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Photo essay: In Vanuatu, women tackle drought to restore livelihoods after Cyclone Pam

Monday, May 16, 2016

On 13 March, 2015 Vanuatu was hit by Category Five Cyclone Pam, the worst disaster in the island nation’s recent history. More than half the population (of more than 860,000) was affected and around 96 per cent of crops were destroyed, leaving many women without food or produce to sell, which was their only source of income. In the months following the cyclone, a prolonged El Niño-fueled drought prevented replanting, causing months of crop failure, food insecurity and the decimation of the livelihoods of market vendors, majority women.

Infographic: Closing the Gender Gap in Humanitarian Action

Friday, May 6, 2016

Today we face a global humanitarian challenge. From Syria's ongoing conflict to Nepal's post-earthquake recovery and West Africa's Ebola epidemic, human suffering has reached alarming levels, with women and girls being disproportionately affected. Yet, when it comes to humanitarian assistance, gender equality is not prioritized.

Photo essay: Life for Bishnu Maya Dangal, one year after the earthquake

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On 25 April 2015 everything changed for Bishnu Maya Dangal and her husband when a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The Dangal family home was completely destroyed, leaving behind a pile of rubble. With the help of a multi-purpose women’s centre, supported by UN Women and in coordination with the Government of Nepal, the couple is managing—for now.

Photo essay: A day in the life of women

Friday, March 4, 2016

Teachers, farmers, businesswomen, politicians, mothers, law enforcers — women and girls contribute every day in many visible and invisible ways. Here’s a glimpse into their lives.

Timeline: Women's footprint in history

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Throughout history, women have made extraordinary contributions to their societies. Some are well known, some less so, but all have been trail blazers. Explore a small selection of these women and learn what the reality still is today for many women and girls worldwide.

Timeline: Gender Equality, 2015 Year in Review

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

From the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action to the historic adoption of the sustainable development goals, Nigeria banning female genital mutilation and Ireland legalizing same-sex marriage by popular vote, this timeline is a selection of some of the gender equality achievements, milestones and noteworthy moments from around the world this year.

Infographic: Human rights of women

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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.

Quiz: Who’s your inner activist?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Are you more in line with Malala or Mafalda? Take the test on our new app to identify your own inner activist. Which women’s rights pioneer will you most resemble?

Infographic: Women and media

Monday, November 23, 2015

You could go to a film, switch on the TV, tune in to the radio, turn the pages of a magazine, or surf online. Regardless of your choice of media, you’d have a good chance of encountering stereotypes that perpetuate gender discrimination. This infographic is a snapshot of gender inequality in the media.

Quiz: Violence against women

Friday, November 13, 2015

Think you know about violence against women? Test your knowledge by taking our short quiz!

Infographic: Violence against women

Friday, November 6, 2015

One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence — mostly by an intimate partner. Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a global pandemic that takes place in public and private spaces. Together we can and must end this pandemic.

Infographic: Women and armed conflict

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Women and girls bear the brunt of many of the harmful consequences of armed violence. In the last two decades, the use of violence against women and girls during conflicts, and especially sexual violence, has become more visible. But aside from increased sexual violence, conflict exacerbates many inequalities that can last well after a war ends. Here are just a few examples.

Timeline: 15 Years of Women, Peace and Security

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), we take a look back at some of the key moments in global peace and security.

Infographic: Ageing has a female face

Thursday, October 1, 2015

1 October is International Day of Older Persons. Let's transform pension systems to protect women's income security in old age. For more on this topic, visit progress.unwomen.org.

Timeline: The UN at 70 – Gender Equality Milestones & Memorable Moments

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

From groundbreaking resolutions to awe-inspiring speeches to activists inspiring change offline and online, this timeline marks select milestones and memorable moments for women's rights at the United Nations since its founding in 1945.

Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

Friday, September 25, 2015

This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and media representation.

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