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Women, peace, power: 20 years of UNSCR 1325
In Focus: Women, Peace, Power

In October 2020, the UN Security Council will mark two decades since the landmark resolution 1325, which for the first time, enshrined the essential role of women in securing and maintaining peace. The UN Security Council will hold its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security virtually this year, on 29 October. This month, under the theme “Women, Peace, Power,” UN Women is highlighting women’s successful contributions to sustainable peace, human security and justice. More

  • UNITE To end violence against women

    Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!

    The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. More

  • COVID-19 Response

    In Focus: Gender equality matters in COVID-19 response

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health issue. It is a profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway. UN Women is bringing up-to-date information and analysis on how and why gender matters in COVID-19 response. More

  • Riya Akter, 22, is an apparel worker, just like her husband. Asked if she was afraid of becoming infected with coronavirus, she said work came first and needed to be done, otherwise there would not be food on the table.  She works while maintaining social distance with other workers as ready made garment (RMG) factories reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  May 2020. Photo: UN Women/Fahad Abdullah Kaizer

    COVID-19 and its economic toll on women: The story behind the numbers

    While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Here’s how COVID-19 is rolling back on women’s economic gains of past decades, unless we act now, and act deliberately. More

  • The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    The Shadow Pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. More

  • two women healthcare workers in Barcelona put on protective gear. Photo: Hospital Clínic/Francisco Àvia

    COVID-19: emerging gender data

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page. More

International Women's Day 2021

women leaders

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

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Three reports of the UN Secretary-General presented to and discussed during the Third Committee meeting of the General Assembly, 9 October 2020, on:

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Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In a statement for the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called to empower rural women and eliminate the long-standing obstacles to their progress, so that we can emerge from COVID-19 as a stronger, better balanced, resilient and caring society. More

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Girls explain: What you should know about the Beijing Platform for Action

Faithfulness and Faith Ebere, young activists and equal rights advocates from Nigeria, break down the real progress it has spurred by the Beijing Platform for Action and bring attention to the work that remains to be done to finally make gender equality a reality.