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Fund for Gender Equality 2015 Annual Report

30 June 2016

The Fund for Gender Equality is UN Women's leading global grant-making mechanism dedicated to support women-led civil society organizations to propel women's economic and political empowerment in support of the 2030 Development Agenda. This report highlights key aggregated results from the 2015 active programmes, presents the main lessons learned from the Fund's knowledge initiatives and introduces its new portfolio 2016-2018 of 24 programmes poised to contribute to 11 SDGs. More

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman wears Orange Heart, champions fundraising effort to end violence against women

30 June 2016

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman proudly wears a necklace made by women survivors of violence to benefit initiatives aimed at ending this pandemic human rights violation that affects one in three women and girls worldwide. More

Prime Minister of Estonia joins HeForShe

30 June 2016

The Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas, today became a Champion for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign at the Tallinn Conference. The Prime Minister met with UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and signed on to the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality. More

Call for papers on mobility, gender and family relations for flagship report

30 June 2016

UN Women has issued a call for papers on how human mobility and the distancing of family members across places and borders shape gender and generational dynamics within families, for its flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women (Progress). The deadline for receiving proposals is 29 July, 5 pm EST. More

Just one month to go to nominate for ITU/UN Women Gem-Tech Awards

30 June 2016

The annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, a joint ITU/UN Women prize recognizing outstanding efforts in using the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to empower women and girls, are only open for nominations for four more weeks. More

“Gender mainstreaming is no longer an option, it is an imperative” — Lakshmi Puri

30 June 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Panel on Gender matters: Gender Mainstreaming in International Organisations” during the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 Conference on 30 June in Tallinn, Estonia. More

“Gender equality is about the whole world” — Lakshmi Puri

30 June 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017 Conference on 30 June in Tallinn, Estonia. More

UN Women signs new partnership with RedR Australia

29 June 2016

Following close on the heels of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec and Ms. Kirsten Sayers, Chief Executive Officer of RedR Australia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of stand-by personnel to be deployed to UN Women to respond to humanitarian crises. More

Shelters offer new lease on life in Georgia

29 June 2016

Safe and child-friendly, Georgia’s domestic violence shelters, set up with UN Women support, give women job training and medical, psychosocial and legal assistance to help them rebuild their lives. More

“We appreciate your strong recognition of our achievements” —Executive Director at Executive Board

29 June 2016

Closing Remarks of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Annual Session of the UN Women Executive Board, 28 June 2016, New York. More

Tunisia moves closer to achieving gender equality in politics

28 June 2016

Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law. More

“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

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