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Media advisory: UN Women at the 2016 Rio Olympics

28 July 2016

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Always (#LikeAGirl) will celebrate women’s and girls’ empowerment through sport and share experiences of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Brazil. More

For the Federation, every day is Orange Day: Q&A with Stephan Fox

27 July 2016

Stephan Fox has lived in Thailand for 15 years. He is the Vice President of the World Muaythai Council, the General Secretary of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur. Since 2014, he has been working with UN Women to promote gender equality and raise awareness on ending violence against women and girls. More

Empowering women key to preventing extremism in Jordan

27 July 2016

As extremist groups seize control of territories, women have been forced or coerced into joining them. “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan,” a new report published by UN Women, reveals how radicalism is impacting women in Jordan and how empowering women is key to preventing the spread of extremist ideologies. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Afghanistan

26 July 2016

From 18-21 July, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka met with high-level government officials, civil society organizations, partners, donors and women survivors of violence during her first official visit to Afghanistan. Women’s participation in peace and security processes, and ending violence against women were topics high on the agenda for discussions. More

Just one week to go to nominate for ITU/UN Women Gem-Tech Awards

26 July 2016

The annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls, are only open for nominations for four more weeks. More

Valencia Club de Fútbol and UN Women receive 2016 FEDEPE International Award

26 July 2016

Valencia Club de Fútbol (VCF) received the 2016 FEDEPE International Award for their collaboration with UN Women to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. VCF chairwoman Layhoon Chan accepted the award on behalf of the Club, along UN Women’s Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Advisor, José Carlos Ferrer.  The event was presided over by Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain and attended by the Spanish Minister for Health, Social... More

From where I stand: Abby Wambach

26 July 2016

Abby Wambach, a sports icon and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, speaks out against pay inequality. More

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Zainab Hawa Bangura on the historic commitment by the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table

26 July 2016

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on the historic commitment by the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table More

Football camps in Jordan plant seeds of friendship and cohesion

25 July 2016

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, integration into the Jordanian society is fraught with challenges. Mistrust and rumors taint how each group perceives the other. A project by UN Women organized football camps for adolescent girls, where Jordanian and Syrian girls built friendships and social cohesion. More

From where I stand: Micaele Fernandes

25 July 2016

Micaele Fernandes, 16, is a handball player from Rio de Janeiro. She is a participant in ‘One Win Leads to Another’, a programme to empower young women and girls through sport in Brazil by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). More

In Brazil, girls build self-esteem and independence through sport

25 July 2016

What does being a winner mean? For 12-year old Adrielle Alexandre, who will carry the Olympic torch, it’s not only about becoming an Olympic rhythmic gymnast, but to make her community a place free of violence and full of respect. She is among 400 girls who are participating in a programme in Brazil that empowers girls through sport and by creating safe spaces. More

Changing the narrative on women’s role in peacebuilding in Colombia

25 July 2016

For Colombian women, ending violence against women is a precondition for peace. For decades, they have underlined this ask in their peacebuilding efforts, but their work remains less visible. A new programme supported by UN Women and partners seeks to bring women’s contribution and perspectives to the forefront. More

From where I stand: Khalida Popal

25 July 2016

Khalida Popal made history by becoming the first female captain of the Afghan National Football team in 2007. More

“This is the time for Colombia”

24 July 2016

This is truly a historic moment. I would like to salute the member of the delegation for the Government of Colombia, Mr. Humberto de la Calle. I would also like to salute the head of the delegation of FARC, Mr. Iván Márquez. I also want to salute the other members of both delegations who are here. I want to salute my sisters who are here who have led us and brought us to this point. I salute the sisters sitting in front here and say it is wonderful to see you in this powerful... More

Rugby players in Georgia scrum against violence

22 July 2016

From starring in billboards and videos to meetings with men and boys across the country, Georgian rugby players are leading advocacy to end violence against women. Public perception is changing, survivors are seeking support, and men and boys are taking a stand against violence. More

Playing for gender equality with Valencia Club de Fútbol

22 July 2016

Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first sport club to become a UN Women global partner, is hosting special matches and soccer clinics around the world to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Women at the frontlines, building peace in Colombia

22 July 2016

As the Colombian peace talks signal hope for a final agreement, UN Women Executive Director and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence visit Havana, Cuba, to meet with the parties and women peacebuilders. More

In Havana, Cuba, UN Women Executive Director to meet with Colombian parties of the Peace Talks Table

22 July 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence Zainab Hawa Bangura, will visit Havana, Cuba, from 23-24 July. More

Photo Essay: Stela Savin, challenging gender stereotypes in Moldova

21 July 2016

Stela Savin comes from a Roma family and attends the eighth grade in Hînceşti, central Moldova. Her dream is to become a world boxing champion. More

Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment meets in Costa Rica

19 July 2016

Costa Rica hosted a regional consultation of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on 14 July. The consultation was jointly supported by UN Women and the National Institute of Women (INAMU) of Costa Rica. More

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