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Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Today, and every day, we recognize that digital power must be in the hands of girls. We have a unique window and momentum now to secure bold commitments that will ensure girls are connected and empowered to create the brighter futures the world needs.

Inspiring girls to know: Four stories to celebrate girls in ICT

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April, join us to celebrate girls in tech, support technology education and skills training, and encourage more girls and young women to pursue STEM careers. From creating open-source ventilators in Afghanistan to unifying and amplifying the voices of young activists in Chile, and working to end child marriage in Georgia, here are some girls and young women changemakers who inspire us.

I am Generation Equality: Avani Awasthee, climate activist, polar explorer

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Avani Awasthee, 23, represented India on the International Antarctic Expedition in 2016. She was ‘Miss Tourism Metropolitan India’ in 2019 and worked with eco-friendly and sustainable brands.

From where I stand: “With smart and efficient use of natural resources, we can alleviate climate change”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Eldar Alić is a young farmer from Kalesija in north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He founded Nutri Pelet, a company that produces ecological manure pellets from unprocessed manure. Alić advocates for healthy living and practical, eco-friendly solutions to better manage earth’s limited, natural resources.

From where I stand: “A better understanding of climate change has transformed the way we work”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Korka Diaw is a Senegalese farmer. She leads REFAN, the Network of Women Farmers in the North of Senegal, which empowers women and fights poverty through agriculture. In this story, she talks about adapting to COVID-19 and climate change.

I am Generation Equality: Devishi Jha, youth climate activist

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Devishi Jha, is an 18-year-old climate activist who was born in India and now lives in the United States. She is the Director of Partnerships at Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate justice organization, and serves on the National Council at UNICEF USA.

I am Generation Equality: Selin Gören, climate activist

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Selin Gören, is a 19-year old climate activist and eco entrepreneur. As a student, she studies climate change communication, and has been working with movements including Fridays for Future, Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate since 2019.

I am Generation Equality: Net Supatravanij, social entrepreneur and activist against gender-based violence

Friday, April 16, 2021

Net Supatravani is the Thai co-founder of ila, a social enterprise start-up that uses human-centred design to help businesses foster inclusion, and creator of anti-domestic abuse app, ALLY. She is also a participant of the Generation Equality Asia Pacific Design Challenge, convened by UN Women and World Design Organization.

I am Generation Equality: Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, economist, gender and youth activist

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, 33, is an African Economist, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Molaya Kgosi Trust, and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

I am Generation Equality: Lauralyn, marketing communications specialist and advocate for social causes

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Lauralyn, 33, is Filipino and lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She advocates for social causes when she is not selling event and digital marketing solutions to academic institutions and event organizers worldwide. Lauralyn is a participant in the Generation Equality Design Challenge, organized by UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and World Design Organization. Lauralyn prefers to be addressed without a paternal surname as she does not want her identity to be associated with patriarchal traditions.

G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council membership announced

Friday, April 9, 2021

Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has announced the full list of members for the newly formed Gender Equality Advisory Council, which will ensure women are at the heart of the build back better agenda as we recover from COVID-19.

Building a fairer, healthier world starts with investing in women and girls

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

On World Health Day,7 April, UN Women spotlights women on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 and growing inequality

Take five: Why safe transportation is vital for women and girls during the global pandemic

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Marina Moscoso T Mendonça is an Urban Management Specialist and Technical Director of Despacio in Colombia, where she supervises projects promoting urban development and sustainable transport in Latin America. Marina is also the Operations Director for Women in Motion, an initiative focused on strengthening female leadership in the transport sector. During COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown measures are affecting the mobility choices of women in Bogota and reinforcing patterns of gender inequality on, and around, public transport.

Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded today with the unveiling of an Action Coalition blueprint and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum’s torch to its next step in Paris on 30 June, which will be a major commitment-making moment.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Special Session “From Beijing to Durban: addressing racism to leave no woman or girl behind”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In her remarks at the Special Session “From Beijing to Durban: addressing racism to leave no woman or girl behind”, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka called for anti-racist states and anti-racist institutions to address the intersecting issues of race and gender, two areas where the discrimination is both intense and highly normalized.

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In her remarks at the closing of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls upon governments, corporations, organizations and activists to make bold and game-changing commitments to gender equality.

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In her remarks at the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér said: "With increased and better coordinated resources earmarked for women and girls, we can collectively do more, and our overall impact will increase".

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Launch of Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In her remarks at the launch of the Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We know for sure, right now, that when we are talking about building back better and achieving decent work for women, the stereotype that suggests that women are not more suitable for work than men has to change. Otherwise, women will forever be the ones who are the face of poverty. That is on you to help us change those views and those stereotypes about women".

UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance launches Mexico National Chapter at Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Unstereotype Alliance today launches a national chapter in Mexico, on the inaugural day of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. A coalition of nine major advertisers and industry associations have united to combat harmful stereotypes in the country’s advertising and media content.

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Opening Plenary on Women’s Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum, Mexico

Monday, March 29, 2021

In her remarks at the the Opening Plenary on Women’s Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We cannot only hope because hope is not a strategy. Hope becomes meaningful when it is acted upon. The Action Coalitions are there to make sure that the hope that we rightfully have is converted into a strategy that we implement.”

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