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“We have to keep the promise of leaving no one behind” — Executive Director

27 June 2016

Opening speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Annual Session of the Executive Board, on 27 June in New York. More

Annual Report 2015–2016

24 June 2016

2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, UN Member States agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes the transformative power of women and girls. Our work around the world contributes to turning the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals into reality. Working with our diverse partners, we deliver results, from advancing norms and standards, to expanding women’s leadership and participation, bolstering women’s economic empowerment, and ending violence against women and girls. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC

24 June 2016

In a statement on the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka welcomed the inclusion of a gender perspective among the principles guiding the agreement, and called for the leadership and protection of women throughout its implementation More

UN Women Executive Board to undertake mid-term review of Strategic Plan

24 June 2016

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s Annual Session from 27 to 28 June at United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Bringing women’s needs into policy response on drug use

23 June 2016

While men make up most of those using or trafficking drugs, women are often the invisible participants and victims—one out of three drug users is a woman, and only one out of five drug users in treatment is a woman. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, a spotlight on drug use among women and UN Women's related programmes. More

Making budgets work for women in Ecuador

22 June 2016

In the province of Azuay, more than 1,000 women now take part in budget proposals, while at the national level a new tool reveals gender-related spending has reached over USD 364 million, up from just 34 million in 2011. More

Moldova takes historic step to promote gender equality in politics

22 June 2016

New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media. More

Side-event Annual Session 2016

22 June 2016

28 June 2016; 13:00h to 14:30h; Conference Room 7 "Women's Involvement in Peace Processes through Partnerships with Religious and Traditional Actors: Lessons Learned and Steps Forward" More

“Gender equality is everyone’s business” — Lakshmi Puri

21 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June. More

Midterm analysis

21 June 2016

Based on an analysis of results to date and a review of independent evaluations and assessments, the Midterm Review has identified a number of findings and lessons learned from the first two years of implementation. In response to these findings, UN Women has proposed six strategic initiatives to address lessons learned and further enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of results in 2016-2017. More

From where I stand: Khateeja Mallah

21 June 2016

Khateeja Mallah (Durdana), 31, is a widow from Pakistan’s Dadu District in Sindh Province. She is one of 1,214 landless women farmers who have received land tenancy rights through a programme being implemented by UN Women, FAO and ILO. More

UN Women statement on World Refugee Day (20 June)

17 June 2016

In a statement for World Refugee Day on 20 June, UN Women calls for urgent action to ensure refugee women and girls have access to secure transit routes, safe spaces and protection when they arrive in a host country, and resources and services that will help them to build a post-conflict life free from violence and poverty. More

Partnerships key to success of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

17 June 2016

Win-win partnerships are key to achieving women’s and girls’ economic empowerment and will lead the way towards sustainable development, according to Plan International, UNIDO, UN Women and the World Bank. More

“Realizing gender equality has a deadline, and it is 2030” — Lakshmi Puri

17 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the Academic Council on the UN System on 17 June, in New York. More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

16 June 2016

In a statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, UN Women recounts the historic firsts this year in combatting sexual violence in conflict. More

From where I stand: Patricia Pérez Gómez

16 June 2016

Patricia Pérez Gómez, 27, is a migrant woman worker from Poconichim, Mexico, and part of the Chiapas State Coalition of Migrant Communities. More

Women with disabilities raise their voices during session on rights treaty

16 June 2016

As part of the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, being held in New York from 14-16 June 2016, and as the UN treaty approaches its 10th anniversary, women and girls with disabilities took part in a series of side events, emphasizing that they are the key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, so that "no one is left behind." More

“Embrace empowering young women and girls with disabilities” — Lakshmi Puri

16 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the 9th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on 15 June in New York. More

“I Am Evelyn Amony”: A memoir of war, rape and survival

15 June 2016

Evelyn Amony was just 11 years old when soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) kidnapped her from her home in Kalalo, in northern Uganda. She spent 11 years with the LRA. Her memoir, “I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming my Life from the Lord's Resistance Army,” was launched on 15 June at the Japan Society in New York, co-hosted by UN Women and the International Center for Transitional Justice. The gripping autobiography tells an incredible story of survival. More

In the words of María Alejandra Martínez: From revolution to reconciliation

15 June 2016

Originally from El Bordo, Department of Cauca, Colombia, María Alejandra Martínez, is the daughter of fighters for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). After they died during military operations, she was trained for guerrilla warfare. She was “recaptured” at the age of 16 and today, at 26, she writes, performs and participates in an artistic-political project that brings together displaced/demobilized survivors, police and military to build peace, reconciliation and reconstruction. More

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