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Expert’s take: Civil society has the potential to play a major role in ending violence against women

Friday, September 29, 2017

Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights, including women’s rights, in development programming. More

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process. More

Why I come to CSW…

Monday, March 27, 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway. More

“The clear objective of our time is parity' rooted in women's empowerment” – UN chief Guterres

Monday, March 20, 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with women’s rights activists attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, including how the UN can deliver on its own commitments on gender equality. The town-hall style discussion was moderated by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

Speech: “Your leadership and commitment are critical to ensuring a successful outcome of CSW61”—Lakshmi Puri

Monday, January 30, 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” on 30 January. More

UN Women Executive Director establishes her new Civil Society Advisory Group

Thursday, December 15, 2016

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has established her new Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) for the term 2017-2019. More

Take five: South-south cooperation, a tool for advancing gender equality and inclusive development

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Following the Global South-South Development Expo from 31 October – 3 November in Dubai, A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, talks about why ensuring that gender issues are a central part of cooperation between countries is an under-utilized but powerful vehicle for more inclusive and sustainable development. More

Executive Director at AWID discusses “feminist futures”

Friday, September 9, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated in the 13th International Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil. More

Executive Director to participate in AWID, will lead dialogue on feminist futures

Thursday, September 8, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will participate in the 13th International Forum of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in Costa do Sauípe, Brazil. More

“We appreciate your strong recognition of our achievements” —Executive Director at Executive Board

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Closing Remarks of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Annual Session of the UN Women Executive Board, 28 June 2016, New York. More

Civil society advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

“Civil society is called upon to capitalize on the aspirations set out in the 2030 Agenda” — Lakshmi Puri

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Working Group event on 27 April during International Civil Society Week. More

UN Women civil society partners in Ecuador tell their stories

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Women Activists in Ecuador: Our stories, our work, our country, a video produced by UN Women’s Civil Society Section in collaboration with the UN Women country office in Ecuador, weaves together the stories of various members of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Ecuador. Through a personal lens, it takes look at their lives as women and as gender equality advocates. More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women issues annual Call for Proposals

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women invites civil society organizations and governments to apply for funding through the 20th grant cycle (2016). The deadline for submitting concept notes is 4 May 2016, 23:59 EDT (GMT–4). More

Executive Director visits Liberia

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

From 26 February to 1 March, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking a five-day high-level joint visit to Liberia, alongside the Executive Director of Oxfam, Winifred Byanyima. More

UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT CEOs from Fortune 500 companies reveal gender data

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ten of the world’s leading companies have released new workforce gender diversity figures, including details on leadership roles and board membership, in UN Women’s inaugural HeForShe Parity Report. More

Press release: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 7.3 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality has expanded it's global grant-making portfolio to 80 Countries in six years, More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women. More

“This is an acceleration moment”—Lakshmi Puri speaks on galvanizing action towards Planet 50-50 by 2030

Monday, November 30, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Global Civil Society Dialogue on 23 November 2015, in New York. More

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

Friday, November 27, 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

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