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From Cairo to Beijing: 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UN Women sister organization UNFPA is celebrating this week the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) – a milestone in global reproductive health and rights. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark along with UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

My take, your take: Changing social attitudes and stopping violence against women in Bangladesh

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zefroon Afsary, 25-year-old human rights activist talks with Ayesha Khanam, President of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, a women’s rights organization that started during the independence struggle in 1970.

Participants in the Africa Beijing+25 review call for implementation of the commitments made 25 years ago

Friday, November 8, 2019

Member States, civil society and other stakeholders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 October to 1 November to review the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.

From Sudan to the Security Council: Sudanese women lead drive for change

Thursday, November 7, 2019

On 8 April 2019, Alaa Salah took to the streets in protest of the declining economic state of her country, just like thousands of other students and young people in Sudan. She had no idea that she would become the face of the Sudanese protest movement. By 11 April, the President of Sudan had been arrested, and a photo of Salah, standing atop a car in all white and leading a crowd in a chant, had gone viral.

UN Women Executive Director visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 3-6 November to reaffirm UN Women’s commitment to support the country in its efforts to advance gender equality and the women and girls’ empowerment.

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention

Monday, November 4, 2019

At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

In Geneva, Member States and gender advocates call for urgent and effective measures to accelerate gender equality

Friday, November 1, 2019

From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women’s and girl’s human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.

Ten years on from mandate on sexual violence in conflict, survivors and experts call for promises to be fulfilled

Friday, November 1, 2019

On the margins of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, at a side event on 30 October, survivors, leaders and experts came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

I am Generation Equality: Demecia Yat continues her search for justice

Friday, November 1, 2019

This interview features Demecia Yat, one of 15 women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Guatemala. From 2011 – 2016, they fought for justice at a national high court. The groundbreaking case resulted in the conviction of two former military officers of crimes against humanity and granted 18 reparation measures to the women survivors and their communities.

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In her remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Progress is too slow, political will is not strong enough, and pushback against the needs and interests of women is threatening the progress we have made and pushing further away those who need the resolve and support most".

Statement by Alaa Salah at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Alaa Salah was selected to represent civil society at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October 2019. She spoke in her capacity as an activist, community leader, and member of MANSAM, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér visits Nigeria to strengthen partnerships

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Åsa Regnér, completed her first official mission to Nigeria from 21 to 25 October.

The power of women peacebuilders

Monday, October 28, 2019

Women do groundbreaking work for justice, peace and security. Yet, they continue to be sidelined in formal peace processes. As conflict continues to affect every region of the world, urgent action is needed to ensure that women are part of peacebuilding, and their contributions are visible and valued.

I am Generation Equality: Anna Lavreniuk, student leader and opinion shaper

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality

In Colombia, peace is a journey

Friday, October 18, 2019

The conflict in Colombia has left deep scars, and lasting peace is more of a journey than a destination. The one thing that remains constant in this journey is the power and perseverance of women forging peace against all odds, defending human rights every day. Through projects funded by the Government of Sweden and Norway, UN Women has accompanied Colombian women in this journey.

From where I stand: “I am now ready to create positive changes”

Friday, October 18, 2019

Olena Halkanova fled her home in the city of Pervomaisk after the start of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Now living on the contact line between government-controlled and non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region, she has become a community mobilizer after UN Women-led training.

My take, your take: Women’s rights in Kosovo, then and now

Friday, October 18, 2019

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marigona Shabiu, 26-year-old, a human rights activist from Kosovo is talking with Igballe Rogova, 58 years, whose women’s rights activism spans three decades.

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Ethiopia

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is on a joint visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 October, together with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. This will be the Executive Director’s first official country visit to Ethiopia, and the first official visit to Africa for President Niinistö.

From where I stand: “My dream is to own my own garage”

Monday, October 14, 2019

Christine Wambulwa, 40, is the only woman mechanic in Kakuma Town, Turkana County, Kenya. As the sole breadwinner of her family, she works to send her children to school, so they can have the education she couldn’t afford for herself.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day of Rural Women

Monday, October 14, 2019

The lives and livelihoods of rural women and girls, including indigenous women and girls, are deeply affected by industrial agriculture, extractive industries, and dependency on fossil fuels. The dire consequences of these have been unequivocally demonstrated in the past decades, affecting economies, societies, cultures, and the global environment and climate.

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