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“We must support young women refugees to realize their full potential as leaders in all spheres”—Lakshmi Puri

Monday, September 19, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the UN General Assembly side event “Investing in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Refugee Crisis” on 19 September in New York. More

“People are beginning to see our potential…the potential of all the girls who play sport”

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games. More

Unlocking the potential of Afghan women

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers. 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

Football camps in Jordan plant seeds of friendship and cohesion

Monday, July 25, 2016

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, integration into the Jordanian society is fraught with challenges. Mistrust and rumors taint how each group perceives the other. A project by UN Women organized football camps for adolescent girls, where Jordanian and Syrian girls built friendships and social cohesion. More

“Young women and men represent a huge potential resource as agents of change” — Lakshmi Puri

Friday, July 15, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the United Nations World Youth Report on 15 July in New York. 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

“Youth must be at the centre of achieving the 2030 Agenda” — Lakshmi Puri

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Youth Annual Assembly of the United Nations on 17 February, in New York. 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

Girls speak out at the First African Girls' Summit on Ending Child Marriage

Friday, November 27, 2015

UN Women is participating and actively contributing to the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage, being held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 24–27 November 2015. More

Executive Director addresses young women and girls at World YWCA Council

Monday, October 19, 2015

On 16 October 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended a remarkable event in Bangkok organized by the YWCA to expand the advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights and symbolically pass the torch to the next generation of feminists. More

Speech by UN Women Executive Director at the 28th World YWCA Council

Friday, October 16, 2015

Speech delivered by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on 16 October 2015, at the 28th World YCA Council, “Bold and transformative leadership – Toward 2035,” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11–16 October 2015. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

We know we have an extraordinarily long way to go to achieve what we want for our 15-year-olds. But they must know that they, and all their siblings, are in the spotlight. Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030. More

Girls bridge the digital gender gap in Central America

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields. More

“Education is power” – Girl Guide teacher/trainer

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kisha Miller has been a technical (architectural) drawing teacher for the past eight years at the Boca secondary school in Grenada. She has been a Girl Guide for the past 20 years and is now a Unit Leader at the school where she teaches, as well as an assistant District Commissioner. She speaks to UN Women about the importance of non-traditional education, how she promotes gender equality as a teacher, and how she is using, and will use, education to combat violence against women in her country. More

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In a country where half of girls are married before age 18, UN Women played a key role in lobbying for a new law that raises the legal age to wed, while raising awareness and working with traditional leaders to annul marriages. More

“The power of self-realized young women is immense” – Lakshmi Puri

Monday, August 17, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, who accepted the Global Generation Award on behalf of UN Women at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference on 14 August, in New York. More

“Sport teams provide training in skills we need in the game of life”: Anita L. DeFrantz, U.S. Olympian

Friday, June 21, 2013

To mark Olympic Day, which commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894, UN Women speaks with Anita L. DeFrantz, U.S. Olympic medalist, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission. More

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at Informal Discussion With Girl High School Students, Al-Ghafari High School, Morocco

Friday, March 9, 2012

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at Informal Discussion With Girl High School Students, Al-Ghafari High School, Morocco, 8 march 2012. More

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