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UN Women hosts first high-level event on gender diversity and non-binary identities at UN headquarters

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In the first ever high-level meeting on gender diversity and non-binary identities held at UN headquarters in New York, Member States, UN entities and civil society came together to discuss the current state of LGBTI rights globally.

A place of peace, reconciliation and growth

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In 2014, one year after the region was freed from the extremists, a small hut was built in Gao, surrounded by larger buildings and barely visible from the street. Anyone who passes through the driveway and enters the hut in the middle of the dusty courtyard has a specific goal: Dialogue, exchange and cohesion. Welcome to the Women Peace Hut.

In Cabo Verde, domestic workers call for legal protections and right to social protection

Monday, March 11, 2019

In Cabo Verde, more than a quarter of all employed women (26 per cent) are domestic workers, many of whom work without contracts, without recognition as formal workers and the social protections that come with formal jobs. For instance, domestic workers are unable to enrol in the National Institute of Social Security and do not have access to pensions when they retire or health coverage for them and their children.

In the words of Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa: “There is a need for female peacekeepers”

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Captain Anaseini Navua Vuniwaqa of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, participated in the ninth edition of the Female Military Officers’ Course in April 2018. The course aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping. Women currently represent only 4 per cent of the more than 80,000 UN Peacekeepers, despite their key role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve, especially women and girls. Captain Vuniwaqa spoke to UN Women about women’s role in preventing sexual violence during and after conflict, and their unique abilities to engage with the communities they serve.

High-level Group on Justice for Women meets in The Hague

Friday, June 1, 2018

The inaugural meeting of the High-level Group on Justice for Women took place in The Hague from 28 – 29 May.

Ready for peacekeeping deployment, with a gender lens

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Female Military Officers’ Course (FMOC), which aims to bridge the gender gap in UN peacekeeping, is a two-week course organized by UN Women and partners, provides specialized training for female military officers around the world to create a global network of trained women peacekeepers.

“I learned to respect women”—Tuk Tuk drivers join efforts to make the streets of Cairo safe for women

Monday, January 22, 2018

In November 2010, UN Women started the Cairo Safe City free of Violence against Women and Girls Programme to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public spaces. Mansheyat Nasser, along with two other neighbourhoods—Ezbet El Haggana and Embaba—was selected to implement the programme, and public transportation, including tuk tuks, were identified as public spaces where women and girls experience sexual harassment on a daily basis.

From where I stand: “Women need to live a life without violence”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba is the Executive Director of Dushirehamwe (meaning, ‘let’s be together for peace’) in Burundi. She promotes women’s role in peacebuilding. In a conversation with UN Women, Ndacayisaba talks about her own journey as a peacebuilder, the current situation in Burundi and why we must engage women.

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women marks 20 years with event in Amsterdam

Sunday, April 24, 2016

On 25 April, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System, will kick off celebrations of its 20th year of grant-making with an Amsterdam-based event at The College Hotel.

On mission in the Netherlands, UN Women Executive Director calls for action to protect women and girls fleeing from conflict

Friday, February 12, 2016

During Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka’s four-day visit to The Netherlands, she also met with high-level officials, women’s groups, private sector partners and ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. She also visited a women’s shelter and support centre and took part in a discussion on women’s economic empowerment.

“We can no longer afford to dismiss and waste the potential of women’s agency” — Lakshmi Puri speaks on women and climate action

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Speech by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the “Gender at the Heart of Climate Action” event on 2 December.

Biking to give youth a voice in the post-2015 roadmap

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From Amsterdam to Cape Town, across northern and western Europe, and along Africa’s western coast, UN Youth Delegate Jilt Van Schayik and his friend Teun Meulepas are on a journey through 20 countries to hear what youth have and want to say about the post-2015 agenda.

Syrian women meet to support peace efforts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UN Women together with the Government of the Netherlands will convene a two-day meeting (12-13 January) of Syrian women in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is part of the UN’s longer-term efforts to support Syrian women and civil society’s contribution to peace efforts.

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York.

Media Advisory: Empowering Rural Women for Food and Nutrition Security

Friday, September 16, 2011

You are cordially invited to an interactive luncheon co-hosted by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Government of Bangladesh and the Netherlands Mission to the United Nations. The discussion will be moderated by award-winning ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour and will focus on the urgent need to empower rural women for food and nutrition security. Open to the press.

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