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Statement by UN Women on the release of Homa Hoodfar from Iranian prison

28 September 2016

UN Women welcomes the release on 26 September 2016 of the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran, where she had been detained since 6th June 2015. More

“Luxembourg is well positioned to take a leading role…in the national implementation of the SDGs”—Lakshmi Puri

27 September 2016

Statement by Lakshmi Puri, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the Foundation of Luxembourg’s Cooperation 2016 conference on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Belgium and UN Women sign agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

27 September 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework Arrangement in New York on 20 September 2016, to formalize and strengthen collaboration for promoting women’s rights and gender equality. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework... More

Press release: Robust actions mount, at one year mark of landmark meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment

27 September 2016

Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide More

UN Women brings UN High-Level Panel findings to the marketplace

26 September 2016

After presenting the High-Level Panel report on Women’s Economic Empowerment to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Member States during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the City of New York took the conversation to La Marqueta marketplace in East Harlem, New York on Friday, 23 September. More

Women’s political participation gains momentum in Moldova

26 September 2016

As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws. More

From where I stand: Ileana Crudu

24 September 2016

When Ileana Crudu, now 19, finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology and continues to advocate for girls’ and women’s participation in the ICT sector at the university in The Netherlands where she is studying. More

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—The Executive Director

23 September 2016

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the high-level meeting on “Global Leadership – Local Partnerships: Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”. More

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Executive Director

23 September 2016

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the announcement by the Government of Jamaica of its ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, 22 September 2016 More

“We have a great transformative promise which in turn leads to lasting impact across generations”—Lakshmi Puri

22 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch event for the "Adolescent Girls Reclamation of Education Empowerment (A.G.R.E.E.) Initiative” on 22 September, in New York. More

“At the centre of the first report issued today are the lives of women who have been left behind”—Executive Director

22 September 2016

“At the centre of the first report issued today are the lives of women who have been left behind”— UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the presentation of the first interim report of the High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment More

Press Release: First report by High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment outlines drivers to advance gender equality

22 September 2016

The High-Level Panel (HLP) for Women’s Economic Empowerment today presents its first findings to the UN Secretary-General at an event in New York, held in the context of the UN General Assembly. The HLP, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2016, aims at placing women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda to accelerate progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

UN Women launches flagship programme initiative, Making Every Woman and Girl Count

21 September 2016

At a high-level event on 21 September, during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Women launched a new public-private partnership to support its flagship programme initiative, “Making Every Woman and Girl Count”. More

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?

21 September 2016

As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

21 September 2016

Monira Hwaijeh, 58, is one of the 12 members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria earlier this year. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the independent civil society representatives that make up WAB, consult regularly with the Special Envoy and provide recommendations to assist the peace talks. More

Op-ed: Partnerships, Financing and Data

21 September 2016

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on Partnerships, Financing and Data. More

The economic costs of violence against women

21 September 2016

Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri at the high-level discussion on the “Economic Cost of Violence against Women”, emphasizes that violence against women and girls is not only a violation of human rights, but also, it generates huge economic costs for women and families, and for communities and societies. More

UN Women recognizes the champions and stalwarts of the gender equality and women’s empowerment movement

21 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Global Partnership Forum: Celebrate Women Leaders in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the award ceremony to recognize champions and stalwarts of the gender equality and women’s empowerment movement More

"Without quality data, there is simply no credible path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals"—Executive Director

21 September 2016

In her remarks at the launch of a public-private partnership in support of UN Women's flagship programme initiative, "Making Every Woman and Girl Count" UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that without quality gender data, there is no credible path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Press release: UN Women’s HeForShe initiative turns two with world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City

20 September 2016

On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, world leaders, activists, change-makers and celebrities recommitted to fast-tracking gender equality at UN Women’s HeForShe second anniversary event. More

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