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Press release: Robust actions mount, at one year mark of landmark meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment

27 September 2016

Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide More

Mexico commits to better coordination of national gender equality actions, scaled up measures on reproductive health

26 September 2016

Mexico has integrated gender across its strategy guiding international support for development, and put gender equality at the core of the national development plan. Political reform committing parties to ensuring that women fill 50 per cent of legislative candidacies led to women winning 42 per cent of seats in the recently elected Chamber of Deputies. More

UN Women brings UN High-Level Panel findings to the marketplace

26 September 2016

After presenting the High-Level Panel report on Women’s Economic Empowerment to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Member States during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the City of New York took the conversation to La Marqueta marketplace in East Harlem, New York on Friday, 23 September. More

Italy pledges new resources of up to 50 million euros will advance gender equality and women’s rights

26 September 2016

Italy considers the Beijing Platform for Action the blueprint for advancing women’s rights and a more sustainable future for everyone, and remains fully committed to the Platform’s implementation. It will continue to back multilateral initiatives to eliminate harmful practices, especially female genital mutilation, and child, early and forced marriage. More

Women’s political participation gains momentum in Moldova

26 September 2016

As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws. More

From where I stand: Ileana Crudu

24 September 2016

When Ileana Crudu, now 19, finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology and continues to advocate for girls’ and women’s participation in the ICT sector at the university in The Netherlands where she is studying. More

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—The Executive Director

23 September 2016

“The definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peace…”—Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the high-level meeting on “Global Leadership – Local Partnerships: Women’s Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”. More

Jordan pledges to align national laws with international commitments and expand support to women and girls in many areas

23 September 2016

The Jordanian Government has committed to close the gender equality gap by 2030 through a variety of actions, including intensifying efforts to align national legislation with the Kingdom’s international and regional commitments, in a participatory manner that ensures gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. The Government pledges to accelerate the implementation of resolutions to which it has committed itself before international committees and review relevant national plans and strategies to bring them in line with the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, as well as provide the necessary financial and human resources to carry them out. More

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Executive Director

23 September 2016

“We count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189”—Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the announcement by the Government of Jamaica of its ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, 22 September 2016 More

Thailand promises education to cultivate acceptance of gender equality, data to monitor progress, training to promote gender-responsive budgeting

22 September 2016

Thailand’s 2015 Gender Equality Act protects all individuals from gender-based discrimination. Thailand is resolved to move forward on gender equality by developing a curriculum on gender roles that cultivates positive attitudes and acceptance of gender equality in children from an early age. It will collect sex-disaggregated data, for analytical purposes and for formulating gender-sensitive policies, as well as for monitoring progress made to achieve gender equality. In providing training to relevant national public agencies, it will promote gender-responsive budgeting. Thailand’s next national and economic and social development plan will focus on people-centred, inclusive development and on reducing social inequality, providing further opportunities for women to participate even more equally in national development. More

“We have a great transformative promise which in turn leads to lasting impact across generations”—Lakshmi Puri

22 September 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch event for the "Adolescent Girls Reclamation of Education Empowerment (A.G.R.E.E.) Initiative” on 22 September, in New York. More

China pledges USD 10 million commitment to UN Women, assistance for other developing countries to build 100 health projects for women and children

22 September 2016

To support women’s development worldwide and the work of UN Women, China will donate USD 10 million to UN Women for the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the realization of the related goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the coming five years, China will help other developing countries build 100 health projects for women and children, send teams of medical experts to provide services and implement 100 happy campus projects to finance the schooling of poor girls and raise girls’ school enrolment rates. It will also host 30,000 women from developing countries to take part in training programmes in China, and provide 100,000 skills training opportunities in local communities of other developing countries. Under a related fund co-sponsored by China and the United Nations, there will be special capacity-building programmes for women from developing countries. More

“At the centre of the first report issued today are the lives of women who have been left behind”—Executive Director

22 September 2016

“At the centre of the first report issued today are the lives of women who have been left behind”— UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the presentation of the first interim report of the High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment More

Press Release: First report by High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment outlines drivers to advance gender equality

22 September 2016

The High-Level Panel (HLP) for Women’s Economic Empowerment today presents its first findings to the UN Secretary-General at an event in New York, held in the context of the UN General Assembly. The HLP, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2016, aims at placing women’s economic empowerment at the top of the global agenda to accelerate progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

UN Women launches flagship programme initiative, Making Every Woman and Girl Count

21 September 2016

At a high-level event on 21 September, during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Women launched a new public-private partnership to support its flagship programme initiative, “Making Every Woman and Girl Count”. More

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?

21 September 2016

As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More

From where I stand: Monira Hwaijeh

21 September 2016

Monira Hwaijeh, 58, is one of the 12 members of the Syrian Women’s Advisory Board (WAB), established by the UN Special Envoy for Syria earlier this year. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the independent civil society representatives that make up WAB, consult regularly with the Special Envoy and provide recommendations to assist the peace talks. More

Op-ed: Partnerships, Financing and Data

21 September 2016

Op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on Partnerships, Financing and Data. More

Preparations

21 September 2016

A preparatory expert panel on the priority theme was held during the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on 6 March 2013. More

The economic costs of violence against women

21 September 2016

Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri at the high-level discussion on the “Economic Cost of Violence against Women”, emphasizes that violence against women and girls is not only a violation of human rights, but also, it generates huge economic costs for women and families, and for communities and societies. More

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