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In the words of Itumeleng Komanyane: If male policymakers don’t understand gender, how can they pass progressive policies to protect women?

31 May 2017

Itumeleng Komanyane is the International Programme Manager at Sonke Gender Justice in South Africa, which advances gender equality and addresses HIV and AIDS across eighteen countries in Africa. At Sonke, she coordinated a multi-country project funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) from 2011-2014, which focused on increasing support among men and boys to end gender based violence in Kenya, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. Recently, Komanyane attended the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. More

World Health Day 2017

06 April 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

Rural Ugandan women living with HIV break stigma and build businesses

30 January 2017

A series of entrepreneurship trainings developed by UN Women has equipped women living with HIV and AIDS with essential social and economic skills in Karamoja, Uganda. More

From where I stand: Chum Sopha

01 December 2016

Chum Sopha, now 29, works with HIV-positive women in Roka Village in north-west Cambodia. More

World AIDS Day Statement: For young women, inequality is deadly

30 November 2016

For young women, inequality is deadly—Statement by UN Women on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016 More

From where I stand: Natalia Minayeva

30 November 2016

On World AIDS Day, we highlight the story of Natalia Minayeva from Kazakhstan, who was imprisoned in the so-called “AIDS barracks” and now works to protect the rights of HIV-positive women. More

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

23 June 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World AIDS Day

01 December 2015

In her statement for World AIDS day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of breaking down barriers that stop women and girls demanding health care services and realizing their rights. More

Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women

01 December 2015

Ahead of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, UN Women together with partners, organized a women’s pre-conference under the theme “Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women in the post-2015 development framework.” More

Executive Director brings orange to the iconic Nelson Mandela bridge in South Africa

01 December 2015

On 1 December, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visited her home country of South Africa, of which she is also former Deputy President.  More

UN Women to highlight the unique barriers to treatment faced by women living with HIV/AIDS

16 July 2015

At the pivotal International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 19-22 July, the focus will be on HIV care and treatment as new data highlights the effectiveness of earlier treatment initiation. Commissioned by UN Women, AVAC, ATHENA network and Salamander Trust will present initial findings from a new global review of the status of access to care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) for women living with HIV. Unique in its methodology, the study was designed and governed by women... More

Girls kick violence with Grassroot Soccer

02 June 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits a Primary School in Khayelitsha to see the impact of a male-founded sports-based programme which fosters girls’ empowerment and addresses violence against women. More

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

24 April 2015

In the face of quickly rising rates of HIV infection in Central Asia, UN Women is supporting a network of women living with HIV in Kazakhstan and increasing their role in decision-making. More

Message from UN Women’s Executive Director for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014

28 November 2014

The new UNAIDS report released for World AIDS Day 2014 calls on us all to take a fast-track approach over the next five years to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. UN Women is proud to be a partner in the collaborative fight against AIDS, and commends UNAIDS on the progress made through this concerted drive. More

Female leaders call for end to AIDS epidemic

11 November 2014

Female leaders from the Middle East and North Africa, meeting in Algiers, Algeria, on 10 and 11 November, called for advancing gender equality, the HIV response and universal access to HIV treatment and prevention in the region. More

Amplifying the voices of women living with HIV: UN Women at the 2014 International AIDS Conference

21 July 2014

UN Women will ensure women’s voices and leadership feature prominently in the global HIV response, at the 20th International AIDS conference, Stepping up the Pace, in Melbourne, Australia from 20-25 July, 2014. More

Women living with HIV cultivate leaders and food, in Uganda’s slums

07 April 2014

In the Katwe slum in Kampala, a group of women living with HIV are cultivating food, cleaning up the community and raising awareness of the right to sanitation and adequate housing. More

"We can get to ZERO!” – UN Women Executive Director

11 March 2014

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UNAIDS special event on HIV and gender equality as part of the post-2015 agenda, New York, 11 March 2014 More

Congolese refugees living with HIV forge ahead, gaining independence

28 February 2014

Women are cultivating mushrooms and tomatoes, learning about business and agriculture and pooling their funds along with combating social stigma and confronting gender-based violence. More

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