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Press release: Women’s organizations in the Arab States region join UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s call for ceasefire in the face of COVID-19

Friday, May 29, 2020

Ninety-one women’s organizations from Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen issued a joint statement to call for a ceasefire in the face of COVID-19, joining a global appeal issued by UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s at the outset of pandemic.

Press release: UN Women raises awareness of the shadow pandemic of violence against women during COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Public service announcement narrated by Oscar-winning actor highlights increase in domestic violence with call to support women in need

Press release: COVID-19 sparks urgency around justice for women, new report calls for action

Thursday, May 21, 2020

A new report documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts forth recommendations to accelerate action and push back against threats to progress.

Press Release: Gender equality experts recommend key actions for COVID-19 response and recovery for G7 leaders

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As the pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and European Commission Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments Hilde Hardeman, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General for Policy Deborah Greenfield today convened Ministers, CEOs, and business associations, trade unions, civil society and academia representatives at the High-Level Roundtable, “The G7’s role in ensuring women's economic empowerment and security in the post-COVID future”.

UN Women delivers lifeline support to women’s and grassroots organizations for COVID-19 response

Monday, May 11, 2020

New York, 11 May 2020 – In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the COVID-19 global pandemic has presented grave new threats to the critical work and very existence of local civil society organizations working on the front lines of crises, making the need to mobilize support for their efforts more urgent than ever before. Women’s organizations and activists are already on the front lines of COVID-19 response and should be an integral part of COVID-19 response and recovery...

“Women and girls are left behind in COVID-19 response” – warn women’s organizations in Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Women’s organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia urged governments and development partners to recognize the unique and vital needs of women and girls in pandemic response and recovery efforts. Activists warned the international community that the world risks a roll back in women’s rights if necessary efforts are not urgently undertaken.

Press release: Women Leaders’ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future issues call to put women and girls at the centre of response efforts

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On 20 April 2020, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, convened and chaired the Women Leaders´ Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and the Future to address the disproportionately negative impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on women and girls and to identify and prioritize policy measures that facilitates a more gender-inclusive recovery path.

Press release: Women hit harder by socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Asia-Pacific, says UN Women report

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The coronavirus is exacerbating pervasive gender inequalities and discrimination facing women in the region.

Press release: Greater support needed for working families as COVID-19 takes hold

Monday, March 30, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its exponential growth, a technical note from UNICEF, ILO and UN Women on family-friendly policies and other good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19 shows that it is essential to support working families to minimize negative consequences for children.

Press release: International Olympic Committee takes leadership role in UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A few days after having made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the olympic games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken a leadership role in the UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative, which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The initiative was launched today by UN Women in partnership with the IOC.

Press release: Twenty-five years after Beijing Declaration, the world “cannot afford” so few women in power

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a dragging pace, with three-quarters of parliamentary seats still held by men, according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, which remains the world’s most comprehensive agenda for gender equality.

Press release: Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Monday, March 9, 2020

The Political Declaration adopted today is the outcome of the 64thCommission on the Status of Women, taking stock of women’s rights on the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Press release: Ahead of International Women´s Day, new UN Women report warns that progress towards gender equality is lagging and hard-fought gains are under threat

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Aligned with 2020 theme, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, the Report issues call to action to achieve gender equality and justice for this generation, 25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action.

Press release: Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

"Because She Watched” collection celebrates the power of storytelling this International Women’s Day

Press release: 25 years of uneven progress: Despite gains in education, world still a violent, highly discriminatory place for girls

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

More girls are going to school and staying in school than ever before, but remarkable gains in education have made little headway in helping shape a more equal, less violent environment for girls, UNICEF, Plan International and UN Women warned today in a new report.

Press release: Safety of women and girls in public spaces is in focus at UN Women-led global forum

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Local and National Governments, women’s rights and community leaders gather in Rabat to discuss safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls

Press release: Launch of ‘Women’s SDG Bond’ gender equality finance initiative

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

On 6 February 2020, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Global Media Campaign Charity to End FGM (GMC) and global law firm White & Case LLP have come together to support the achievement of gender equality by using innovative financial tools.

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.

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