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Investing in women for peace and future generations: Timor-Leste adopts a national action plan on Security Council resolution 1325

04 May 2016

Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution. More

UN Deputy Secretary-General visits UN Women multipurpose centre in Nepal

02 May 2016

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson received a warm welcome from women affected by the earthquakes in the Chautara multipurpose women’s centre in Sindupalchowk district in central Nepal on 1 May. More

From where I stand: Tebogo Mashego

28 April 2016

Tebogo Mashego, 35, is an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Ditsogo Projects, a metal manufacturer and supplier of steel engineering services in Rustenburg, South Africa. More

A snapshot of our work in response to the cyclone in Fiji

28 April 2016

The strongest cyclone ever to make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere, Cyclone Winston ravaged Fiji on 20 February 2016, destroying crops and critical infrastructure and flattening villages. In its wake, UN Women has been providing funds and technical support to local women and organizations as they work to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, help them access essential information about relief and protection services, and rebuild the marketplaces that provided women and their families with a secure food supply. More

“Civil society is called upon to capitalize on the aspirations set out in the 2030 Agenda” — Lakshmi Puri

27 April 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Working Group event on 27 April during International Civil Society Week. More

In post-earthquake Ecuador, workshops and shelter visits seek to prevent violence against women

26 April 2016

Acting swiftly to address the protection of women and girls in the wake of the earthquake, UN Women coordinated safe resettlement and recovery activities for women, and visited temporary shelters, as well as areas where new ones will be set up, to provide technical assistance and recommendations to improve the safety of women and girls housed there. More

Changing young women’s lives in Pakistan through football

26 April 2016

On 10 April, UN Women teamed up with Serena Hotels and hosted a match day to show how football is a powerful tool for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment. More

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women marks 20 years with event in Amsterdam

24 April 2016

On 25 April, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System, will kick off celebrations of its 20th year of grant-making with an Amsterdam-based event at The College Hotel. More

Speaking the same language in post-disaster Nepal

24 April 2016

After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal, a local woman takes an active role in humanitarian action as an interpreter and social mobilizer. More

Nepal: A year after the earthquakes

20 April 2016

As we approach the one-year mark since the earthquakes in Nepal, a spotlight on Nepali women and girls, their stories and their solutions. More

Expert’s take: Getting the post-cyclone response right for women in Fiji

20 April 2016

Aleta Miller is the Representative for UN Women’s Fiji Multi-country Office. A Clinical Psychologist with a Master’s degree in International Public Health, she has worked for the UN, national governments and NGOs across Asia, the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She reflects on UN Women’s coordination role in the response to Cyclone Winston, using protection to drive gender equality and address vulnerability. More

From where I stand: Stella Cosmas Chetto

18 April 2016

Stella Cosmas Chetto, 48, ran for election in the Sengerema District Council in the United Republic of Tanzania in October 2015, after receiving leadership training as both an aspirant and a candidate from UN Women. Sustainable Development Goal 5 seeks to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. More

Gender Violence Bill presented in Uruguay

15 April 2016

Uruguay’s Council of Ministers has just approved a Government bill that aims "to guarantee women a life free of gender-based violence." The bill, which will now go to the Senate, not only defines gender violence and how it manifests itself but would also bring about a change to current criminal law and create an institutional response system as well as specialized courts. More

From where I stand: Sita Shrestha

13 April 2016

Sita Shrestha, 19, took part in a two-day training on leadership organized by the UN Women-supported women’s group SAATHI, in Nepal, following which she helped construct a tap and organize villagers to turn a natural water source into a public space they could share. More

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

12 April 2016

Across the globe, women are still only a tiny portion of the security sector, but across Africa, some inroads are being made. More

UN Women civil society partners in Ecuador tell their stories

12 April 2016

Women Activists in Ecuador: Our stories, our work, our country, a video produced by UN Women’s Civil Society Section in collaboration with the UN Women country office in Ecuador, weaves together the stories of various members of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Ecuador. Through a personal lens, it takes look at their lives as women and as gender equality advocates. More

Equal pay matters

12 April 2016

In an op-ed for Equal Pay Day in the USA, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile-Mlambo Ngcuka emphasizes the need for urgent and effective action to tackle the gender pay gap and reduce unpaid care work for women and girls. More

Expert’s take: SDGs monitoring for women and girls—are we ready for the ride?

08 April 2016

On 25 September 2015, governments from around the world agreed to embark on a 15-year journey together, which if successful would result in a far better world. A world where poverty and hunger in all their forms and dimensions are eradicated, where our planet is healed and protected, where gender equality is achieved and where all human beings can enjoy safe and prosperous lives. The destination envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is clear, ambitious and desirable. But how do we get there? More

As World Health Day is commemorated globally, actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

07 April 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus. More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visits Thailand and Indonesia

07 April 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visited to Thailand to promote good governance of labour migration and mobility and visited Indonesia for an ASEAN-UN Secretariat-to-Secretariat meeting. More

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