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Action Coalition Leaders on Technology and Innovation unite and call for bold, collective solutions to spark a gender-diverse digital reset

Monday, January 25, 2021

In the context of the World Economic Forum Davos Agenda, leaders from the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality have released a compelling call for collective action to spark a more equal and diverse digital transformation. Their statement sets the stage for bold new commitments towards a gender-diverse digital reset at 2021’s Generation Equality Forum.

Expert’s take: Five steps to make the COVID-19 social protection and jobs responses work better for women

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Constanza Tabbush, a Research Specialist at UN Women who has published extensively on gender, social movements and social policy, breaks down five key lessons emerging from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, which includes more than 2,500 policy measures across 206 countries indicating how governments are responding to the pandemic from a gender equality perspective.

Comic and cartoon competition
GENERATION EQUALITY: PICTURE IT!

Monday, January 18, 2021

UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—is organizing a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life. Submission deadline: 14 March 2021.

Dismantling barriers to women’s participation in peace processes

Friday, January 15, 2021

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) – together with UN, government and civil society partners – launched on Thursday a new financing mechanism to urgently accelerate women’s influence and participation in peace processes across the globe.

In the words of Riko Nagu: “In order to build an inclusive society and a resilient community both women and men should work together.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Riko Nagu is a women’s and girls’ rights activist, member of the United Church Women’s Fellowship group.

UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at UN Women Headquarters in New York starting in April.

Helping survivors of violence seek justice through forensic science in the West Bank

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

A vital pillar in the justice and security system, the sole forensic science laboratory in the West Bank seeks justice for survivors of violence. UNODC through the HAYA Joint Programme, is training laboratory technicians to help increase the likelihood of identifying perpetrators of violence and holding them accountable.

Ana Šaćipović: Building a bridge between two worlds

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Ana Šaćipović is a social worker from Serbia who advocates for the rights of Roma women, fighting prejudice and discrimination. In 2005, she founded the Osvit (Dawn) Roma Association, an NGO which supports and promotes women's interests throughout the community and beyond.

Op-ed: The roles I've played brought home to me the scourge of violence against women

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Originally published by The Guardian We have been through the unimaginable this year. Separated from family and people we love, our dreams put on pause, while fearing for our health and our very lives. In addition to Covid-19, a shadow pandemic has been unfolding: violence against women. Calls to helplines increased up to fivefold in the first few weeks of the pandemic. And an issue that was already pervasive before Covid-19 hit – evident on the streets, in the tube or...

Roza Mojsovska: An artist in North Macedonia who paints with her mouth

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Renowned artist and poetess Roza Mojsovska, 54, creates artwork with a brush in her mouth. She is an active member of the cultural scene in Strumica, a major city in the eastern region of North Macedonia.

Op-ed: Women working on the front line

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

By taking a gender-focused response to the COVID-19 pandemic, G7 leaders have a rare opportunity not only to mitigate its impact, but to build back better, writes Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, under-secretary-general, United Nations, and executive director, UN Women

Amidst multiple crises, a Syrian in Beirut uses new skills to make a living

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

As Lebanon sees a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and deteriorating living conditions due to the ongoing political and economic crisis and the Beirut port explosions, Nisrine Kaf Al-Ghazal, a Syrian living in the capital, tries to make ends meet.

Four UN agencies launch first global consultation on Strategic Plans 2022-2025

Monday, December 21, 2020

UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women host joint online discussions from 18 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 on engagement platform SparkBlue

Ten defining moments for women in 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

From new laws addressing domestic violence and equality to women’s critical leadership during the global pandemic, join us to celebrate some key moments for gender equality this year.

UN Women statement, International Migrants Day 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

On International Migrants Day, UN Women recognizes and celebrates the vast contributions of migrant women around the world, many of whom are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, supporting their communities as skilled health and care workers, cleaners, food delivery providers and agricultural workers.

Women leaders and jurists honour the work and life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Human Rights Day

Friday, December 11, 2020

As part of the Leaders for Generation Equality campaign, UN Women, together with Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession, and University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, paid tribute to the global legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a high-level interactive discussion with eminent leaders, jurists and experts across the world on International Human Rights Day 2020.

Press release: Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality – a UN Women and IFC Report

Friday, December 11, 2020

A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work.

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security, Strengthening Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace: From Commitments to Results, in Viet Nam

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In her opening remarks at the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security, Strengthening Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace: From Commitments to Results, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called to take stock of what has been achieved and assess where we are falling short in order to set us on the right path for Generation Equality and the women, peace and security agenda.

Joint statement by Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Secretary-general of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary General of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women emphasize the need for collective action for gender equality and against the pandemic of violence against women and the denial of their rights.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Ghana

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

There has been an alarming rise in violence against women and girls in Ghana since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as a result of lockdowns, social isolation measures and school closures. INERELA+ Ghana is handling cases involving multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and exploitation, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional and economic abuse, femicide and assault by law enforcement agents.

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