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Press Release: Syrian Women's Advisory Board shares experience in exploring solutions for peace

31 August 2016

Media Inquiries: Maria Sanchez, +1 646 781-4507 maria.sanchez[at] unwomen.org Sharon Grobeisen,+1 646 781-4753 sharon.grobeisen[at] unwomen.org Zina Alam, +1 646 781-4783 zina.alam[at] unwomen.org New York— On the sidelines of its Executive Board second regular session, UN Women today organized a panel discussion with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year and composed of 12 independent Syrian... More

Religious leaders at the forefront of ending gender-based violence in Ethiopia

31 August 2016

At the end of the training conducted by UN Women, religious leaders developed a 13-point call for action to end harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence in the region, including rejecting violence against women, child marriage and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. They are now preaching to prevent such violence in their congregations. More

UN Women Statement on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

30 August 2016

As we commemorate the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances this year, we celebrate women’s perseverance and strength under these circumstances, and mark several important gains in addressing this crime. More

From where I stand: Florah Maswanganyi

29 August 2016

Florah Maswanganyi, 54, is a farmer from Giyani Village in Limpopo province, South Africa. She took part in a workshop on the effects of climate change on rural women and women smallholder farmers, which aimed to strengthen rural women’s voices in advocating for gender-sensitive climate change agreements. More

“The UN must lead by example in appointing its next Secretary-General: make this moment count for gender equality”

26 August 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women More

Media advisory: Syrian women engaged in the peace talks meet in New York

26 August 2016

On the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women is organizing a panel with members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year. At the event, representatives of the Women’s Advisory Board will share their experience and contribution to exploring solutions for peace. More

UN Women Executive Board convenes Second Regular Session 2016

26 August 2016

UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s Second Regular Session on 1 and 2 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. More

Expanding capacities for women farmers in Rwanda

26 August 2016

Since joining UN Women’s innovative “Buy from Women” platform, men and women farmers from 10 cooperatives in Rwanda have benefited from the digital, mobile-enabled platform that connects small holder farmers to the agricultural supply chain and provides them with critical information on market prices, sensitization on gender equality, and business opportunities via text messages. More

Migrant women of Viet Nam claim social protection and rights

24 August 2016

An estimated 40 – 50 per cent of migrants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two biggest cities in Viet Nam, are women, and they face distinct challenges. Low and unstable incomes and lack of social protection make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. But migrant women workers of Viet Nam refuse to live on the fringes any longer. More than 10,000 migrant workers have learnt how to access social welfare benefits, legal protection and health care. They are advocating for their rights and helping one another. More

UN Women to co-host screening of Equal Means Equal

24 August 2016

On Friday, 26 August, UN Women and Heroica Films will host a screening of the documentary film “Equal Means Equal” followed by a panel discussion. The screening, beginning at 6.30 p.m. will be held at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters on the occasion of Women’s Equality Day in the United States. More

From where I stand: Haidara Djeneba Sy

23 August 2016

Haidara, Djeneba Sy is a religious woman leader from Mali, and a fearless advocate for women’s economic empowerment and rights. Women can play a significant role in combating extremism, she says, but not when they are poor and weak. More

“People are beginning to see our potential…the potential of all the girls who play sport”

23 August 2016

Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

22 August 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

From where I stand: Flor Isava-Fonseca

20 August 2016

Flor Isava- Fonseca, 95, is a tireless Venezuelan activist, athlete, journalist and writer. Ms. Isava-Fonseca and Finnish sprinter Pirjo Häggman were the first women to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka celebrates Women’s Month in South Africa

19 August 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa from 10 - 19 August for the national celebration of “Women's Month”. More

“This agenda is truly an agenda for this generation to deliver on” — Executive Director

19 August 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the South Africa Women in Science Awards Gala in Johannesburg, South Africa More

UN Women signs Letter of Intent to establish a Country Office in Argentina during the official visit of UN Secretary-General

18 August 2016

The Republic of Argentina and UN Women signed a Letter of Intent to establish a UN Women Country Office in Argentina and expand their efforts to promote gender equality, economic empowerment, leadership, participation in the political sector, eradicate violence against women and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

HeForShe campaign launches in Cameroon

17 August 2016

On behalf of H.E President Paul Biya of Cameroon, the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang has pledged his support for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign at a launch event attended by government representatives, heads of UN agencies and civil society organizations. More

Unlocking the potential of Afghan women

17 August 2016

The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers. More

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

16 August 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management. More

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