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Egyptian women are key to driving Egypt's growth

12 February 2016

During the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016, a special discussion on 9 February featured a briefing on how UN Women is helping transform the lives of Egyptian women. More

On mission in the Netherlands, UN Women Executive Director calls for action to protect women and girls fleeing from conflict

12 February 2016

During Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s four-day visit to The Netherlands, she also met with high-level officials, women’s groups, private sector partners and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. She also visited a women’s shelter and support centre and took part in a discussion on women’s economic empowerment. More

Radio airwaves amplify “On the Road” since Beijing

12 February 2016

Through a UN Women partnership with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, 20 stories produced by women community radio producers bring to life the realities women face 20 years after the Beijing Conference, heard by more than 8.7 million listeners worldwide. More

Executive Board discusses humanitarian response and Flagship Programme Initiatives at its First Regular Session of 2016

10 February 2016

Convening for the first time in 2016, the UN Women Executive Board engaged in an interactive session that comprised of a strong focus on the entities operations in the field. More

Women and girls imperative to science and technology agenda

10 February 2016

In an op-ed ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri writes about the importance of including women and girls "as creators and decision-makers in spheres that are transforming our everyday world". More

In Guinea, a cooperative empowers rural women

09 February 2016

In the Katfoura village on the Tristao Islands in Guinea, one civil society organization is providing rural women with new opportunities to generate income and improve community life. More

"Agenda 2030 is anything but business as usual" – Executive Director

09 February 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016 on 9 February in New York. More

Rural Lebanese women weave economic opportunity while conserving the local environment

08 February 2016

Hima is an ancient practice used by rural communities in Lebanon to ensure economic cooperation, sustainability and equitable resource management. Rural women have traditionally played key leadership and decision-making roles in the Hima community model. Today, one conservation-minded organisation – the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) – is reviving the ancient Hima approach to help rural women reassert their traditional leadership roles in community life. With support... More

‘Made by our hands’: Lebanese women preserve tradition as a path to empowerment

08 February 2016

MENNA – meaning ‘from us’, or ‘made by our hands’ in Arabic – is a nation-wide network of over 650 rural and refugee women producers and cooperatives in Lebanon. In 2015, Amel Association International – a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality – launched its first permanent MENNA shop in Beirut, giving network members a year-round space to sell their handmade goods to the public. This video follows the story of a rare, traditional bread called Mallet El Smid and its journey from... More

UN Women Executive Board to discuss humanitarian response and funding at its First Regular Session of 2016

08 February 2016

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s First Regular Session on 9 February at United Nations Headquarters in New York. More

The Refugee Women of Za'atari Camp

08 February 2016

UN Women works in Za’atari refugee camp to support refugees to meet their daily needs, while also working to build confidence, empowerment and equality. This is done through the implementation of Za’atari’s largest female focused cash for work programme, with almost 200 women and men (80% women) engaged per day to deliver essential services to the Za’atari camp economy (e.g. the production of school uniforms and comprehensive maternal kits). In 2016 this will expand to close to 420 people... More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

05 February 2016

In a statement for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of collective efforts to eliminate FGM for good. More

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

05 February 2016

With 6 February marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UN Women unveils the story of Assétou Touré, a survivor of FGM from Mali who is working to eradicate the harmful practice in her country. Touré's story is part of our new series "From where I stand", which captures the unique and powerful experiences of women across the globe. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the establishment of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board to contribute to peace talks

03 February 2016

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the establishment of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board More

Vendor protest procedure

03 February 2016

As the steward of public funds, UN Women wants to award contracts through fair and effective competition in accordance with the established UN regulations, rules and procedures. If you perceive that you were not treated fairly in connection with the solicitation, evaluation, or award of a contract, you may lodge a complaint. More

Annual Session 2016

03 February 2016

Documents for the annual session of the UN-Women Executive Board, 27-28 June 2016. Advance copies of session documents are posted here and on the PaperSmart portal in the original language once available, and are replaced by official documents at least four weeks before the session.   Item Documents Download   Opening of the session     Statement by the Under-Secretary-General/Executive Director en 1 Organizational matters ... More

A snapshot of UN Women’s work in response to the crisis in Syria

02 February 2016

During the ongoing conflict in Syria, UN Women has been actively working to highlight the distinct needs of women and girls, including protection and resilience, and promote their role as meaningful participants in conflict-resolution, peacebuilding and eventual recovery and development. As UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joins world leaders at the “Supporting Syria and the Region” international pledging conference in London on 3-4 February, we shine a spotlight on UN Women’s work to support Syrian women. More

Moldova ramps up IT training for girls

02 February 2016

Created to boost Moldova's innovation capacity by teaching young women digital tech and IT skills, UN Women’s GirlsGoIT plans more local IT clubs for girls and an IT summer camp in 2016. More

Ahead of CSW, Latin American and Caribbean countries prioritize gender equality goal

02 February 2016

Ministers, officials and authorities of national women’s machineries from Latin America and the Caribbean met from 26–28 January in Santiago, Chile, calling for full implementation of the commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women within the Sustainable Development Goals. More

Chasing hard-hitting women’s stories in Tanzania

02 February 2016

Stephanie Raison writes about a day in her life as the Communications and Advocacy Officer for UN Women in United Republic of Tanzania. More

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