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G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council membership announced

Friday, April 9, 2021

Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, has announced the full list of members for the newly formed Gender Equality Advisory Council, which will ensure women are at the heart of the build back better agenda as we recover from COVID-19.

Press release: Activism and commitments to accelerate gender equality mark conclusion of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Generation Equality Forum Mexico concluded today with the unveiling of an Action Coalition blueprint and of new catalytic commitments for gender equality. These set the stage to pass the Forum’s torch to its next step in Paris on 30 June, which will be a major commitment-making moment.

UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance launches Mexico National Chapter at Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 29, 2021

The Unstereotype Alliance today launches a national chapter in Mexico, on the inaugural day of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. A coalition of nine major advertisers and industry associations have united to combat harmful stereotypes in the country’s advertising and media content.

Press Release: Presidents of Mexico and France, UN leaders, youth and civil society call for bold action at the opening of Generation Equality Forum in Mexico

Monday, March 29, 2021

Global leaders united today to call for bold, unapologetic, and concrete progress towards gender equality at the official opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City. Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, officially opened the Forum alongside President of France, Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and convener of the Forum, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. They were joined by youth activist Elvira Pablo and civil society leader Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, representing youth and civil society groups who are partners in designing and co-creating the Forum, as well as by Olga Sanchez Cordero, Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

Press Release: UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights delivers robust blueprint on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in public life

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, world leaders issued today a strong pledge for women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life and the elimination of violence at the closing of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), as the countdown for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico (29 - 31 March) begins.

Press release: Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women

Monday, March 22, 2021

Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Press Release: UN’s largest gathering on women’s rights calls on enhancing women’s leadership in public life in the run up to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 15, 2021

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will call for increasing women’s participation and leadership in decision-making to solve global challenges.

Press release: Women in politics: New data shows growth but also setbacks

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU–UN Women “Map of women in politics”. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.

Press Release: Devastatingly pervasive: 1 in 3 women globally experience violence

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Violence against women remains devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young, shows new data from WHO and partners. Across their lifetime, 1 in 3 women, around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence from a non-partner – a number that has remained largely unchanged over the past decade.

Joint press release from the President of the French Republic and the Executive Director of UN Women: Dates of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Monday, March 8, 2021

We will convene Governments, international organizations, civil society, youth, the private sector and activists from the entire world to make concrete, ambitious and sustainable commitments towards achieving gender equality. This convening will be the culmination of a process launched in Mexico this 29-31 March 2021.

Press release: UN Women data reveals women’s leadership is far from equal and under threat by the pandemic; sharpens imperative for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum

Monday, March 8, 2021

UN Women is intensifying its preparations for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum amidst a back-drop that shows women’s rights and leadership are under threat, and even more exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current projections show that gender equality in the highest positions of power will not be reached for another 130 years. This year’s International Women’s Day rings the alarm on rising threats to gender equality and highlights the need to build back better for a more gender-equal future.

Generation Equality Forum increases momentum: Action Coalitions preview recommendations and launch bold call for commitments

Monday, March 8, 2021

Leaders involved in the 2021 Generation Equality Forum have called for bold new global commitments to catapult progress on gender equality. The Action Coalitions of the Forum are new and innovative partnerships –including governments, feminist and youth movements and organizations, the private sector and international organizations– who will today preview the actions they view as critical to creating gender-equal societies as the world rebuilds post COVID-19. They will also call for others to join them as commitment makers in their milestone effort to accelerate investment and implementation for women and girl’s rights. Their urgent call reflects concern that gender equality – set back by the COVID-19 pandemic – needs redoubled investment and focus if the world’s women and girls are not to fall behind.

Announcing a milestone event for gender equality: The countdown to the 2021 Generation Equality Forum begins

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Government of Mexico together with UN Women, the Government of France, and in partnership with civil society and youth, announces the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City, which will be launched in a virtual format from 29 to 31 March 2021.

ASEAN, Canada and UN Women jointly launch a 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Friday, February 26, 2021

[Joint Press Release] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a 5-year programme to expand and strengthen women’s leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia.

Ireland Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora commits to deepening Irish Aid partnership with UN Women

Friday, January 29, 2021

Originally published by the Department of Foreign Affaris of Ireland Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., today committed to deepening Irish Aid’s partnership with UN Women. Speaking at an online gathering of UN Women and partners hosted by Ireland from Dublin Castle, Minister Brophy announced that Ireland will increase its support to the agency’s work in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular to...

Press release: Emerging and innovative private sector responses to the pandemic that support gender equality – a UN Women and IFC Report

Friday, December 11, 2020

A new report by UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) highlights how companies are responding to the pandemic with practices that support gender equality. The emerging practices that are shared in the report aim to curb inequalities women are facing as the pandemic radically transforms the world of work.

Viet Nam and United Nations convenes global conference to accelerate action on global commitments on women, peace and security

Monday, December 7, 2020

As part of the continuing commemoration of 25 years of the Beijing Platform for Action on Women’s Empowerment and the 20th anniversary of landmark UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, high-level dignitaries, diplomats, political leaders and women organizations and peacebuilding practitioners from around the world will unite in a global event to discuss.

Press Release: United Nations releases USD 25 million for women-led projects battling gender-based violence

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Originally published by ReliefWeb (New York, 25 November 2020) -  The United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has released $25 million from the UN’s emergency fund to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The funding has gone to the  United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) and UN Women who have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of it to organizations run by women that prevent violence...

Press Release: MullenLowe New York and Mediahub launch The UNseen Story

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

MullenLowe New York and Mediahub call to end violence against women, which is on the rise behind the closed doors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Release: As impact of COVID-19 intensifies, UN Women calls for concrete actions to respond to the concurrent shadow pandemic

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off

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