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I am Generation Equality: Shreen Saroor, women’s rights activist

Friday, June 18, 2021

Shreen Saroor runs the Women’s Action Network (WAN) in Sri Lanka, a collective of women’s groups that empowers and advocates for women and women survivors of war, violence and other injustices. As the Generation Equality Forum – a landmark event to catalyze rapid advancement on gender equality – approaches, she calls on leaders to close the gaps between policies and implementation. The Forum is convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society.

UN Women statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Friday, June 18, 2021

Today, as we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women looks ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris and the opportunities that it brings for collective actions that avert repeated cycles of violence and build inclusive and durable peace.

A week of action, a generation for equality

Friday, June 18, 2021

Hear from five young activists about why the Generation Equality Forum is important for all generations, how they #ActForEqual, and how you, too, can commit to change.

I am Generation Equality: Souhaila Nassar, changing the image of refugees

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Souhaila Nassar, 33, came to Burj Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon as a young child. After learning and growing from the services of the Palestinian Women’s Humanitarian Organization, Nassar now works to support other young refugees.

Together with refugees, we build a safer and more vibrant world

Thursday, June 17, 2021

This year’s World Refugee Day is unfolding against the backdrop of global crisis and social change, as the COVID-19 pandemic has left few lives and places untouched. The pandemic has exacerbated existing vulnerabilities of women and girls, who constitute approximately half of those displaced; they face higher risks of gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation, and have difficulty accessing justice, health and response services.

Take five: “Everyone should understand how they can become an agent of change”

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Céline Bonnaire is the Executive Director of the Kering Foundation. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Gender-based Violence, working to develop catalytic actions and commitments to advance gender equality. Bonnaire prioritizes scaling up comprehensive, accessible and quality services for survivors of gender-based violence against women and girls in all their diversity.

UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s annual session from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

I am Generation Equality: Wanjuhi Njoroge, climate activist and entrepreneur from the foot of Mount Kenya

Monday, June 14, 2021

Wanjuhi Njoroge, 31, was raised in Nyeri County, Kenya, in a rural town that sits at the foot of Mount Kenya. Passionate about her community, she established a library in her village in 2017 and supporting local farmers to move to more sustainable farming practices. In 2019 she joined the Kenyan national chapter of the African Women Leader’s Network (AWLN), an action-oriented movement of African women leaders to transform sustainable peace, security and development issues on the continent.

Statement: Set women at the heart of recovery decisions and processes

Monday, June 14, 2021

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the summit of G7 nations.

G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council presents recommendations to drive global gender equality

Friday, June 11, 2021

World-leading experts have published recommendations today for G7 leaders on how to ensure that women across the globe are at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic recovery and at the heart of the build back better agenda.

I am Generation Equality: Diane Ndarbawa, youth activist for economic justice

Friday, June 11, 2021

Diane Ndarbawa is the President of Manki Maroua, an association of girl-child mothers in Cameroon. She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights, working to ensure that systems and structures are gender-responsive, equitable, free of violence and harassment, and resilient to economic shocks such as the recent ones brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ndarbawa’s action priority is improving technical and financial support for women’s and girls’ projects.

Op-ed: World leaders must put women at centre of COVID-19 recovery

Friday, June 11, 2021

In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "We cannot build back better after COVID-19 without gender equality. Specifically, we must place women at the center of our economic recovery. Now is the moment for leaders to publicly commit to that work – by supporting the care economy, and equal wages and access to opportunities."

Take five: “Success at the Generation Equality Forum is when we are able to translate gender equality from a concept or policy into reality”

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Mavic Cabrera Balleza is the Founder and CEO of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP). She also represents the Generation Equality Forum Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA), driving action and resources to accelerate progress on the WPS-HA agenda. Balleza prioritizes localizing national action plans on women, peace and security and gender-sensitive humanitarian action to ensure that they respond to the needs of local communities and marginalized groups.

Op-ed: Establishing Generation Equality

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In an op-ed ahead of the G7 UK Cornwall Summit, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka writes: "We look to governments and to all those who control power, resources and influence to become the champions of what we call ‘Generation Equality’, shaping a future together that dismantles the barriers to women’s progress through working across generations and sectors on priority issues."

Commitments to action: Generation Equality Action Coalitions drive change

Monday, June 7, 2021

Hear directly from some of our inspiring Action Coalition leaders why their organizations are making commitments, and what they are looking forward to.

Statement: Women and girls must be at the heart of the fight for climate justice

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Environment Day, 5 June 2021

From immediate relief to livelihood support, UN Women drives investment and support for women and girls impacted by COVID-19 in India

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Since January 2020, India has reported over 27 million cases of COVID-19 infection and more than 300,000 fatalities – figures that many believe are substantial underestimates. As infection rates peak, hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen, medication is running low, and there are vaccine shortages. Last week, the country also saw massive flooding and displacement in its coastal areas, as Cyclone Yaas made landfall. The scale of the emergency is unprecedented and as with every crisis, women and girls, especially those from poor and marginalized communities, are among the hardest hit.

We are Generation Equality: Youth champions for change

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Join us by reading the perspectives of youth from around the world who are leaders and changemakers, and sharing their stories.

Press release: Economic empowerment of rural women positively impacts social norms and strengthens food security

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Economic empowerment of rural women as farmers, entrepreneurs and leaders contributes towards alleviating poverty, increasing food security and achieving gender equality. These findings, based on an evaluation of a six-year multi-agency global initiative implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda, were shared at a high-level event in Rome earlier this week.

Expert’s Take: Investing in the lives and livelihoods of India’s women is crucial to the nation’s full recovery

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Susan Ferguson is the UN Women Representative for India. Ms. Ferguson joined UN Women in 2017, after a long career in international development. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, and has experience working in grass-roots development agencies; establishing and managing social services; working within Local, State and Federal Government in Australia on social policy and social programmes.

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