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World Health Day 2017

06 April 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

06 April 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities. More

From where I stand: Chum Sopha

01 December 2016

Chum Sopha, now 29, works with HIV-positive women in Roka Village in north-west Cambodia. More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

30 November 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

“Through the power of collaboration with health professionals we can make a life or death difference”—Executive Director

23 November 2016

Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General, and Executive Director of UN Women, delivered by Khetsiwe Dlamini, Chief of Staff of UN Women at the Royal College of Nursing International Centenary Conference More

Empowering domestic workers through information technology in Cambodia

14 September 2016

Research shows that domestic workers in Cambodia need access and information about physical and mental health. A new technology supported by UN Women empowers them towards a healthier life. More

Starting a career saving lives during childbirth

14 July 2016

Rayhan Alem, 22-year-old native of Badakhsan Province in Afghanistan’s far northeast, has wanted to be a midwife since she was a teenager and a neighbor died giving birth. Now, she is preparing for her career by doing an internship at Ali Seena Hospital in Kabul, with the support of UN Women. More

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

23 June 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes. More

Women with disabilities raise their voices during session on rights treaty

16 June 2016

As part of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, being held in New York from 14-16 June 2016, and as the UN treaty approaches its 10th anniversary, women and girls with disabilities took part in a series of side events, emphasizing that they are the key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so that "no one is left behind." More

“Embrace empowering young women and girls with disabilities” — Lakshmi Puri

16 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 15 June in New York. More

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

13 June 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil. More

“Remove barriers to women’s full and equal access to drug treatment” —Lakshmi Puri

02 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the UN General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on drugs side event, “Achieving inclusive, peaceful and equitable societies: the way forward for drug policies”, 20 April, New York. More

Actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

07 April 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus. More

“Women are crucial for a resilient health system,”—Executive Director

15 March 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “Every Woman Every Child High-Level event: The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”, 15 March, 2016, New York. More

Executive Director visits Liberia

01 March 2016

From 26 February to 1 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking a five-day high-level joint visit to Liberia, alongside the Executive Director of Oxfam, Winifred Byanyima. More

Peace Huts help Liberian women rise, post-Ebola

01 March 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited the small fishing village of Little Bassa, located in the southern region of Liberia, to rededicate the women’s Peace Hut and to hear first-hand about their experiences working as peacemakers and peacebuilders. More

Women must be at the centre of the response to the Zika virus, says UN Women Executive Director

29 February 2016

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the public response to the Zika virus epidemic must recognize its impact on women’s lives, and ensure that their health and social needs are met. She stresses UN Women’s efforts to ensure that women are empowered, their contributions recognized, and their rights and health—including sexual and reproductive rights—kept firmly at the centre of the response. More

UN Women receives Presidential Award for action to confront the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

21 December 2015

In a ceremony on 18 December, UN Women was presented a Presidential Award in Sierra Leone State House in recognition of its contribution to fighting Ebola. During the ceremony 200 individuals and organizations were honored for their work to fight Ebola. More

"Every victim of violence must have prompt access to the full range of essential services" — Executive Director

11 December 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level launch of the Essential Services Package at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul on 10 December. More

National Health Service launches gender equality report

11 December 2015

The new report builds upon SDG 5 to address gender discrimination and promote women’s empowerment More

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