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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
A week since The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, the social impact of the Corona Virus is hitting women hard, around the world. Globally, women make up 70 per cent of workers in the health and social sector, and they do three times as much unpaid care work at home as men. As first responders, frontline health workers, primary care givers at home and community mobilizers, women are at increased risk of exposure to the virus. They are also playing a disproportionate role in responding to the disease.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Antra Bhatt is a Statistics Specialist with UN Women’s Research and Data Team. Prior to joining UN Women, she was a researcher at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Rome –‘Tor Vergata’, Italy and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
An early years education centre at Ghana’s biggest outdoor market has weathered tough economic challenges to give children—and women—the support they need
Friday, June 14, 2019
Gary Barker is CEO and Founder of Promundo, an international organization working to promote gender justice and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls. As Promundo launched its State of the World’s Fathers 2019 report at the Women Deliver global conference, Barker spoke to UN Women about men’s role in gender equality advocacy, and the importance of closing the gap in unpaid care work.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Valentine Njoroge is a Kenyan journalist and media practitioner. She spoke to UN Women about why it is time to change the narrative of African women in the media. Ms. Njoroge is a trustee of the New Faces New Voices programme led by UN Women's partner the Graca Machel Trust. She is also a member of the Women in Media Network's (WIMN) Kenyan Chapter and conducted a study titled, “Women in Media: what is the narrative?”. Ms. Njoroge spoke to UN Women about her experience working to advance women's efforts in media.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Keynote address by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day on 8 March in New York.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Subhalakshmi Nandi leads the women's economic empowerment portfolio at UN Women’s Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She is a feminist development professional, with 15 years’ experience in the UN and with civil society organizations, and has worked on diverse issues of gender equality and women’s rights. Her work involves research, policy advocacy and programme management, with a focus on empowering the most marginalised rural communities of South Asia.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Forbes Second Edition of the Powerful Women Summit in Mexico on 21 June.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
UN Women today announced the appointment of American award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, Ms. Hathaway will put the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Keynote address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Equal Pay State Launch event with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on 6 June in Ontario.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
In an op-ed for Equal Pay Day in the USA, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile-Mlambo Ngcuka emphasizes the need for urgent and effective action to tackle the gender pay gap and reduce unpaid care work for women and girls.
Monday, April 4, 2016
The labour of caregivers—often invisible and undervalued—is crucial for economic growth and gender equality.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Study finds investments in early child care and pre-school education could create more than 700,000 jobs in Turkey, improve gender equality in the labour market and alleviate poverty through dual-earner households.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Shahra Razavi joined UN Women as Chief of Research and Data in June 2013. She specializes in the gender dimensions of development, with a particular focus on work, social policy and care. In this piece, she reflects on the true meaning of women's 'empowerment' the extent to which women are able to enjoy not only their equal right to work, but also their rights at work.
Friday, May 8, 2015
As much of the world celebrates Mother's Day, this infographic puts the so-called "motherhood penalty" into perspective. Drawing on data from the recently released UN Women flagship report "Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights", it tracks the gender gap in lifetime income, labour force participation rates, paid leave and legal reform around the world.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at a global meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, on 6 May 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a panel discussion for the launch of UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realizing rights,” in London, 27 April 2015.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
UN Women is hosting a Google Hangout on 7 May 2014 from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. EST. Unpaid care work, which includes domestic tasks, caring for people at home and in the community as well as the collection of fuel and water, is generally not recognized as ‘real work’ and is often undervalued by society.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
An op-ed by Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona and UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, John Hendra, on a fundamental structural cause of gender inequality – women’s overwhelming responsibility for unpaid care work in homes and communities all over the world.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
In a UN Women-supported report, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are a major barrier to gender equality and women’s human rights.