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Changing the game for girls in South Africa

22 July 2016

Can soccer save a young woman's life? South Africa endures one of the world's most severe HIV epidemics, with new infections disproportionately affecting women and girls. In South Africa, young women aged 15-24, have HIV infection rates three times as high as in young men. Grassroot Soccer uses soccer to educate and inspire South African girls to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities. The programme's... More

Women at the frontlines, building peace in Colombia

22 July 2016

As the Colombian peace talks signal hope for a final agreement, UN Women Executive Director and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence visit Havana, Cuba, to meet with the parties and women peacebuilders. More

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22 July 2016

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22 July 2016

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In Havana, Cuba, UN Women Executive Director to meet with Colombian parties of the Peace Talks Table

22 July 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence Zainab Hawa Bangura, will visit Havana, Cuba, from 23-24 July. More

Gender Equality is Happening. Play Your Part. #Fund4GE

21 July 2016

Check out a preview of how gender equality programmes are changing the lives of women across the globe through UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality. #Fund4GE To see our fuller-length videos of impactful work advancing women's empowerment go to: http://www.unwomen.org/en/trust-funds/fund-for-gender-equality/materials/knowledge-initiative. The Fund for Gender Equality is UN Women’s global grant-making mechanism and multi-donor fund dedicated to the economic and political empowerment of women. It... More

Photo Essay: Stela Savin, challenging gender stereotypes in Moldova

21 July 2016

Stela Savin comes from a Roma family and attends the eighth grade in Hînceşti, central Moldova. Her dream is to become a world boxing champion. More

Quiz: What do you really know about women in the Olympic Games?

20 July 2016

Take our five-question quiz to learn some fun facts about women and the Olympics and share your newfound knowledge with others as you watch the Games this year! More

Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment meets in Costa Rica

19 July 2016

Costa Rica hosted a regional consultation of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment on 14 July. The consultation was jointly supported by UN Women and the National Institute of Women (INAMU) of Costa Rica. More

Promoting innovation, skills and young women’s entrepreneurship

19 July 2016

On World Youth Skills Day, 15 July, at a side event held at the UN Headquarters in New York UN Women launched the “Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs” to promote young women’s innovation and entrepreneurship. More

Hacking to combat sexual harassment in Philippines

19 July 2016

In Quezon City, three out of five women experience sexual harassment in public spaces. For girls aged 18 – 24, the prevalence is even higher. As part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Flagship Programme Initiative, the Metro Manila Programme held the first-ever hackathon in May 2016, to seek mobile technology solutions to sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces. More

Beating gender stereotypes in Pakistan with football

19 July 2016

Hajra Khan made history when she became the first Pakistani female footballer to sign a contract to play abroad in the Maldives National Women’s League in 2014. In a society where gender stereotypes and cultural barriers prevent girls from participating in football, this is not a small win. More

UN Women Asia-Pacific Annual Report 2015

19 July 2016

UN Women Asia-Pacific's first interactive annual report highlights key achievements in the region. More

From where I stand: Lorraine Kakaza

18 July 2016

Lorraine Kakaza is a community monitor volunteer from South Africa who uses podcasts to explain how unsafe water impacts women in her community. More

Peacekeeping Training for Female Military Officers

18 July 2016

Several Security Council resolutions on women, peace, and security, as well as commanders on the ground, recognize that women’s leadership and participation in peacekeeping is key to mission success. However, the number of female military personnel deployed in current peacekeeping missions are low. To address this gap, UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives & Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) conduct a special training course... More

Coordinated response gives Kosovo* domestic violence survivors hope

18 July 2016

UN Women-supported project leads to Municipal Coordination Mechanisms and a more effective response by Kosovo’s police, judiciary, NGOs, shelters and other institutions working with domestic violence survivors. More

“Young women and men represent a huge potential resource as agents of change” — Lakshmi Puri

15 July 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the United Nations World Youth Report on 15 July in New York. More

“Establishment of this global coalition of young women’s entrepreneurship is a LEAP in the right direction” — Lakshmi Puri

15 July 2016

Opening remarks by Lakshmi Puri, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the side event, “Establishing the Global Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs – Promoting Innovation and Skills” on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day. More

United Arab Emirates and UN Women sign new agreement to open Liaison Office in Abu Dhabi

15 July 2016

In an agreement signed today, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) committed to the opening of the new UN Women Liaison Office for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi. As a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, UAE has poised itself as forward looking country committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is also a top contributor to UN Women from the Arab Region. More

UN Women: 5 years young and going strong

15 July 2016

Five years after UN Women’s establishment, this video looks at some key achievements of the past years. These include new legislation and policies around the world, achieved in collaboration with our partners, and also the central positioning of women’s empowerment and gender equality on the international agenda. More

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