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UN Women and Rohingya women on the front line of COVID-19 response

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The world in lockdown has created a ‘profound shock to our societies and economies, and women are at the heart of care and response efforts underway[1]. Primarily as caregivers, women are not just sustaining families, but also serving as front-line responders, mainly in the health and service sector.

Using technology to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees during COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures, UN Women is providing urgent support, information and essential services to more than 5,700 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.

Women mobilize to prevent COVID-19 in crowded Rohingya refugee camps

Thursday, April 16, 2020

To prevent an added humanitarian crisis in the already-vulnerable Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 Rohingya volunteers are working with UN Women to mobilize their communities and raise awareness on COVID-19.

Report published on the importance of accountability for child rights violations

Monday, February 10, 2020

Investigating child rights violations in armed conflict was the topic discussed by experts at an event at the UN Headquarters in New York on 30 January, organized by UN Women and Justice Rapid Response, and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada and Sierra Leone to the United Nations.

From where I stand: “We must start by uniting the people because together we’re stronger”

Friday, October 11, 2019

Natalia Slavinskaia, 42, is a community mobilizer from Komysh-Zorya, a small village in the conflict-affected Zaporizhzhia region, south-east Ukraine.

Press release: UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality

Monday, September 16, 2019

HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world.

Editorial spotlight: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, from 3 to 6 June, UN Women is joining forces with women’s rights activists, governments and next generations of changemakers, to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions.

It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament.

From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 6 per cent of political positions being held by women. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the upcoming elections for the House of Representatives and received capacity-building training from UN Women.

UN Women Executive Director kicks off 16 Days of Activism in Ottawa

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ottawa, Canada is the first stop for Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from 26 – 27 November, during her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this week. UN Women is partnering with student associations from The University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as members of the Senate of Canada to organize an intergenerational dialogue on mobilizing to end violence against young women on university campuses and beyond. Building on the...

Gender Equality Advisory Council to G7 calls for bold actions and investments to advance women's empowerment

Friday, June 8, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Canada, on 8 June, as part of the Gender Equality Advisory Council to present their recommendations to G7 leaders.

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Canada's G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council meeting

Saturday, April 28, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participated at the first in-person meeting of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council from 25 – 26 April in Ottawa, Canada, in the lead up to the G7 Leaders’ Summit, which will be hosted by Canada in June this year.

Joint Statement by Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka and Pramila Patten on the launch of the Elsie Initiative

Thursday, November 16, 2017

At the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a new initiative, named after the trailblazing Canadian feminist icon Elsie MacGill, to help increase women’s participation in peacekeeping operations. In the same ceremony, Major Seitebatso Pearl Block from South Africa was presented with the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and particularly her outreach to women’s organizations in remote areas.

From where I stand: “Technology sees skills before gender and disability”

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Casar Jacobson, a disability rights activist and a UN Women Youth Champion, shares her personal story of living with hearing disability and persevering to carve out a place in the world of work. She stresses on the power of technology in ensuring that no one is left behind.

Edmonton joins UN Women Safe Cities

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The City of Edmonton is one of only two cities in Canada to become a champion city for the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Programme Initiative.

“Pay inequality matters” — Executive Director

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Keynote address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Equal Pay State Launch event with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on 6 June in Ontario.

Press release: Ontario sets gender diversity targets

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Women to make up 40 per cent of provincial boards and agencies by 2019

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director visits Canada

Monday, June 6, 2016

From 6-8 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is undertaking her first official mission to Canada, visiting three cities in as many days—Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo.

UN Women Executive Director to make first official visit to Canada

Monday, June 6, 2016

Visiting three cities on a packed three-day mission from 6-8 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with key government officials, civil society, the private sector, students and media and take part in a series of events aimed at driving home the need to achieve gender equality in developed and developing countries alike.

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