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One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same. More

Press release: UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

14 February 2017

A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate against women and girls, and ensuring that laws are grounded in gender equality and women’s human rights, and fully implemented, as part of global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Signaling a boost for gender equality, Liberia passes the ‘Affirmative Action Bill’

03 October 2016

On 29 September, the Liberian House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven ‘Special Constituencies’, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled. More

Press release: New UN Women HeForShe IMPACT Report puts spotlight on gender equality in global universities

20 September 2016

At the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 University Parity Report. In the groundbreaking report, 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments and begin charting their progress toward achieving gender parity. More

UN Women welcomes new Human Rights Council Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

01 July 2016

UN Women welcomes the Human Rights Council’s decision to appoint an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and calls for full support to the new mandate. More

From where I stand: Lucía del Socorro Basante

06 June 2016

After taking a diploma on political leadership developed by UN Women, Lucía del Socorro Basante decided to run for office. She was the sole woman elected as a Councillor in the Municipality of Pasto, Colombia. More

Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May 2016

This year’s International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is the first in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka details how the agenda’s emphasis on universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination, sets common goals to achieve a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality, all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed, and ‘no one is left behind’. More

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women urges gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030

25 March 2016

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing. More

"What if we switched roles?" new social experiment raises awareness of gender stereotypes in the Arab region

24 March 2016

For International Women’s Day this year, UN Women reached out to the region’s youth to virtually shift roles and see the world from each other’s eyes to challenge stereotypes. A social experiment video engaged 20 young men and women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. They were asked to switch roles and answer questions as they think the other gender would. More

Press release: “We need to challenge folks to step up,” says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women event

16 March 2016

At a high-level event organized by UN Women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka call on global leaders to do more for gender equality. More

Liberia tunes into women’s voices

29 February 2016

Women’s voices and women’s issues are often the last on the media’s agenda—if at all. But at Liberia Women Democracy Radio, 91.1 FM, women have been broadcasting their issues in their way since August 2010. More

Fostering a new, empowered generation

18 January 2016

Youth around the world work on projects to help women in their communities achieve their full potential. More

Let’s equal the playing field for women in sport

11 December 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes "Sport and the pursuit of gender equality can be mutually reinforcing." More

“We see all the ugly in the world and try to make it beautiful” –civil society ‘artivist’ Soré Agbaje

27 November 2015

Spoken word artist Soré Agbaje performed a poem at the Global Civil Society Dialogue on 23 November. A student at Brooklyn College in New York, majoring in political science and double minoring in journalism and TV/radio, she explains how she uses the art and language through the I Sell The Shadow spoken word initiative to shed light on issues that affect people in her community and around the world. In her own words… More

Former Spanish Prime Minister joins HeForShe

18 November 2015

UN Women Deputy Director Lakshmi Puri met with José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, former prime minister of Spain and President of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Advisory Board, on 17 November. More

“Through sport we can teach some of life’s biggest lessons about equality” — Executive Director

11 November 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the International Olympic Committee Women in Sport Commission Annual Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on 10 November. 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

Indian actor Anupam Kher pinned as HeForShe Champion

18 August 2015

Renowned Indian actor and philanthropist Anupam Kher was pinned as a HeForShe Champion by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on 18 August, in New York. More

New UN Women research details how gender equality programming impacts humanitarian outcomes

16 July 2015

While many policies and practices have improved the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into humanitarian action, there has been little by way of concrete evidence of its impact. However, a new research study by UN Women has confirmed the positive affect that gender equality programming can have on humanitarian outcomes, and proposes ways to further enhance the impact. More

Ahead of Financing Conference, women’s groups highlight critical gender equality issues

10 July 2015

On 10 July, the Women’s Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held from 13- 16 July. The Women’s Forum, supported by UN Women, brought together key stakeholders including gender experts and women’s rights activists from across the globe to address their concerns and put forth recommendation on achievement of gender equality in the post-2015 agenda. More

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