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Secretary-General appoints Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women

Monday, September 13, 2021

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.

UN Women Executive Board to convene second regular session 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s second regular session on 14–15 September 2021, primarily online.

UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s annual session from Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

Join us for the #ActforEqual Week of Action ahead of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Monday, May 24, 2021

From 31 May to 6 June, The Generation Equality #ActForEqual Week of Action will showcase young leaders and their activism, demonstrate why the Generation Equality Forum is important for all generations, and how the Action Coalitions can accelerate concrete change for women and girls.

Private sector companies support International Women’s Day and amplify UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign

Monday, March 8, 2021

Throughout the month of March, a variety of private sector companies are partnering with UN Women to support International Women’s Day and further amplify the Generation Equality campaign.

Generation Equality Film Festival opens for submissions

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Generation Equality Film Festival will take place during the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, with the partnership of civil society. Kicking off in Mexico City on 29–31 March 2021, and culminating in Paris in June 2021, the Forum will secure a set of transformative commitments for gender equality.

18 new leaders join bold global drive for gender equality: Organizations join forces ahead of landmark 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Eighteen new organizations have stepped up to steer Generation Equality ‘Action Coalitions’ – innovative partnerships of member states, corporations, youth-led, civil society and international organizations and philanthropies, designed to propel a dramatic acceleration in gender equality.

UN Women Executive Board to convene First Regular Session of 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

The UN Women Executive Board will convene for this year’s First Regular Session from Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 February 2021, remotely via the Zoom Platform.

UN Women launches global call to creatives: Artivism for Gender Equality

Monday, February 8, 2021

As part of our Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is issuing a global call for original artwork that visualizes and celebrates activism for gender equality. As we approach International Women’s Day (8 March) and as world leaders and activists prepare for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum –– a global gathering to invest and innovate for gender equality –– we are mobilizing to bring change, and we want you to join us.

Comic and cartoon competition

Monday, January 18, 2021

UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—is organizing a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life. Submission deadline: 14 March 2021.

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.

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