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Women are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of all of their human rights and to be free from all forms of discrimination.
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This photo essay provides a snapshot from UN Women’ latest flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World, and UN Women programmes around the world.
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Christine Banlog has been a market woman for 22 years. She is now 64, widowed, and raising her three grandchildren in Nyalla, Cameroon.
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The 36-year-long armed conflict between the military and guerrilla groups killed or disappeared at least 200,000 people, mostly indigenous. Many of the dead have not been identified yet, and the majority of the disappeared have not been found. Thousands of families in Guatemala have not found closure. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a human rights activist and co-founder of a widows association in the municipality of Comalapa, has spearheaded the construction of a memorial for victims of the conflict in Comalapa. It’s called the “Center for the Historical Memory of Women”.
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Since 2014, UN Women’s Markets for Change project has been boosting leadership and financial skills of women vendors in 17 markets to make them safe, inclusive and sustainable. For the first time, women’s voices are shaping market infrastructure and climate adaptation.
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Around the world, women human rights defenders and women’s rights activists fight for the rights and freedoms of women and all individuals, every day. In the course of their work to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, these activists face violence, discrimination and intimidation. This International Women’s Day, UN Women stands in solidarity with the courageous women who are leading the fight, by amplifying their voices with innovative...
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Today, 50 per cent of refugees uprooted from their homes from conflict, persecution or natural disasters are women and girls. This translates to more than 11 million refugee women and girls. During times of crisis, their specific needs and voices are often neglected. Here are just some of the objects that give women and girls agency and secure their health, dignity and rights.
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The world has committed to upholding the rights of all women and girls. Fulfilling this commitment is particularly urgent in rural areas. Rural women and their organizations are on the move to claim their rights and improve their livelihoods and well-being.
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UN Women originally presented these images from the archive of renowned photography agency Magnum Photos at the launch of the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 in 2015, to mark the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), which recognized the critical importance of women’s participation in peacemaking and peacebuilding.
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Burundi’s ongoing political turmoil has caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and seek shelter in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the Lusenda refugee camp, which is home to more than 16,000 refugees, the majority are women and girls. Hundreds of refugees have come to the Safe Haven multipurpose centres for protection and economic and social empowerment, established by UN Women . Here’s a glimpse into daily life at the camp and the centres.
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Women are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of all of their human rights and to be free from all forms of discrimination. Yet, discrimination against women persists in many areas, directly and indirectly, through laws and policies, social norms and practices and gender-based stereotypes. Gender equality before the law does not necessarily mean that women in practice have equal opportunities. This infographic takes a closer look at the various forms of discrimination women face.