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In Kenya, women gear up for county elections

24 July 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

In Albania, elections herald historic increase in number of women MPs

18 July 2017

In the recently concluded national elections, Albania has reached a new milestone with 28 per cent of women parliamentarians. Women candidates benefited from the gender quota and public forums organized by UN Women and partners that enabled them to outreach to the public. Efforts continue to boost women’s political participation nationally and to secure gender balance in local elections. More

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

02 June 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

26 September 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

28 June 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

12 May 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

05 May 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

18 November 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

23 October 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

10 July 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

02 September 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

13 September 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

12 September 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

04 September 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

28 August 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

21 August 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

16 May 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

10 May 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

Zimbabweans say yes to new Constitution strong on gender equality and women's rights

19 April 2013

With general elections approaching, Zimbabwean women hope to see women’s representation grow in Parliament, which is also mandated by the new Constitution approved by referendum in March. More

Women’s collectives foster access to justice in India

27 February 2013

Through special women’s courts and justice committees, women’s collectives in eastern India have forged an increasingly respected system to access justice, which also addresses cases of violence against women. They resolve disputes through both formal and informal channels, while providing emotional support and counselling. More

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