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18 new leaders join bold global drive for gender equality: Organizations join forces ahead of landmark 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Eighteen new organizations have stepped up to steer Generation Equality ‘Action Coalitions’ – innovative partnerships of member states, corporations, youth-led, civil society and international organizations and philanthropies, designed to propel a dramatic acceleration in gender equality.

Closing remarks by Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the First Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In her closing remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need to make sure that these large numbers of women, who we have all said are disproportionally affected, are not forgotten."

Promoting peace and protecting women’s rights in contexts affected by violent extremism, especially during COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Here are five human rights defenders and gender equality activists sharing what their communities need and their efforts to build peace in the face of violent extremism and COVID-19.

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

In her opening remarks at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session 2021, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need bold and ambitious change here. The pandemic must not in any way hinder the bold action needed for addressing gender equality. "

UN Women Executive Board to convene First Regular Session of 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s First Regular Session from Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 February 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

Statement: UN Women calls upon all stakeholders to listen to the voices of women in Myanmar in response to political events

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Today, UN Women stands in solidarity with the women and women’s civil society organizations of Myanmar as they seek to exercise their fundamental right to demonstrate peacefully and express their hopes and desires for the future of their country.

I am Generation Equality: Somaya Faruqi, young Afghan innovator who led the development of a low-cost ventilator prototype

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

When ventilators were becoming scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Somaya Faruqi, 17, led Afghanistan’s Girl’s Robotics Team as they developed a prototype ventilator to support their country’s health care system.

I am Generation Equality: Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, champion for women and girls in STEM, leader of Kyrgyzstan’s first Space Programme

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Kyzzhibek Batyrkanova, 26, is the director of the Kyrgyz Space Program. She is also a TechWomen 2019 alumna, hosted by Mozilla HQ in San Francisco Bay Area, and founder of the TechCamp project, implemented in partnership with the UN Women Country Office in Kyrgyzstan.

I am Generation Equality: Gitanjali Rao, young scientist and activist

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Gitanjali Rao is a 15-year-old Indian-American scientist, inventor, author and advocate. In 2020, she was named Time Magazine’s first ever Kid of the Year for her work using technology to tackle a range of issues and bringing together young innovators to solve global problems. She recently gave an interview to UN Women in support of the Generation Equality campaign.

Women in science who are making a difference during the pandemic

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

This 11 February, we’re celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science by highlighting just some of the women and girls around the world who have made tremendous contributions during the ongoing crisis.

UN Women launches global call to creatives: Artivism for Gender Equality

Monday, February 8, 2021

As part of our Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is issuing a global call for original artwork that visualizes and celebrates activism for gender equality. As we approach International Women’s Day (8 March) and as world leaders and activists prepare for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum –– a global gathering to invest and innovate for gender equality –– we are mobilizing to bring change, and we want you to join us.

Joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday, February 8, 2021

In a joint statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay emphasize the importance of making science more open, diverse and efficient.

As more families report FGM incidents in Egypt, advocacy intensifies, and a new bill seeks to increase penalties

Friday, February 5, 2021

A rise in the number of reported cases of FGM in Egypt is seen as a promising sign that the country’s efforts to raise awareness is starting to work.

Ending FGM is essential to give girls control over their own lives

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

On International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February, here are just five survivors and activists demanding voice, choice and control for every girl and woman over their own lives and bodies.

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Robi Tingo, community mobilizer for ending FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Natalie Robi Tingo, 28, is the Founder and Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community-based organization in rural Kenya that has since 2015 worked to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by tackling its root causes and empowering women and girls.

UN Women statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

This International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is a moment to lead change wherever we have a voice and influence; to fund the approaches we know work and support women’s organizations to do so; to demand accountability for community and state actions; to provide essential support for health and social services for survivors of FGM; and to listen to the voices of adolescent girls and young women, and make it possible for them to decide on what happens to their own lives and bodies.

Ireland Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora commits to deepening Irish Aid partnership with UN Women

Friday, January 29, 2021

Originally published by the Department of Foreign Affaris of Ireland Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., today committed to deepening Irish Aid’s partnership with UN Women. Speaking at an online gathering of UN Women and partners hosted by Ireland from Dublin Castle, Minister Brophy announced that Ireland will increase its support to the agency’s work in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular to...

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the virtual launch event for “Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action”, a public perception survey in 17 countries by Women Deliver & Focus 2030

Friday, January 29, 2021

In her remarks at the launch event for “Citizens Call for A Gender-Equal World: A Roadmap for Action”, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for "targeted interventions that will have an impact on women and girls".

Why taking a survivor-centred approach to police services is important in a global pandemic

Thursday, January 28, 2021

A new global Police Handbook aims to address some of the most difficult challenges that survivors of violence face when accessing police and justice sector services around the world.

Tribute to Margaret C. (Peg) Snyder by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Yesterday the world lost a founding figure and a pathfinder in the work for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Referred to as the ‘UN’s First Feminist’, Peg Snyder had a distinguished career at the United Nations, as well as being an author, international expert on girls and women in the economic development of Africa, and academic, with positions including at Syracuse University and Princeton University, and as a Fulbright scholar in Uganda.

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