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Partnerships are key to address laws that discriminate women

18 January 2017

Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event, “Bringing Down Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Economic and Business Imperative” in Geneva, Switzerland. More

Placing Pacific women at the forefront of disaster planning and response

17 January 2017

As the Pacific braces itself for another cyclone season, UN Women is leading efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the centre of disaster preparedness, response and recovery work. More

Spotlighting gender data at the first-ever UN World Data Forum

16 January 2017

At the first-ever United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa from 15 – 18 January, data and statistics experts from around the world will join governments, private sector, civil society and academia, in exploring innovative ways to measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?

16 January 2017

Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and former Director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks to UN Women about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More

Flagship programme: Making Every Woman and Girl Count

16 January 2017

UN Women’s flagship programme, Making Every Women and Girl Count, aims to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted. The programme seeks to address the urgent need to increase the availability of accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights in order to inform policy and decision-making. More

UN Women Executive Director to call on businesses to power up sustainable development and women’s economic empowerment in Davos

15 January 2017

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will travel to Davos, Switzerland for the 47th Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 17 - 21 January. At the WEF, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with leaders in government, civil society and business, to strengthen alliances to drive women’s economic empowerment and call for active engagement and leadership of business in fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Joint briefing on cost recovery

13 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017; 11:00 h - 13:00 h; CR 1 Documents Download Agenda pdf More

Unsettling bargains? Power-sharing and the inclusion of women in peace negotiations

12 January 2017

The report draws on a new dataset from the Peace Agreement Access tool PA-X together with gender quota data from the Quota Project (www.quotaproject.org). This report responds to what the author suggests is an urgent need to develop clearer conceptual thinking on the relationship of women’s equality to power-sharing in the peace and security field. It also responds to a need to work towards more systematic empirical evaluation of the relationship. More

Text and context: Evaluating peace agreements for their 'gender perspective'

11 January 2017

This report examines what ‘a gender perspective’ in peace agreements might mean, suggesting that the term has not been fully enough considered. It also produces data on when women have been specifically mentioned in peace agreements. The data summary shows that peace agreement references to women have increased over time. Yet, only a few of these agreements provide evidence of adopting a robust ‘gender perspective.’ More

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 9, February 2017

11 January 2017

Issue no. 9 of TRANSFORM focuses on the regional architecture of UN Women. UN Women was designed with a regional architecture that aims to maximize the organization’s ability to deliver on its mandate. More

Orientation of new Executive Board Members 2017

11 January 2017

17 Jan; 10:00h – 12:00h; CR 9 More

Photo essay: Rural women light up villages in Liberia

09 January 2017

Rural Liberian women are promoting renewable solar energy that reduces dependency on expensive and polluting fossil fuels, like kerosene. More

Empowering refugee women and girls

09 January 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops. More

Poster: Security Council resolutions: Women peace and security

06 January 2017

The Women, Peace and Security UN Security Council Resolutions poster provides a helpful overview of each of the eight women, peace and security resolutions, and pulls out key provisions for each resolution. The poster is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian. More

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