Take five

These question and answer pieces provide expert insight into gender equality and women's empowerment issues.

Chidi King,Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Take five: At the current rate of progress, no equal pay until 2069
Across the world, women still get paid 23 per cent less than men for work of equal value. Chidi King, Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the main international trade union organization representing the interests of working people worldwide, and a member of UN Women and ILO’s Equal Pay Champions initiative, unpacks the issue. More »

Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala. Photo: UN Women/Ecuador Garcia

Take five: Fighting femicide in Latin America
Latin America is seeing a wave of powerful protests against gender-related killings. As women and men demand #NiUnaMas (not one more women shall be killed), Adriana Quiñones, UN Women´s Country Representative in Guatemala talks about regional initiatives to prevent femicide. She was formerly the Regional Advisor on ending violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. More »

Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, speaks at the symposium to discuss the Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database on 6 May 2016 in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”
As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030. More »


Anna Green, CEO of ANZ Lao. Photo: ANZ Lao

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”
Anna Green has fought for equality in the workplace her whole career. Now, as CEO of ANZ Lao, she’s using the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, to empower other women and improve diversity in the company. More »

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain

Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”
Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). More »

Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, with members of Unilever turkey diversity and inclusion committee at the WEPs Implementation Guide launch event in Istanbul on 25 January 2017. Photo: Global Compact Turkey/Tolga Sezgin

Take five: “Globally, women now represent 50 per cent of the company’s board members”
Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, talks about how the Women’s Empowerment Principles have shaped and improved work place culture and performance at Unilever Turkey. More »


Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers, Kenya. Photo: Sandra Photography

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”
In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kenya, talks about the practice of FGM in the communities and what is being done to end FGM. More »

Donna Gabaccia. Photo: Margarita Stetsiouk

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?
Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More »

Awa Ndiaye Seck Photo: UN Women DRC

Take five: Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC
As world leaders attend the Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), UN Women’s country representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Awa Ndiaye underlines the importance of empowering women through sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.  More »



Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women Photo: UN Women/Jacob Crawfurd

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?
As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More »

Nguyen Ngoc Ly Photo: Dang Thuy Trang, CECR

Take five: On the front line of disasters, women are more at risk and less heard
Nguyen Ngoc Ly is the founder and director of Center for Environment and Community Research. She is part of the Climate Change Working Group that UN Women works with to expand women’s leadership and participation in climate change action and disaster risk reduction. More »

A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: South-south cooperation, a tool for advancing gender equality and inclusive development
Following the Global South-South Development Expo, A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, talks about why ensuring that gender issues are a central part of cooperation between countries is an under-utilized but powerful vehicle for more inclusive and sustainable development. More »



Joy Chebet Bii, 20, a Mozilla Club captain in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Dennis Mukundi

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?
Joy Chebet Bii is a 20-year-old living in Nairobi, Kenya. Joy, a student in mathematics and computer science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is a Mozilla Club captain. Through a partnership between UN Women and The Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Clubs teach web literacy skills to women and girls in Cape Town and Nairobi. Joy uses her expertise to teach girls in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi, basic coding and digital literacy skills. More »