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From where I stand: Haidara Djeneba Sy

23 August 2016

Haidara, Djeneba Sy is a religious woman leader from Mali, and a fearless advocate for women’s economic empowerment and rights. Women can play a significant role in combating extremism, she says, but not when they are poor and weak. More

UN Women at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

23 August 2016

UN Women joined the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to highlight the importance of sport to empower women and girls. Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Thaiza Vitória, participant in "One Win Leads to Another", a joint programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), both carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the Opening Ceremony. UN Women and the IOC co-hosted an event, together with Always LikeAGirl, to celebrate the community-based sport... More

“People are beginning to see our potential…the potential of all the girls who play sport”

23 August 2016

Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games. More

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 8, August 2016

22 August 2016

Issue no. 8 of TRANSFORM features the third meta-analysis of UN Women–commissioned evaluations since the adoption of the current Strategic Plan (2014–2017) with a focus on accountability. It presents overarching conclusions from aggregated and synthesized information generated from 49 evaluations, and presents the evidence into accessible knowledge to help strengthen programming and organizational effectiveness. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

22 August 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

TRANSFORM – The magazine for gender-responsive evaluation – Issue 7, August 2016

22 August 2016

Issue no. 7 of TRANSFORM aims to make more accessible conclusions and recommendations from the recently concluded evaluation of UN Women’s contribution to UN system coordination on gender equality and the empowerment of women (GEEW). The evaluation assessed the relevance, effectiveness and organizational efficiency of UN Women’s UN coordination mandate on GEEW. The report provides seven main conclusions and eight recommendations; it also presents the management response to the evaluation. More

From where I stand: Flor Isava-Fonseca

20 August 2016

Flor Isava- Fonseca, 95, is a tireless Venezuelan activist, athlete, journalist and writer. Ms. Isava-Fonseca and Finnish sprinter Pirjo Häggman were the first women to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka celebrates Women’s Month in South Africa

19 August 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in South Africa from 10 - 19 August for the national celebration of “Women's Month”. More

“This agenda is truly an agenda for this generation to deliver on” — Executive Director

19 August 2016

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the South Africa Women in Science Awards Gala in Johannesburg, South Africa More

UN Women signs Letter of Intent to establish a Country Office in Argentina during the official visit of UN Secretary-General

18 August 2016

The Republic of Argentina and UN Women signed a Letter of Intent to establish a UN Women Country Office in Argentina and expand their efforts to promote gender equality, economic empowerment, leadership, participation in the political sector, eradicate violence against women and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

HeForShe campaign launches in Cameroon

17 August 2016

On behalf of H.E President Paul Biya of Cameroon, the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang has pledged his support for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign at a launch event attended by government representatives, heads of UN agencies and civil society organizations. More

Unlocking the potential of Afghan women

17 August 2016

The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers. More

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

16 August 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management. More

Coverage: UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and UN Women Chief of Staff in Albania

16 August 2016

UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey Ingibjorg Gisladottir and UN Women Chief of Staff Khetsiwe Dlamini visited Albania from 3-4 August to meet with government representatives, civil society organizations, private sector leaders and other development partners. More

“By providing more opportunities for women…we can ensure that women can play central roles in the rebuilding of our nations” — Executive Director

16 August 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director for World Humanitarian Day on 19 August. More

The road to 2030: “Leadership by and for young women”

15 August 2016

On the occasion of the International Youth Day on 12 August, UN Women, in collaboration with the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, hosted a side event, “Investing in young women's leadership is key to implementing the SDGs”, at the UN Headquarters in New York. More

Path to justice for survivors of Kosovo’s sexual violence: Q&A with Siobhan Hobbs

15 August 2016

During the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors. More

Documents pertaining to the high-level side event on the margins of the Second regular session 2016, titled “Syrian Women, a Strong Constituency for Peace”

15 August 2016

31 August 2016; 15:00h - 16:30h; Conference room 3 Documents Download Invitation letter pdf Concept note pdf More

Joint informal briefing on the Report on the assessment of the harmonized cost recovery methodology

15 August 2016

Tuesday, 23 August; 15:00h - 16:30h; Conference room 1 More

Driving the Gender-Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

12 August 2016

The CSW60 Agreed Conclusions laid out the strategy and road map for gender-responsive implementation of all Sustainable Development Goals. “Driving the Gender-Responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” highlights the key messages and presents an analysis of the CSW60 Agreed Conclusions. More

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