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Statement: Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey

18 July 2017

In a statement on the continued detention of women human rights activists in Turkey, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for immediate release of the arrested women’s rights and human rights activists and support to those, like women’s human rights defenders, who work for the good of their societies. More

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?

16 January 2017

Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks to UN Women about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More

Statement by UN Women on the release of Homa Hoodfar from Iranian prison

28 September 2016

UN Women welcomes the release on 26 September 2016 of the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran, where she had been detained since 6th June 2015. More

“Together we can ensure that…no woman or girl on the move is left behind”

20 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri at a side event on “Human Rights Protection in the context of large movements of migrants and refugees” More

Executive Director at AWID discusses “feminist futures”

09 September 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated in the 13th International Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil. More

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

16 August 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management. More

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah

21 June 2016

Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO. More

From child labourer to women’s rights defender

10 June 2016

In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights. More

UN Women’s Constitutional Database boosts efforts towards women’s rights

06 May 2016

On 6 May, professors and students from the University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the University of Milan, shared their experiences in utilizing UN Women’s revised Global Gender Constitutional Database (GECD) at a symposium co-hosted by UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). More

UN Women introduces new policy brief series to pave the way for gender equality and women’s rights

16 December 2015

The UN Women policy brief series synthesizes research findings, analysis and policy recommendations on gender equality and women’s rights in an accessible format. The series aims to bridge the research and policy divide by identifying areas that require urgent policy attention and propose a set of suitable measures to address them. More

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

10 December 2015

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia. More

“We must take every opportunity to ensure that rural women do not lag behind, but rather lead the way”— Executive Director

14 October 2015

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2015 More

UN Women welcomes CEDAW General Recommendation on women’s access to justice

19 August 2015

UN Women welcomes the recently published General recommendation no. 33 on women’s access to justice by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in late July. More

Press release: UN Women Beijing+20 event in Berlin urges accelerated progress on gender equality and women’s rights

09 June 2015

To mark the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, and its 20th anniversary this year, representatives from politics, the private sector, civil society and academia came together today in Berlin. The event with German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Manuela Schwesig, and the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was held in the Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin, hosted by the UN Women National Committee for Germany and attended by high officials and other dignitaries. More

Op-ed: Now that would be a mother’s day really worth celebrating

13 May 2015

As UN Women’s report, Progress of the World’s Women documents, women have become more visible in the paid economy in recent years in many countries. However, women’s other work – their unpaid work to produce and sustain families, which is no less valuable – is typically unrecognized and invisible. When they become mothers, women are penalized yet further: in a range of countries, when it comes to pay, there is a ‘motherhood penalty’, which results in even wider gender inequalities. In the United States, for example, unmarried women earn 96 cents to an unmarried man’s dollar, but married women with at least one child earn 76 cents to the married father’s dollar. More

Women leaders call to ‘step it up’ for gender equality

28 February 2015

“It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. They urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women that resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

UfM Secretariat and UN Women join forces to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Euro-Mediterranean region

25 September 2014

The Secretary General of the UfM, Fathallah Sijilmassi, and the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, signed a partnership agreement to work closer and undertake joint initiatives to effectively contribute towards women’s socio-economic empowerment in the region. More

Voices of indigenous women and girls in the post-2015 agenda

24 September 2014

A high-level panel discussion today, against the backdrop of the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (22-23 September), reaffirmed the need to include indigenous women in the post-2015 agenda and renew commitment to achieving the Beijing Declaration and Lima Plan of Action. More

In Ethiopia, church bells ring for women and girls

08 October 2013

Religious leaders in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are raising awareness against violence against women and girls among their peers and in schools, while offering vocational training for survivors. More

Law for women’s protection passes with unanimous support in Tonga

19 September 2013

A new Family Protection Bill for the Pacific island becomes reality through critical lobbying and advocacy by partners and a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

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