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Confined to their homes, excluded from work, murdered in classrooms—this is what faces Afghan women and girls. With inequality imposed everywhere, nowhere is safe. Friday’s suicide attack in Kabul killed or wounded many students who were simply taking an exam. The majority were young women. Education is a fundamental human right and a driving force for the advancement of social, economic, political, and cultural development, a vision agreed at the UN General Assembly’s recently concluded “Transforming Education Summit”. I join the UN Secretary-General in his call for the de facto authorities to protect the rights of all Afghans—regardless of ethnicity or gender—to access education safely and securely. I urge the de facto authorities to take immediate action to protect the full rights of Afghan women and girls and to hold perpetrators to account in line with international standards.  
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UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous carried out a two day mission in the United Arab Emirates, where she delivered opening remarks at the Women, Peace and Security conference held in Abu Dhabi, and met with government officials, civil society representatives and women peace advocates from around the Arab region and the world.     
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On 23 September, leaders and allies gathered at the first Generation Equality Accountability Moment to reflect on one year of progress and reaffirm accountability and transparency as the cornerstones for Generation Equality success. Held in the context of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, the event brought together a vibrant group of multi-stakeholder partners to review and track initial implementation of the commitments made across the six Action Coalitions and Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action launched at the 2021 Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France.   
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In recent days Iran has seen deep public unrest, with demonstrations and protests taking place in some 80 cities, triggered by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, who was detained by authorities in Tehran on 13 September and died, while in custody, three days later. UN Women stands with the women of Iran in their rightful demands to protest injustice without reprisal, and to be free to exercise their bodily autonomy, including their choice of dress and also supports them in seeking accountability, and the upholding of their basic human rights as stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations.
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COVID has revealed the world’s dependence on women as unpaid and primary care-givers. Women’s work has proven essential. But it remains largely unrecognized and unsupported, especially in times of crisis. This has had results that have seriously and negatively affected women’s livelihoods and futures.
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Generation Equality is our bold collective promise to the world’s women and girls. If we succeed, Generation Equality will accelerate the world’s progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and transform lives for generations to come. And we must succeed. Our ambitions are urgent. Women and girls continue to face the aftershocks of the pandemic, and all over the world we see rising threats to women’s rights. UN Women data show that—at the current rate of progress—it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality. And I don’t think that any one of us here today, listening in, or in the world around us, would want to wait another 300 years.
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The war has widened gender gaps in food insecurity, malnutrition, energy poverty, and increased gender-based violence inside Ukraine and around the world.
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UN Women is deeply concerned and saddened by the death of Mahsa Amini, in Iran, at the age of 22.  We convey our heartfelt sympathies to her family.
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The war in Ukraine is now in its seventh month. The fallout—humanitarian, economic and environmental—continues to grow. Its costs are being felt not only within Ukraine but around the world as well, where they are in turn compounding other conflicts and emergencies. In a new policy paper, UN Women explores the interrelated crises being driven and exacerbated by the war. Here are 4 key things to know: 
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On 24 February, people across Ukraine awoke to the sounds of sirens and explosions as Russia began a military offensive. As war and conflict impact women differently than men, it is essential to recognize and the specific needs of women and girls in humanitarian response.
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UN Women and DESA´s recently launched SDG Gender Snapshot tells us that it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality and the realization of women’s rights. I don’t think that any one of us here today would like to wait 300 years. So we must continue to drive forward.
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Gathering Heads of State, CEOs, non-profit and academic leaders alongside activists at the Summit, HeForShe continues to demand progress toward achieving gender equality
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I thank the Ford Foundation for leading within Generation Equality and for continuing to inspire us on how best we can work together towards gender equality, women’s empowerment and the fulfillment of Generation Equality’s objectives.
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Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the inaugural meeting of the UN General Assembly Platform of Women Leaders: “Transformative solutions by women leaders to today’s interlinked challenges”.
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Women Heads of State and Government highlight women’s leadership as crucial to tackling global challenges and achieving a sustainable future.
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We can all agree that education is a fundamental right. Yet, as we have heard here today, that right is not consistently afforded to all girls, and especially not to girls facing other challenges and crises. SDG 4 and SDG 5 must go hand-in-hand. The urgent ambition of this conference cannot be divorced from the urgent global context for gender equality.
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Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls is evolving and expanding, including sexual harassment, stalking, and zoom bombing. Innovations, including virtual reality and the metaverse, are creating new digital spaces for misogyny and sexual violence.  Those relying on an online presence for their work, including women journalists, politicians, and activists, are disproportionately affected. And there is growing evidence of the reinforcing connection between online violence and real-life violence against women and girls, acts which often have important consequences for women’s and girls’ professional and personal lives.  Women and girls must have safe and equal access to information, to become part of the next generation of innovators, tech and software engineers and online content creators.
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In Africa, women leaders and entrepreneurs have already proved in so many different ways to be really unstoppable in terms of how much progress they are driving and the inspiration they are giving to us all throughout the world.
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Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Sima Bahous, at the second regular session of the UN Women Executive Board.
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I am pleased to welcome you to the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board 2022. Our agenda in this session covers key areas of our work.  We will look at our financing.  We will continue the discussion we began in the Annual Session about the state of our oversight mechanisms, and how they might be strengthened.  We will also hear about UN Women’s work in sub-Saharan Africa as our regular operational update.