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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

Scoring goals for gender equality at the Global Goals World Cup

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Balls were flying high and goals were scored for gender equality across the river from the United Nations, as the Global Goals World Cup took place on 19 September in Brooklyn, New York, to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals More

Expert’s take: When building climate resilience, women’s needs cannot be an afterthought

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dilruba Haider is a Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Humanitarian Actions, with UN Women Bangladesh Country Office. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Haider worked with UNDP, DFID and local non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. During her 24-year career in this field, Ms. Haider’s work has spanned shaping and influencing policies, as well as working with grassroots women in disaster-prone areas. More

News: Women’s economic empowerment is a pre-condition for sustainable development, say UN High-Level Panel members

Monday, July 17, 2017

The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment holds event titled Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown The UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women’s Economic Empowerment today held an event titled, “Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda”, in the context of the  HLPF on Sustainable Development in New York... More

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN platform for review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 – 19 July. More

New films on Global Goals spotlight women’s journeys of resilience

Monday, June 12, 2017

On 12 June, the Leave No One Behind Coalition, together with UN Women launched four new films that show how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a set of 17 global goals unanimously adopted by governments worldwide—can truly transform the lives of women and girls. More

Press release: UN Women highlights women’s role in the energy of the future during EXPO 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

UN Women will showcase its best solutions on women’s role to boost the world’s access to energy, while at the same time fighting climate change, at this year’s EXPO in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10 June to 10 September 2017. More

Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples”

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women. More

Innovation with purpose to spur gender equality and sustainable development

Thursday, April 27, 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director highlights the importance of innovation, technology and partnerships for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at the launch of the SAP Next-Gen Programme in New York More

In Serbia, women survivors of domestic violence find hope in the “Good Garden”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The “Good Garden” is a social enterprise for growing organic vegetables, and also a training centre for organic production for women survivors of domestic violence who wish to get involved in this sustainable farming method. More

In El Salvador, rural women plant seeds of independence

Monday, February 27, 2017

In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women’s cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes. More

From where I stand: “I became the first fisherwoman in my community”

Friday, February 24, 2017

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal. Paving the way for other women, she now runs a training centre for women where they can learn entrepreneurship skills and access support. More

Press release: UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate against women and girls, and ensuring that laws are grounded in gender equality and women’s human rights, and fully implemented, as part of global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Research from China reveals women more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

Thursday, December 22, 2016

UN Women launched the new research report, “Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China” in Beijing. The research fills a crucial literature gap in the country and supports evidence-based discussion on the future of climate change and disaster reduction in China. More

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