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From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women’s and girl’s human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.
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Mr Toily Kurbanov (Russian Federation) took up his appointment as the Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services, of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2016. Mr Kurbanov spoke to UN Women during his official mission to Kenya and South Sudan about the importance of volunteerism and UNV’s contributions in addressing women’s issues. UNV is working together with UN Women and Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in organizing workshops on gender-responsive peacebuilding in conflicted-afflicted areas.
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Women Activists in Ecuador: Our stories, our work, our country, a video produced by UN Women’s Civil Society Section in collaboration with the UN Women country office in Ecuador, weaves together the stories of various members of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Ecuador. Through a personal lens, it takes look at their lives as women and as gender equality advocates.
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More than 300 global leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in a high-level conference on women in power and decision-making as part of UN Women’s global Beijing+20 campaign. It aims to galvanize political support to achieve gender equality and honour commitments made by 189 governments to uphold the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will make her first official visit to Chile this week to co-host a High-Level event on “Women in power and decision-making: building a different world,” with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Taking place from 27-28 February at Estaciόn Mapocho in Santiago, participants will include global women leaders, presidents, parliamentarians, businesswomen, UN and government representatives, activists and a Nobel Laureate.
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On the eve of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, more than 130 women leaders will gather in New York to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious and gender-sensitive climate action.
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In line with its global directive and following the establishment of UN Women’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office in Istanbul in 2014, UN Women will be establishing a new regional Europe and Central Asia Civil Society Advisory Group [ECA CSAG] and currently seeking nominations. Applications are sought from individuals from a network/coalition of NGOs nominating a CSAG member.
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Anande Trotman Joseph is a lawyer and gender equality advocate from Grenada who is a member of the Civil Society Advisory Group for UN Women’s Caribbean Multi-Country Office. She speaks to UN Women about the challenges that Grenada, like many other Caribbean States, face for sustainable and gender-responsive development.
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UN Women now has 37 Civil Society Advisory Groups at the global, regional and country levels
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UN Women is issuing a global call for nominations to enlist two new members as youth representatives on its Global Civil Society Advisory Group (GCSAG). Meanwhile, the regional Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean is seeking nominations to renew six of its representatives (who have concluded their two-year terms).
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Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme John Hendra, New York, 11 March 2014
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, at the NGO CSW Forum on “What do we want from Beijing+20”, New York, 9 March 2014.
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In the words of Fatima Leonor Gamboa, a 28-year-old Maya indigenous defense lawyer who represents women survivors of violence. She works to ensure greater gender equality among Maya communities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
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In the words of Samantha Ro’otsitsina de C. Juruna (Tsitsina Xavante), a 28-year-old indigenous woman of Xavante heritage from Namunkurá community in the indigenous territory of San Marcos, Mato Grosso state, in the Amazonian region of Brazil. Trained in social services, she has a Masters in Sustainability for Indigenous Peoples and Territories. She is a member of the Comisión Nacional de la Juventud Indígena (CNJI – National Committee for Indigenous Youth) and the Red de Juventud Indígena (REJUIND – Indigenous Youth Network).
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The second meeting of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group was held in New York on 12 February, 2014, highlighting the close working relationship between UN Women and civil society around the world.
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Following the revolution and months of protests starting in 2011, Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly adopted a new Constitution on 26 January 2014, considered a harbinger of change for gender equality in the Arab States.
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In his opening remarks at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations ahead of CSW58, in Mexico City on 6 February 2014, UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra outlines UN Women's hopes for the outcome of the two-day preparatory event.
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UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands will convene a two-day meeting (12-13 January) of Syrian women in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is part of the UN’s longer-term efforts to support Syrian women and civil society’s contribution to peace efforts.
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A civil society panel organized by UN Women brought together voices of women and girls from different parts of the world and across a broad age spectrum to assess the relevance of the current UN Millennium Development Goals to their lives, identify glaring gaps and present their aspirations for the future development agenda.
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This unprecedented increase, bringing the proportion of women in the National Assembly to 31 per cent, a result of synergy between actors, adoption of an Electoral Code and involvement of a gender expert.