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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2015

October 9, 2015

We know we have an extraordinarily long way to go to achieve what we want for our 15-year-olds. But they must know that they, and all their siblings, are in the spotlight. Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030. More

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

October 9, 2015

On 19 October 2015 at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women. Proceeds will support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

Media advisory: United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International pay tribute to the resilience of women

October 9, 2015

A benefit concert of the great Scheherazade-inspired works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Maurice Ravel celebrating the resilience of women and girls in the face of violence, a partnership between the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International will be held on Monday, 12 October 2015, 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. More

Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

October 8, 2015

With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, young women around the world are entering non-traditional economic and political spheres, and redefining leadership on their own terms. More

Girls bridge the digital gender gap in Central America

October 8, 2015

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields. More

Media Advisory: Press Conference on 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and new Global Study on women, peace and security

October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief the press on critical actions needed to counter escalating conflict and violent extremism in the world today, highlighting the evidence base that shows the urgent need to place gender equality at the heart of peace and security interventions. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

October 7, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw speaks at HeForShe #GetFree University Tour

October 6, 2015

UN Women’s #GetFree University Tour is a new effort to connect passionate student activists in a global network to raise awareness around gender equality. It aims to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement directly to university students, convening thought leaders and providing a forum for critical debate and discussion. More

“Education is power” – Girl Guide teacher/trainer

October 5, 2015

Kisha Miller has been a technical (architectural) drawing teacher for the past eight years at the Boca secondary school in Grenada. She has been a Girl Guide for the past 20 years and is now a Unit Leader at the school where she teaches, as well as an assistant District Commissioner. She speaks to UN Women about the importance of non-traditional education, how she promotes gender equality as a teacher, and how she is using, and will use, education to combat violence against women in her country. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

October 2, 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

October 1, 2015

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. More

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

September 30, 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all. More

Interview with the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America

September 29, 2015

In signing a new partnership agreement with UN Women on 29 September , Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, confirmed the commitment by the Spanish Government to UN Women as its main partner in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the world. More

Spain and UN Women sign strategic partnership agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

September 29, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka and Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, signed a Strategic Partnership Framework in New York on 29 September to strengthen collaboration in promoting women’s rights and gender equality. More

"A changing climate means there is a shrinking window of opportunity to close the gender gap" – Yannick Glemarec

September 29, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Empowering Women in Climate Action event on 29 September. More

"The countdown to 2030 starts today" – Executive Director

September 28, 2015

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September. More

Closing remarks at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

September 28, 2015

Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, held on 27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters. More

Civil society monitors global commitments

September 27, 2015

In parallel to the Global Leaders’ Meeting, civil society representatives gather to watch countries commit to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Press release: World leaders agree: We must close the gender gap

September 27, 2015

Today, 27 September 2015, some 80 world leaders are convening at the United Nations to personally commit to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announce concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event marks a historic first, with pledges delivered by Heads of State and Government. More

Press release: Business leaders commit millions to gender equality

September 26, 2015

Leading global companies and foundations are committing millions in additional financing for gender equality at a Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum organized by UN Women today. More

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