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Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

October 24, 2014

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. More

Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

October 24, 2014

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region. More

Women’s key role in agricultural production emphasized

October 24, 2014

African leaders called for greater investment in women in order to increase agricultural production and improve livelihoods, at a three-day Sharefair on Rural Women’s Technologies to Improve Food Security, Nutrition and Productive Farming. More

Regional Review meeting to explore status of women in the UNECE region 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action

October 23, 2014

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary commemoration of the landmark Beijing Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive agenda on women’s rights, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has undertaken a review of the implementation of the Platform by its Member States. The results of this review will be the focus of the Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting to be co-hosted in Geneva by UNECE and UN Women on 6 and 7 November 2014. More

Access to justice is key to advancing individual and collective human rights for indigenous women and girls

October 21, 2014

To present best practices from across Latin America regarding indigenous women’s rights and access to justice, country representatives from Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala took part in a side event during the Third Committee of the 69th UN General Assembly. It followed an interactive dialogue led by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. More

UN Women mourns loss of Sierra Leone colleague to Ebola

October 20, 2014

UN Women is deeply saddened by the passing away of our colleague Mr. Edmond Bangura-Sesay on Saturday, 18 October, after testing positive for the Ebola virus. Mr. Bangura-Sesay served with great dedication since 2005​ as the driver for the UN Women Office in Sierra Leone. More

The World Survey on the role of women in development 2014: Gender equality and sustainable development

October 16, 2014

The World Survey on the Role of Women in Development is a UN Secretary-General report mandated by the Second Committee of the General Assembly and comes out every five years. The 2014 report focuses on gender equality and sustainable development, with chapters on the green economy and care work, food security, population dynamics, and investments for gender-responsive sustainable development. More

Synergies between sustainable development and gender equality undeniable, policy change needed: UN report

October 16, 2014

Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, UN Women today released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development. More

At dawn of post-2015 agenda, we cannot afford to leave rural women behind — Lakshmi Puri

October 16, 2014

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a panel discussion for International Day of Rural Women at UN Headquarters in New York, 15 October 2014. More

Preparations for the 2015 High-level Review and Global Study

October 16, 2014

Preparations for the 2015 High-level Review and Global Study More

Side events: 14th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325

October 16, 2014

Provisional calendar of events [updated 16 October 2014] More

UN Women launches gender equality course for UN staff

October 15, 2014

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark for women’s rights and gender equality, UN Women is launching an online course to help inform and educate UN staff on gender issues. More

Transnational corporations have important role to play in women’s empowerment — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 15, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Investment Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, 14 October 2014. More

Istanbul Convention a promising framework for combatting violence against women — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 15, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Future Policy Awards in Geneva, 14 October 2014. More

Rural women need to be at the heart of all development efforts — Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

October 14, 2014

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, 15 October 2014. More

"Together, we can make 2030 an expiry date for gender inequality" — Executive Director

October 14, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva on 14 October, 2014. More

Press release: Inspirational US policy wins prestigious international prize on ending violence against women

October 14, 2014

Future Policy Award 2014: Duluth Model is world’s best policy / Exemplary laws from Burkina Faso and Austria win silver / Vision Award goes to Istanbul Convention. More

Teamwork fosters business growth and women’s economic empowerment in Albania

October 14, 2014

With the support of UN Women, an economic empowerment project in Albania is helping rural women cultivate their business skills and increase their income by forming cooperatives. More

Women mobilize to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

October 13, 2014

Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women. More

Member States must be a leading example for the advancement of women — Executive Director

October 13, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Third Committee meeting on the advancement of women at UN Headquarters in New York on 13 October 2014. More

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