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Press conference: "Collective Failure of Leadership on Progress for Women"

March 6, 2015

Authoritative global review finds pace of advancement unacceptably slow / UN Women Executive Director calls on Leaders to Step It Up, launches initiative to record concrete new commitments. More

Urgent action required in five key areas, says Beijing summary report

March 6, 2015

UN Secretary-General’s report stresses that progress towards women’s rights and empowerment has been unacceptably slow, with stagnation and even regression in some cases. More

Media advisory: Curtain-raiser press conference as 59th Commission on the Status of Women meets to assess global progress for women 20 years after Beijing Conference

March 5, 2015

Media Contacts: Oisika Chakrabarti, Ph: +1 646 781-4522; Email: oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org Sharon Grobeisen, Ph: +1 646 781-4753; Email: sharon.grobeisen[at]unwomen.org WHAT: On the occasion of the global review of progress made since the Fourth World Conference on Beijing in 1995 and ahead of International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief members of the press on the upcoming 59 th Commission on the Status of Women (9-20 March) and... More

Join our Facebook Live event with Emma Watson this Sunday 8 March

March 5, 2015

British actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will take part in a special Facebook Live event in London as part of International Women’s Day on Sunday, 8 March, at 5 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. EST). More

Media advisory: International Women's Day March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights

March 4, 2015

MARCH FOR GENDER EQUALITY: STEP IT UP! PLANET 50-50 BY 2030. The event is co-hosted by UN Women and the City of New York, with the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), Man Up and The Working Group on Girls NGO. Marking International Women’s Day, the event will bring together diverse partners on the eve of the 20-year anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

Media advisory: Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, celebratory commemoration brings together top political actors, celebrities

March 4, 2015

UN Women’s celebratory event for the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, with musical performances, high-powered speakers and celebrities including President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, global philanthropist Melinda Gates, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actor-director from India Farhan Akhtar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and luminaries from politics, the arts, activism and philanthropy. More

Message of the Executive Director: We call on countries to “step it up” for gender equality

March 2, 2015

In her message for International Women's Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that we avert the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world. She calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality, to reach ‘Planet 50:50’ before 2030. More

European Union to discuss women's economic empowerment through the lenses of post-2015 and Beijing+20

March 2, 2015

In celebrating 2015 as the European Year of Development, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is hosting a conference titled “Post-2015 and Beijing+20: Women’s Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development –the Synthesis for Success” in Riga, Latvia from 2-4 March. More

“We ourselves are here for repurposing – to exchange ways for ensuring more and substantive women's leadership and women’s power” – UN Women Executive Director

March 2, 2015

In her closing statement at the high-level event on "Women Power and Decision Making”, held on 28 February in Santiago, Chile, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, praised the dialogue and contributions the event has generated, and encouraged attendees to further act on the suggestions and ideas brought to the table. More

Women leaders call to ‘step it up’ for gender equality

February 28, 2015

“It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. They urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women that resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

Lakshmi Puri calls upon women leaders to act for gender equality

February 28, 2015

Introductory statement for the call for action entitled “Women Leaders: Time to Step it up for Gender Equality” by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri on 28 February, in Santiago, Chile. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Chile and takes part in high-level Beijing+20 event

February 27, 2015

During her first official visit to Chile this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is meeting with key officials and activists, and co-hosting a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February in Santiago, Chile, the event is one of the major Beijing+20 events being organized around the world. More

“Take intense measures” to accelerate women’s full and equal participation in politics, leaders say in Chile

February 27, 2015

More than 300 global leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in a high-level conference on women in power and decision-making as part of UN Women’s global Beijing+20 campaign. It aims to galvanize political support to achieve gender equality and honour commitments made by 189 governments to uphold the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

“For women’s leadership to thrive, and for change to happen, all of us need greater courage and decisiveness” – UN Women Executive Director

February 27, 2015

In her opening address at the "High-level Event on Women in Power and Decision-making", held on 27 February, in Santiago, Chile, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged bolder action to fulfil the commitments made at the World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 to increase women’s representation in leadership positions in all important sectors of society. More

Media advisory: As the Beijing Declaration turns 20, the 59th Commission on the Status of Women will take stock of women’s rights, amid mixed progress

February 26, 2015

The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Considered the most comprehensive blueprint on advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing roadmap was adopted by 189 governments. But 20 years on, the commitments made are only partially fulfilled. More

During Brazil’s Carnival, parade-goers promote respect for women

February 26, 2015

Using an explosion of colour and audacious costumes to tell the story of brave women everywhere, the traditional samba school of Mangueira paid tribute to the women who fight every day to overcome gender inequalities in their parade. It is one of several national events for UN Women’s global Beijing+20 "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" campaign. More

UN Women Executive Director to co-host Beijing+20 “Women in Power and Decision-Making” high-level event in Chile

February 25, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate. More

The potential that technology has to open up the world for women and girls – Executive Director

February 25, 2015

Opening address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at Mobile Learning Week 2015: “Leveraging technology to empower women and girls”, 24 February, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. More

UN Women Executive Director addresses UNESCO Member States at Mobile Learning Week

February 25, 2015

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at Mobile Learning Week co-hosted by UNESCO and UN Women, on 24 February, in Paris. More

Peoples’ march on 8 March: Take to the streets for gender equality and women’s rights

February 24, 2015

Peoples’ march on 8 March: Take to the streets for gender equality and women’s rights On International Women’s Day (8 March), the march for gender equality and women’s rights in New York City, will be organized by UN Women and the City of New York, together with the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), Man Up and The Working Group on Girls NGO. In November last year, the City of New York signed an MOU with UN Women... More

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