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UN Women Executive Director appeals to governments worldwide to take action to end violence against women and girls

Monday, November 16, 2020

In a letter addressed to Member States of the United Nations and the Head of Delegation of the European Union, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged Heads of State/Governments worldwide to take tangible actions and express their commitments to end violence against women, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December).

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.”

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 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.

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session of 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of UN Women and the role of Member States and key partners in its work, a special commemorative informal side event will take place immediately ahead of the opening of the Executive Board’s second regular session on 15 September 2020. Thereafter, the President of the UN Women Executive Board, Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, will declare this year’s second regular session open at 10 a.m EDT.

Call for applications: Expanding the Beijing+25 Youth Task Force

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Beijing+25 Youth Task Force is announcing a call for applications to expand the composition of the Youth Task Force that will work in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) process closely with UN Women, civil society organizations and other stakeholders from September 2020 to September 2021, to ensure the meaningful involvement of young people in the global processes of the 25th review and appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Call for youth-led organization applications for Generation Equality Action Coalitions leadership

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The call for youth-led organizations to apply for leadership positions in the six  Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions  has been re-opened. UN Women would like to ensure a strong intergenerational focus of the Action Coalitions and place the needs of adolescent girls and young women at the center of the Action Coalitions. The Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together Member States, International Organizations, United...

Announcement of the Global Leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalitions to accelerate gender equality

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Leaders from Member States, civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls.

Generation Equality Forum to develop new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Generation Equality Forum will develop a new Compact for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action to drive action on the existing extensive normative frameworks and commitments and to strengthen coordination across existing mechanisms, systems, networks, partnerships and capacities.

UN Women Executive Board convenes first virtual Annual Session

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The  UN Women Executive Board  will convene for this year’s Annual Session on Monday 22 June to Tuesday 23 June 2020,  remotely via the Zoom platform.

Announcer: Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

As lead coordinating entity of joint Executive Board activities this year, the UN Women Executive Board secretariat will convene this year’s Joint Meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP, starting at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday 29 May 2020 on the topic: United Nations development system reform in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women’s Affairs on “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework

Monday, May 11, 2020

UN Women and the African Union, in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women’s Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework.” Focusing on how to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on African women and girls, the meeting will be co-chaired by UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chairperson of the...

Announcement: Generation Equality Forum postponed

Friday, April 3, 2020

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolves, the number of people around the world affected by this disease continues to increase. In light of this crisis, the Generation Equality Forum will be postponed until the first half of 2021. The new dates will be announced in the coming months.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update regarding the Generation Equality Forum timeline

Monday, March 16, 2020

In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed.

CSW 64 Advisory

Monday, March 2, 2020

In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the UN Secretary-General has suggested to the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that Member States consider amending the format and conduct of the session. Options could include holding a scaled-down, shortened session with the participation of New York-based delegations only, or postponing the session to a later date.

UN Women Executive Board convenes its first regular session 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s first regular session on Friday, 14 February at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia to attend World Economic Forum

Monday, January 20, 2020

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia will participate at the 2020 Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum from 21 to 24 January in Davos, Switzerland. They will meet with the world’s top academics, politicians, business and civil society leaders to discuss gender-responsive solutions to today’s global challenges.

In lead up to Generation Equality Forum, Action Coalition themes announced

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today, UN Women, together with feminists across the world, and the Governments of Mexico and France, announced the Action Coalition themes for the Generation Equality Forum to be held in Mexico City and Paris this year.

International Women’s Day 2020 theme— "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

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