In Focus

The following are special compilations of news, speeches, feature stories, videos and social media content focused around special events and topics.

In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

#OrangeTheWorld: End violence against women now! - social media image

The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” Read more »

In Focus: Women, peace and security

Community Peacebuilding Discussions held on Madura island, East Java, Indonesia. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

This year's UN Security Council Open Debate on 29 October and a host of high-level events held on its margins will take stock of the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda. The theme for this year’s debate is, “Towards the successful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Moving from the commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325”. Read more »

Generation Equality action pack, October 2019

Youth at the UN Headquarters in New York show their support for Generation Equality. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

This month in Generation Equality, we are spotlighting some pressing women’s rights issues: empowerment of girls, rural women’s leadership, climate action and women’s meaningful participation in peace processes. Read more»

International Day of Rural Women

A woman in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), we’re celebrating the vital role that rural women play in climate action with a spotlight on “Rural women and girls building resilience” theme. Read more »

International Day of the Girl Child

Young girls in Seychelles show off their schoolwork on Mangroves. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

The more than 1.1 billion girls in the world have had enough. This year on International Day of the Girl, we’re sharing the stories of girls around the world are calling to uphold the commitments made nearly 25 years ago, and create a better future for all. Read more»

74th session of the UN General Assembly

a href="">United Nations General Assembly Hall. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) took place at UN Headquarters from 17 to 30 September 2019, with the high-level General Debate starting on Tuesday, 24 September 2019. The theme focused on strengthening multilateral efforts to address climate action, poverty, sustainable development, and more. Read more»

World Humanitarian Day

A woman humanitarian aid worker in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

On World Humanitarian Day, share the stories of amazing women who scale impossible challenges every day in humanitarian settings, striving for a safer and better future for all. Read more»

International Youth Day

On 29 November 2017, two women’s football teams, Karatas and Gazikent, played a special match to draw attention to the 16 Days of Activism campaign In Turkey.   Photo: UN Women

There are more young people in the world today than ever before, and they are at the heart of global movements and mobilizations. On International Youth Day, UN Women is highlighting the voices of young people as they strive toward a more just, equal and sustainable world. Read more »

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Kemberly Gonzalez, a part of the local promoter team for UN Women arrives in Puente Viejo and meets with indigenous women. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

UN Women joins indigenous peoples around the world to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year, the day focuses on the theme “Indigenous Languages”, and calls to revitalize, preserve, and promote indigenous languages around the world. Read more »

In Focus: World Refugee Day

A refugee woman with her children in Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

There are 25.4 million refugees around the world today, and nearly half are women and girls. On 20 June, World Refugee Day, we are honouring the resilience and determination of refugees worldwide. Read more»

In Focus: Women and girls in sport

On 8 May 2018, the HeForShe Flash Tournament brought together women's soccer teams from eight universities in Mexico. Photo: UN Women/Dzilam Méndez

Sport has the power to change lives. By teaching women and girls teamwork, self-reliance, resilience and confidence, sport is one of the great drivers of gender equality. Women in sport defy gender stereotypes and social norms, make inspiring role models, and show men and women as equals. Read more»

In Focus: International Girls in ICT Day

More than 80 girls from acrossAfrica came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for training in coding. The project is being implemented by UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) sponsored by the Danish government.  UN Women/Faith Bwibo

With technology playing a role in all kinds of careers, from art and history to law, primary teaching and graphic design, learning tech skills at a young age will set girls up for economic independence. And, the ICT sector needs more girls and women. Read more»

In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)


This year, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality, is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 – 22 March 2019. It will focus on the theme, “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”. Read more»

In Focus: International Women’s Day 2019

International Women's Day: "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change"

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) this year, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. Join us to celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength. Read more»

In Focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In Viet Nam, young women look through microscopes. Photo: UN Women/Pham Quoc Hung

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we're celebrating women and girls who are leading innovation. Join us to call for actions to remove all barriers that hold them back. Read more»

In Focus: Women and the SDGs

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and more illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more»

In Focus: Climate action by, and for, women

Aminata Traore works in the greenhouse of Sidibe Argo-Techniques in Katibougou Village, outside Bamako, Mali on November 3, 2013. Sidibe Argo-Techniques is growing watermelons, sweet peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables.   Photo: World Bank/Dominic ChavezClimate change is making our world more dangerous. Catastrophic storms, of increased frequency and strength, are destroying lives, homes and businesses. Severe droughts are stifling rural livelihoods. Sea level rise have put low-lying areas and island nations at risk. An additional 250,000 climate-related deaths per year are expected between 2030 and 2050 from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. Read more» 

In Focus: Empowering women to conserve our oceans

Women lead ocean conservation in Seychelles. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan BrownIn June 2017, the United Nations put a spotlight on oceans with the first-ever Ocean Conference. Read more»

Financing: Why it matters for women and girls

financing for development logoAhead of the high-stakes Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UN Women highlights the need for dedicated financing for gender equality to achieve transformative change. Read more »

Beijing critical areas of concern

Woman in India crosses bridgeFocused on each of the 12 “critical areas of concern” identified in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, comprehensive editorial packages are being published once a month from June 2014-June 2015. Read more »

Engaging men

Fiji men holding bannerAhead of the second MenEngage Global Symposium from 10-13 November in Delhi, India, we take a look at some of the ways UN Women is working with men and boys to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Read more »

Displaced women and girls lead and survive

On 28 October, the UN Security Council will focus on displaced and refugee women and girls in its annual Open Debate on women, peace and security, highlighting their struggles and urging action on international commitments. Read more »

Small Island Developing States

SIDS Conference logoAhead of the 3rd UN SIDS Conference in Samoa (1-4 September), read news, interviews and feature stories about UN Women's work to promote gender equality in Small Island Developing States. Read more »

Strengthening Women's Access to Justice

At the 67th General Assembly, UN Women called on Governments to show commitment and accelerate action to increase women’s access to justice while fostering a responsive justice system that advances women’s rights and participation. Read more »

UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The UN Rio+20 Conference brought Heads of State and Government to Brazil in June 2012. It appraised implementation, progress and gaps for agreements struck at the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio, and beyond. Read more »