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In Times Square, Nasdaq and Reuters screens go orange with anti-violence messages

November 25, 2014

Lit orange in support of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to raise awareness of the occasion, the seven-story-tall NASDAQ and 22-story-tall Reuters video towers flashed UN Women anti-violence messages throughout the day More

Sania Mirza announced as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

November 25, 2014

Tennis superstar joins campaign to end violence against women and girls and aims to raise awareness on gender equality More

UN Women and New York City sign agreement to enhance safety and empowerment of women

November 25, 2014

City joins global Safe Cities Initiative; promises to scale up advocacy and action. UN Women and the City of New York today signed an agreement to work together in order to enhance the safety and empowerment of women and girls. It is the first such agreement signed between the City and a United Nations entity. More

UN Women and Universal Postal Union (UPU) signal intent to work together

November 25, 2014

The Universal Postal Union and UN Women have announced their intention to explore common avenues to empowering women within the postal sector, at the UPU and elsewhere. More

"Together, we are shining a light on acts that bring pain, shame and fear to girls and women" - Executive Director

November 25, 2014

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official UN commemoration of the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women, ECOSOC Chamber, New York, 25 November 2014 More

“I am one in three, and I WILL BE the one who yells from the rooftops until those numbers change” – Teri Hatcher

November 25, 2014

Speech by actress Teri Hatcher at the official UN commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November. More

ED statement at noon briefing on 25 November

November 25, 2014

Remarks by the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Noon briefing at UN Headquarters, New York, 25 November 2014. More

Press release: A global call to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” galvanizes communities to stop violence against women

November 24, 2014

A United Nations call to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” kicks off tomorrow with people around the world displaying the colour to symbolize hope for a future free from violence against women and girls. Iconic New York buildings are lit in orange as beacons of a bright future. More

Soko and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women join hands to support economic empowerment and safety of women and girls

November 24, 2014

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women has teamed up with Soko, an ethical fashion-based social enterprise based in Kenya that is using online technology to bring beautiful and creatively designed jewelry made by artisans in Kenya to the global market. More

UN Women to co-host Mobile Learning Week 2015

November 24, 2014

With the theme “Leveraging technology to empower women and girls”, UN Women and UNESCO will co-host Mobile Learning Week 2015 from 23-27 February 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. More

Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

November 22, 2014

Santiago - After two days of rigorous and productive discussions during the Latin America and Caribbean Special Session on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, delegations from 21 countries unanimously reaffirmed the region’s commitment to the Platform for Action, and the goal to remove barriers that prevent women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life. More

In Palestine, specialized prosecutors ensure women survivors’ access to justice

November 20, 2014

UN Women is working with the Attorney General’s Office in Palestine on a human-rights-based approach to handling cases of domestic and gender-based violence, by training public prosecutors in line with international standards and developing operating procedures. More

UN Women calls for clean cooking solutions for women at Cookstoves Future Summit

November 20, 2014

At the Cookstoves Future Summit in New York from 20-21 November, UN Women is calling on Governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organizations to commit to advancing gender equality by improving women’s access to clean cooking solutions. More

In Fiji first responders train to address sexual violence in disasters

November 20, 2014

Because the risk of violence against women and girls increases in the aftermath of a disaster, UN Women is supporting training for first responders and disaster-risk-reduction planners in Fiji to prevent, recognize and address violence in emergencies across the Pacific. More

Join the conversation for 25 November: #Orangeurhood in #16days

November 20, 2014

Orange your profile picture to show your support! Join the conversation and Orange your Neighbourhood in 16 Days on social media! Hashtags: #orangeurhood; #16days Join the ‘Orange Your World’ Event page on Facebook and post photos and actions happening in your country for the 16 Days of Activism. Orange your Facebook wall, Instagram and Twitter accounts with a variety of images, banners and promotional material . A social media package with sample messages in English... More

Expert’s Take: Gender perspectives on sanitation for sustainable development

November 20, 2014

An op-ed by Begoña Lasagabaster, Acting Head of UN Women’s Policy Division, to mark World Toilet Day, which is commemorated on 19 November. More

Media advisory: UN commemoration of the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November 2014: “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”

November 19, 2014

This year’s theme to mark the International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is “Orange Your Neighbourhood”. The colour orange, bright and optimistic, has been designated by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women to symbolize a better future without this pervasive human rights violation that affects as many as one in three women and girls worldwide. The iconic Empire State Building, the UN Secretariat building and large screens in Times Square in New York will be lit orange to mark the day, along with the official commemoration event at UN Headquarters. More

The Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Ministerial review takes place in Bangkok

November 19, 2014

Bangkok, 19 November – The first day of the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review in Bangkok began with stocktaking  on achievements made towards gender equality thus far, as well as emphasizing challenges that the region still faces in light of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , known as the blueprint for women’s rights and signed by 189 governmental representatives in 1995 as... More

In Addis Ababa, UN Women Deputy Executive Director meets with Civil Society Advisory Group ahead of Beijing+20 regional review

November 19, 2014

Addis Ababa – On the eve of the official Beijing+20 regional review, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, met with members of UN Women 12-member Civil Society Advisory Group in Ethiopia, and UN Women teams from the Africa region. Puri was in Ethiopia to attend the African Regional Conference on Beijing+20 , which opened on 17 November at the Conference Center of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), bringing together representatives from 51 African nations to review... More

"We need a global movement of solidarity for gender equality"- Deputy Executive Director

November 19, 2014

Speech UN Women Deputy Executive Diretor and Assistant Secretary General Ms. Lakshmi Puri Official Opening Ministerial Segment 9th Africa Regional Women’s Conference (Beijing+20) 19 November 2014 Dear Minister of Social and Community Services Gender, Child Development and Community Development of Malawi, Other Ministers of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Under- Secretary General of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, who is... More

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