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Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

02 March 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017. More

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?

16 January 2017

Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks to UN Women about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More

Empowering refugee women and girls

09 January 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops. More

UN Women Statement for International Migrants Day

16 December 2016

On International Migrants Day, UN Women reaffirms its commitment to work with partners to ensure that migration remains a matter of choice, with respect for the rights, and guaranteed safe passage and arrival for all migrants, especially women and girls, seeking a better future. More

UN Women Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit

10 December 2016

Statement delivered by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on behalf of the Global Migration Group at the Ninth GFMD Summit, “Migration that works for Sustainable Development for All: Towards a Transformative Migration Agenda”, on 10 December, 2016, Bangladesh More

“The movement of women…should be a right and it should be an opportunity”—Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri

10 December 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the side event, “Integrating a gender perspective into the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Bangladesh More

Families on the Move

08 November 2016

UN Women, in partnership with the Center for Global Affairs and NYU School of Professional Studies, is organizing a conference, Families on the Move , on 2 December, which examines how migration shapes and transforms families. This multi-disciplinary conference will bring together scholars from across the world to examine how human mobility, and the distancing of family members across place and borders, shape gender and generational dynamics. More

Dignity for women and girls: UN Women Iraq distributes necessity kits to newly displaced women and girls from Mosul

31 October 2016

UN Women has joined partners in providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities impacted by the Mosul operations. Since the Mosul operations began on 17 October 2016, the humanitarian crisis has deepened, with more than 15,000 individuals displaced and an anticipated 1.2 million expected as the operations continue. More

Women refugees and migrants get a place of their own

18 October 2016

Complete with Middle Eastern music, smells of home-cooked recipes and plenty of smiling faces, Women’s Corner officially opened its doors in Belgrade. More

Trapped in transit, women refugees of Vinojug await a future

06 October 2016

UN Women, in partnership with Oxfam, is providing support services to women migrants and refugees in two transit centres—Vinojug, at the southern border with Greece and Tabanovce, on the northern border with Serbia. While assisting women refugees and migrants, UN Women is also documenting and disseminating their stories, to inform policies and raise awareness about the specific threats and risks that they face, and to advocate for their rights. More

“Together we can ensure that…no woman or girl on the move is left behind”

20 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri at a side event on “Human Rights Protection in the context of large movements of migrants and refugees” More

“We must support young women refugees to realize their full potential as leaders in all spheres”—Lakshmi Puri

19 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the UN General Assembly side event “Investing in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Refugee Crisis” on 19 September in New York. More

"The Global Migration Group stands ready to support...those that suffer indignity and persecution" —Executive Director

19 September 2016

Statement on behalf of the Global Migration Group by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants More

Addressing gender dimensions in large-scale movements of refugees and migrants

19 September 2016

Joint Statement on "Addressing gender dimensions in large-scale movements of refugees and migrants" by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) More

UN Women and the International Organization for Migration call on world leaders to make migration policies that work for women

16 September 2016

Leading up to the UN Summit for refugees and migrants on 19 September, in a joint statement, UN Women and the International Organization for Migration call on world leaders to make migration policies that work for women. More

From where I stand: Edna Valdez

14 September 2016

Edna Valdez, 58, a former migrant domestic worker, is now the President of Bannuar Ti La Union, an organization that works for migrant women’s rights in the La Union province of Philippines. Having experienced the hardships of migration first-hand, Ms. Valdez conducts trainings in her community about migrant workers’ rights, risks of illegal recruitment and trafficking, and access to services. More

#AskUNWomen Twitter chat on women refugees and migrants

14 September 2016

In the lead up to the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, join Andrea Milan, UN Women expert on gender and migration, for an #AskUNWomen Twitter chat on 15 September to discuss the gender dimensions of displacement. More

Abandoned wives of Tajik migrants overcome hurdles through self-help groups

14 September 2016

As Tajik men migrate for work overseas, a significant proportion abandon their wives and children. A UN Women programme provides livelihood trainings and self-help groups for abandoned wives of Tajik migrant workers. The project has also led to the recognition of abandoned wives and children as a socially vulnerable group in the law, facilitating their access to free legal, economic and psycho-social services. More

Towards safe migration and decent work for women in Nepal

14 September 2016

Dawa Dolma Tamang migrated from rural Nepal to Abu Dhabi because she wanted to improve her livelihood and support her family. She ended up paying seven times more than what was required to the recruiting agency and was wrongfully denied work on medical grounds. With the help of Pourakhi, an organization working to protect migrant women’s rights, she was able to seek legal assistance and recover some of her money. Today, Tamang is working as a mason and will soon start taking the vocational and entrepreneurship skills training provided by a UN Women programme that’s advancing women’s economic empowerment in Nepal. More

Empowering domestic workers through information technology in Cambodia

14 September 2016

Research shows that domestic workers in Cambodia need access and information about physical and mental health. A new technology supported by UN Women empowers them towards a healthier life. More

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