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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

UN Women Executive Director: As we move forward, we will seek opportunities to win traction for, and achieve, the deep changes in the global financial architecture

July 23, 2015

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, on the financing for development outcome document following the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015. More

Valencia Club de Fútbol, UN Women’s first ever soccer club partner, trains young players in Beijing

July 20, 2015

Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first soccer club to become a UN Women global partner, trained students of the Beijing Royal School (BRS) in China. More

UN Women to highlight the unique barriers to treatment faced by women living with HIV/AIDS

July 16, 2015

At the pivotal International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada from 19-22 July, the focus will be on HIV care and treatment as new data highlights the effectiveness of earlier treatment initiation. Commissioned by UN Women, AVAC, ATHENA network and Salamander Trust will present initial findings from a new global review of the status of access to care and antiretroviral therapy (ART) for women living with HIV. Unique in its methodology, the study was designed and governed by women... More

FFD3 Conference yields commitment to financing for gender equality

July 16, 2015

Emerging from the Third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3), was a clear recognition of gender equality as a critical element in achieving sustainable development. During the conference, UN Member States adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), a global framework for financing for sustainable development, committing to action to achieve economic, social and environmental changes by transforming global finance practices. More

New UN Women research details how gender equality programming impacts humanitarian outcomes

July 16, 2015

While many policies and practices have improved the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into humanitarian action, there has been little by way of concrete evidence of its impact. However, a new research study by UN Women has confirmed the positive affect that gender equality programming can have on humanitarian outcomes, and proposes ways to further enhance the impact. More

“With these tools, we know WHAT needs to be done and HOW it can be done” – UN Women closing statement at FFD3

July 16, 2015

UN Women statement delivered by Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, the African Union and UNECA, at the closing plenary in the General Debate at the third Financing for Development Conference (FFD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16 July 2015. More

UN Women steers three high-level side events at the Financing for Development Conference

July 15, 2015

On the second day of the Third Financing for Development Conference, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13-16 July 2015, UN Women organized three official high-level side events to highlight the importance of transformative financing towards gender equality More

Women in sport – scoring for equality

July 14, 2015

As inspiring as the Women's World Cup is, it reminds us that gender inequalities still plague professional sports. More

Q&A with Nepal’s Finance Minister: “There is a need, now more than ever, for the international community to focus on gender equality”

July 14, 2015

As the world community gathers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the third International Conference on Financing for Development this week, UN Women sat down with Nepal’s Minister of Finance Ram Sharan Mahat to discuss how this developing country has been able to prioritize gender equality in its planning and budgeting, as well as its achievements and the challenges ahead, particularly after the recent earthquakes. More

The Government of Iraq and UN Women work together for rural women

July 14, 2015

To improve the socioeconomic status of rural women and young girls in selected governorates in Iraq, the Government of Iraq and the United Nations signed a USD 2.5 million dollar joint-project on “Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women” on 9 July. More

"The expectations of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda must be matched with transformative financing for gender equality" – Lakshmi Puri

July 14, 2015

Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at high-level side event "Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Catalysing Action on the Addis Ababa Accord", 14 July 2015. More

Finding a new balance

July 13, 2015

For development to be truly sustainable we also need to shake up the status quo and work for systemic change. The gender equality goal and gender-sensitive targets throughout the proposed sustainable development agenda are ambitious and comprehensive. More

Gender equality in Nepal, three months on…

July 13, 2015

Sharmila Nepali, Shirisha Tamang and Shrijana Giri, are three Nepalese single mothers, recovering from the earthquake and on their own, rebuilding a life for their families. Their stories are featured in the Gender Equality update, 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

Ahead of Financing Conference, women’s groups highlight critical gender equality issues

July 10, 2015

On 10 July, the Women’s Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in preparation for the Third Financing for Development Conference, to be held from 13- 16 July. The Women’s Forum, supported by UN Women, brought together key stakeholders including gender experts and women’s rights activists from across the globe to address their concerns and put forth recommendation on achievement of gender equality in the post-2015 agenda. More

Dressing up a soccer stadium for survivors in Kosovo

July 10, 2015

As the country moves to break the silence around conflict-related sexual violence, a public art installation aims to raise awareness and combat stigma for survivors. More

Women’s groups galvanize for Financing for Development Conference

July 10, 2015

In Addis Ababa, ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, addressed opening remarks at the Women’s Forum on Financing for Gender Equality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 July. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director: Only through a transformative financing for gender equality agenda, the commitments for the post-2015 will become a living reality

July 10, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the women's forum on "Financing Gender Equality: The Road To Addis", held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 July 2015. More

Executive Director calls for ending gender-based violence and women’s inclusion in the peace process in South Sudan

July 9, 2015

During a two-day solidarity mission to South Sudan from 7-8 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the inclusion of women at all levels in the South Sudanese peace process. More

Press release: Transformative financing will end gender inequality by 2030

July 8, 2015

On the eve of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women is calling for dedicated resources to deliver on commitments, and transformative financing to end gender inequality by 2030. High ambition, backed by stepped-up action to make the right investments, puts that goal within reach for all women and girls. More

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