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Syrian women rise above differences and forge a statement of unity

23 May 2016

In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a statement of unity, overcoming significant political divides. More

From where I stand: Nahimana Fainesi

23 May 2016

Nahimana Fainesi fled her native Burundi and has been living in the Lusenda refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo where she works as a farmer in a UN Women cash-for-work programme. More

Press release: At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

23 May 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas. More

#ShareHumanity: Women in humanitarian crises

20 May 2016

60 million people are currently displaced by conflict or persecution, half of them are women and children. War and natural disasters half a disproportionate impact on women. women. UN Women’s “Safe Spaces” provide vital support for women in humanitarian crises advocate for gender specific response in humanitarian crises. Learn more: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/humanitarian-action More

Photo essay: Stories of hope from a Cameroon refugee camp

20 May 2016

To the world they are known as “refugees”. Nameless, faceless, all the same. But each of them have a different story to tell, of their lives, who they lost, and how got here. More

Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls

20 May 2016

In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected. More

Mali: Women flee the war to find new life

20 May 2016

The 2012 invasion of northern Mali by rebel and Islamist groups displaced over 500 000 people, a majority of them women and children. Watch the story of 2 displaced women who give new direction to their lives with the help of UN Women grants. Khadija brews and sells hibiscus tea in Mopti market, while Aguechatou is a taylor who makes colorful women’s clothes. UN Women has implemented a number of projects promoting women’s empowerment and socio-economic reintegration in humanitarian and... More

UN Women Executive Director meets with President of Finland and key partners

20 May 2016

On the first day of a two-day mission to Finland, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka met with the President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, at the Presidential Palace on 20 May. More

From where I stand: Zaad Al-khair

20 May 2016

As Syrian women peace advocates meet in Beirut ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, we bring you the story of Zaad, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee studying and working at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. More

High-level conference focuses on how to make women’s equality a reality

18 May 2016

At the “A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” conference at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 May, experts and advocates highlighted solutions to address the existing barriers in advancing equality for women and girls More

Civil society advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

18 May 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

Photo essay: In DRC, women refugees rebuild lives, with determination and hope

18 May 2016

Burundi’s ongoing political turmoil has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the Lusenda refugee camp, which is home to more than 16,000 refugees, the majority are women and girls. Hundreds of refugees have come to the Safe Haven multipurpose centres for protection and economic and social empowerment, established by UN Women . Here’s a glimpse into daily life at the camp and the centres. More

Deputy Executive Director calls for cooperation to ensure safety and dignity of migrants and refugees

18 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization” event on 18 May in New York. More

Nominations open for ITU/UN Women GEM-Tech awards

18 May 2016

The third annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-Tech) Awards by UN Women and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), opened today for nominations. This prestigious global prize recognizes outstanding contributions from women and men (individuals and organizations) in addressing the digital gender divide by embracing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to empower women and girls. More

“Gender equality is the biggest transformer and enabler for achieving sustainable development” — Lakshmi Puri

17 May 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at “A call to action for gender equality and women’s empowerment” in New York on 17 May. More

“The new urban agenda should integrate a gender perspective”—Lakshmi Puri

17 May 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Role of Local Authorities and Networks on the Implementation of the SDGs” event on 17 May in New York. More

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces USD 80 million commitment to close gender data gaps and accelerate progress for women and girls

17 May 2016

New initiative will promote gender equality and support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals More

Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

17 May 2016

This year’s International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is the first in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka details how the agenda’s emphasis on universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination, sets common goals to achieve a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality, all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed, and ‘no one is left behind’. More

Jewel and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy to raise their voices for gender equality

16 May 2016

On 17 May, UN experts, global advocates, film and sports stars will gather at UN Headquarters in New York for a conference focusing on gender equality for women and girls. “A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” will feature dynamic panellists and speakers with perspectives on major areas of focus for UN Women. More

Photo essay: In Vanuatu, women tackle drought to restore livelihoods after Cyclone Pam

16 May 2016

On 13 March, 2015 Vanuatu was hit by Category Five Cyclone Pam, the worst disaster in the island nation’s recent history. More than half the population (of more than 860,000) was affected and around 96 per cent of crops were destroyed, leaving many women without food or produce to sell, which was their only source of income. In the months following the cyclone, a prolonged El Niño-fueled drought prevented replanting, causing months of crop failure, food insecurity and the decimation of the livelihoods of market vendors, majority women. More

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