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“Gender mainstreaming is no longer an option, it is an imperative” — Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Panel on Gender matters: Gender Mainstreaming in International Organisations” during the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 Conference on 30 June in Tallinn, Estonia. More

Press release: “We need to challenge folks to step up,” says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women event

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

At a high-level event organized by UN Women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka call on global leaders to do more for gender equality. More

UN Women receives Presidential Award for action to confront the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Monday, December 21, 2015

In a ceremony on 18 December, UN Women was presented a Presidential Award in Sierra Leone State House in recognition of its contribution to fighting Ebola. During the ceremony 200 individuals and organizations were honored for their work to fight Ebola. 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

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw speaks at HeForShe #GetFree University Tour

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

UN Women’s #GetFree University Tour is a new effort to connect passionate student activists in a global network to raise awareness around gender equality. It aims to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement directly to university students, convening thought leaders and providing a forum for critical debate and discussion. More

Gender balance as a business imperative: A Q&A with Matt Winkler, Bloomberg News

Monday, May 4, 2015

As Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News, Matt Winkler oversaw a dedicated strategy to increase gender balance in both the newsroom itself and in the organization’s editorial coverage. They asked that a woman’s voice be included in every story, as a policy; allowed flexible work hours for parents; set specific targets every year for increasing women team leaders in the newsroom – doubling their numbers in just four years – and built a mentor system. It’s a strategy he says makes business sense, and has given them an advantage over competitors, including through big story ‘scoops’. Mr. Winkler recently accepted a new role as Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Bloomberg, after almost 25 years as the Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News. In a wide-ranging interview, he reflects on how and why they pursued this transformative strategy, and its successes and challenges. More

Reading between the lines: Moldovan journalists embrace balanced reporting

Friday, May 1, 2015

After gender sensitivity training and follow-up self-assessment exercises run by UN Women, coverage of women has nearly doubled in 17 print and online Moldovan media outlets. More

Why we need new allies for gender equality

Monday, January 26, 2015

In a blog for the World Economic Forum in Davos, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasizes the need to build strategic partnerships and reach new audiences to tap into networks where women are underrepresented and need a voice. More

Gender consideration in security management: a speech by Lakshmi Puri

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thank you for this opportunity to speak on behalf of UN Women on a subject that is of crucial importance. Security, in all of its dimensions, cannot be overlooked. For our UN colleagues, who consistently put their lives at risk every day to protect and enhance society, we must ensure their protection. More

UN launches Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in Sierra Leone

Thursday, October 30, 2014

To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October. It includes an Advisory Board whose main task is to advise UNMEER on how to tackle the gender dimensions of Ebola. More

UN Women calls for women’s meaningful engagement with ICTs to become the rule, not the exception

Friday, June 13, 2014

At the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+10 held in Geneva on 10 June, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri called on stakeholders to invest and undertake interventions and special measures to ensure women’s digital empowerment. More

At ECOSOC UN Women calls for the mainstreaming of a gender perspective into all policies and programmes

Friday, June 13, 2014

Statement by Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, at the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Session of 2014, 12 June 2014, New York. More

Latin American and Caribbean countries call for stand-alone goal in strong pre-CSW declaration

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Mexico, delegates from 27 countries across the region called for gender equality to cut across all new development goals and for a post-2015 agenda that is transformative, universal and rights-based. More

More than a million people weigh in on the world they want, post-2015

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Summarizing the findings of public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented the “A Million Voices: The World We Want” report. More

ECOSOC Substantive Session 2013: Mainstreaming a gender perspective into the UN system

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Speech by Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General, at the ECOSOC Substantive Session of 2013, 24 July 2013, Geneva. More

Ensuring women’s rights through better public services

Friday, June 21, 2013

As part of efforts to promote more accessible services for women and girls, UN Women has supported a special category of the UN Public Service Awards on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Winners will be recognized 23 June at a ceremony in Bahrain. More

Joining forces with UN-Habitat to promote women’s voice, access and safety in sustainable urban development

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

As part of a new series highlighting UN Women partnerships with other UN entities, a look into our work with UN-Habitat to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in urban planning and sustainable development. More

Expert Group Meeting discusses approaches to gender mainstreaming in development programming

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

In accordance with the proposed programme budget of UN Women for the biennium 2012-2013, approved by the General Assembly, the UN Women Coordination Division organized an international Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on “Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programming: Being Strategic and Achieving Results in an Evolving Development Context” (30 April-3 May 2013, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). More

Evaluating UN results: Are we achieving them?

Friday, May 3, 2013

“UN Results – Are we achieving them? How do we know?” was the title and focus of a high-level panel event organized by the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) as part of its 2013 Evaluation Week from 15-19 April 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. More

A key milestone toward gender equality is passed in Albania, bringing hope to many

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In the Southeastern nation of Albania, girls in the villages often tell the same story. For Albana, and other ten-year old girls like her, the first day of school is exciting. She runs down the street in her village of Kukes to make it on time, afraid she will be late. But her school is not just around the corner, it across the border in Kosovo and she has to walk nearly an hour to get there. More

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