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Take five: “Leaving no one behind requires specific attention to those that have less resources and opportunities”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is an economist and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the Executive Committee member of the organization, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and contributed towards UN Women’s report “Progress of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean” in 2017. As the High-Level Political Forum meets in New York to review progress on Sustainable Development Goals, Enríquez spoke to UN Women about the SDGs under review, and what it will take to leave no one behind. More

Blog: At this year’s HLPF, let’s not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals

Friday, July 6, 2018

The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development. More

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women

Friday, July 6, 2018

In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 – 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women’s use of time and space and address their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work. More

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 – 18 July. More

From where I stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women’s leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women’s unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles. More

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector. More

Climate-smart agriculture paving the way for women’s empowerment in Mali and Malawi

Friday, March 16, 2018

As rural communities in Africa toil with the impact of climate change, enhancing the economic empowerment of women farmers through climate-smart agriculture is becoming critical, said local actors from Mali and Malawi at a side event co-organized by UN Women on 14 March at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). More

After the landslides

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bangladeshi women build resilience in the face of escalating climate disasters More

Press release: New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UN Women today launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Climate-smart agriculture improves livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In Mali, agriculture is a key sector to lift women out of poverty. But the increasing degradation of land and natural resources caused by climate change is making women more vulnerable. To combat the negative impact of climate change on women’s livelihoods, a new UN Women programme is helping local producers adapt to new challenges.  More

Media advisory: UN Women to launch flagship report “Turning promises into action: gender equality in the 2030 Agenda”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Two and half years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Women looks at what it will really take to achieve the 2030 Agenda in its new flagship report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda”. More

Expert Group Meeting discusses strengthening gender mainstreaming efforts in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

Friday, January 12, 2018

UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, on 14–15 December 2017, to strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in the WASH sector. The report has been released today. More

Press release: UN Initiative to boost resilience of women and youth in the Sahel through climate-smart agriculture launched at One Planet Summit

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement. More

Powering up women’s income in Côte d'Ivoire through climate-smart shea butter production

Monday, December 11, 2017

By investing in the shea sector, the UN Women-Government of Côte d'Ivoire programme has provided a climate-smart solution to reducing deforestation, while bolstering rural women’s economic empowerment. More

First-ever Gender Action Plan to support gender-responsive climate action adopted 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Member States at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP23), convening from 6 – 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, have today adopted a new roadmap to incorporate gender equality and women’s empowerment in climate change discourse and actions. More

Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities. More

In the words of Varanisese Maisamoa: “We want to empower our market vendors to be climate resilient”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

In February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, showing the heightened vulnerability of people living in the Pacific Islands, where climate change has led to a series of increasingly severe cyclones in the recent years. With farms, markets, including the Rakiraki Market and its accommodation centre for rural women destroyed, livelihoods of market vendors such as Varanisese Maisamoa were compromised. But today, through UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project, Maisamoa, aged 39 years, has not only got back on her feet, she has also become a strong leader in her community. As leader of Rakiraki’s women’s group, and now, as the President of the Rakiraki Market Vendors Association, her insights were critical in helping UN Women adapt its existing M4C project to provide humanitarian support to market vendors impacted by the cyclone. Rakiraki Market’s reconstruction is currently underway, featuring Category-5 cyclone resilient infrastructure, a rain water harvesting system, flood resistant drainage, and a gender-responsive design. The Markets for Change project is principally funded by the Australian Government and implemented in partnership with UNDP. More

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

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

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