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6 February marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM affects 200 million women globally, with dire consequences ranging from debilitating pain to childbirth complications to death. Today, UN Women is recommitting to ensuring that laws are not only passed against the practice, but that governments are taking action to implement those laws. We all have a moral obligation to stand against this harmful practice. Join UN Women and Goodwill Ambassador for Africa Jaha Dukureh as we reaffirm our commitment to ending FGM. 
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Alice Ledu is a South Sudanese refugee living in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District, Northern Uganda. Through UN Women’s Second Chance Education Programme, implemented with financial support from the Government of Japan, she gained life-changing vocational skills. Now a business owner, Alice is paying it forward by helping to train and mentor a new generation of young people.   Access to education can transform the lives of women and girls, generating new possibilities for individuals, families and communities. Yet as of 2022 nearly 130 million girls worldwide were not enrolled in formal schooling, over half of whom resided in crisis-affected countries. On 24 January, UN Women marks International Day of Education by highlighting the central role of education in furthering women’s empowerment—and the critical need to ensure its universal availability.  
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The UN deputy chief and head of UN Women have conveyed a direct message to Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership calling on them to put the good of the country first and end recent policies towards women and girls that have confined them in their own homes, and violated their basic human rights.
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On behalf of the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, the Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, and the Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Political, Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, Khaled Khiari, completed a four-day visit to Afghanistan to appraise the situation, engage de facto authorities and underscore UN solidarity with the Afghan people.
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UN Women and a Congolese women’s civil society organization are helping women market vendors register their businesses, obtain key market support and access state services. 
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The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its first regular session on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 February 2023 at UN Headquarters in New York.
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In elections taking place on 10 January, the UN Women Executive Board opened the year by electing its new Bureau for 2023. The rotational Presidency of the Executive Board during 2023 is held by the Eastern European Group and is represented by H.E. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.
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UN Women will be at Davos 2023, this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, taking place from 16 to 20 January. Under the meeting’s theme of “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”, UN Women will spearhead solutions-focused conversations that advance gender equality during the week with leaders from across governments, businesses and civil society organizations. Through in-person engagements, social media highlights and visible on-site messaging, action for gender equality will take center stage this year. Will you join us? 
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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on the Taliban prohibition of women working with national and international non-governmental organizations.
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In 2022, amidst conflict, crisis and a growing global pushback on gender equality, UN Women pushed forward. As we look to next year, we’re more determined than ever to keep building momentum and to deliver on our commitments to women and girls around the world. In 2023, let’s work together to ensure that women’s rights are upheld, their agency is respected, their leadership is guaranteed, their needs are met in times of crisis and their lives are always free of violence. Join us.
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The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2023 (IWD 2023) is, “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”. This theme is aligned with the priority theme for the upcoming 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-67), “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.  
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The comprehensive onslaught on women’s rights in Afghanistan is unmatched in the world today. The Taliban’s latest announcement of the closure of universities for women, effectively banning them from higher education, is yet another blatant curtailment of their fundamental rights. It is as short-sighted as it is appalling.  The right to education for all women and girls must be restored immediately. 
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For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) from 25 November to 10 December 2022, UN Women teamed up with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), the United Nations and other partners around the world to host events, raise awareness and galvanize people to take action.
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UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous conducted a four-day mission in Japan, from 2 to 5 December, where she met with H.E. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, and delivered a keynote speech during the 6th World Assembly for Women (WAW!), a key global conference hosted by the government of Japan. The mission, which underscored the strong partnership between Japan and UN Women, saw Ms. Bahous highlighting the urgency of tackling challenges to gender equality head on to advance the world’s common agenda for women and girls in Japan and globally.
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​​​​​​​We live in a world that is fundamentally interconnected, where diseases have no borders and wars in one part of the world cause food, fuel and inflation crises in far-distant continents. The dire consequences are most acute for women and girls and can be seen in the reversal of recent progress on gender equality—and on all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We need to change course—and move faster. Without change, it could take close to another 300 years to achieve full gender equality. Our sights are set on a much closer date—2030—the endpoint for achievement of the SDGs. At this halfway marker, it’s time for solidarity as we shape our responses and aim for acceleration, not reversal of gains. It’s time to invest intentionally—and better—in women and girls. 
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UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Dr. Sima Bahous carried out a two-day mission to Egypt to participate in the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Dr. Bahous met with global leaders, COP27 Presidency officials, government representatives, civil society organizations, private sector representatives, international organisations and climate advocates from around the world, calling on parties to make gender equality, women's empowerment and women’s leadership central to climate action.
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Migration can potentially bring significant benefits to women; a demonstration of their agency and a means of empowerment whose benefits, such as remittances, radiate to their families. However, without access to safe and regular migration pathways, many women have no choice but to turn to increasingly hazardous and even deadly journeys that can expose them to far higher risks of violence, sexual exploitation, forced labour and trafficking.
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Survivors of gender-based violence face a myriad of challenges in pursuing justice and accessing other essential support services such as emergency health care and safe accommodation. Social norms and stereotyping that stigmatize or blame survivors, constraints within justice institutions and a general culture of impunity often stop women from reporting violence they have experienced and seeking the help they need.
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Jaha Dukureh is the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for Africa. A renowned activist, she herself is a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. On 19 to 27 November 2022, Jaha undertook a mission to Liberia to support the Liberian Government in their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, including harmful practices such as FGM and child marriage.
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In a statement for Human Rights Day on 10 December, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous calls to reassert the universality and indivisibility of women’s human rights and the human rights of all people.