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How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis

Friday, May 7, 2021

Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities.

Take five: Why safe transportation is vital for women and girls during the global pandemic

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Marina Moscoso T Mendonça is an Urban Management Specialist and Technical Director of Despacio in Colombia, where she supervises projects promoting urban development and sustainable transport in Latin America. Marina is also the Operations Director for Women in Motion, an initiative focused on strengthening female leadership in the transport sector. During COVID-19, social distancing and lockdown measures are affecting the mobility choices of women in Bogota and reinforcing patterns of gender inequality on, and around, public transport.

Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded today with the unveiling of an Action Coalition blueprint and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum’s torch to its next step in Paris on 30 June, which will be a major commitment-making moment.

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, at the Launch of Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

In her remarks at the launch of the Mexico National Chapter of the Unstereotype Alliance, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We know for sure, right now, that when we are talking about building back better and achieving decent work for women, the stereotype that suggests that women are not more suitable for work than men has to change. Otherwise, women will forever be the ones who are the face of poverty. That is on you to help us change those views and those stereotypes about women".

UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance launches Mexico National Chapter at Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Unstereotype Alliance today launches a national chapter in Mexico, on the inaugural day of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. A coalition of nine major advertisers and industry associations have united to combat harmful stereotypes in the country’s advertising and media content.

Press Release: Presidents of Mexico and France, UN leaders, youth and civil society call for bold action at the opening of Generation Equality Forum in Mexico

Monday, March 29, 2021

Global leaders united today to call for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality at the official opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, officially opened the Forum alongside President of France, Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and convener of the Forum, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. They were joined by youth activist Elvira Pablo and civil society leader Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, representing youth and civil society groups who are partners in designing and co-creating the Forum, as well as by Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

Remarks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Generation Equality Forum Mexico

Monday, March 29, 2021

In his remarks at the opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "It is time to regroup and re-energize our quest to create a more equal, more just, more sustainable world in which all people can realize their human rights without discrimination and without fear".

Media Advisory: Generation Equality Forum, Mexico City

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Generation Equality Forum is a major global convening to advance gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired jointly by the Governments of Mexico and France, with the leadership and participation of youth and civil society.

Mexico joins Bolivia in efforts to stop violence against women in politics

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Violence against women creates significant barriers for women aspiring for political office, says UN Women. It’s critical to reform and fully implement laws to prevent and stop violence against women in politics.

Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean commit to promoting actions to achieve substantive equality and parity democracy

Monday, March 15, 2021

The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. During this meeting, women's full and effective participation and decision-making by women in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, will be addressed as a priority theme to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The theme for International Women's Day on March 8, 2021 “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,”...

This is what leadership looks like: Meet Cecilia Moyoviri Moye, an indigenous woman Senator in Bolivia’s Legislative Assembly

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

After the November 2020 national elections, women make up 49 per cent of the Legislative Assembly of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, cementing its position as a forerunner on gender parity in politics. The participation of indigenous women and stopping violence against women in political and public life are among the top priorities for the country.

This is what leadership looks like: Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, a judge from Trinidad and Tobago, is promoting gender-sensitive adjudication globally

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, a judge in Trinidad and Tobago, is a champion for gender-sensitive adjudication, raising awareness and sharing her knowledge around the world. She talks about how support at home and mentorship from other judges played a crucial role in her success.

Announcing a milestone event for gender equality: The countdown to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum begins

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Government of Mexico together with UN Women, the Government of France, and in partnership with civil society and youth, announces the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City, which will be launched in a virtual format from 29 to 31 March 2021.

‘Our voices are being heard’: Indigenous women in Mexico break down language barriers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The UN Women Safe Cities programme developed information about COVID-19 prevention and gender-based violence in the five indigenous languages of Hñähñu, Mixteco, Purépecha, Mazahua, and Mahua, and shared them over the radio. Along with community-based loud speaker interventions in neighbourhoods most affected by the pandemic, the information campaign reached 57,000 indigenous people in the state of Jalisco.

Women in Mexico sow seeds of hope through the ‘Second Chance’ programme

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme in Mexico, in partnership with the south-central state of Puebla’s ministries of Substantive Equality and Welfare and SEPICJ AC, has trained 80 women to manage and maintain a greenhouse, to economically empower them and foster leadership skills.

Hand over the mic to: María Adelaida Suárez, Colombia

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

María Adelaida Suárez, a psychologist by profession, is part of the “gender pairs” initiative, which has since 2016 paired survivors of violence in communities with psychologists and legal experts.. The initiative was developed by UN Women Colombia and the Ombudsman's Office of Colombia and is funded by the United Kingdom.

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.

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.

From where I stand: “Forgiveness is still very far from our reality”

Monday, October 19, 2020

Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a Guatemalan human rights activist, has never given up looking for truth and justice, since her father and husband were disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war. After her father and husband were kidnapped and murdered by government forces during the Guatemalan civil war, she founded the National Association of Guatemalan Widows (CONAVIGUA). It is now a leading national human rights organisation. In 1995, she was elected as a Congressional deputy, and in 2004 she chaired the National Reparations Commission to investigate crimes committed during the civil war, which raged for over three decades.

Indigenous women in Colombia-Ecuador border are leading community efforts to end violence against women

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

As COVID-19 confinement measures started in Colombia, the country saw a rise in cases of violence against women, including those reported through hotline numbers. There was a 107 per cent increase in calls for help this year, between 25 March and 30 July, in comparison to the same period in 2019. Eighty-nine per cent of those calls were rerouted to hotlines dedicated to serve victims and survivors of violence against women.

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