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Global Platform on Gender Equality and Religion launched

20 March 2017

Building on the growing recognition that the role of faith-based organizations in addressing the needs of women and girls is critical, a global Platform on “Gender Equality and Religion” was launched on 15 March at the on-going UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Speech: “The agenda of creating a planet 50-50 cannot come true if religion, religious leaders and faith actors remain outside the conversation”—Lakshmi Puri

17 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development Platform More

Speech: “Together we must leverage the strength of international agreements and frameworks”—Lakshmi Puri

16 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the opening of the CSW61 Review Theme on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. More

Speech: “You are the leaders of today”

11 March 2017

Opening remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the CSW61 Youth Forum, “Youth Create Gender Equality – Economic Empowerment in the changing world of work.” More

Speech: “The collective strength of the UN system is essential to achieving gender equality”—Lakshmi Puri

15 February 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Lakshmi Puri at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2017 on 14 February in New York. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends pre-CSW meeting in Panama

08 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attended the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Panama City, from 6 – 8 February, in the lead up to the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The intergovernmental meeting convened top gender officials from 25 countries from the region to forge a common position on women´s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, the priority theme for the upcoming CSW61 to be held in New York in March. More

Speech: “We must transform the world of work”—Lakshmi Puri

07 February 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations for CSW61 in Panama on 6 February. More

Speech: “To promote gender equality and women’s rights, we need peace”—Lakshmi Puri

02 February 2017

Closing remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Panel discussion on Women Girls Gender Equality in Action, during the Helsinki Conference on Syria. More

Launch of Women’s leadership initiative for peace and stability in Africa

16 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, together with the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, Harald Braun and the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, Téte António, launched the “Women’s Leadership Initiative for Stability in Africa” on 14 December at an event in New York. More

UN Women Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit

10 December 2016

Statement delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit, “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”, on 10 December, 2016, Bangladesh More

“The movement of women…should be a right and it should be an opportunity”—Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

10 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the side event, “Integrating a gender perspective into the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Bangladesh More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri in Bangladesh

09 December 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Bangladesh from 9 – 10 December to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. In her meetings with key stakeholders, Ms. Puri highlighted how the formidable cost of violence against women and girls impedes economic growth in Bangladesh and called for stronger commitment and investments to end the pandemic. More

#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on ending violence against women

06 December 2016

UN Women held a Twitter with Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri as part of the #16Days of Activism to End Violence against Women. More

Op-ed: Women powering a clean future

23 November 2016

There is a clear link between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well-being More

Op-ed: Making Paris Climate Change Agreement deliver for women and girls – the Marrakech opportunity

15 November 2016

A truly transformational agenda on climate action and sustainable development with a historic gender equality compact was achieved in 2015. Parties to the Paris Agreement committed to take decisive action to arrest global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to respect, promote and consider their obligations on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls when addressing climate change. This could and must be a departure point for ensuring that the fight against climate change must not only be about saving the one planet we have for future generations but equally about making it a Planet 50/50 for women and girls here and now and into the future. More

Aishwaryaa Dhanush meets with UN Women for a dialogue on gender equality

28 October 2016

Aishwaryaa Dhanush, UN Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India, visited UN Women Headquarters in New York to participate in a dialogue with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. More

Coverage: Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

26 October 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri participated in the opening ceremony of the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay with President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez; Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development of Uruguay; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. More

“The time to hold strongly to the achievements …and continue being a progressive global force to promote gender equality”

26 October 2016

We have before us an opportunity to end poverty and transform gender relations irreversibly, with the mission to end gender inequality by 2030. And, here in Latin America, the time is to hold strongly to the achievements and progress women have conquered in the past years and to continue being a progressive global force to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri receives the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

24 October 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri recently received the annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award 2016, awarded by the United Nations Association of the United States of America, San Diego Chapter (UNA-USA San Diego), to honour outstanding leaders in the human rights community and to mark the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Lakshmi Puri

17 October 2016

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-general and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the opening of the Women’s and Youth Assembly, Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) More

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