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Press release: New report from UN Women unveils far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality

April 27, 2015

A major report from UN Women, released today in seven locations globally, brings together human rights and economic policymaking to call for far-reaching changes to the global policy agenda that will transform economies and make women’s rights, and equality, a reality. It takes an in-depth look at what the economy would look like if it truly worked for women, for the benefit of all. More

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

April 27, 2015

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 brings together human rights and economic policymaking, and provides the key elements for a far-reaching new policy agenda that can transform economies and make women’s rights a reality. Through solid in-depth analysis and data, this evidence-based report provides key recommendations on moving towards an economy that truly works for women, for the benefit of all. More

Inspiring and advocating for women living with HIV in Kazakhstan

April 24, 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

UN Women Evaluation Handbook: How to manage gender-responsive evaluation

April 23, 2015

The UN Women Evaluation Handbook: How to manage gender-responsive evaluation is a practical handbook to help those initiating, managing and/or using gender-responsive evaluations. Although specific to UN Women evaluation processes, the Evaluation Handbook may be useful to international development evaluators and professionals, particularly those working on gender equality, women's empowerment and human rights. More

UN Women and Technovation announce strategic partnership to support young women entrepreneurs in technology

April 23, 2015

On this Girls in ICT Day, UN Women and Technovation are announcing a new partnership to expand young women’s technological innovation around the globe. Both organizations are committed to ensuring that young women are at the forefront of technology and innovation, so that their talents and interest in using technology to solve problems and unleash opportunity are not just sparked, but actively supported. More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

In Bosnia, story-tellers prized for their empowering prose

April 20, 2015

Inspiring women to be masters of their own destiny, we share excerpts from three winning short stories in a UN Women competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, dubbed “Women – yesterday, today and tomorrow.” More

States assess progress on women’s involvement in conflict management and sustainable peace

April 20, 2015

More than 70 experts from across North America, Europe and Asia are meeting in the Lithuanian capital today for a conference organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), UN Women and the Lithuanian Government, to discuss the implementation of the landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. More

Mobilizing greater global investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment

April 17, 2015

To mobilize global leaders to increase the scale and scope of funding for gender equality commitments, UN Women, together with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Sweden, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development, co-hosted a side event on “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” on 16 April in New York. More

UN Women's flagship report "Progress of the World’s Women" is here!

April 17, 2015

Chock-full of solid in-depth analysis and data, UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” will be launched on 27 April in seven cities around the world. More

Media advisory: New York launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

Media Advisory: Launch of Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

“We urge you to place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of the Financing for Development discussions and negotiations” – UN Women Executive Director

April 16, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the joint-side event during the Second Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” held on 16 April, in New York. More

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April 15, 2015

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Progress of the World’s Women

April 15, 2015

Progress of the World’s Women is UN Women’s investigation of progress made towards a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality. Provocative and insightful, this series is the product of multi-year processes that bring together leading practitioners and academics to undertake thorough research and in-depth analyses. More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

April 14, 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence. More

Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

April 14, 2015

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements. More

Independent Evaluation Office News

April 14, 2015

Newsletter and other updates from the UN Women Independent Evaluation Office. More

Partnerships for gender mainstreaming within the UN system

April 14, 2015

Inter-agency work on the advancement of women and gender equality dates back to the first World Conference on Women in Mexico in 1975. An inter-agency committee was formed in 1996 and by 2001 the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) was established. It is the single largest network of gender focal points in the UN system, including 60 representatives from UN offices and departments, specialized agencies, funds and programmes. The IANWGE includes gender focal points in all the organizations and bodies of the UN system. More

UN roles and responsibilities

April 14, 2015

The 1997 agreed conclusions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) stated that in order to ensure effective implementation of the strategic objectives of the Beijing Platform for Action, the United Nations system should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective. Since 1997, ECOSOC has issued a series of resolutions pertaining to gender mainstreaming (view the list) which provides further guidance on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system. More

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