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UN Women strongly condemns the murder of human rights defender and Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres

Friday, March 4, 2016

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, strongly condemns the murder on 3 March of indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her home in the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras. More

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

Friday, December 11, 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

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, August 19, 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

Model protocol: Ending impunity for femicide across Latin America

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The UN Human Rights Office in collaboration with UN Women has developed a Model Protocol to guide investigations and prosecutions launched in the wake of gender-based murders of women in Latin America. More

Towards safer work and migration for women

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

As the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration gets underway, a new report by the Secretary-General, prepared by UN Women, details global efforts and persisting gaps in efforts to address violence against women migrant workers. More

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

Thursday, September 19, 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

Socially-excluded widows mobilize for their rights

Friday, June 21, 2013

Along with partners, UN Women is working on initiatives to support widows in Guatemala, India and Malawi. To mark International Widows Day, a look at the work that is currently underway. More

In Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS widows strive to regain their rights after husbands are gone

Friday, June 21, 2013

AIDS widows face additional economic and social exclusion, and for many, living with HIV adds to their vulnerability and stigmatization. UN Women is working with community groups and traditional leaders to empower widows, protect their property and inheritance rights, and provide essential services. More

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

Friday, June 14, 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. More

Domestic workers in the Southern Cone push for rights with ILO Convention on their side

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Uruguay was the first country to ratify International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic workers’ rights, adopted two years back on 16 June 2011, in Geneva. A Uruguayan union leader looks back on that achievement, its impact and what remains to be done. More

EU-wide protection for victims of domestic violence becomes law

Thursday, June 6, 2013

As pledged under the COMMIT initiative, the European Union has adopted an EU-wide protection order, to recognize protection and restraining orders issued against perpetrators of violence across all EU Member States. More

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls: UN report calls for urgent action

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new study launched today during the XII Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, reveals that indigenous girls have a greater risk of experiencing violence due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face. More

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra for the launch of the inter-agency study on breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women at the launch of the inter-agency study: “Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America” on 28 May 2013 in New York. More

UN Women calls for urgent and effective action against femicide

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In a statement, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri welcomes mounting global momentum to end gender-related killings and urges States to take bold and swift action to implement international agreements. More

In the words of Saran Keïta Diakité: Girls receive a visit from a different man every night, a ‘new husband’

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities occurring in her country, which has been plagued by political instability and the proliferation of armed groups that have uprooted more than 415,000 people since a military coup d’état in March 2012. She also talks about the work of her NGO, supported by UN Women, to assist survivors of violence, provide access to justice, and to ensure women have a say in peace negotiations. She was one of four female mediators who took part in peace negotiations from 15-17 April 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Saran also recently spoke in April 2013 at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence in New York. More

Making laws real and accessible underlines efforts by judges in Tanzania

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tanzanian women High Court judges are training the judiciary to apply international women’s rights standards in their judgments and to protect survivors and witnesses of violence against women and girls. They are also engaging in awareness-raising efforts to improve the understanding of women’s rights and options for legal recourse. More

Femicide in Latin America

Thursday, April 4, 2013

While women in El Salvador are working to implement a new law against gender-based killings of women, UN Women and OHCHR have come together to promote a regional protocol against such crimes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Domestic Workers Count Too: Ensuring protection, upholding rights

Monday, March 11, 2013

At a side event on 11 March, UN Women launched a new briefing kit on laws and services for domestic workers and highlighted the need for more coherent, gender-sensitive and rights-based migration and labour policies, as well as accountability and compliance. More

Abolishing Sang Chatti: Pakistan works to prevent compensation marriage and other forms of violence against women

Monday, February 11, 2013

As Pakistan prepares for review by the CEDAW Committee of its fourth periodic on 12 February, we take a look at what has been done to crack down on Jirgas and implement other CEDAW recommendations related to ending violence against women. More

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