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Statement: Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, reaffirm their commitment to end this violation of human rights. More

Survivors speak: Women leading the movement to end FGM

Monday, February 4, 2019

On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, here are four women, among many, many more, who are fighting for girlhoods free of FGM. More

Women’s centres in Jordan support refugee and Jordanian women

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, runs two women’s centres to respond to the unmet needs of women and girl survivors of violence; serving both Syrian refugees and the local Jordanian community.   More

A fresh look and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia

Monday, January 14, 2019

Through UN Women’s new programme to prevent human trafficking in Cambodia and Myanmar, three friends were able to start their own salon. More

From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Aung Ja* was 18 when a woman from Myitkina, northern Myanmar, convinced her to take a ‘factory’ job in China. She was rescued in 2017 and is taking part in a UN Women-supported trafficking prevention programme. More

Getting Fatouma back to school

Monday, January 7, 2019

UN Women supports girls and young women in Mali to pass high school exams – and to pursue their dreams. More

Tackling human trafficking in Myanmar

Thursday, January 3, 2019

In 2005, Myanmar passed an anti-trafficking law, but trafficking is still rampant in the conflict-affected state, especially in the northern region, where it borders China. A UN Women programme is supporting local partner, Htoi Gender and Development Foundation, in providing legal support and vocational training to survivors. More

From where I stand: “We must believe in ourselves that we can be leaders”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Betty Mtehemu, Deputy Chairperson of Fabric Clothes Sector, and Chairperson of the Women’s Union in Dar es Salaam’s Mchikichini Market has seen how raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market. More

Take five: “We must support women and girls, especially survivors, to lead change”

Friday, December 14, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, Regional UN Women Ambassador for Africa, is a survivor of FGM and was forced into child marriage at age 15. Recently, she participated at the “North Africa Sub-Regional Dialogue on Child Marriage and FGM/C”, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States and North Africa in November 2018. In this interview, Ms. Dukureh speaks to UN Women about how best to address the particular vulnerabilities faced by migrant women and girls. More

Ask an activist: What are the most important lessons learned on sexual harassment in this last year of activism?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Catharine A. MacKinnon is a radical feminist legal scholar and Advisor to UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. As an expert in sex equality, women's rights and gender crimes, specifically sexual abuse and exploitation, she pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment as sex discrimination in the United States of America and has worked to raise awareness of sexual abuse as a violation of equality rights. MacKinnon also represented Bosnian and Croatian women survivors of Serbian sexual atrocities in 1992, establishing the legal recognition of rape as an act of genocide. More

Press release: Bringing 16 Days of Activism campaign to a close, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman, survivors and activists spotlight solutions to end violence against women

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fundraising event for the life-changing work of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women held in Los Angeles, with #HearMeToo voices taking centre-stage More

The sheroes of human rights

Monday, December 10, 2018

As we close out the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Human Rights Day (10 December), we stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of women human rights defenders who are leading the fight for universal human rights and lives free from violence. More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In her remarks at the Community Dialogue on Ending Child Marriages in Sindh, Pakistan, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on all members of the community, including leaders, parents and educators to say no to child marriage. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director takes #HearMeToo to Pakistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, started her first official visit to Pakistan today, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The visit aims to bolster the gender equality agenda in the country. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Pakistan during the 16 Days of Activism

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is about to start her first official visit to Pakistan, from 5 to 7 December, as part of her travels during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Her first stop will be an event to mark the 16 Days campaign in the district capital, Mithi, one of Pakistan’s most impoverished districts. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in South Africa for the 16 Days of Activism

Thursday, November 29, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa this week for a series of high-profile events marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting with an event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, The Nelson Mandela Foundation with the Graça Machel Trust, Kuhluka Movement and Zoleka Mandela Foundation. The event featured keynote address by world-renowned media personality Oprah Winfrey and conversations with prominent African activists such as Josina Z Machel and Zoleka Mandela. More

Video: Empowering survivors and women living with HIV— Elena’s story, Ukraine

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In this short film, Elena Vdovenko, a social worker at the Kyiv Centre for HIV-positive youth, talks about how her HIV+ status and the domestic violence she survived informs her work with women and youth every day. More

In the words of Joanna Oala: “It’s better to speak up and let your voice be heard”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Meet Joanna Oala, 25, from Port Moresby, who has become a champion to end violence against women and girls. She is one of the volunteers of a UN Women-led campaign, SANAP WANTAIM, which has brought together men, women and youth from all walks of life to make Port Moresby safer for women and girls. More

UN Women Executive Director kicks off 16 Days of Activism in Ottawa

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ottawa, Canada is the first stop for Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from 26 – 27 November, during her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this week. UN Women is partnering with student associations from The University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as members of the Senate of Canada to organize an intergenerational dialogue on mobilizing to end violence against young women on university campuses and beyond. Building on the... More

Orange the World: #HearMeToo

Monday, November 26, 2018

This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Orange the World: #HearMeToo". Coming on the heels of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MeTooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the 16 Days of Activism will be a rallying moment to bring together... More

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