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UN Women Executive Board convenes 2015 Annual Session

June 29, 2015

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's Annual Session from 30 June to 2 July at United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Equipping women to become stronger mediators for peace in Africa

June 25, 2015

A joint workshop for women in Africa hosted by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa seeks to develop a new generation of conflict mediators. More

Press Release: One thousand businesses from around the world sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

June 25, 2015

From Argentina to Vanuatu, 1,000 business leaders from across the globe have expressed support for advancing equality between women and men by signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). A joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, the WEPs offer guidance to businesses on how to empower women and advance equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. More

“The state of the world’s fathers in one word? Underestimated” – Yannick Glemarec

June 23, 2015

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec joined UNFPA, the Clinton Foundation, Promundo and various civil society and private sector partners promoting the MenCare global fatherhood campaign, in hosting the launch of the first-ever report on the State of the World’s Fathers on 16 June. The new report provides a global overview of men’s contribution to parenting and caregiving around the world. More

Helping Nepali widows regain their footing

June 22, 2015

Ahead of International Widows Day, we shine a spotlight on efforts to help female-headed households overcome challenges in post-earthquake Nepal. More

"There is a unique role for countries who want to address women’s issues in the international area" – Executive Director

June 19, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at an event on women’s economic empowerment hosted by the Swedish National Committee of UN Women, on 17 June, in Stockholm, Sweden. More

“We have identified men and boys as critical contributors to the struggle for gender equality” – Executive Director

June 19, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the launch of the HeForShe campaign in Stockholm, Sweden, on 18 June 2015. More

Sweden’s feminist Government launches HeForShe

June 18, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Stockholm, Sweden for the launch of the Swedish HeForShe movement on 18 June. Invited by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven who was announced as a champion of UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. More

UN Women announces bold commitments to gender equality from 18 partners

June 18, 2015

UN Women’s HeForShe campaign today announced the commitments of 18 IMPACT champions (eight Heads of State, five global companies and five universities), completing the initial slate of 30 global partners, following the launch of the pilot initiative in January. More

Biking to give youth a voice in the post-2015 roadmap

June 17, 2015

From Amsterdam to Cape Town, across northern and western Europe, and along Africa’s western coast, UN Youth Delegate Jilt Van Schayik and his friend Teun Meulepas are on a journey through 20 countries to hear what youth have and want to say about the post-2015 agenda. More

UN Women and the Green Belt Movement mark World Environment Day

June 17, 2015

On 5 June UN Women joined hands with the Green Belt movement (GBM) in celebrating this year’s World Environment Day, as the global community also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

"We – you – will accept nothing less than a 50-50 Planet" – Executive Director

June 16, 2015

Lecture delivered by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on 11 June, addressing the Gender Equality: 50-50 by 2030 commitment, at Chatham House, London. More

Africa must rise with and through women, says UN Women Executive Director

June 16, 2015

While attending the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on both the public and private sector to invest in women in order to achieve sustainable development in Africa. More

Nominations are now open for the second GEM-TECH Awards 2015

June 15, 2015

Following last year’s successful first edition of the GEM-TECH Awards, UN Women and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announce the launch of the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards nominations. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director attends the African Union Summit

June 15, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is attending the 25th Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), from 14-15 June under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. More

Civil society dialogue heeds strong commitment to ending child marriage in Africa

June 15, 2015

Linda, from Malawi, was married at the age of 12 and had a child at the age of 13. “I now have a child but I still need an education,” she said, asking governments to provide schooling and education opportunities to girls in the same situation. She spoke at the Civil Society Consultative Dialogue on Ending Child Marriage on 13 June, organized by the African Union Commission and the World YWCA, during the 25th African Union Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7–15 June 2015. More

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg

June 12, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will travel to Johannesburg from 14-15 June to attend the 25th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), under the theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. More

Elections herald an increase in women MPs in Turkey, but more progress is needed

June 12, 2015

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98. More

UN Women stresses women’s role in water management at the Water for Life Conference

June 12, 2015

Equal access to water for men and Over 900 government representatives of UN Member States, experts, academics, and members of international, civil society and private sector organizations from more than 100 countries gathered in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9-10 June to review the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water For Life” (2005-2015), a global initiative for international cooperation in water management launched by the Government of Tajikistan 10 years ago. More

Safe Cities critical for sustainability, as urban population rises

June 11, 2015

Calling on governments, citizens, the private sector and media to come together and make safe urban spaces for women a reality, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri delivered remarks at the opening on 10 June of a Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting being held in New Delhi, India until 12 June. More

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