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In Kyrgyzstan, youth are at the forefront of building peaceful communities

Monday, August 7, 2017

A UN Women supported programme in Kyrgyzstan has empowered 15,000 young people to prevent violence, promote gender equality and build tolerance of diversity in their communities. The initiatives are teaching about respectful relationships and livelihood skills to young people in remote villages. More

Women of Syria, a strong constituency for peace

Thursday, September 1, 2016

On 31 August, 2016, on the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women organized a panel with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board, where they shared their experience and recommendations for lasting peace. More

Changing the narrative on women’s role in peacebuilding in Colombia

Monday, July 25, 2016

For Colombian women, ending violence against women is a precondition for peace. For decades, they have underlined this ask in their peacebuilding efforts, but their work remains less visible. A new programme supported by UN Women and partners seeks to bring women’s contribution and perspectives to the forefront. More

Women at the frontlines, building peace in Colombia

Friday, July 22, 2016

As the Colombian peace talks signal hope for a final agreement, UN Women Executive Director and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence visit Havana, Cuba, to meet with the parties and women peacebuilders. More

African representatives push for action to bring women to the peace table

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent. More

Women mediators promote peace in Burundi

Monday, January 25, 2016

As political turmoil intensifies, over 500 Burundian women are working as community peace mediators, actively helping to avert over 5,000 conflicts. More

Yemeni women call for their inclusion in peace efforts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

When the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, briefed the UN Security Council on 23 October, he outlined the specific impact the civil conflict is having on women and mentioned UN Women’s efforts in the region. He also presented a letter prepared by Yemeni women, in which they call for an end to the violence and the inclusion of women voices in all peace efforts. More

"The most underutilized tool we have for successfully building peace is the meaningful inclusion of women" – Executive Director

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Open Debate on women, peace and security on 13 October 2015. More

Press Release: Amidst rising extremism, women’s role in peace and recovery remains hampered and underutilized

Monday, October 12, 2015

The United Nations Security Council willconduct an all-day Open Debate in commemoration of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The historic review comes at a moment when the world is grappling with rising violent extremism that places the subordination of women at the centre of the ideology and war tactics, and violence and conflict are costing the planet over USD 14 trillion. In direct contrast, striking new research shows that peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, and States are more resilient in the face of conflict and extremism when gender equality is prioritized. More

UN Women applauds the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Friday, October 9, 2015

Today as the evidence grows that inclusive peace processes are likelier to end in sustainable peace, UN Women applauds the decision of the Nobel Peace Committee to honour the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. More

Women in Mali demand equal role in Peace Accords

Friday, October 9, 2015

Before and after reaching a peace agreement in June, women leaders have been pressuring decision-makers for 50-50 representation in all bodies involved in its implementation. More

Turn words into action involving women for lasting peace

Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the "full strength of our collective action and political courage of the leaders of the international community." More

Equipping women to become stronger mediators for peace in Africa

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A joint workshop for women in Africa hosted by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa seeks to develop a new generation of conflict mediators. More

Women take the reins to build peace in Colombia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The voices of women as experts, survivors and negotiators have been included in a peace process with an unprecedented gender perspective, with the support of UN Women and other partners. It aims to end one of the longest-running internal armed conflicts in the world. More

Women Nobel Peace laureates visit Colombia to increase awareness of sexual violence

Saturday, February 7, 2015

From 3-5 February, Ms. Ebadi and Jody Williams, a human rights activist from the United States who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, visited Colombia to meet with women survivors of sexual violence in a conflict which has lasted more than 50 years. More

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s work to bring women to the table during peace talks in Burundi

Friday, December 6, 2013

In his role as Facilitator for the Burundi Peace Negotiations, former South African President Nelson Mandela worked with one of UN Women’s predecessor organizations to bring women to the peace table for the first time. More

In Myanmar, efforts to bring women to the centre of peacebuilding

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

For the first time in Myanmar’s history, 120 participants, including senior Government and UN officials, parliamentarians, development partners and civil society, marked the Open Day on Women, Peace and Security on 31 October to commemorate UN Security Council resolution 1325. More

In the words of Saran Keïta Diakité: Girls receive a visit from a different man every night, a ‘new husband’

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities occurring in her country, which has been plagued by political instability and the proliferation of armed groups that have uprooted more than 415,000 people since a military coup d’état in March 2012. She also talks about the work of her NGO, supported by UN Women, to assist survivors of violence, provide access to justice, and to ensure women have a say in peace negotiations. She was one of four female mediators who took part in peace negotiations from 15-17 April 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Saran also recently spoke in April 2013 at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence in New York. More

Sahel Conference says women’s full participation essential to conflict resolution and economic recovery

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Some 40 women from the Sahel met today to underline the crucial contributions women from the region are making to economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention, and to explore ways to enhance their role in these areas. More

Media advisory: Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel

Friday, April 5, 2013

The European Union, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel and UN Women will be convening a Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel, on 9 April, in Brussels. More

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