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Making UN Women "fit and funded for purpose"

July 6, 2015

More than 40 governments voiced their support for UN Women and dozens announced new funding commitments during a special pledging event for the organization on 1 July, during the 2015 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York. More

UN Women introduces new discussion paper series featuring cutting-edge papers by leading feminist researchers

July 6, 2015

What does it take to achieve gender equality and make women’s rights real? What kinds of policies are needed to make the economy work for women? How can we ensure that policies and programmes on sustainable development advance rather than constrain gender equality? More

Discussion Papers Series

July 6, 2015

The UN Women discussion paper series is a new initiative led by the Research and Data section of UN Women, to provide grounded, fresh and robust perspectives on some of the contemporary challenges to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, and offer insights into policy innovations that are making a difference in women’s lives. More

Expanding health-care access in the United States

July 6, 2015

This paper focuses on ways in which women in the United States have been and will be impacted by the passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 and is released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Gender equality and human rights

July 6, 2015

The paper introduces a four-dimensional approach to substantive equality and how it can be used to evaluate the impact of social and economic policies on women to determine how to make the economy 'work for women' and advance gender equality. This paper was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 and is released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

The gender dimensions of pension systems: Policies and constraints for the protection of older women

July 6, 2015

This paper documents the pervasiveness of women’s lack of income security in old age across a large number of countries, but also points to a number of important policy measures that can be taken to address gender pension gaps. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016 to be released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

Child-related financial transfers and early childhood education and care

July 6, 2015

This paper examines policies for the support of families with children, in particular child-related financial transfers and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, primarily in Western European and other Organisation for Economic Co-coperation and Development (OECD) countries. It was produced for UN Women's flagship report Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016, and is released as part of the UN Women discussion paper series. More

“An idea whose time has come” – Executive Director

July 6, 2015

Closing remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Executive Board Annual Session 2015 on 2 July, New York. More

Opening doors for internally displaced women in Georgia

July 2, 2015

Overcoming a life of loss, a dynamic Georgian woman now runs a daycare, computer centre, mill and vocational programmes for youth from her home, while also serving on local government. More

Financing: Why it matters for women and girls

July 2, 2015

Ahead of the high-stakes Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women highlights the need for dedicated funding for gender equality to achieve transformative change. More

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 2, July 2015

July 1, 2015

In the second issue of TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation, the Independent Evaluation Office addresses a critical topic: women’s economic empowerment, a critical subject not only for achieving gender equality but also for overall development and poverty reduction. More

“There must be significantly enhanced, prioritized, and dedicated investment for implementing gender equality commitments” – Executive Director

July 1, 2015

Opening remarks delivered by Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on 30 June at the opening event of UN Women’s Executive Board Annual Session held in New York City. More

Rapping and rhyming for rights: Yannick Glemarec visits programmes in Egypt

June 30, 2015

Yannick Glemarec, Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, met with volunteer ‘youth ambassadors’, local NGO partners, and community members involved in two of UN Women’s key programmes in Egypt More

UN Women Executive Board convenes 2015 Annual Session

June 29, 2015

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year's Annual Session from 30 June to 2 July at United Nations headquarters in New York. More

Annual Report 2014-2015

June 26, 2015

The Annual Report documents UN Women's work to foster women's empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization's initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. More

Equipping women to become stronger mediators for peace in Africa

June 25, 2015

A joint workshop for women in Africa hosted by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa seeks to develop a new generation of conflict mediators. More

Press Release: One thousand businesses from around the world sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles

June 25, 2015

From Argentina to Vanuatu, 1,000 business leaders from across the globe have expressed support for advancing equality between women and men by signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). A joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, the WEPs offer guidance to businesses on how to empower women and advance equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. More

“The state of the world’s fathers in one word? Underestimated” – Yannick Glemarec

June 23, 2015

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec joined UNFPA, the Clinton Foundation, Promundo and various civil society and private sector partners promoting the MenCare global fatherhood campaign, in hosting the launch of the first-ever report on the State of the World’s Fathers on 16 June. The new report provides a global overview of men’s contribution to parenting and caregiving around the world. More

Helping Nepali widows regain their footing

June 22, 2015

Ahead of International Widows Day, we shine a spotlight on efforts to help female-headed households overcome challenges in post-earthquake Nepal. More

"There is a unique role for countries who want to address women’s issues in the international area" – Executive Director

June 19, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at an event on women’s economic empowerment hosted by the Swedish National Committee of UN Women, on 17 June, in Stockholm, Sweden. More

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