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At a high-level event on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, the Global Alliance for Care called for a human rights perspective to be incorporated across all efforts to transform the global care agenda.
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At a side event of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, jointly organized by UN Women, UNDP and ILO on 6 July, expert panelists reflected on deep and interlocking crises and their disproportionate impacts on women and other marginalized groups. They identified transformative actions for an inclusive and equitable recovery.
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While everyone is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing the brunt of the economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Here’s how COVID-19 is rolling back on women’s economic gains of past decades, unless we act now, and act deliberately.
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Ilham Edaes, a 28-year-old health worker in the West Bank, Palestine has been back to work, every day, since May, serving the hardest-to-reach communities through a mobile clinic that offers breast cancer screening. Edaes has a five-year-old son, Majd, who is growing up watching his parents share childcare and domestic chores – an unusual occurrence in the region, where domestic and unpaid care work is largely seen as women’s work.
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Laura Turquet is a Policy Advisor at UN Women, where she leads the organisation’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women. For the past decade, she has worked at UN Women leading major research and data initiatives that inform the organization’s advocacy objectives and empower civil society and governments to seek and implement change. She is also a co-founder of the UN Feminist Network.
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As COVID-19 impacts parents around the world, sharing the care work is critical. This Palestinian couple living in a refugee camp in Lebanon shows how it’s done.
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A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.
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Antra Bhatt is a Statistics Specialist with UN Women’s Research and Data Team. Prior to joining UN Women, she was a researcher at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Rome –‘Tor Vergata’, Italy and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
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An early years education centre at Ghana’s biggest outdoor market has weathered tough economic challenges to give children—and women—the support they need
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Gary Barker is CEO and Founder of Promundo, an international organization working to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. As Promundo launched its State of the World’s Fathers 2019 report at the Women Deliver global conference, Barker spoke to UN Women about men’s role in gender equality advocacy, and the importance of closing the gap in unpaid care work.
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Valentine Njoroge is a Kenyan journalist and media practitioner. She spoke to UN Women about why it is time to change the narrative of African women in the media. Ms. Njoroge is a trustee of the New Faces New Voices programme led by UN Women's partner the Graca Machel Trust. She is also a member of the Women in Media Network's (WIMN) Kenyan Chapter and conducted a study titled, “Women in Media: what is the narrative?”. Ms. Njoroge spoke to UN Women about her experience working to advance women's efforts in media.
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Keynote address by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day on 8 March in New York.
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Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia.
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Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June.
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UN Women today announced the appointment of American award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, Ms. Hathaway will put the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.
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Keynote address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Equal Pay State Launch event with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on 6 June in Ontario.
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In an op-ed for Equal Pay Day in the USA, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile-Mlambo Ngcuka emphasizes the need for urgent and effective action to tackle the gender pay gap and reduce unpaid care work for women and girls.
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The labour of caregivers—often invisible and undervalued—is crucial for economic growth and gender equality.
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Study finds investments in early child care and pre-school education could create more than 700,000 jobs in Turkey, improve gender equality in the labour market and alleviate poverty through dual-earner households.
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Shahra Razavi joined UN Women as Chief of Research and Data in June 2013. She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on work, social policy and care. In this piece, she reflects on the true meaning of women's 'empowerment' the extent to which women are able to enjoy not only their equal right to work, but also their rights at work.