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Dalit rights activists break new grounds in South Asia

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Moni Rani Das, born and raised in a “cleaners’ colony”—poor and segregated settlements where street cleaners and domestic workers live—in Dhaka, Bangladesh, never imagined that she would be advocating for her rights and those of nearly 3 million Dalit [1] women of her country. Today, she is the first Dalit person to be part of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh. More

In the words of Marija Andjelkovic: “The girls are getting younger…poverty is driving trafficking in persons”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

In the 1990s, Marija Andjelkovic worked at a call centre for girls experiencing violence, when she received a training on human trafficking. In those days, trafficking was not a known, researched and understood phenomenon in Serbia which left an institutional vacuum in addressing the needs of survivors. She was one of the first civil society activists to raise the issue of human trafficking in the Balkan region, and went on to become the founder and Director of the Serbian NGO, ASTRA-Anti trafficking action. More

From where I stand: “We want to be heard, to be recognized, this land is ours”

Monday, April 16, 2018

As the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues opens today at the UN, focusing on the theme of “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources”, here is what Alice Lesepen has to say. From the indigenous community of Rendille Community in Marsabit County, Kenya, Ms. Lesepen works with women at the grassroots level, with a focus on the empowerment of indigenous women. She spoke to UN Women recently on what are the top priorities of her community. More

Economies that work for women, work for everyone

Monday, January 22, 2018

The future we want rests on freeing women’s power and potential. The numbers tell a compelling story: If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$28 trillion, or 26 per cent, could be added to the global annual Gross Domestic Product by 2025. More

UN Women and the World Bank unveil new data analysis on women and poverty

Thursday, November 9, 2017

More women than men live in poverty, but the incidence of poverty differs by age, marital status, household composition and other factors. For the first time, UN Women and the World Bank have analyzed household survey data for 89 countries by sex, age, household composition and other relevant variables to better understand the profile of the poor. The findings aim to improve policy interventions to eradicate global poverty and meet the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Op-ed: Women are pivotal to addressing hunger, malnutrition and poverty

Monday, October 23, 2017

Op-ed by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women More

Women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia lead the way from poverty to empowerment

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A programme on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates. More

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

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

Wednesday, March 29, 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

Tuesday, August 23, 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

Tuesday, June 21, 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

Friday, June 10, 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

Wednesday, May 25, 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

Monday, May 23, 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

Friday, May 20, 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

Tuesday, October 13, 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?

Wednesday, September 30, 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

Wednesday, June 10, 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

Tuesday, March 13, 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

Monday, March 5, 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

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