at every level, from Governments to community and religious leaders, medical professionals and families. More

“We must put women and their rights at the centre of the response to violence against women” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

03 December 2013

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the launch of the UN Women and UNFPA Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls subject to Violence, at the Australian Mission to the UN, New York, 3 December 2013. More

Sexual and reproductive health rights at the heart of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment beyond 2015: Lakshmi Puri

24 October 2013

Opening remarks by Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, at the 2013 EuroNGOs conference on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda,” on 24 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany. More

In Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS widows strive to regain their rights after husbands are gone

21 June 2013

AIDS widows face additional economic and social exclusion, and for many, living with HIV adds to their vulnerability and stigmatization. UN Women is working with community groups and traditional leaders to empower widows, protect their property and inheritance rights, and provide essential services. More

Lakshmi Puri: “Gender inequalities affect health outcomes and must be addressed accordingly”

30 May 2013

Remarks by UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at a meeting hosted by H4+ and the Inter-agency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children, during the Women Deliver Conference, 29 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More

Press Statement by Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference

28 May 2013

Press Statement by UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia, 28 May. More

UN Women’s top official to visit East Asia

23 May 2013

From 28 May to 4 June, Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women and UN Assistant Secretary-General, will undertake a week-long official trip covering Malaysia, Japan and the Republic of Korea. More

Experts call for increased efforts to improve maternal and newborn child health in Africa

29 April 2013

More than 50 government, civil society, academic and United Nations experts came together for a meeting coordinated by the African Union (AU) in partnership with UN Women from 24 to 26 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review key frameworks and initiatives on maternal and newborn child health and recommend actions for reduction of maternal and child deaths in Africa. More

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