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Girls kick violence with Grassroot Soccer

June 2, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits a Primary School in Khayelitsha to see the impact of a male-founded sports-based programme which fosters girls’ empowerment and addresses violence against women. More

Boosting financial and business literacy in Rwanda

June 2, 2015

Kigali – Over 200 executive women from government, private enterprises, and international organizations took part in a two-hour financial planning and business investment seminar dubbed “Finishing Rich”, the first in a series of luncheon-events supported by the Rwanda Development Board, UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)... More

Press Release: Facebook, UN Women help female entrepreneurs boost their businesses

June 2, 2015

Facebook, in support of UN Women, is hosting a Boost Your Business workshop for women Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) owners in Cape Town today. More than 200 women entrepreneurs are attending the event at the Pepper Club Hotel, where they are networking and receiving advice on growing their businesses. They are also sharing ideas with each other on how to run a socially responsible business with gender equality and women’s empowerment at its core. More

Coverage: Executive Director visits South Africa

June 1, 2015

During a week-long mission to her native South Africa from 1-5 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit UN Women programmes in the field, take part in a joint workshop for female entrepreneurs, attend the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 – which she will co-chair this year – where she will call for a new economic agenda that works for women and benefits all, and engage with a range of stakeholders. More

Income empowers Kilimanjaro women to seek justice

June 1, 2015

Through a programme supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, more than 1,000 women have joined savings and loans groups, started businesses, and sought legal advice to claim their rights. More

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to co-chair World Economic Forum during visit to South Africa

May 29, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will travel to Cape Town, from 1-5 June, to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015, which she will co-chair this year, and to visit UN Women programmes in the field, take part in a joint workshop for female entrepreneurs, and engage with a range of stakeholders. More

“Without access to education, it is impossible to make gender equality a reality”- Vivian Onano

May 29, 2015

Vivian Onano, youth activist and member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, was invited to deliver the keynote speech at a Special Session at the UN General Assembly today to take stock of progress made on the 1995 World Programme of Action for Youth, which offers practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of youth around the world. More

Joint statement on renewed attacks against the civilian population, especially women and children, in the widening armed conflict in South Sudan

May 29, 2015

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh. More

Speaking out on gender-based violence in conflict: An interview with Patrick Cammaert

May 28, 2015

In this video interview, Major General Patrick Cammaert speaks to UN Women about why it is so crucial to involve more women in peacekeeping roles and why all UN peacekeepers need to be trained to identify and act to confront sexual and gender-based violence in conflict. He also talks about the scenario-based training courses he has led on behalf of UN Women and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations since 2011 and the most recent course specifically for women peacekeepers, held in India. More

Female peacekeepers take the helm, to end gender-based violence

May 28, 2015

A training course piloted in India aims to equip female military officers in peacekeeping missions to tackle sexual and gender-based violence. More

Clad in new UN Women-branded jerseys, Valencia Football Club scores

May 28, 2015

Sporting their new UN Women-branded jerseys, the Valencia Club de Futbol team won a friendly match against Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Columbus, Ohio on 28 May, with a score of 1-0. The Spanish Liga team was in the United States this past week to unveil their partnership with UN Women, launched at UN Headquarters in New York City on 26 May. This is the first time a sports club becomes a global partner for the UN organization. The four-year agreement aims to promote gender equality and... More

Women take the reins to build peace in Colombia

May 28, 2015

The voices of women as experts, survivors and negotiators have been included in a peace process with an unprecedented gender perspective, with the support of UN Women and other partners. It aims to end one of the longest-running internal armed conflicts in the world. More

Press release: Valencia Club de Fútbol and UN Women kick off partnership to promote gender equality

May 26, 2015

Valencia Club de Fútbol (CF) and UN Women announced their partnership in support of UN Women’s mandate to promote and support gender equality across the globe. For the first time ever, UN Women will collaborate with a professional sports team. The organization’s logo will be featured on the back of the Valencia CF players’ jerseys when they play in European competitions such as the Champions League More

Gender Equality Bulletin Special Issue - Nepal, one month on...

May 26, 2015

One month on from the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the UN's Inter-cluster Gender Task Force in Response to the Nepal Earthquakes takes stock of the situation – both looking back and moving forward – in its first Gender Bulletin Special Issue. The two-page Gender Equality Bulletin complements the Gender Alert by providing key up-to-date facts and figures, initiatives, progress, challenges, needs and opportunities related to gender equality and women's empowerment as a result of the earthquake and in the context of the emergency response. More

#AskPhumzile Twitter chat on women’s economic empowerment in Africa

May 23, 2015

Leading up to the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will convene regional and global leaders, 3–5 June 2015, the World Economic Forum and UN Women are hosting an #AskPhumzile Twitter chat on women’s economic empowerment in Africa on 26 May 2015. Join the conversation via the hashtag #AskPhumzile and follow @phumzileunwomen on Twitter. More

“We must make a concerted effort to remove all barriers to education for girls and adolescents”– Yannick Glemarec

May 22, 2015

Statement by UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec, at the World Education Forum 2015 high-level statements and closing ceremony, on 21 May, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. More

Lakshmi Puri addresses the World Health Assembly

May 21, 2015

Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Lakshmi Puri at the 68th World Health Assembly, held on 21 May 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education

May 21, 2015

A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. More

“Progress for women is progress for all” – Lakshmi Puri

May 21, 2015

Statement by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, at the launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, on 21 May at the International Labour Organization Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

“A perfect world where people are equal can only be achieved if we provide universal education.” – UN Women Executive Director

May 20, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the World Education Forum 2015, held on 19 May, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. More

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