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In the words of Alaa Murabit: The overlooked tool in efforts to prevent conflict

October 13, 2015

Alaa Murabit, Ph.D., is the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women, a women's empowerment and development organization which focuses on women, peace and security through both practical on-the-ground measures as well as legal and policy change. She is a member of the High-Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 — commissioned by the UN Secretary-General for which UN Women is the secretariat. She is also a youth representative on UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. She addressed the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 13 October, as one of three civil society guest speakers. More

Cash-for-work programme economically empowers Syrian refugees

October 13, 2015

More than 5,000 Syrian women and girls visit ‘Oases’ safe spaces in the Za’atari camp per month, and several hundred have independently earned incomes through UN Women’s work programme in Jordan. More

"The most underutilized tool we have for successfully building peace is the meaningful inclusion of women" – Executive Director

October 13, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Open Debate on women, peace and security on 13 October 2015. More

Press Release: Amidst rising extremism, women’s role in peace and recovery remains hampered and underutilized

October 12, 2015

The United Nations Security Council willconduct an all-day Open Debate in commemoration of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The historic review comes at a moment when the world is grappling with rising violent extremism that places the subordination of women at the centre of the ideology and war tactics, and violence and conflict are costing the planet over USD 14 trillion. In direct contrast, striking new research shows that peace endures when women can participate meaningfully in peace talks, and States are more resilient in the face of conflict and extremism when gender equality is prioritized. More

"We must not let this opportunity slip away" – Lakshmi Puri

October 12, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Third Committee, 70th session of the General Assembly, New York, 12 October 2015. More

UN Women applauds the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

October 9, 2015

Today as the evidence grows that inclusive peace processes are likelier to end in sustainable peace, UN Women applauds the decision of the Nobel Peace Committee to honour the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. More

Women in Mali demand equal role in Peace Accords

October 9, 2015

Before and after reaching a peace agreement in June, women leaders have been pressuring decision-makers for 50-50 representation in all bodies involved in its implementation. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2015

October 9, 2015

We know we have an extraordinarily long way to go to achieve what we want for our 15-year-olds. But they must know that they, and all their siblings, are in the spotlight. Today is the Day when we focus our attention on the Girl Child, but it is not a day in isolation. It is part of a massive and relentless drive towards a world of equality: a Planet 50-50 by 2030. More

At Carnegie Hall, classical musicians crescendo to end violence

October 9, 2015

On 19 October 2015 at 8 p.m., principal musicians from the world’s great orchestras, ensembles and academies, will perform at Carnegie Hall, donating their artistry to end violence against women. Proceeds will support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. More

Media advisory: United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International pay tribute to the resilience of women

October 9, 2015

A benefit concert of the great Scheherazade-inspired works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Maurice Ravel celebrating the resilience of women and girls in the face of violence, a partnership between the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Music for Life International will be held on Monday, 12 October 2015, 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. More

Girls and young women gain ground in male-dominated fields

October 8, 2015

With support from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, young women around the world are entering non-traditional economic and political spheres, and redefining leadership on their own terms. More

Girls bridge the digital gender gap in Central America

October 8, 2015

Nearly 3,000 girls and youth across Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are using technology and innovative strategies to achieve gender equality in male-dominated fields. More

Media Advisory: Press Conference on 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and new Global Study on women, peace and security

October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief the press on critical actions needed to counter escalating conflict and violent extremism in the world today, highlighting the evidence base that shows the urgent need to place gender equality at the heart of peace and security interventions. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

October 7, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw speaks at HeForShe #GetFree University Tour

October 6, 2015

UN Women’s #GetFree University Tour is a new effort to connect passionate student activists in a global network to raise awareness around gender equality. It aims to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement directly to university students, convening thought leaders and providing a forum for critical debate and discussion. More

“Education is power” – Girl Guide teacher/trainer

October 5, 2015

Kisha Miller has been a technical (architectural) drawing teacher for the past eight years at the Boca secondary school in Grenada. She has been a Girl Guide for the past 20 years and is now a Unit Leader at the school where she teaches, as well as an assistant District Commissioner. She speaks to UN Women about the importance of non-traditional education, how she promotes gender equality as a teacher, and how she is using, and will use, education to combat violence against women in her country. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

October 2, 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

October 1, 2015

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. More

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

September 30, 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all. More

Interview with the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America

September 29, 2015

In signing a new partnership agreement with UN Women on 29 September , Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, confirmed the commitment by the Spanish Government to UN Women as its main partner in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the world. More

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