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Two months on, Beirut’s elderly women are still reeling from the blast

Monday, October 26, 2020

According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon’s poorest.

Op-ed: How to build a more equal world

Monday, October 26, 2020

Like other global crises, the pandemic disproportionately affects women. It shows that nothing less than urgent, radical, transformative action is needed to create a post-COVID-19 world that empowers all women and girls

Media advisory: UN Security Council marks 20 years of Women, Peace and Security

Monday, October 26, 2020

As Security Council resolution 1325 celebrates women’s successful contributions to human security, sustainable peace, and justice, the promise of inclusive and women-led peace processes remain unfulfilled.

Ending sexual harassment against women and girls with disabilities

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Joint statement by UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In the words of Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: “I became the first female negotiator to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group”

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer made history as the first female chief negotiator in the world to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines in 2014. Today, she teaches political science at the University of the Philippines and works on mediation with the United Nations.

From where I stand: “I’m a changemaker and not afraid of standing up for what I believe in.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Nadia Tutarieva is a women’s rights activist and peacebuilder from Luhansk, a region in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia that has been affected by the ongoing conflict in the region. At 19, she became a teacher to help girls learn and take charge of their own futures. But as she grew, she saw the challenges stacking up against girls and women.

From where I stand: “Teaching girls how to read and write is one of the biggest ways I can make a difference”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Rimu Sultana Rimu knows education is power. As a young Rohingya activist living in Cox’s Bazar, one of the world’s largest refugee settlements, she’s made literacy her mission.

From where I stand: “Forgiveness is still very far from our reality”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a Guatemalan human rights activist, has never given up looking for truth and justice, since her father and husband were disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war. After her father and husband were kidnapped and murdered by government forces during the Guatemalan civil war, she founded the National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA). It is now a leading national human rights organisation. In 1995, she was elected as a Congressional deputy, and in 2004 she chaired the National Reparations Commission to investigate crimes committed during the civil war, which raged for over three decades.

In the words of Habiba Sarabi: “Our vision is of an Afghanistan where every woman can live in peace and recognize her rights”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a trailblazing leader in Afghanistan, is one of only four women negotiating peace with the Taliban as part of the ongoing intra-Afghan talks. Trained as a hematologist, she became a peace activist, politician and reformer in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. She has served as Minister of Women’s Affairs and in 2005 became the first Afghan woman to serve as a governor. She continues to be instrumental in promoting women’s rights and peacebuilding at a crucial turning point for her nation.

From where I stand: “It won’t be easy… reach out, grab the baton and keep running forward”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Fatima Askira is a young Nigerian leader, activist and peacebuilder born and raised in the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency. As the founder of Borno Women Development Initiative (Nigeria), she empowers women and girls to promote peace in communities affected by violent extremism.

Interview with Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden

Monday, October 19, 2020

In an interview, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson, explains why his Government believes UN Women’s work is such an important priority for its multilateral aid.

Interview with Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland

Monday, October 19, 2020

In an interview, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland, Ville Skinnari, explains why gender equality is Finland’s top priority in foreign and development policy.

Press release: UN Women joins Centre for Sport and Human Rights to champion women and girls’ participation in sport

Friday, October 16, 2020

UN Women, the United Nations body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has joined the Advisory Council of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In a speech at the UN Women Sport for Generation Equality event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the importance of sport in showcasing the strength and leadership of women and girls, both on the field.

Op-ed: Where is the economic stimulus for women?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia calls for governments and international institutions to take decisive action in favor of women, before progress achieved in the last decades is lost.

Press release: Thai celebrity Cindy Sirinya Bishop campaigning for women’s rights as new UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thai celebrity and rights activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop is working to stop violence and other abuses against women as the newly appointed UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. Bishop, 41, is a model and actress who is best known as the host of Asia's Next Top Model, a television show broadcast in most countries in the region.

Rural women lead solutions and solidarity in the wake of COVID-19

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), UN Women is drawing attention to the urgent need to build rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19 by strengthening their livelihoods and wellbeing. Take a look at just five ways that rural women are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 and leading the response in their communities.

Indigenous women in Colombia-Ecuador border are leading community efforts to end violence against women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

As COVID-19 confinement measures started in Colombia, the country saw a rise in cases of violence against women, including those reported through hotline numbers. There was a 107 per cent increase in calls for help this year, between 25 March and 30 July, in comparison to the same period in 2019. Eighty-nine per cent of those calls were rerouted to hotlines dedicated to serve victims and survivors of violence against women.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on the International Day of Rural Women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On the International Day of Rural Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

Calling for nominations for the 2021 UN Public Service Awards

Monday, October 12, 2020

UN Women joins the United Nations in announcing the call for nominations for the 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards.

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