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Statement: Widows’ rights to independent life and livelihood after loss

21 June 2017

UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June More

From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

29 March 2017

Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet. More

From where I stand: Haidara Djeneba Sy

23 August 2016

Haidara, Djeneba Sy is a religious woman leader from Mali, and a fearless advocate for women’s economic empowerment and rights. Women can play a significant role in combating extremism, she says, but not when they are poor and weak. More

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah

21 June 2016

Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO. More

From child labourer to women’s rights defender

10 June 2016

In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights. More

“Sustainable development is not possible if feminization of poverty continues” — Lakshmi Puri

25 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 W20 Meeting on 24 May, 2016. More

From where I stand: Nahimana Fainesi

23 May 2016

Nahimana Fainesi fled her native Burundi and has been living in the Lusenda refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo where she works as a farmer in a UN Women cash-for-work programme. More

From where I stand: Zaad Al-khair

20 May 2016

As Syrian women peace advocates meet in Beirut ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, we bring you the story of Zaad, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee studying and working at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. More

Cash-for-work programme empowers Syrian refugees

13 October 2015

More than 5,000 Syrian women and girls visit ‘Oases’ safe spaces in the Za’atari camp per month, and several hundred have independently earned incomes through UN Women’s work programme in Jordan. More

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

30 September 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all. More

Kalpona Akter: The voice of former child workers

10 June 2015

Ahead of World Day against Child Labour on 12 June, we share Kalpona Akter’s story, a factory floor worker at age 12, she is now executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity. Her story is featured in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, as a Story of Change. More

International Women’s Day Observances and Events

13 March 2012

The UN theme for International Women's Day 2012, celebrated annually on 8 March, is “Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty. Here are some of the events that took place during this year's festivities throughout the world. More

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Calls for Women’s Equal Participation in All Spheres of Life as Fundamental to Democracy and Justice

05 March 2012

Calling for women's increased political participation and economic empowerment, with a focus this year on rural women, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet underlines urgent actions needed to ensure gender equality, in her 2012 International Women's Day message. More

Rural Women, Their Contributions and Challenges, to Be Highlighted at UN Commisssion on the Status of Women, 27 February – 9 March

23 February 2012

United Nations, New York — The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will open on 27 February at United Nations headquarters, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, sustainable development and current challenges. The Commission will agree on urgent actions needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions of rural women. These recommendations will also provide input into other policy forums, such as the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. More

Better Working Conditions for Domestic Workers in Paraguay

15 December 2011

In Paraguay (paid) domestic work represents the main source of employment for thousands of women who live in poverty, a situation that affects 34 percent of the population. More

UN Women Partners with One Day on Earth; Captures Gender Issues on Camera

11 November 2011

On 11 November 2011 (11-11-11), UN Women joins 20,000 filmmakers worldwide to capture the human experience in a 24-hour period. The collaborative effort — that brings together a number of UN agencies and non-profits — is part of the second annual One Day on Earth initiative aimed at forming a geo-tagged shared film archive that covers wide-ranging issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, from poverty to human rights. More

Food Security must be a 21st Century Priority

17 October 2011

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, keynote address at the ceremony to commemorate World Food Day Rome, Italy, 17 October, 2011. More

End Hunger and Advance Food Security – Empower Rural Women

13 October 2011

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet statement for the International Day of Rural Women, to be observed on 15 October 2011 More

Empowering Rural Women and Food Security

23 September 2011

Closing Remarks of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women at the open dialogue on “Empowering Rural Women for Food and Nutrition Security on the occasion of the sixty sixth session of the United Nations general assembly, New York, 22 September 2011. More

Statement by Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet on the Famine in Somalia

11 August 2011

The most severe drought in decades is threatening the lives of more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, with the people of Somalia facing the greatest risks resulting from armed conflict and lack of sustainable security and governance. This confluence of famine and conflict is particularly devastating for women and children. More

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