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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 coming!

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

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

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April 15, 2015

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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 outside the UN system

April 14, 2015

An important feature of the IANWGE has been the close collaboration with the OECD/DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET). These two groups represent the gender focal points and advisors of the United Nations system, bilateral development cooperation agencies and the development banks. The IANWGE and OECD DAC GENDERNET hold a workshop every two years to exchange ideas and share information on issues of mutual interest. These joint workshops have provided critical opportunities for discussions at policy and operational level on a range of current topics. Detailed reports of these meetings, including communiqués on action points, have been widely distributed. 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

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

Quito: a city committed to preventing sexual harassment in public spaces

April 9, 2015

Sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces are an everyday occurrence for women and girls around the world. This reality reduces women’s and girls’ freedom of movement and ability to participate in school, work and in public life. It limits their access to essential services, and enjoyment of cultural and recreational opportunities. It also negatively impacts their health and well-being. More

Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution

April 8, 2015

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo. More

Championing Gender Equality in the HIV Response: The experiences of five programme countries

April 7, 2015

This advocacy kit summarizes the results and lessons learned from Cambodia, Jamaica, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda under the European Commission – UN Women programme, entitled "Supporting Gender Equality in the Context of HIV and AIDS (2009-2013)". The programme demonstrated transformational changes that can result from targeted investments towards implementing commitments on gender equality in the HIV response and empowering women and girls, especially those living with HIV. More

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

April 7, 2015

“I would not have found the opportunity to even go [get screened at all had it not been for this service],” says 65-year-old Ümmügül, from a farming family in the village of Hamamkarahisar, located an hour away from Eskişehir – a central Anatolian city in Turkey. She is one of the 659 rural women living on the outskirts of the city that have already been screened at the Cancer Early Diagnosis, Screening and Information Centre in Eskişehir since rural outreach efforts began in October 2014. More

Black Friday destroys village livelihoods in Vanuatu

April 2, 2015

In the wake of devastating Tropical Cyclone Pam, UN Women is working with market vendors, governments and donors to help affected market women restore their livelihoods and build resilience against future shocks. More

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