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From where I stand: “Ending violence against women and girls is hard work, but it’s not impossible“

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence. More

Rural women explore new solutions to counter customs and poverty driving FGM crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old. During the Ebola crisis of 2014, a moratorium was placed on FGM as part of the emergency health measures. But now three years on, the practice has returned, even though the ban is still in place. While gender inequality, myths... More

Safe in Serengeti: Young women and girls seek refuge from female genital mutilation in Mara, Tanzania

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Mugumu, Serengeti, in the Mara region of north-western Tanzania, a safe house takes in young girls escaping child marriage, domestic abuse and sexual assault; but primarily girls who are escaping female genital mutilation (FGM). More

In the words of Jana Mustafa: “Disability should not stop anyone from starting over”

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jana Mustafa is a former employee of a local NGO and a survivor of violence. One day she hopes to open a small business to support her six-year-old son Jamal and prove that her disability is not an issue. More

From where I stand: “It is important to show women athletes can be anywhere and can do anything”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Raphaela Barbosa, a handball player from the northern region of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, aspires to play for Brazil’s national team one day. She believes that female athletes must be more visible, so that society changes its attitudes about men and women. 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

Speech: “Together we will unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri during the UN commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2017 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

UN Women statement: International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October

Monday, October 9, 2017

This year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. More

Young people in Kosovo take action to combat violence against women

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo* have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides. More

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. More

HeForShe partners with the Scout Movement to advance gender equality

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

At the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Scout Movement formalized a new partnership with UN Women’s HeForShe initiative to engage millions of Scouts all over the globe toward advancing gender equality. More

From where I stand: “I have seen the impact women’s voices can have”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. More

Statement: Peace and stability has to be built with youth

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day 2017 More

From where I stand: “Peace is not an overnight miracle. Everyone needs to contribute to build peace”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Saba Ismail started working on peacebuilding in Pakistan when she was 15 years old. The perceptions about young people is a major barrier to their engagement in peacebuilding, she says, as their work is not taken seriously. The heightened insecurity makes it even harder for young women. Still, she hopes to see diversities celebrated and everyone contributing to peace. More

In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

Monday, August 7, 2017

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. More

From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women. More

From where I stand: “A big part of being a feminist is to make sure that young women know that they have rights”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sophia Pierre-Antoine lived through many coup d'état in Haiti and watched the rising violence against women and girls all around her. Her feminism led her on a path to work with young girls to break the cycle of violence. More

Malian artists take a stand to end violence against women

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Launched in April 2017 by a group of young women artists from different parts of Africa, the ‘Moussoya ye Koba Ye’ programme (meaning “It’s a great thing to be a woman”) aims to engage youth to take a stand against gender-based violence in Mali. The initiative is funded by the Embassy of Canada. More

Speech: “Young people need their voices to be heard”—Executive Director

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the London Family Planning Summit, Spotlight Session on “Transitions to Adulthood and the Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Girls’ Empowerment” in London. More

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