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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

Informal lunchtime briefing First Regular Session 2016

01 February 2016

Building Resilience in Fragility: Women’s Empowerment in Action A Knowledge Initiative of UN-Women’s Fund for Gender Equality and the Government of Japan More

Landless women farmers receive land tenancy for the first time in Pakistan

29 January 2016

UN Women Pakistan, in collaboration with local partners Baanhn Beli and Gorakh Foundation, is working with 1,214 vulnerable rural women farmers to acquire land tenancy rights from their feudal and tribal landholders. More

African representatives push for action to bring women to the peace table

26 January 2016

Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent. More

Women mediators promote peace in Burundi

25 January 2016

As political turmoil intensifies, over 500 Burundian women are working as community peace mediators, actively helping to avert over 5,000 conflicts. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the establishment of a High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment

25 January 2016

UN Women welcomes this strong commitment to work together to provide thought leadership and mobilize action on the critical issues of improving economic outcomes for women, and promoting women’s leadership in driving sustainable, inclusive and environmentally sensitive economic growth. More

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