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World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education

May 21, 2015

A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. More

“Progress for women is progress for all.” – Lakshmi Puri

May 21, 2015

Statement by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Lakshmi Puri, at the launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, on 21 May at the International Labour Organization Headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

“A perfect world where people are equal can only be achieved if we provide universal education.” – UN Women Executive Director

May 20, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the World Education Forum 2015, held on 19 May, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. More

Join our Orange Day tweetathon on how to use technology to end violence against women

May 20, 2015

The UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as Orange Day, a day to raise awareness and take action on ending violence against women and girls. This month, the campaign is focusing on how technology can be used to end violence against women and is hosting a global tweetathon on Friday, 22 May, leading up to Orange Day. Join the conversation using the hashtag #OrangeDay! More

The new yellow in Sierra Leone: Getting Ebola to Zero

May 19, 2015

A year on from the Ebola outbreak, a new campaign with journalists, students and teachers is injecting fresh energy into the drive to kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone. More

New Gender Alert highlights the need to ensure leadership roles for women in post-earthquake Nepal

May 19, 2015

According to a new Gender Alert on the crisis, the participation and leadership of women and girls in the assessment, planning and implementation of the humanitarian and early recovery response is crucial to ensuring the needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls are identified and addressed. More

Press Release: World Education Forum will set roadmap for global education until 2030

May 19, 2015

The global education agenda for the next 15 years will be discussed at the World Education Forum 2015, which opened today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The conference will set out a global roadmap for education until 2030. More

“Gender equality must remain a top priority in order to close the health equity gap worldwide”– Lakshmi Puri

May 19, 2015

Statement by the UN Women Deputy Executive Director Ms. Lakshmi Puri, at the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly, “Women and Health: 20 years of Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action” held on 19 May, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

Media Advisory: UN Women - Valencia Club de Fútbol partnership kick-off

May 18, 2015

UN Women and Valencia Club de Futbol (VCF) will co-host a special launch event on Tuesday, May 26, to announce a new partnership which aims to reach a broad audience across the globe and expand advocacy efforts towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Save the Date: Progress report high-level discussion in Geneva

May 18, 2015

To continue momentum around the successful global launch events for UN Women's flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”, presented in seven cities on 27 April, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will lead a high-level panel discussion in Geneva on 21 May, from 10 a.m.- 12 noon local time. She will be joined but UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Joakim Reiter, UNRISD Director Sarah Cook, and International Institute for Labour Studies Director Raymond Torres. More

Ms. Lakshmi Puri statement at UNCTAD Trade and Development Commission

May 18, 2015

Remarks by Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Commission on “Trade and development policies and the post-2015 development agenda” held on 18 May 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. More

UN Women Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director to attend the World Education Forum in Korea

May 15, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will travel to Incheon, in the Republic of Korea, from 19 to 21 May, to meet with key officials and attend the World Education Forum 2015. More

Variety and UN Women’s HeForShe campaign partner for star-studded Cannes conversation

May 15, 2015

Leading entertainment journal Variety has partnered with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign to host a landmark event on the subject of gender equality within the film industry. Taking place on Saturday 16 May, speakers include Academy Award®-nominated actress and producer Salma Hayek (FRIDA), Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (BRIDE & PREJUDICE), and actress Parker Posey (IRRATIONAL MAN). More

UN Women Executive Director Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 15, 2015

In a statement for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the assault on LGBTI rights is an assault on freedoms everywhere. More

A family rebuilds after the earthquake in Nepal

May 14, 2015

In the aftermath of two devastating earthquakes in Nepal, a long-time UN Women NGO partner is supporting vulnerable families in rural areas not often reached by humanitarian assistance and providing more than 5,400 households with much-needed aid. More

The voice of caregivers

May 14, 2015

Ahead of International Day of Families on 15 May, we share Violet Shivutse’s story, featured as a story of change in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. More

Op-ed: Now that would be a mother’s day really worth celebrating

May 13, 2015

As UN Women’s report, Progress of the World’s Women documents, women have become more visible in the paid economy in recent years in many countries. However, women’s other work – their unpaid work to produce and sustain families, which is no less valuable – is typically unrecognized and invisible. When they become mothers, women are penalized yet further: in a range of countries, when it comes to pay, there is a ‘motherhood penalty’, which results in even wider gender inequalities. In the United States, for example, unmarried women earn 96 cents to an unmarried man’s dollar, but married women with at least one child earn 76 cents to the married father’s dollar. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Colombia

May 13, 2015

During her first official visit to Colombia, from 8-9 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, accompanied by Regional Director Luiza Carvalho and UN Women Representative in Colombia Belén Sanz, met representatives from civil society, government institutions, the business sector, and representatives of the international community. More

On first visit to Colombia, Executive Director meets women survivors and peacebuilders in Antioquia

May 12, 2015

During her first visit to Colombia, on 9 May UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka received a warm welcome from women survivors of the armed conflict and leading women human rights defenders in the Department of Antioquia. More

The motherhood penalty: An infographic for Mother's Day 2015

May 8, 2015

As much of the world celebrates Mother's Day, this infographic puts the so-called "motherhood penalty" into perspective. Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", it tracks the gender gap in lifetime income, labour force participation rates, paid leave and legal reform around the world. More

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