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I am Generation Equality: Munnira Katongole, youth activist for social change and climate justice

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Munnira Katongole is a 17-year-old South African activist fighting for social change and climate justice. She is part of the South African Institute of International Affairs’ Youth Policy Committee on climate.

Girls to know: The next generation is already leading the way

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

After the Beirut blasts, Lebanon urgently needs medical and mental health care

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

One of UN Women’s partner on the ground, the Restart Center, is providing treatment, psychosocial support and distributing medicine to the most vulnerable.

International Day of Rural Women theme: “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

This year on International Day of Rural Women (15 October), the spotlight is on the urgent need for Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19, for “building back better” by strengthening rural women’s sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing.

UN Women and Plan International to host Instagram Live on digital youth activism

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, UN Women and Plan International are co-hosting a conversation on digital youth activism. Tune in on 7 October, at 8 a.m. EDT on Instagram Live.

UN Trust Fund assesses COVID-19 impact on violence against women and front line organizations

Monday, October 5, 2020

Six months into the crisis, the UN Trust Fund’s second assessment shows that the continued economic insecurity and movement restrictions are still driving increased violence against women and girls. It also highlights the urgent need to resource support services for survivors of violence provided by CSOs and women’s rights organizations (WROs) that are on the frontline of community responses.

Press release: 25 years after a landmark global agreement, the numbers still don’t add up for women in Europe and Central Asia

Monday, October 5, 2020

New regional report launched by UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia tracks incremental progress in gender equality and women’s rights, shows rampant inequalities.

Press release: At UN high-level meeting, world leaders reignite the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action, the most transformative agenda for advancing gender equality

Friday, October 2, 2020

Leaders make concrete commitments to accelerate the realization of gender equality as COVID-19 threatens to take a toll on gains made in the last few decades.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, 1 October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In her remarks at the High-Level Meeting on the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: " The future needs a meaningful intergenerational engagement with all races, genders, and people of different abilities, so that everywhere in the world, a 10 year-old girl in 2020 will be a thriving young woman in 2030."

The Generation Equality Youth Task Force strengthens its membership with new leaders

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Today, UN Women’s Generation Equality Youth Task Force, which represents youth around the world, announced the addition of 11 new youth leaders to strengthen its membership.

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, at the high-level side event of the UN General Assembly, “Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context – activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies”

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In her remarks at the “Gender-Based Violence in a COVID-19 context – activating collective responses, innovative partnerships and proven policies” event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "The pandemic has forced us all to think differently and re-build better and that is now what we need to spell out in much more detail. What does it mean to build back better in the context of violence against women, for instance?"

As COVID-19 exposes the fault lines of gender equality, a strong focus on violence against women at the UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

There is a need to mobilise all actors to address gender-based violence in the context of COVID-19, and to FUND women’s organisations and services, RESPOND by strengthening services to survivors, PREVENT by addressing harmful social norms that normalise violence against women and COLLECT data to inform policies and programmes.

COVID-19: Only one in eight countries worldwide have measures in place to protect women against social and economic impacts, new data shows

Monday, September 28, 2020

UN Women and UNDP’s newly launched COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker shows the social protection and jobs response to the pandemic has largely overlooked women’s needs.

Media advisory: Historic gathering to call for political commitment at the highest levels for the achievement of gender equality

Friday, September 25, 2020

As the Beijing Platform for Action turns 25, high-level meeting to accelerate implementation efforts for advancing women’s rights

UN agencies, together with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, call for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

At a high level event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, UN Women, the UN Development Programme, UNHCR, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights called for reform of nationality laws that discriminate on the basis of gender. Twenty-five countries retain nationality laws that deny women the right to confer citizenship on their children on an equal basis with men. More than fifty countries have nationality laws with gender-discriminatory provisions, with most denying women the same right as men to pass nationality to a non-citizen spouse.

Women’s leadership and decision-making has never been more urgent, say women leaders from across the world

Saturday, September 19, 2020

At a global, virtual intergenerational event co-hosted by UN Women, the Government of Mexico and the Council of Women World Leaders, in collaboration with the Generation Equality Forum, women leaders convened to discuss the importance of diverse and inclusive feminist leadership.

UN Women Statement for International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

UN Women stands with all the women, including young women, around the world upholding peace: from the mothers holding vigil for the disappeared, to the women marching against police brutality; from the women in refugee camps navigating a complex gender landscape, to those negotiating ceasefires all over the world.

UN Women to host Ask Me Anything with Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Friday, September 18, 2020

UN Women is calling on young people from all over the world to submit their questions to Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on social media. In a special edition of Ask Me Anything, she will select a few lucky audience members’ questions and feature them in a video that will premiere across UN Women’s channels on 28 September.

Press release: Equal Pay International Coalition calls to prioritize pay equity in COVID-19 recovery with support from Megan Rapinoe

Friday, September 18, 2020

To mark the first International Equal Pay Day, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) called all leaders to take necessary steps to ensure pay equity is at the heart of COVID-19 recovery efforts worldwide. 

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the SDG Moment 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

In her remarks at the SDG Moment during the 75th UN General Assembly, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Societies benefit when women can rise to opportunities. A profound transformation of economies is required for a just, sustainable future where women are at the centre".

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