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What is a real man — a 'mard'?

01 December 2015

Farhan Akhtar, a regional UN Women Ambassador for South Asia and an advocate for the HeForShe campaign, writes about masculinity in the 21st Century, and the pressures men face around identity. More

Executive Director to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

01 December 2015

Marking her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her mission on 1 December. During the four-day trip, she will partake in both high-level advocacy and grass-roots efforts to advance gender equality in the country and around the world. More

Q&A: "Women's voices and the challenges they address must be key components of the adaptive responsive to a changing climate" —ecological expert

01 December 2015

Brahim Jaafar, who holds a doctorate in ecology, is currently the national coordinator of UNDP's territorial development programme in the Tafilalet region and the Director of Territorial Planning in Morocco. He speaks to UN Women about the importance of addressing climate change from a gender perspective. More

UN launches regional flagship programme to eradicate child marriage

30 November 2015

In Panama City on 24 November, on occasion of the beginning of the 16 days of activism and the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the regional offices of UN Women, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization, presented a new joint programme for the eradication of child marriage. More

“We see all the ugly in the world and try to make it beautiful” –civil society ‘artivist’ Soré Agbaje

27 November 2015

Spoken word artist Soré Agbaje performed a poem at the Global Civil Society Dialogue on 23 November. A student at Brooklyn College in New York, majoring in political science and double minoring in journalism and TV/radio, she explains how she uses the art and language through the I Sell The Shadow spoken word initiative to shed light on issues that affect people in her community and around the world. In her own words… More

Girls speak out at the First African Girls' Summit on Ending Child Marriage

27 November 2015

UN Women is participating and actively contributing to the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage, being held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 24–27 November 2015. More

Hotline helps prevent gender-based violence in Mali

25 November 2015

To provide appropriate measures to combat and prevent gender-based violence in Mali and, in particular, to reduce the risk of this calamity escalating during crisis and post-crisis situations, UN Women—working in partnership with the National Police of Mali—decided to open a hotline to provide support for women and girls experiencing gender-based violence. More

Civil society strategizes around achieving SDG 5

25 November 2015

Members of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Groups and civil society partners convened in New York City at the UN Women Global Civil Society Dialogue to share partnership strategies for achieving substantive gender equality by 2030. More

Executive Director calls for collaboration and strong leadership in efforts to prevent violence against women

25 November 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November in New York. More

Press release: Spotlighting prevention, “Orange the World” kicks off global efforts to end violence against women and girls

24 November 2015

From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affects one in three worldwide. More

Nearly 40 Chinese companies sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

24 November 2015

Thirty eight companies from China signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) CEO Statement of Support. The Women’s Empowerment Principles, developed by UN Women in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, outline seven steps for companies to improve women’s empowerment at work and in the marketplace. More

Three UN agencies join forces to boost education for girls and young women

24 November 2015

The heads of UNESCO, UNFPA and UN Women sealed a partnership to empower adolescent girls and young women through education, by signing a joint programme agreement on 23 November, 2015, at the headquarters of the United Nations Population Fund in New York. More

“We have to make sure we make this right, because there is no second chance” – gender and climate change expert and advisor

23 November 2015

Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga, Programme Director of Equality and Sustainable Development Policies and Budgets, with the Mexican NGO Equidad de Género, speaks to UN Women about the challenges she has faced in her advocacy and her hopes for the upcoming climate agreement. More

“Now is the time for talking about concrete measures, not generalities” — Executive Director

23 November 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Global Civil Society Dialogue on 23 November. More

Media advisory: “Orange the world” events spur global action to end violence against women and girls

23 November 2015

The official commemoration on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at UN Headquarters will kick-start the global actions to “Orange the World”. More

Press release: Progress for women in news media grinds to a halt

23 November 2015

After 20 years, research in 114 countries reveals continued severe disparity between representation of women and men in the news media More

Libyan women forge agenda for peace

23 November 2015

Libyan women are fighting for their right to a voice in the shaping of the future of their country. More

City Hall to be lit in orange as Brussels joins UN Women's Safe Cities Global Initiative

23 November 2015

Brussels will become the first city in Belgium to join UN Women’s Global Flagship Initiative “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” which aims to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec visits Nairobi

23 November 2015

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec was in Nairobi for the Regional Peer Review Meeting for 2016 Annual Work Plans. The first-ever joint Regional Peer Review Group for both the Eastern and Southern Africa and the Western and Central Africa regional offices took place at Windsor Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 10-14 November, 2015. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

20 November 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

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