In Focus

The following are special compilations of news, speeches, feature stories, videos and social media content focused around special events and topics.

Women in humanitarian action

A woman refugee in Burundi.Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit later this month, we highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure women are involved as equal partners and agents of change in humanitarian action. Read more »

In Focus: UN Women at CSW60

CSW60From 14-24 March 2016, the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will focus on women’s empowerment, its link to sustainable development, and what Members States can do to "Step It Up". Read more »

International Women's Day

Under the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, this year’s observance will reflect on how to build momentum around the new Sustainable Development Goals, and related gender equality commitments as part of UN Women’s Step It Up initiative. Read more »

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set to be approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them. Read more »

2015 year in review

2015 year in reviewFrom the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action to the historic adoption of the SDGs with a strong gender equality focus, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year. Read more »
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Women and climate change

A woman cleans up her home in Cite Soleil. Hurricane Gustav passed through Haiti yesterday dumping heavy rains that flooded thousands of homes and left approximately 50 people dead. Photo: UN Photo/Marco DorminoAs world leaders attend COP 21 in Paris, UN Women will continue to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment to be fully recognized in the universal climate agreement they will adopt. Read more »

Prevent violence against women

Orange the worldThis year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign’s 16 days call for action are focused on strategies to prevent violence against women and girls. 
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Empowering rural women through the SDGs

Rural women in Guatemala. As three landmark UN Days are observed this week, dedicated to rural women, food production and the eradication of poverty, we take a look at their connection to the new Sustainable Development Goals and UN Women’s efforts in these critical areas. Read more »

15 years of Security Council resolution 1325

Since the adoption of resolution 1325, women’s participation in peace and security decision-making has been key to preventing conflict and securing peace. To assess progress and accelerate action, the 2015 High-level Review will take place along with the launch of the Global Study on the implementation of resolution 1325, from 12-14 October. Read more »

International Day of the Girl Child

The fourth International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, focuses on adolescent girls and the Sustainable Development Goals, which set a range of international targets, including on gender equality, to be achieved by 2030. Read more »

UN Women at the UN General Assembly

GAAs global leaders meet at the 69th UN General Assembly, UN Women will seek to ensure that gender perspectives are reflected and that gender equality issues receive strong visibility and commitment to implementation. Read more »

Financing: Why it matters for women and girls

financing for development logoAhead of the high-stakes Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women highlights the need for dedicated financing for gender equality to achieve transformative change. Read more »

Beijing critical areas of concern

Woman in India crosses bridgeFocused on each of the 12 “critical areas of concern” identified in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, comprehensive editorial packages are being published once a month from June 2014-June 2015. Read more »

Engaging men

Fiji men holding bannerAhead of the second MenEngage Global Symposium from 10-13 November in Delhi, India, we take a look at some of the ways UN Women is working with men and boys to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more »

Displaced women and girls lead and survive

On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on women, peace and security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. Read more »

Small Island Developing States

SIDS Conference logoAhead of the 3rd UN SIDS Conference in Samoa (1-4 September), read news, interviews and feature stories about UN Women's work to promote gender equality in Small Island Developing States. Read more »

Progress towards the MDGs for women and girls

Rural villagers walk to and from a water well in Shatkhira, Bangladesh. 2010.As CSW58 focuses on the impact of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls, we take stock of progress and UN Women’s efforts towards each of the eight goals. Read more »

Strengthening Women's Access to Justice

At the 67th General Assembly, UN Women called on Governments to show commitment and accelerate action to increase women’s access to justice while fostering a responsive justice system that advances women’s rights and participation. Read more »

UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The UN Rio+20 Conference brought Heads of State and Government to Brazil in June 2012. It appraised implementation, progress and gaps for agreements struck at the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio, and beyond. Read more »