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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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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 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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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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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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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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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. 
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The 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) opened on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, with the high level debate running from Tuesday, 20 September to Monday, 26 September. This year’s theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”, acknowledges the shared roots of crises such as COVID-19, climate change and conflict—and the need for solutions that build global sustainability and resilience.
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The high-level week of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly will feature a meeting of the UNGA Platform of Women Leaders. This year’s theme is “Transformative Solutions by Women Leaders to Today’s Interlinked Challenges”. Women Heads of State and Government will be invited to share experiences executing decisive and inclusive leadership and policies, with recommendations for building solutions to interrelated and complex crises that respond to society’s needs.
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In 2015, UN Member states universally adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, encompassing three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. Together, these interconnected principles form the basis of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a blueprint for progress across all areas of life. Gender has its own Goal, SDG 5—with the ambition of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls—and is mentioned explicitly in 10 of the other Goals. Each SDG contains specific objectives that can be measured and tracked over time, allowing us to check our progress as we approach the 2030 deadline. There are nine objectives within SDG 5, which UN Women and UNDESA take annual stock of in our Gender Snapshot report. Learn more about these nine objectives, and find out how near—or far—we are from reaching them in 2022.
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At the current rate of progress, it may take close to 300 years to achieve full gender equality, the “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): The Gender Snapshot 2022” shows. Global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, violent conflict, climate change, and the backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are further exacerbating gender disparities.
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When crises hit, not everyone is affected quite the same way. Crises intersect with and exacerbate existing inequalities. Challenges of climate change and its disproportionate impacts on women have been compounded by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine, and cost-of-living crisis. All of these have had a crippling effect on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially on SDG 5 on gender equality. To understand the extent of these impacts and to put in place relevant crises responses and sustain policy action on the SDGs, it’s critical we have a clear picture through gendered statistics.