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"Because, if not now, when? If not us, who?" – Executive Director

August 28, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Assembly of Women in Tokyo, Japan on 28 August 2015. More

UN Women Executive Director to return to Tokyo

August 26, 2015

On 28 August, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will address an international gathering of leaders of government, business and civil society at the second World Assembly of Women in Tokyo hosted by the Government of Japan. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will highlight progress achieved in women’s empowerment and outline further steps that must be taken to advance women's rights and gender equality at a global level. She addressed the... More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women for the 500th day since the Chibok kidnappings

August 25, 2015

This week, 500 days will have passed since the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from their hostel in Chibok, northern Nigeria. In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for the global community to do more to protect girls, as well as boys, and prevent the spread of extremist groups such as Boko Haram. More

“When women come together to use their voices, the world has no choice but to respond” –Yuwei Lee

August 24, 2015

Jewellery designer Yuwei Lee shares her story, talks about what motivated her to work with the UN Trust Fund and shares the inspiration behind her designs. More

UN Women welcomes CEDAW General Recommendation on women’s access to justice

August 19, 2015

UN Women welcomes the recently published General recommendation no. 33 on women’s access to justice by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in late July. More

Indian actor Anupam Kher pinned as HeForShe Champion

August 18, 2015

Renowned Indian actor and philanthropist Anupam Kher was pinned as a HeForShe Champion by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri on 18 August, in New York. More

Statement by UN Women on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015

August 18, 2015

In a statement on World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015, UN Women pays tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to end the suffering of others, and who bring hope where it is most needed. Their humanitarian spirit and actions inspire us every day. More

Making sure women play an active role in emergency response and disaster reduction

August 18, 2015

On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we take a look at UN Women’s work to ensure that women’s needs are considered and voices heard in humanitarian action and disaster planning. More

Gender Equality Update highlights results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment

August 18, 2015

In its fourth edition, the UN Women and OCHA-led Gender Working Group’s Gender Equality Update highlights the results of Nepal’s Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), along with news and key facts summaries related to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the emergency response after the earthquakes in Nepal. More

“The power of self-realized young women is immense” – Lakshmi Puri

August 17, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, who accepted the Global Generation Award on behalf of UN Women at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference on 14 August, in New York. More

UN Women welcomes strong response to alleged misconduct of UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

August 13, 2015

UN Women welcomes the strong leadership and commitment shown by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in response to the latest allegations concerning the conduct of UN peacekeepers serving with the UN’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. More

UN Youth Delegate wraps up cross-continental cycling journey in South Africa

August 11, 2015

After travelling through 20 countries on two continents, UN Youth Delegate Jilt Van Schayik and his friend Teun Meulepas will wrap up their journey to hear what youth have to say about the post-2015 agenda. More

International Youth Day

August 11, 2015

Ahead of International Youth Day, UN Women highlights our work with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to end violence against women and girls. More

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s statement on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. More

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 5, 2015

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Women highlights the challenges faced by indigenous women around the world. More

UN Women welcomes agreement on post-2015 development agenda

August 3, 2015

With great anticipation for the journey we are about to embark upon, UN Women welcomes the agreement by Member States on the post-2015 development agenda that is to be adopted at the UN Summit in September. “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a comprehensive blueprint for people and planet that for the first time brings together the three dimensions of sustainable development in one ambitious document. More

New Gender Alert highlights need to support women and girls in the humanitarian response in Yemen

July 31, 2015

A new Gender Alert emphasizes how essential it is that any needs assessment in Yemen reflect gender in their scope and analysis and are based on accurate sex and age disaggregated data, so that the needs and vulnerabilities of the women, men, girls and boys of the crisis affected population are adequately identified and addressed. More

Reaching out to survivors of violence in post-earthquake Nepal

July 29, 2015

With counsellors dealing with rising cases of domestic and sexual violence, UN Women, the Government of Nepal, and partners have set up a multipurpose women’s centre to address trauma and provide psychosocial support. More

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 29, 2015

All forms of violence against women and girls, sexual exploitation and trafficking, are serious human rights violations. Evidence shows, every country across the world is affected by human trafficking—as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. More

Financing for development outcome bolsters gender equality

July 24, 2015

At the first of three international meetings which will shape international development, world leaders acknowledged the key role of gender equality in development at the recent Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. At the conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda endorsed a global framework that will shape the development cooperation agenda for the next 15 years and provide financing for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the standalone, comprehensive and transformative goal on achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

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