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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

Infographic: Women and armed conflict

October 8, 2015

Women and girls bear the brunt of many of the harmful consequences of armed violence. In the last two decades, the use of violence against women and girls during conflicts, and especially sexual violence, has become more visible. But aside from increased sexual violence, conflict exacerbates many inequalities that can last well after a war ends. Here are just a few examples. 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

Timeline: 15 Years of Women, Peace and Security

October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), we take a look back at some of the key moments in global peace and security. 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

Impact stories and thematic briefs

October 6, 2015

The Thematic briefs outline UN Women’s work in key areas, such as Peace and Security, and Economic Empowerment, focusing on solutions and illustrating selected results. The second set of briefs, dubbed Impact stories, illustrate the human impact of a selection of UN Women programmes implemented at the global, regional or national level. 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

UN General Assembly 70th session (2015)

October 2, 2015

Reports and other documentation on gender-related issues discussed during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. 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

Infographic: Ageing has a female face

October 1, 2015

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. Let's transform pension systems to protect women's income security in old age. For more on this topic, visit progress.unwomen.org. 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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