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While recent decades have marked major advances for LGBTIQ+ people’s human rights, today an estimated 2 billion people live in places where consensual same-sex relations are criminalized, in some contexts, punishable by death. It is estimated that only 37 countries grant asylum to persons experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or sex characteristics. Here are five takeaways from UN Women’s latest research on the migration experiences of LGBTIQ+ people.
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Even as the backlash against gender equality and rights intensify, only an estimated 37 countries grant asylum to persons experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC). A new paper by UN Women shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) migrants face heightened risk of human rights violation at all stages of migration. UN Women spoke to migration expert and activist Rey Perez Asis, from Manila, Philippines, about the challenges.
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Uganda hosts 1,644,870 refugees today, and nearly 56 per cent of them have come from South Sudan, fleeing conflict and hunger. Globally, nearly half of all people forced to flee are women and girls, carrying untold stories of resilience and unseen potential. Often, the communities they escape to are also poor. Yet, they persevere, dream and break barriers in search for a better life. On World Refugee Day, meet three women who broke stereotypes and are inspiring others to do the same.
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Half of all refugees are women, yet their voices are often absent from decision-making. A UN Women programme in Uganda trains women refugees to lead. On World Refugee Day (20 June), get inspired by the story of Grace Neima Khemis.
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N Women Ukraine has spearheaded a new effort, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine: the “Alliance for Gender-Responsive and Inclusive Recovery” which was launched at the Ukraine Recovery Conference on 12 June 2024 in Berlin.
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Remarks by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director at the Conference "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza," in Sweimeh, Jordan.
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UN Women’s latest Gender Alert on the war on Gaza reveals the staggering challenges Palestinian women-led organizations face, highlights their unwavering commitment to save lives, and calls for urgent, coordinated investments in their operations on the ground.
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Women’s rights in Afghanistan have always been a matter of fierce struggle over regimes and generations, but the oppression that Afghan women and girls are experiencing since August 2021 is unmatched in terms of scale and generational impact.
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UN Women statement for World Environment Day, 5 June 2024
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Time is running out for millions of people in Sudan who are at imminent risk of famine, displaced from their lands, living under bombardments, and cut off from humanitarian assistance. 
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Achieving gender equality in SIDS demands a response that overcomes the nations’ obstacles and transforms their vulnerabilities into tools of resilience, innovation, and equality.
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Panama Ambassador and President of the UN Women Executive Board Markova Concepción Jaramillo, accompanied by the ambassadors of Sweden and Côte d'Ivoire, and representatives from Poland, conducted a landmark visit to Moldova, Ukraine, and Poland from 14 to 24 May 2024, to strengthen partnerships and advance gender equality amidst the challenging context of the region. The Executive Board is the governing body responsible for providing intergovernmental support and overseeing the operational activities of UN Women.
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Remarks to the Security Council “Maintenance of international peace and security: the role of women and young people” by Sima Bahous, USG and UN Women Executive Director
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State and non-state actors in many countries are attempting to roll back hard-won progress and further entrench stigma, endangering the rights and lives of LGBTIQ+ people. These movements use hateful propaganda and disinformation to target and attempt to delegitimize people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics. 
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As the United Nations prepares to mark the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers (29 May), paying tribute to the dedication and sacrifice made by peacekeepers around the world, UN Women spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Rubana Nowshin Mithila about her experience as a woman in peacekeeping.
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Every month, more than two billion people[1] around the world menstruate. Although a natural and healthy process, menstruation – or period – interrupts lives, rights and freedoms of millions of women and girls, because they cannot afford or access menstrual products, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, and lack education and awareness to manage their menstrual health and hygiene.
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Millions of women and girls worldwide still cannot afford menstrual products or access water and sanitation facilities to manage their menstrual health and hygiene. Periods make them miss school, work, and negatively impact their health, but it does not have to be that way. Find out what is period poverty and who is affected.
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The world has a gender equality problem, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) mirrors the gender bias in our society. Although globally more women are accessing the internet every year, in low-income countries, only 20 per cent are connected. The gender digital divide creates a data gap that is reflected in the gender bias in AI.  Who creates AI and what biases are built into AI data (or not), can perpetuate, widen, or reduce gender equality gaps.
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The theme of this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, ‘Leave No One Behind: Equality, Freedom and Justice for All’, underscores the urgent need to address the persistent discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) persons worldwide.
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According to International Labour Organization data, women’s employment rate was 25 per cent lower by the end of 2022 compared to before the Taliban takeover in 2021. With women also banned from working in national and international NGOs as of December 2022, and allowed to pursue a limited number of professions and run home-based small businesses, a UN Women programme is providing an essential lifeline for women to build their skills for future work and restore their hope.