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UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021

Today, on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we join the call for a new social contract that will let us rebuild our world in a way that is forward-looking, equitable and targeted to the most marginalized.

Joint statement by UNFPA and UN Women: Impacts of the compounded political and health crisis on women and girls in Myanmar

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Since February 1, women and girls have been at the frontlines as leaders of civil society organizations, civil servants, activists, journalists, artists and influencers exercising their fundamental rights to express their hopes for the future of their country. Even before the coup, women, who make up 75 per cent of Myanmar’s healthcare professionals, were at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. Now, during a tragic surge in COVID-19 cases, many women continue in their activism and serve their communities while also assuming significant responsibilities as caregivers for sick family members, and for their children’s home-based learning.

Statement on International Widows' Day 2021 by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women

Monday, June 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained health systems, widened socio-economic gaps, and shifted strategic, political, and funding priorities, all of which disproportionately affect women and girls, particularly those who are most marginalized. The doubled risk of death for men from COVID-19 has not only created more widows; the pandemic has in many cases magnified the impact of the challenges they face, for example when confronted by extreme poverty from being disinherited from land and property with no alternative source of support.

UN Women statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Friday, June 18, 2021

Today, as we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women looks ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris and the opportunities that it brings for collective actions that avert repeated cycles of violence and build inclusive and durable peace.

Statement: Set women at the heart of recovery decisions and processes

Monday, June 14, 2021

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the outcome of the summit of G7 nations.

Statement: Women and girls must be at the heart of the fight for climate justice

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Environment Day, 5 June 2021

Statement from UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

In a statement on the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We unite today across the world through a day of anti-racism solidarity and celebrate the rekindling of the global racial justice movement".

UN Women statement for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Friday, May 14, 2021

In marking this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and every day, we emphasize that at UN Women we work for you; we stand with you, and in respect for, honour and celebration of the diversity and resilience of LGBTIQ+ peoples globally.

Statement by UN Women on the situation in Afghanistan

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

UN Women joins the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN family in Afghanistan in strongly condemning the horrific attack near a school in Dasht-i-Barchi, Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed and injured scores of civilians, including many girls. Attacks such as this constitute a grave violation of the rights of children and human rights more broadly.

Statement: This is the time to ramp up, not decrease funding for women and girls

Monday, May 3, 2021

"The ravages of COVID-19 on the lives and livelihoods of women and girls are being seen in every country, from higher job losses, shrinking work hours and greater care burdens, to increased levels of all forms of violence against women, with the development gains of decades reversed in multiple areas. This regression is an urgent driver to further ramp up investment in gender equality and women’s empowerment. Our partners’ continued committed engagement and support are therefore more critical than ever to the work of ensuring no woman or girl is left behind," says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Girls in ICT Day, 22 April 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Today, and every day, we recognize that digital power must be in the hands of girls. We have a unique window and momentum now to secure bold commitments that will ensure girls are connected and empowered to create the brighter futures the world needs.

Statement by UN Women on Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

Saturday, March 20, 2021

UN Women reiterates the concerns expressed by the United Nations in Turkey and other partners regarding Turkey’s announced termination of being a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (the “Istanbul Convention”). We urge Turkey to reconsider its withdrawal.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

Condemn racism and discrimination wherever they occur: act to create racial justice and a gender-equal, inclusive world

Statement on Myanmar by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Friday, March 12, 2021

UN Women aligns with the statements made by the UN Secretary-General in strongly condemning the violent crackdown and the use of lethal force against peaceful protestors over the past month in Myanmar and expresses its deep concern over the targeted and disproportionate violence against women being recorded in this situation.

UN Secretary-General's message for International Women's Day 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

In his statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the need to work together with vision and determination to make equality happen.

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on International Women’s Day 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

In her statement for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Directory Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all."

Statement by UN Women on the continued abduction of school children in Northern Nigeria

Monday, March 1, 2021

UN Women joins the UN Secretary-General in condemning the continued abduction of children from schools in Northern Nigeria, including the most recent abduction of over 300 girls from a secondary school in Zamfara state in Nigeria.

Statement: UN Women calls upon all stakeholders to listen to the voices of women in Myanmar in response to political events

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Today, UN Women stands in solidarity with the women and women’s civil society organizations of Myanmar as they seek to exercise their fundamental right to demonstrate peacefully and express their hopes and desires for the future of their country.

Joint message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Monday, February 8, 2021

In a joint statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay emphasize the importance of making science more open, diverse and efficient.

UN Women statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

This International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is a moment to lead change wherever we have a voice and influence; to fund the approaches we know work and support women’s organizations to do so; to demand accountability for community and state actions; to provide essential support for health and social services for survivors of FGM; and to listen to the voices of adolescent girls and young women, and make it possible for them to decide on what happens to their own lives and bodies.

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