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Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

Monday, December 2, 2019

Ministers and high-level officials from 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to intensify priority actions towards realizing women’s rights and fundamental freedoms for an equal future. The Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review was adopted after intense negotiations at a three-day Ministerial Conference, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific this week.

Press release: UN Women announces United Nations Police Adviser Luís Carrilho as HeForShe Advocate for gender equality

Monday, November 25, 2019

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and inaugural day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women announced Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser in the Department of Peace Operations, as its newest HeForShe Advocate supporting the movement for gender equality.

Press release: UN Women rallies partners to take a stand against sexual violence on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday, November 25, 2019

From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, multiple events worldwide, such as marches, art competitions, cycling rallies and marathons will be organized as part of the UN System wide activities for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, to urge actions to end this scourge that impacts one in three women worldwide.

UN Women Executive Director kicks off the UNiTE campaign to end gender-based violence during the UN Trust Fund to end Violence Against Women grantee Convention

Monday, November 4, 2019

At the first ever grantee Convention of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund), UN Women today kicked off its annual activities for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence against Women campaign in support of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Press Release: HeForShe at the World Scout Jamboree, Youth Leading the Way

Friday, August 2, 2019

World Scouting, in partnership with HeForShe – the global solidarity movement for gender equality, invites international Scouts to commit to gender equality, engaging over 40,000 Scouts at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

Press release: IIX and UN Women partner to empower millions of women through innovative finance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

With the shared goals to close the funding gap for advancing gender equality and the dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, IIX and UN Women will collaborate on a series of activities including the development of financial instruments that leverage public funding to unlock greater private capital for women; the engagement of new actors to increase investments that are sensitive to gender issues; and a commitment to measure social and economic outcomes for women beneficiaries. The partnership, announced at a signing ceremony in New York today, aims to unlock billions in capital for millions of women.

Press release: To accelerate gender equality, UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, today called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.

Press release: Young leaders propel African authorities to deliver actions to end FGM and child marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The first African Summit to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage convened by the governments of Senegal and The Gambia, in partnership with the survivor-led NGO, Safe Hands for Girls, and with the support of multilateral organizations, including UN Women, UNFPA and the World Bank, took place in Dakar, Senegal on 16-18 June 2019.

Press release: New UN Women report puts forth policy agenda to end gender inequalities within families

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

“Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World” examines how the transformations in families impact women’s rights, and reveals most countries can afford family-friendly policies

Press release: FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

Friday, June 7, 2019

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva appointed as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of world-renowned soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals Advocates for 2019-2020. The Advocates are 17 influential public figures who are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the Goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and scalable action to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Press release: UN Women announces global intergenerational campaign to bring women’s rights and empowerment to the forefront

Monday, May 6, 2019

To mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Platform for Action in 2020, campaign “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future” will catalyze global actions on gender equality

Press release: Cannes Lions honours UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with LionHeart Award 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

Cannes Lions has today announced Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, as the recipient of the 2019 Cannes LionHeart in recognition of her advocacy for women, human rights, and social justice throughout the world, and for her leadership of the industry-wide diversity initiative, The Unstereotype Alliance.

Press release: Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving signifcant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women.

UN Commission on the Status of Women delivers roadmap on ensuring women’s social protection, mobility, safety, and access to economic opportunities

Friday, March 22, 2019

After two weeks of intense dialogue, the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) concluded today in New York with a strong commitment by UN Member States to safeguard and improve women’s and girls’ access to social protection systems, public services and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that their design and delivery is transformed to prevent discrimination and create a ‘level playing field’ for women and girls.

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