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Media Advisory: Two events today at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women

15 March 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong will launch today at 12.30 p.m., the 2017 edition of the Women in Politics Map. The Map, co-produced by IPU and UN Women since 2000, includes the latest global data on the rankings of women in politics at executive and parliamentary levels of governments. This afternoon, the Commission on the Status of Women will symbolically mark the global gender pay gap, when it will interrupt its work at 4.10 p.m., when there is 23 per cent of the work-day left. More

Press Release: New IPU and UN Women map shows women’s representation in politics stagnating

15 March 2017

The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women. More

Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections

12 December 2016

In one of Asia’s newest countries, women are breaking gender stereotypes by participating successfully in local elections for Village Chiefs. More

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

08 June 2016

To address the low percentage of women mayoral candidates in Nariño, Colombia, in 2015, UN Women, with the support of Spanish Cooperation, set up a project to boost the political participation of women in the Department, and increase their representation in local and regional political parties and movements. More

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

12 May 2016

Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti. More

From where I stand: Stella Cosmas Chetto

18 April 2016

Stella Cosmas Chetto, 48, ran for election in the Sengerema District Council in the United Republic of Tanzania in October 2015, after receiving leadership training as both an aspirant and a candidate from UN Women. Sustainable Development Goal 5 seeks to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. More

Kosovo* women police association to elect new board

01 April 2016

At its 10 February annual meeting in Pristina, Kosovo the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police (AWKP) voted to change its method of electing future board members. More

Women’s Situation Room to contribute to the electoral process in Uganda

17 February 2016

The official opening of the Uganda Women’s Situation Room was held on 15 February 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. The Women’s Situation Room is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence arising before, during and after elections. More

Chasing hard-hitting women’s stories in Tanzania

02 February 2016

Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania. More

UN Women statement on the municipal elections in Saudi Arabia

18 December 2015

For the first time in history, Saudi women were able to cast votes and run for seats in municipal elections in Saudi Arabia, representing an opening for women in the political space. More

"We need not incremental change, but bold change" – Executive Director

26 October 2015

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women´s Suffrage in Iceland on 23 October. More

Women claim their space in Tanzania’s elections

23 October 2015

A dozen of the women candidates trained by UN Women and partners speak about the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to this weekend’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections and how the training has motivated them. More

Executive Director addresses dialogue on democracy in Nordic countries, held in Iceland

22 October 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women´s Suffrage in Iceland, 22 October 2015. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

07 October 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

UN Women Executive Director to co-host Beijing+20 “Women in Power and Decision-Making” high-level event in Chile

25 February 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate. More

On visit to Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women’s political participation

17 September 2014

On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson today highlighted the need for women’s political participation and leadership at all levels. More

‘Ready for the lists’, say Uruguayan women

16 July 2014

A new series of commercials featuring public figures, as well as workshops and support for women politicians from all parties, and a project to broaden the current quota law are all stimulating the participation of women in decision-making in Uruguay. More

Trinidadian women gain ground at the ballot box

27 June 2014

With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and change the system. More

Women in power and decision-making: Strengthening voices for democracy

27 June 2014

Strengthening women's role in power and decision-making is one of the 12 critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20 next year. Giving women a greater voice in all spheres is central to achieving change and boosting women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s seven key areas of work. More

Op-ed: Afghan Women’s Voices in Elections: Changing the Game

06 April 2014

Opinion piece by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

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