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Expert’s take: Women’s meaningful participation still the missing ingredient in peacebuilding

25 October 2016

The United Nations undertook three separate reviews on peace and security last year—on peace operations, the UN’s peacebuilding architecture and on fifteen years of women, peace and security. I had the privilege of heading the review on women, peace and security, which concluded with the “Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)”, authored by Radhika Coomaraswamy. The study drew upon global consultations and new research and emerged with one key finding—women’s meaningful participation is the most important and overlooked ingredient for sustainable peace. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri receives the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award

24 October 2016

President & Executive Director Hausman, Madam Chair, Distinguished UNA members, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a dream come true for me to be here to receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award 2016 by the United Nations Association (UNA), in this city made sacred by its commitment to the United Nations, to a shared multicultural world and common responsibility to a sustainable development destiny. Indeed, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt has been my Shero since I... More

Condolences on the death of Ameera BinKaram

24 October 2016

UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home yesterday, 22 October. More

Killing women means society pays the ultimate price

21 October 2016

UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country. More

The art of preventing violence against women in Brazil women

20 October 2016

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in United Arab Emirates

20 October 2016

During her first visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated  UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world, and attended the “Investing in the Future – the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region”... More

“Women are change-makers”—Executive Director

20 October 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the opening ceremony of IIFMENA conference in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. More

UN Women and Islamic Relief Worldwide launch partnership

19 October 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), Naser Haghamed, officially launched a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the United Arab Emirates on 19 October to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world. More

From where I stand: Debora Barros Fince

19 October 2016

Debora Barros Fince is an Wayúu indigenous activist, human rights defender and lawyer from the community of Bahía Portete, La Guajira, Colombia. She travelled to Havana, Cuba, as part of the “victims delegation” to share her perspective during the peace process in December, 2015. More

Women refugees and migrants get a place of their own

18 October 2016

Complete with Middle Eastern music, smells of home-cooked recipes and plenty of smiling faces, Women’s Corner officially opened its doors in Belgrade. More

From where I stand: Nada Marković

18 October 2016

Nada Marković is a human rights activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina and works with with the organization “Maja Kravica“ that seeks to empower women from rural communities. More

UN Women inaugurates new Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

18 October 2016

UN Women inaugurated its Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, which aims to strengthen UN Women’s presence and ensure a robust and reinforced partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The Liaison Office, the first of its kind in the Gulf region, will enable UN Women to support and accelerate efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment that several Gulf States have been undertaking in the past two decades. More

“The issues at stake for women and girls around the world are far too important and far too urgent”—Lakshmi Puri

18 October 2016

Address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Equality Assembly, Gender Equality and Urban Equity: Contributing to the Post 2015 Development Agenda, during United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development More

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Lakshmi Puri

17 October 2016

“Cities of the world, step it up for gender equality”—Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-general and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the opening of the Women’s and Youth Assembly, Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) More

Finalists announced for the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards

17 October 2016

ITU and UN Women announced today the fourteen finalists for the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards to advance women’s participation in the ICT sector. This annual award honours outstanding projects and programmes around the world that promote the empowerment of women and girls through innovative uses of technologies. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at Habitat III

17 October 2016

The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III, is underway in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 - 20 October. The conference will adopt the New Urban Agenda—a robust, action-oriented outcome document which will set global standards in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities.  Welcoming the New Urban Agenda and its gender-responsive language, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Ms. Lakshmi Puri... More

Expert’s take: Why women must be at the heart of the humanitarian response in Haiti

14 October 2016

Anthony Ngororano, Programme Advisor and Head of the Africa Section at UN Women Headquarters who is currently serving as Representative a.i. UN Women Haiti, writes about how all of Haiti can benefit from including women and women's needs in the humanitarian response in Haiti. More

Putting gender equality at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

14 October 2016

At Habitat III and processes leading up to it, UN Women strongly advocated and supported the development of the New Urban Agenda by placing women’s rights at its heart, encouraging all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to shape sustainable, gender-responsive and inclusive cities, and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its true spirit of inclusion and equality. More

“Changes are on the way for women farmers”—Executive Director

14 October 2016

"Changes are on the way for women farmers. Some of those changes are those brought by giant global forces, like climate change, environmental degradation, or migration patterns that can either leave them alone heading their households, or alone in search of work. But other changes are coming about through a better recognition of women farmers as a force in themselves.."—Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of Rural Women. More

Empowering women farmers of Rwanda through mobile technology

13 October 2016

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. More

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