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Juana Alva, 37, harvests zucchini in a greenhouse in San Cristóbal Tepeteopán, Mexico.  Photo: UN Women/Dzilam Méndez
In focus: International Day of Rural Women

The theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”, highlights the essential role that rural women and girls play in the food systems of the world. From production of crops to processing, preparing and distributing foods, women’s labour – paid and unpaid – feeds their families, communities and the world. More

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    Orange the world: End violence against women now!

    The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” More

  • Learn the facts: Rural women and girls

    Learn the facts: Rural women and girls

    Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts. More

  • In this photo, Vanadana Gupta, a SEWA community leader checks body temperature prior to distributing ration in Jahangir Puri, New Delhi. Photo credit: UN Women/ Prashanth Vishwanathan

    In Photos: Women on the front lines of COVID-19 in India

    As India emerges from the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst speculations about a third wave coming, UN Women spotlights women on the front lines of the pandemic response in the capital, Delhi. More

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    Which Generation Equality hero are you?

    At the Generation Equality Forum governments, activists, private sector partners and youth, and leaders from every sector committed investments, programmes and policies that fast-track progress towards an equal future for all. As we start our action journey, learn more about some of our feminist action heroes who make up Generation Equality. Which Generation Equality action hero do you support and aspire to be? More

  • In-person participants in the opening session of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris gather on stage for a group photo, Paris, France, 30 June 2021. Photo: UN Women/Fabrice Gentile.

    The Generation Equality Forum

    The 2021 Generation Equality Forum was a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society. The Forum kicked off in Mexico City in March and culminated in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021, bringing together governments, corporations and change makers from around the world to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. More

UN Women statement on the International Day of Rural Women

Across the world, food systems depend on the daily work of rural women. They play a variety of essential roles, from raising crops and processing their harvest, to preparing food and distributing their products, ensuring that both their families and communities are nourished. Read more ►

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The fight for women’s and girls’ rights in a changing Afghanistan

UN Women is committed to #StayandDeliver in Afghanistan, where recent rollbacks on women’s rights have evoked fear for Afghan women and girls.


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Afghanistan’s women are critical to its survival
Ms. Sima Sami Bahous. Photo:  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

In an op-ed, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous writes: "The international community, including G20 leaders, have an opportunity to work together in unity to prevent the reversal of the hard-won rights of Afghan women and girls and to work constructively to enable a more inclusive trajectory that will actively foster peace and resilience in Afghanistan – and the region." More ►