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Take Five: Thomas & Friends™ bring gender equality to pre-schoolers

Monday, October 23, 2017

Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children’s television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages. UN Women is supporting this initiative and Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka, Africa Programme Adviser, provided guidance to the production team for the development of a new African female character, Nia, who champions gender equality.   More

Speech: “Together we will unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017 More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the annual Girls Speak Out event in celebration of the International Day of the Girl 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Your Excellency, Minister Maryam Monsef, Excellencies, ambassadors of Peru and Turkey, Distinguished Colleagues, Girl activists and advocates, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Let me start by commending the Governments of Canada, Peru, and Turkey for continued commitments to the International Day of the Girl. Sincere thanks to the Working Group on Girls and all the other co-organizers of this thought provoking event of today. I am so inspired by these amazing girls as they use their... More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. More

International Girls in ICT Day

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in April every year, led by ITU, the United Nations agency on information and communication technology. UN Women joins girls and women around the world on 27 April to drive global attention to the need for their full and equal access to ICT education. More

Young women call for increased women’s leadership, and change in the world of work

Monday, March 20, 2017

Young women attending the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women today met UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street. More

“Make the 2030 Agenda count for all girls, everywhere”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

“Make the 2030 Agenda count for all girls, everywhere” - Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day of the Girl Child at the high-level reception, “No Girl Left Behind: Unlocking Data to Power the Girls’ Rights Movement”, hosted by Plan International. More

“The 2030 Agenda’s commitment to leave no one behind is about girls who do not have access to equal opportunities as boys”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at “Girls Speak Out” event on International Day of the Girl Child, ECOSOC Chambers, United Nations Headquarters. More

UN Women commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment for improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back. More

“Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress”—Executive Director

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2016 More

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned actress Emma Watson travels to Malawi to meet with President, traditional leaders and girls freed from early marriage. More

From where I stand: Elizabeth Chatuwa

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elizabeth Chatuwa, 28, has been a Girl Guide since she was 10 years old. Today, she is the District Youth Commissioner for the Malawi Girl Guides Association. She mentors girls and assists youth leaders in delivering programmes, including the Voices against Violence curriculum, developed jointly by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, to make girls and young women aware of their rights, to prevent child marriage and other forms of violence and to encourage girls to stay in school. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

Monday, August 22, 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

International Youth Day 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day on 12 August, “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”, focuses on the leadership of youth in ending poverty and achieving sustainable development. More

World Population Day: Invest in Teenage Girls

Monday, July 11, 2016

This year’s theme “Investing in teenage girls,” calls for action to address the enormous challenges faced by teenage girls across the world. More

Moldova ramps up IT training for girls

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Created to boost Moldova's innovation capacity by teaching young women digital tech and IT skills, UN Women’s GirlsGoIT plans more local IT clubs for girls and an IT summer camp in 2016. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security

Monday, December 14, 2015

UN Women welcomes the historic adoption of the first Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security. The resolution, spearheaded by Jordan, and adopted unanimously by Council members on 9 December, recognizes for the first time that youth’s vulnerabilities and experiences of conflict must be differentiated, as must the contribution of both young men and women to lasting peace and security, in particular through the prevention of conflict and sustainable peacebuilding. More

Fathers in Turkey foster violence-free families and gender equality

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A ground-breaking fatherhood project in Turkey brings fathers together to discuss family issues and dynamics that lead to more equitable and non-violent households. More

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