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Infographic: Women and armed conflict

October 8, 2015

Women and girls bear the brunt of many of the harmful consequences of armed violence. In the last two decades, the use of violence against women and girls during conflicts, and especially sexual violence, has become more visible. But aside from increased sexual violence, conflict exacerbates many inequalities that can last well after a war ends. Here are just a few examples. More

Media Advisory: Press Conference on 15th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 and new Global Study on women, peace and security

October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will brief the press on critical actions needed to counter escalating conflict and violent extremism in the world today, highlighting the evidence base that shows the urgent need to place gender equality at the heart of peace and security interventions. More

Women’s Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

October 7, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw speaks at HeForShe #GetFree University Tour

October 6, 2015

UN Women’s #GetFree University Tour is a new effort to connect passionate student activists in a global network to raise awareness around gender equality. It aims to bring UN Women’s HeForShe movement directly to university students, convening thought leaders and providing a forum for critical debate and discussion. More

Impact stories and thematic briefs

October 6, 2015

The Thematic briefs outline UN Women’s work in key areas, such as Peace and Security, and Economic Empowerment, focusing on solutions and illustrating selected results. The second set of briefs, dubbed Impact stories, illustrate the human impact of a selection of UN Women programmes implemented at the global, regional or national level. More

“Education is power” – Girl Guide teacher/trainer

October 5, 2015

Kisha Miller has been a technical (architectural) drawing teacher for the past eight years at the Boca secondary school in Grenada. She has been a Girl Guide for the past 20 years and is now a Unit Leader at the school where she teaches, as well as an assistant District Commissioner. She speaks to UN Women about the importance of non-traditional education, how she promotes gender equality as a teacher, and how she is using, and will use, education to combat violence against women in her country. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

October 2, 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

UN General Assembly 70th session (2015)

October 2, 2015

Reports and other documentation on gender-related issues discussed during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly. More

Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

October 1, 2015

On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. More

Infographic: Ageing has a female face

October 1, 2015

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. Let's transform pension systems to protect women's income security in old age. For more on this topic, visit progress.unwomen.org. More

Expert’s take: Old age — a double whammy for women?

September 30, 2015

After a lifetime of providing unpaid care for friends and family, older women often live in poverty with no one to care for them. Ageing is inevitable, but its gendered injustices are not. On this year’s International Day of Older Persons, it’s time to shine a spotlight on ending pensioner poverty, and providing decent elder care services for all. More

Interview with the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America

September 29, 2015

In signing a new partnership agreement with UN Women on 29 September , Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, confirmed the commitment by the Spanish Government to UN Women as its main partner in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the world. More

Spain and UN Women sign strategic partnership agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

September 29, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka and Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, signed a Strategic Partnership Framework in New York on 29 September to strengthen collaboration in promoting women’s rights and gender equality. More

"A changing climate means there is a shrinking window of opportunity to close the gender gap" – Yannick Glemarec

September 29, 2015

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Empowering Women in Climate Action event on 29 September. More

Timeline: The UN at 70 – Gender Equality Milestones & Memorable Moments

September 29, 2015

From groundbreaking resolutions to awe-inspiring speeches to activists inspiring change offline and online, this timeline marks select milestones and memorable moments for women's rights at the United Nations since its founding in 1945. More


September 28, 2015

Live webcasts of key UN Women-related side events during the General Assembly will be featured here. More

"The countdown to 2030 starts today" – Executive Director

September 28, 2015

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September. More

Closing remarks at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

September 28, 2015

Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, held on 27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters. More

Civil society monitors global commitments

September 27, 2015

In parallel to the Global Leaders’ Meeting, civil society representatives gather to watch countries commit to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Press release: World leaders agree: We must close the gender gap

September 27, 2015

Today, 27 September 2015, some 80 world leaders are convening at the United Nations to personally commit to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announce concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event marks a historic first, with pledges delivered by Heads of State and Government. More

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