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What happened after COVID-19 hit: Malawi

Monday, November 16, 2020

In Malawi, thirty-one-year old Alepher Matemba Banda is a nurse responding to a hotline at Chipatala cha pa foni, a national health helpline. Banda was among 40 helpline nurses and technicians who received training in gender-based violence and health, through a UN Women initiative funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Thailand

Monday, November 16, 2020

Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government’s Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan’s work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home. Like in many other countries, the hotline has become a critically essential platform to provide information and refer survivors to the support services they require.

Hand over the mic to: Aras Kocaoğlan, Turkey

Monday, November 16, 2020

Aras Kocaoğlan is a marketing manager and the founder of the Instagram account, Turkish Dictionary, that reaches around 400,000 Turkish and international followers. Alongside UN Women, Kocaoğlan sparks conversations on social media about commonly used Turkish proverbs and expressions that discriminate against women and girls.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Bolivia

Monday, November 16, 2020

Yobanca Fernandez Flores has been a women’s rights activist for more than 35 years. She is also the National President of the Community Promoters for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in Bolivia. Together with hundreds of women leaders in the country, the Community Promoters have formed a network of advocates who provide direct support to victims and survivors of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are Generation Equality: Champions for ending violence against women

Monday, November 16, 2020

For the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we are featuring some of the leaders and groundbreakers who added their voices to UN Women’s Generation Equality movement, and take action to fight violence against women and girls.

Op-ed: Investing in a feminist peace

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

For all the devastation it has caused, the COVID-19 crisis also represents a generational opportunity to build more inclusive economies and societies, free of the scourge of violent conflict. A concerted effort to demilitarize our world and build a feminist peace – beginning with a global ceasefire, and followed by a comprehensive reappraisal of how we allocate our resources – must be central to this vision.

In the words of Gladys Koech: “It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability.”

Monday, November 9, 2020

Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya’s coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma. UN Women’s partnership with the Council of Governors in Kenya has boosted resources to helplines around the country. As COVID-19 has increased demand for psychosocial services, Koech has witnessed a growing trend of mothers of children with disabilities being abandoned by their partners. Part of UN Women’s COVID-19 response in Kenya is being carried out in conjunction with UNICEF and UNDP as part of the Joint Devolution Programme supported by the Governments of Sweden, Finland, and Italy.

International Women’s Day 2021 theme – “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”

Monday, November 9, 2020

UN Women announces the theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2021 (IWD 2021) as, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

Safeguard women’s rights and participation in peacebuilding now, says Afghan activist Zarqa Yaftali to the UN Security Council

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Zarqa Yaftali, renowned activist and researcher from Afghanistan, addressed the UN Security Council during the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, which set a new framework for women’s leadership and inclusion in all aspects of peace.

I am Generation Equality: Ixchel Lucas, youth advocate for girls’ leadership

Monday, November 2, 2020

Ixchel María José Lucas Adolfo, 21, is the Training Coordinator at Las Niñas Lideran in Guatemala and a youth leader in the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence.

Chronically underfunded, women peacebuilders need support more than ever

Friday, October 30, 2020

Women peacebuilders mediate disputes, diffuse tensions and save lives in the hardest to reach places, yet their front-line work is consistently underfunded. When progress made on gender equality is at risk of reversal worldwide, and inequalities and instability are growing, sustained funding for women’s work for peace is desperately needed.

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, award-winning playwright and actor

Thursday, October 29, 2020

In her speech at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, Danai Gurira, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, playwright and actor, highlighted women around the world who speak up and take action for peace in their communities and countries.

Statement to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Thursday, October 29, 2020

At the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the Secretary-General’s report on women, peace and security on the 20th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.

Press release: 20 Years on, radical change needed to realize women’s inclusion in peace and political power

Thursday, October 29, 2020

As 2 billion people across the world struggle to survive in areas afflicted by armed conflict in the midst of a global pandemic, women – who are disproportionately affected by such strife and play a key role as mediators and peacebuilders –remain largely excluded from formal peace processes and post-conflict power structures, a new United Nations report on Women Peace and Security shows. The report, presented to the UN Security Council during today’s annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security that commemorated the 20th anniversary of its landmark resolution 1325, outlines five goals to realize inclusive and sustainable peace in the next decade.

Mobilizing action for impact: The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact

Thursday, October 29, 2020

At a global virtual event co-hosted by UN Women, the Governments of France and Mexico, in collaboration with civil society, Board and Catalytic Members were announced as part of the new Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

Two months on, Beirut’s elderly women are still reeling from the blast

Monday, October 26, 2020

According to a rapid assessment that UN Women and ACTED produced immediately after the August 2020 explosion, elderly women are among the most vulnerable. They are less likely than men to have worked in their life, to have savings or pensions, and are over-represented among Lebanon’s poorest.

Op-ed: How to build a more equal world

Monday, October 26, 2020

Like other global crises, the pandemic disproportionately affects women. It shows that nothing less than urgent, radical, transformative action is needed to create a post-COVID-19 world that empowers all women and girls

Media advisory: UN Security Council marks 20 years of Women, Peace and Security

Monday, October 26, 2020

As Security Council resolution 1325 celebrates women’s successful contributions to human security, sustainable peace, and justice, the promise of inclusive and women-led peace processes remain unfulfilled.

Ending sexual harassment against women and girls with disabilities

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Joint statement by UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

In the words of Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: “I became the first female negotiator to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group”

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Miriam Coronel-Ferrer made history as the first female chief negotiator in the world to sign a final peace accord with a rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines in 2014. Today, she teaches political science at the University of the Philippines and works on mediation with the United Nations.

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