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Local women’s networks drive gender equality in rural Serbia

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo. More

Editorial spotlight: International Day of Democracy 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women—half of the population—are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, “Democracy and Conflict Prevention”, calls for “strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law”. More

Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women

Monday, August 7, 2017

In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people who have registered to vote, according to Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC). UN Women is working with Liberian civil society organizations, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the NEC and the media to boost... More

In Kenya, women gear up for county elections

Monday, July 24, 2017

UN Women is working with community elders to break the cultural barriers to women’s political participation. For the upcoming general elections on 8 August, hopes are running high among women candidates. A total of nine women are competing for Governors, 115 as members of the National Assembly, 25 as senators’ and 261 as members of the County Assemblies. More

Press Release: New platform launched to galvanize and boost women’s leadership of Africa

Friday, June 2, 2017

UN Women, the African Union Commission, and the Permanent Mission of Germany today launched the African Women Leaders Network, a ground-breaking initiative that seeks to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa with a focus on governance, peace and stability. More

Women’s political participation gains momentum in Moldova

Monday, September 26, 2016

As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws. More

Tunisia moves closer to achieving gender equality in politics

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law. More

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti. More

Local budgets in Albania respond to community feedback

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A UN Women-led campaign results in Albania’s first-ever community budget consultations and brings immediate benefits to those in need. More

"In Brazil, women will be at the forefront of ending racism" — Executive Director

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the March of Black Women in Brazil on 18 November. More

Women claim their space in Tanzania’s elections

Friday, October 23, 2015

A dozen of the women candidates trained by UN Women and partners speak about the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to this weekend’s presidential, parliamentary and local elections and how the training has motivated them. More

Women’s groups galvanize for Financing for Development Conference

Friday, July 10, 2015

In Addis Ababa, ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, addressed opening remarks at the Women’s Forum on Financing for Gender Equality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 July. More

Ebola outbreak takes its toll on women

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Women are on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with female nurses representing the majority of the medical personnel who have died from the virus. More

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

Friday, September 13, 2013

For International Day of Democracy, we spotlight UN Women’s work to strengthen women’s voices, leadership and political participation. More

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera

Thursday, September 12, 2013

UN Women mourns the loss of award-winning human rights defender and an internationally renowned activist for gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, Sunila Abeysekera. She passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 9 September 2013, after a long fight with cancer. More

Women make up more than one-third of Zimbabwe’s new Parliament

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

At a historic 35 per cent, women’s representation has more than doubled for the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, due to a special Constitutional measure applied during the recent general elections. More

New Executive Director meets with civil society members in New York and pledges close collaboration

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pledging close collaboration, during her second week in office the Executive Director met with civil society partners based in New York. More

Ban Ki-moon meets with women parliamentarians in Pakistan

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Women law-makers convey the aspirations and concerns of Pakistani women to the UN Secretary-General at an event in Islamabad on 14 August More

With some electoral gains in Iraq, women candidates work towards change

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Amid violence-fraught local and regional elections, in which 14 candidates were killed, 300 women contenders were trained by UN Women and the Iraq Foundation. Many emerged successful and thanks to a quota law, women will probably hold 26 per cent of seats on local councils across Iraq. More

UN Mothers Day motorcycle ride to Seneca Falls Womens Rights National Park

Friday, May 10, 2013

On Sunday 12 May, when many countries celebrate Mother's Day, UN Women has organized a motorcycle ride to Seneca Falls Women's Rights National Park, in upstate New York, to raise awareness about violence against women. More

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