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EU-UN Spotlight Initiative urges inclusive global action on violence against women and girls

Thursday, March 22, 2018

On 12 March, opening day of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, brought together leaders from Government and civil society to discuss strategies for eliminating violence against women and girls. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Justice Rapid Response Executive Director Andras Vamos-Goldman on the release of the Syria Commission of Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based violence

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UN Women and Justice Rapid Response (JRR) welcome the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, “I Lost My Dignity: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Syrian Arab Republic.” More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the CSW62 side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030

Monday, March 19, 2018

At the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women side event Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage by 2030, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo -Ngcuka said "It takes a man and a boy and a father and a brother to say: not my sister; not my child, not my cousin, so that this is not a fight that only the girls are waging." More

Coverage: “#MeToo, Now What?”

Friday, March 16, 2018

“The Media has a powerful voice to expose wrongdoings and to hold the powerful to account,” said Sienna Miller, renowned actor and activist, at the opening of the side event, “#MeToo, Now What?”, co-organized today by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, The Guardian and UN Women at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women. More

New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This International Women's Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced. More

Tokyo event showcases new approaches for promoting gender equality and peace through music, art and comedy

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Japanese pop sensation PIKOTARO debuted his new song, “Gender Equal Peaceful World”, at a dynamic event in Tokyo on 1 March, organized by UN Women and Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the CSW62 side event, Under the Spotlight: Ending violence against ALL women and girls

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Initiative is a true endeavour by the United Nations and the European Union to work in a different way. As you see, not only do we have the Executive Offices of both organizations passionately involved in this specific initiative, we also have different UN agencies working closely together on the implementation for Spotlight: UNFPA, UNDP, ILO and UN Women. We also have civil society partners; and governments of the countries that are involved in the Initiative. More

Coverage: CSW62 side-event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to end violence against women and girls

Monday, March 12, 2018

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) today hosted a special event on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls—the Spotlight Initiative. More

In the words of Kadire Tahiraj: “Sexual violence during the war remains an unpunished crime in Kosovo"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Centre for Promotion of Women’s Rights in Drenas, central Kosovo, which has been advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual violence during the war in 1998-1999. The centre provides support and services to survivors who still face many challenges in the face of post-conflict transformation. More

Paraguay passes new law to end violence against women, including femicide

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gloria Zapattini never gets tired of speaking out to end violence against women. A survivor of violence herself and member of a women’s group in Paraguay, “Yo te creo” (I believe you), she participated in the consultations for drafting the new national law that protects women from all forms of violence (Act 5777). With this new law, Paraguay becomes the 18th country in Latin America and the Caribbean region to criminalize... More

From where I stand: “Women have a right to have an income of their own”

Friday, March 2, 2018

Marianela Galarza, from a rural community called Flor y Selva in Cuenca, Ecuador, believes that women must have sustainable income so that they are financially independent. The community is in one of the main cacao producing regions of Ecuador, but without a processing facility, the income is low, and women must leave their families to go to the city to work in the chocolate factories in near cities. More

In the words of Jaha Dukureh: “We are at a tipping point in the movement to end FGM”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jaha Dukureh, UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, is an outspoken activist leading the movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. More

In the words of Ana Vasileva: “We are talking the talk and walking the walk”

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ana Vasileva is a women’s rights activist and a member of the feminist collective, Fight Like a Woman, living and working in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia. She has also contributed to UN Women’s “Not only on March 8th” initiative, which makes a point that gender equality issues should not be in the limelight only once a year, on International Women’s Day, but should be publicly debated consistently. More

Ending harmful traditional practices in Mali

Monday, February 5, 2018

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is supporting the Malian organization AMSOPT to change social norms and provide access to medical and psychosocial services for survivors of FGM/C, which is often referred to as excision in Mali. More

Press release: UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

Monday, February 5, 2018

On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth. More

Statement: “FGM is an act that cuts away equality”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, 6 February 2018 More

“I learned to respect women”—Tuk Tuk drivers join efforts to make the streets of Cairo safe for women

Monday, January 22, 2018

In November 2010, UN Women started the Cairo Safe City free of Violence against Women and Girls Programme to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public spaces. Mansheyat Nasser, along with two other neighbourhoods—Ezbet El Haggana and Embaba—was selected to implement the programme, and public transportation, including tuk tuks, were identified as public spaces where women and girls experience sexual harassment on a daily basis. More

From where I stand: “Empowerment begins with knowing your labour rights”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ayk Sbaihat is a Palestinian human rights lawyer who used to provide legal aid to survivors of violence. In 2016, she took on a new journey, through the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) of UN Women, helping female workers in Jenin, a northern city in the West Bank, to protect their labour rights. More

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

Press release: European Union–UN Women partnership bolsters efforts in response to Syrian crisis

Thursday, December 21, 2017

EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis steps up its support to women’s empowerment in Jordan, Iraq and Turkey through a EUR 12.5 million investment. More

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