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Strengthening women’s meaningful participation in peace processes

Friday, August 20, 2021

Activists and advocates who participated in the global convening on “Gender-Inclusive Peace Processes: Strengthening Women’s Meaningful Participation through Constituency Building." explore good practices and strategies for gender-inclusive constituency building and the links between constituency building and women’s meaningful participation in formal peace processes.

From where I stand: “The more Roma women are visible, the more impact they have on society as a whole”

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Christina Bilous is a Roma civic activist. She is also leader of a self-help group in the community of Toretsk, near the front line in the conflict-affected Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine. As an active community member, Bilous heads up the Roma non-governmental organization, Sumnakuno Petalo, advocating for the rights of Roma women and girls.

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.

I am Generation Equality: Xiaoying Zhang, media expert, gender equality activist

Monday, March 16, 2020

Xiaoying Zhang is the deputy head of International Relations and Diversity at Deutsche Welle, a long-standing partner with UN Women’s Media Compact for gender equality. She has been an advocate for gender equality in the media for many years and represents DW at Gender@International Bonn, a professional network for development cooperation and gender equality.

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 the words of Anny T. Modi: “Young women want to be considered as actors and agents of change”

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Anny Tengandide Modi is a 36-year-old single mother living in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In July 2017, she joined the African Women Leaders Network, launched by UN Women, the African Union Commission and the Permanent Mission of Germany. Modi serves as the Youth Advocate within the Network. She is also the Executive Director of Afia Mama (Women’s Health), an organization committed to the reproductive health and access to justice for women, as well leadership development, economic empowerment, legal assistance and social development for young women.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director calls on G7 countries to step up their commitments to women’s economic empowerment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Remarks by Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri at the International Conference "Economic Empowerment of Women – Unlock the Potential" in Berlin on 9 November.

Experts call for stepped-up gender-responsive climate policy and action

Monday, October 19, 2015

On the eve of the last negotiation session before Parties meet to adopt a new climate agreement at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in December 2015, experts issued recommendations to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of gender perspectives in related mechanisms and processes.

G7 Forum says women are essential to foster the global economy

Thursday, September 17, 2015

At the G7 Forum for Dialogue with Women on 16 and 17 September in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with female leaders from around the world to discuss women’s empowerment at an international level. In a declaration agreed upon during the meeting, the group called on leaders from the business, political and academic sectors as well as civil society to foster women’s economic empowerment, and urged the G7 to make women’s issues a permanent feature of its agenda.

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.

Press release: UN Women Beijing+20 event in Berlin urges accelerated progress on gender equality and women’s rights

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

To mark the historic 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, and its 20th anniversary this year, representatives from politics, the private sector, civil society and academia came together today in Berlin. The event with German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Manuela Schwesig, and the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, was held in the Representation of the State North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin, hosted by the UN Women National Committee for Germany and attended by high officials and other dignitaries.

G7 leaders highlight women’s empowerment as a top priority

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The world’s leading industrialized nations cited women’s economic empowerment as a top global priority in a Joint leader's declaration presented on 8 June at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. They also voiced their support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, practical guidance for businesses developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact. Leaders also committed to reduce the gender gap in workforce participation in their countries by 25 per cent by 2025.

Press Conference: Launch of the first-ever global study on gender images in popular films

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The first-ever global study on female characters in popular films was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation and conducted by Stacy L. Smith and her research team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Future global agenda must address violence against women and girls

Thursday, September 26, 2013

At a High-Level Ministerial event organized by UN Women, Finland and Liberia at the 68th session of the General Assembly, Member States agreed to take concrete steps to end violence against women and girls and include it as a priority in the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman receives award for work on women’s rights

Friday, July 12, 2013

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman and UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri received awards from the Cinema for Peace Foundation on 12 July at an evening event in Berlin, Germany. The Government of Germany is among UN Women’s leading donors.

UN Women Partners with Geena Davis on First-ever Global Gender in Film Research Study

Monday, July 1, 2013

The study will analyse gender stereotypes and representation of women and girls in the top-grossing international family films in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is the first such study ever undertaken.

Ensuring women’s rights through better public services

Friday, June 21, 2013

As part of efforts to promote more accessible services for women and girls, UN Women has supported a special category of the UN Public Service Awards on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Winners will be recognized 23 June at a ceremony in Bahrain.

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.

Press Release: Countries from every region announce new initiatives to end violence against women

Friday, December 14, 2012

As an international forum on ending violence against women concludes in New York today, 12 countries have announced new, concrete initiatives to address this gross human rights violation. Responding to a call by UN Women under its initiative COMMIT, countries from every region have pledged actions ranging from improved services for survivors to national advocacy and educational campaigns, initiatives to address workplace harassment, National Acton Plans and other innovative interventions. New York, 14th December — As an international forum on

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