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Global Platform on Gender Equality and Religion launched

20 March 2017

Building on the growing recognition that the role of faith-based organizations in addressing the needs of women and girls is critical, a global Platform on “Gender Equality and Religion” was launched on 15 March at the on-going UN Commission on the Status of Women. More

Speech: “The agenda of creating a planet 50-50 cannot come true if religion, religious leaders and faith actors remain outside the conversation”—Lakshmi Puri

17 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development Platform More

Early marriage banned in the Pankisi Gorge, Georgia

04 April 2016

Religious leaders in the Pankisi Gorge will no longer endorse marriage for those under the age of 18. Pankisi is located in the eastern part of Georgia (Kakheti region) and is mostly populated by ethnic Kists. The decision was made by imams from traditional Islamic mosques, together with the Council of Elders in the Gorge. More

In Ethiopia, church bells ring for women and girls

08 October 2013

Religious leaders in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are raising awareness against violence against women and girls among their peers and in schools, while offering vocational training for survivors. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

07 March 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri at Symposium on the role of interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding and women’s empowerment

12 February 2013

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, at Symposium on the role of interfaith dialogue in peacebuilding and women’s empowerment.12 February 2013. More

Message of Michelle Bachelet for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation

04 February 2013

Message of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2013. More

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