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UN Women and Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen gender responsive governance

05 April 2017

The Union Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Government of India, led by the Prime Minister has approved an agreement between UN Women and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to strengthen the capacities of governance institutions to ensure that gender concerns are embedded in the design and implementation of legislation, policies and programmes. More

Take Five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”

10 February 2017

As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030, launching on 14 February at the UN Headquarters, which will coordinate efforts to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls. More

Coverage: Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

26 October 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri participated in the opening ceremony of the XIII Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay with President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez; Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay; Marina Arismendi, Minister of Social Development of Uruguay; Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. More

Press release: Robust actions mount, at one year mark of landmark meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment

27 September 2016

Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide More

Making budgets work for women in Ecuador

22 June 2016

In the province of Azuay, more than 1,000 women now take part in budget proposals, while at the national level a new tool reveals gender-related spending has reached over USD 364 million, up from just 34 million in 2011. More

Lakshmi Puri to speak at United State of Women Summit

14 June 2016

Ms. Puri will take part in the second plenary beginning at 12.30 p.m., speaking about how the Sustainable Development Goals accelerate action towards achieving gender equality, and the importance of engaging youth and men and boys in the work to achieve gender equality. More

Press release: Ontario sets gender diversity targets

07 June 2016

Women to make up 40 per cent of provincial boards and agencies by 2019 More

“Women are game-changers in building more resilient, peaceful, inclusive and prosperous countries” — Lakshmi Puri

06 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action roundtable on human and social development and good governance at all levels, in Antalya Turkey on 29 May. More

States seize opportunity to accelerate action on gender equality and women’s empowerment in poorest countries

27 May 2016

To strengthen the partnership and path to development for the world’s 48 poorest countries, representatives from Governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector are gathering in Antalya, Turkey from 27-29 May 2016, to undertake a Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries. More

At WHS, participants vow to put women and girls at centre of decision-making

25 May 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) drew to a close on 24 May, after two days of historic discussions among global leaders from 173 countries, focused on how to respond more effectively and inclusively to major humanitarian crises and be better prepared to meet future challenges. More

Executive Boards of six UN agencies visit Kyrgyzstan

10 May 2016

In Kyrgyzstan on 9 May, representatives of the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF and WFP completed a week-long Joint Field Visit to analyse how United Nations’ organizations contribute to national development priorities. More

UN Women Programme Officer Maritza Rosabal appointed Minister of Education in Cape Verde

05 May 2016

After spending four years serving UN Women in Cape Verde, Programme Officer Maritza Rosabal 59, has been appointed as the country’s new Minister of Education, Family and Social Inclusion. More

On mission in the Netherlands, UN Women Executive Director calls for action to protect women and girls fleeing from conflict

12 February 2016

During Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s four-day visit to The Netherlands, she also met with high-level officials, women’s groups, private sector partners and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. She also visited a women’s shelter and support centre and took part in a discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

Stakeholders tackle how to make the SDGs a reality for women and girls

22 January 2016

At a UN Women-organized Multi-Stakeholder Forum on 21 January in preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), States, civil society and the United Nations system discussed ways to accelerate realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and implementing related commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Innovative financing to drive women’s economic empowerment forward

22 December 2015

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec attended an international forum hosted in Georgia to reflect on the implementation of SDGs through innovative financing. More

Press release: High-level global UN meeting to focus on ending violence against women

07 December 2015

On 9-10 December, over 150 high-level representatives from over 40 UN Member States and the Council of Europe (CoE), UN agencies, academia and NGOs plan to attend Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change, a high-level global UN meeting in Istanbul to assess progress, identify challenges and renew global political commitments to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls. More

Parlatino approves regional law to advance Parity Democracy with support of UN Women

01 December 2015

The Latin American and the Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), approved the legal framework to advance “parity democracy” in the region on 1 December, during its 2015 General Assembly. More

“Gender equality should not be an afterthought” — Lakshmi Puri

30 November 2015

Keynote remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the inaugural Commonwealth Women’s Forum in Malta on 23 November. More

"We need not incremental change, but bold change" – Executive Director

26 October 2015

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the International Conference Celebrating the Centenary of Women´s Suffrage in Iceland on 23 October. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

02 October 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

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