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Chapter by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for Lumos: Gender-Based Discrimination as a Driver for the Institutionalization of Children

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

First published in Lumos’ publication,  A Goal Within Reach: Ending the Institutionalization of Children to Ensure No One is Left Behind , September 2019. At Makola Market in Ghana , women traders and vendors are proving that childcare services designed for and managed by the workers themselves have the potential to change women's and families lives. Photo: UN Women/Ruth McDowall Many children living in orphanages or other institutions worldwide are there...

Women, peace and security experts call for women’s meaningful participation in peace processes

Monday, September 30, 2019

On 25 September, at an event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ministers, heads of regional organizations, focal points on women, peace and security and civil society representatives called for urgent action to secure women’s equal and meaningful participation in peace processes.

International Day of Rural Women theme: “Rural women and girls building climate resilience”

Friday, September 27, 2019

This year’s theme for the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), “Rural women and girls building climate resilience” serves as a reminder that the world’s sustainable future is not possible without rural women and girls.

Press release: EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls

Friday, September 27, 2019

On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations hosted a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative – inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.

Women leaders galvanize for UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign

Friday, September 27, 2019

At a high-level event during the 74th UN General Assembly, UN Women and the Council of Women World Leaders came together to lend their voices and power to the Generation Equality campaign.

UN Women launches Women Count Data Hub

Thursday, September 26, 2019

On 24 September, on the margins of the UN General-Assembly, UN Women hosted an interactive data lab to showcase the new Women Count Data Hub, the first of its kind to provide public access to gender data that can be used to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the event Gender Equality: from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In her remarks at the event Gender Equality:from the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said "We have to make sure that we do not betray the struggles of the women who brought us this far and the future of those who are dependent on us today and tomorrow".

Investing in gender equality for transformative climate actions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Global leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly announced on 23 September concrete commitments to address climate change, at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. Among the commitments, there was a gender-specific initiative through which governments commit to clear action points to promote gender equality in the context of climate action.

From G7 to Generation Equality, partners galvanize for gender equality actions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

At the  74th UN General Assembly, leaders and gender equality advocates from around the world came together to look ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in 2020 and to take stock of the gender equality outcomes of the G7 Biarritz Summit . In August 2019 at the G7 Summit  the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) made concrete recommendations on how to achieve gender equality. Now, the Council is working to galvanize the Biarritz Partnership for Gender Equality by creating a...

Press release: Multilateral agencies launch a joint plan to boost global health goals

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Today at the United Nations General Assembly, 12 multilateral agencies launched a joint plan to better support countries over the next 10 years to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women leads efforts to improve gender equality across the UN system

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It has been two years since the  System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity was launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in order to reach parity at the most senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028. To coincide with the anniversary of the Strategy, UN Women hosted the Global Gender Focal Point (GFPs) Meeting.

Press Release: Why solidarity and allyship matter: UN Women HeForShe Global Gender Equality Champions release annual IMPACT Report

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Marking the fifth anniversary of the iconic HeForShe movement, over 30 male global leaders from its flagship HeForShe Champions initiative release their annual IMPACT Report today.

The United Nations steps up efforts to promote young women’s leadership within the UN

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On the opening week of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, an inter-generational conversation convened by UN Women, placed youth leadership at the centre of its new campaign, Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future.

New UN Women publication addresses how to end sexual harassment

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

UN Women today launched a publication to support the fight against end sexual harassment, entitled “What will it take? Promoting cultural change to end sexual harassment”. The publication focuses on the influence of beliefs on actions and offers guidance to policymakers, employers and universities on how to achieve cultural change and address this scourge making sure that the needs of the victims and survivors are at the heart of all efforts.

Press release: UN Women HeForShe movement rallies students in Canada for gender equality

Monday, September 16, 2019

HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, is embarking on its third #GetFree University Tour and this year, with a focus on engaging students in Canada to take action for a gender equal world.

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women

Friday, September 13, 2019

As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women’s leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women’s efforts around the world.

UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador Jaha Dukureh receives Council of Europe North-South Prize 2018

Friday, September 13, 2019

UN Women's first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, Jaha Dukureh, has today received the North-South Prize 2018 by the Council of Europe, recognizing her role in the fight to end female genital mutilation.

Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

Starting 17 September, world leaders will gather for two weeks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) in New York, to discuss and work together on the most pressing global issues, from gender equality to climate change and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

From Tanzania to Algeria, rural women are taking charge of their lives and livelihoods

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A recently organized learning visit brought two rural women’s collectives together to share strategies, insights and experiences. In the world of international development, such exchanges are termed “South–South cooperation”—exchange of ideas, experiences, and opportunities between entrepreneurs, communities, and experts from the Global South. “It enabled both organizations to monitor and analyse the impact of their projects on the quality of lives of women in Tanzania and Algeria, consulting each other on alternatives and progress in their livelihoods systems and value chains.”

Closing remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Anita Bhatia, at the Second Regular Session of the UN Women Executive Board

Thursday, September 12, 2019

On behalf of the Executive Director, Asa Regner and myself, may I reiterate thanks to you Madame President Pennelope Beckles for leading us through this session so effectively, and for your fantastic time management skills.  We would also like to thank the Vice-Presidents for their work, and all the delegations for all the statements made over the past two days, which have contributed to such a rich exchange of views. 

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