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Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.
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A local teacher in a remote village in Moldova helped improve the lives of her students and now has her sights set on local leadership, after participating in the UN Women supported "INSPIR-O!" (Inspire it) Mentorship Programme.
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With technology and innovation playing an integral role in our everyday lives, it is not easy to imagine development in the 21st century without it. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”. The theme explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.
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Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.
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Gerifel Cerillo is the coordinator of Tanggol Bavi, the Association of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Phillipines. Cerillo’s organization works mostly with the urban poor in and around Manila, where infrastructure problems place a burden on women. In February 2019, Cerillo attended the Regional Civil Society Strategizing Workshop in Bangkok for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and Beijing +25 Review.
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Address by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Gender Equality Assembly, Gender Equality and Urban Equity: Contributing to the Post 2015 Development Agenda, during United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
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At Habitat III and processes leading up to it, UN Women strongly advocated and supported the development of the New Urban Agenda by placing women’s rights at its heart, encouraging all stakeholders to seize the opportunity to shape sustainable, gender-responsive and inclusive cities, and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in its true spirit of inclusion and equality.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization” event on 18 May in New York.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Role of Local Authorities and Networks on the Implementation of the SDGs” event on 17 May in New York.
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As part of a new series highlighting UN Women partnerships with other UN entities, a look into our work with UN-Habitat to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in urban planning and sustainable development.
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As the UN marks Global Road Safety Week, a Safe Cities programme in New Delhi is conducting safety audits, whose findings are being adapted to make the crucial link between the public’s needs, urban planning and safety.
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Opening remarks of Michelle Bachelet at the 8th Forum World Alliance of Cities against Poverty (WACAP) “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Cities”. Dublin, Ireland. 20 February 2013.
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As part of an MOU signed between UN Women and United Cities and Local Governments at a conference in Paris this week, both organizations will collect data on local female leadership, monitor local action plans on gender equality and create a global observatory.
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The e-discussion on inequalities and urban areas begins on 4 January and will continue for three weeks. The discussion is led by organizations committed to finding solutions for the urban poor: the In
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Remarks by UN Women Director for Policy, Saraswathi Menon, at a side event held on 21 March 2012 in New York, organized by UN Women, the Governments of Brazil and Switzerland, and the Women‘s Major Group represented by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)