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In the words of Nahla Haidar: “States have a due diligence responsibility on the protection of women human rights defenders”

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nahla Haidar is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She has over 30 years of professional experience mainly within the United Nations System, ranging from social development, to relief coordination, to peace-building and human rights. Ms. Haidar is CEDAW’s rapporteur on reprisals and covers cases on women human rights defenders.

UN Women releases CEDAW for Youth

Monday, December 19, 2016

UN Women releases youth-friendly version of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

UN Women statement on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, July 1, 2016

UN Women recognizes the unique and intersecting challenges that women with disabilities face. This makes it all the more critical that women with disabilities are fully represented on panels, committees, human rights treaty bodies and across all areas of leadership so that their voices are heard. It is therefore regrettable that the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will have just one female representative.

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia.

“We have to make next year a great year for transformation” – Nicole Ameline, Chair of the CEDAW Committee

Monday, December 1, 2014

Nicole Ameline has been a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) since 2008 and its Chair since 2013. She is a Deputy in the French National Assembly and, among the many roles she has held, was Minister for Equality in Employment. She currently sits on the French National Advisory Committee on Human Rights and the French Foreign Affairs Committee. She speaks to UN Women about the role of the CEDAW Convention and the Beijing Platform for Action, as we near its 20th anniversary.

Collecting and carrying water, burdensome reality for women

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ahead of World Water Day, UN Women highlights the urgent need to reverse the disproportionate burden on women to provide water for their families.

The Beijing Platform for Action and the Global Development Agenda from the MDGs to the Post-2015 Development Agenda – a speech by Lakshmi Puri

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at a side-event at the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations, New York, 13 March 2014.

UN Women launches first-ever database mapping gender provisions in constitutions worldwide

Friday, December 13, 2013

Global mapping covers 195 constitutions across five regions, in English and original languages

In Paraguay, a visual tribute to the CEDAW Committee

Monday, December 9, 2013

To coincide with Human Rights Day (10 December), the debut screening of a documentary on CEDAW is part of a series of joint activities of UN Women, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Centro de Documentación y Estudios (Centre for Documentation and Research), in Paraguay.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director highlights need to mainstream gender in the disability agenda

Monday, September 23, 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri statement for roundtable on “International and regional cooperation and partnerships for disability inclusive development” at the High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development, New York, 23 September.

In Afghanistan, women and girls strive to get an education

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

In a country where education for all remains a challenge, UN Women is supporting efforts to reach women and girls through English classes and trainings in computer skills. On 10 July, the CEDAW Committee examined Afghanistan’s first report on progress and challenges towards gender equality.

Femicide in Latin America

Thursday, April 4, 2013

While women in El Salvador are working to implement a new law against gender-based killings of women, UN Women and OHCHR have come together to promote a regional protocol against such crimes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Abolishing Sang Chatti: Pakistan works to prevent compensation marriage and other forms of violence against women

Monday, February 11, 2013

As Pakistan prepares for review by the CEDAW Committee of its fourth periodic on 12 February, we take a look at what has been done to crack down on Jirgas and implement other CEDAW recommendations related to ending violence against women.

Q&A with H.E Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women, Pakistan

Monday, February 11, 2013

In light of Pakistan’s fourth periodic report to the CEDAW Committee in Geneva on 12 February, UN Women spoke to the recently appointed Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW). The new and autonomous Commission became part of the constitution on 8 March, 2012.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women turns 30

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

To mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Women and OHCHR will host an event to celebrate its work. The event will highlight the Committee's work on the protection and promotion of women's human rights under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and will include a special focus on women's political participation and leadership.

City councils gather in Nairobi to learn from innovative experiences for making cities safer

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Municipal authorities from eight cities around the world meet in Nairobi this week to advance work to develop their concrete programmes to make cities safer and more sustainable, with a special focus on women, young people and children.

A gift to UN Women showcases the world’s only female writing system from China

Friday, April 20, 2012

A scroll, given to UN Women by a Chinese delegation, has showcased a unique female-only script. Deputy Executive Director John Hendra received the scroll from a delegation of experts from Hunan Province, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The scroll was a translation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), to celebrate UN Women's establishment, and a new exhibition of the writings at UN Headquarters.

Remarks by Michelle Bachelet at the National Conference: “Morocco on the Path towards Equality”

Monday, March 12, 2012

Remarks of Michelle Bachelet,Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the National Conference “Morocco on the Path towards Equality: Legal and Institutional Advances for Gender Equitable Public Policies, 8 March 2012, Rabat, Morocco.

Advancing Women’s Rights Worldwide

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Testimony by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Strasbourg, France 26 January 2012.

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