In Focus

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

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

UN Photo/Victoria HazouThe 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 »

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 »

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 »

In Focus: Beijing+20 at CSW59

CSW BannerFrom 9-20 March 2015, the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will review progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years on. Read more »

International Women’s Day

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” Read more »

End Violence against Women

To mark International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November, a look at how violence cuts across and intersects with each of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. 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 »

Rural women, food and poverty eradication

Three women plant seeds in a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.   Photo: Maria Fleischmann / World BankThree landmark UN Days are observed in October dedicated to rural women, food production and the eradication of poverty. A look at UN Women’s efforts in these critical areas. 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 »

2014 year in review

From the adoption of one of the Arab region's most progressive constitutions enshrining women's rights to changes in legislation to provide long overdue redress to wartime survivors of sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world in 2014. Read more » (See the 2013 timeline)

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 »