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I am Generation Equality: Teodora Mileska, champion of sexual and reproductive health and rights

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Teodora Mileska is a student of International and intercultural studies in North Macedonia and an aspiring diplomat for peaceful conflict resolution. She is a senior peer educator for Comprehensive Sexual Education and a concept writer for radio show Seksi Maalo that advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights.

From Cairo to Beijing: 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UN Women sister organization UNFPA is celebrating this week the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) – a milestone in global reproductive health and rights. From 12-14 November, the governments of Kenya and Denmark along with UNFPA are co-convening the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, a high-level conference to mobilize the political will and financial commitments urgently needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action.

In the words of Claudia Macz Chen: “I know the challenges for indigenous girls, I've had to overcome them myself”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

As a mentor, Claudia Macz Chen, 25, works with girls to encourage their empowerment, self-esteem and continued education in rural and indigenous communities in Guatemala. She attended her first training with the Population Council in the Chisec Municipality when she was 17 and has since honed her leadership and advocacy skills. With UN Women’s support, she participated in the National Women’s Forum, having received training on the monitoring of the Guatemalan Peace Accords.

‘Compassion was a key message’

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In May 2018, Ireland voted to overturn its near-total ban on abortions—a long-awaited victory for women’s rights activists.

In the words of Nidhi Goyal: “These spaces belong to everyone”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Nidhi Goyal, 32, is a disabled feminist from India who works on disability rights and gender equality. After losing her sight as a teenager, Goyal committed herself to changing the lives of persons with disabilities, and particularly women and girls with disabilities. As a researcher, writer, trainer, stand-up comedian and advocate, she works to raise awareness on the intersection of the disability rights movement, and the women’s movement.

Speech: Working as one, to enhance the lives of women

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level Ministerial Breakfast Event on the Role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Economic Empowerment of Women

Making the business case for sexual and reproductive health rights

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High-level event on the margins of 72nd UN General Assembly highlights sexual and reproductive health rights are essential to women’s empowerment.

Young people in Kosovo take action to combat violence against women

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo* have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides.

Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

Monday, July 17, 2017

With 1,072 maternal deaths for every 100,000 births, Liberia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In the remote areas, infrastructure and facilities in clinics are often lacking; midwives and health workers have to deliver babies without any electricity at night. With the installation of solar lighting systems by UN Women and partners, conditions have improved in 26 clinics and five newly constructed Maternal Waiting Rooms across Liberia.

Speech: “Young people need their voices to be heard”—Executive Director

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Remarks by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the London Family Planning Summit, Spotlight Session on “Transitions to Adulthood and the Importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Girls’ Empowerment” in London.

World Health Day 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

This year, World Health Day, 7 April, focuses on the issue of depression. Impacting millions of people around the world, depression is the leading cause of illness and disability across the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Abolishing chhaupadi, breaking the stigma of menstruation in rural Nepal

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In rural Nepal, menstruating girls are banished to sheds called “chhaupadi”, where they suffer in cold and isolation, often at risk of illness and animal attacks. To stop the practice, which has been outlawed since 2005, Restless Development Nepal has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to educate young people and break the myths about menstruation in their communities.

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

Monday, June 13, 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil.

Actions intensify in response to the Zika virus in Brazil

Thursday, April 7, 2016

On World Health Day (7 April), UN Women and partners are beginning the second phase of targeted communication efforts around women's rights in response to the Zika virus.

“Women are crucial for a resilient health system,”—Executive Director

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “Every Woman Every Child High-Level event: The Roadmap to Realizing Rights: Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”, 15 March, 2016, New York.

Women must be at the centre of the response to the Zika virus, says UN Women Executive Director

Monday, February 29, 2016

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says the public response to the Zika virus epidemic must recognize its impact on women’s lives, and ensure that their health and social needs are met. She stresses UN Women’s efforts to ensure that women are empowered, their contributions recognized, and their rights and health—including sexual and reproductive rights—kept firmly at the centre of the response.

"Every victim of violence must have prompt access to the full range of essential services" — Executive Director

Friday, December 11, 2015

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the High-Level launch of the Essential Services Package at the Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change meeting in Istanbul on 10 December.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World AIDS Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In her statement for World AIDS day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of breaking down barriers that stop women and girls demanding health care services and realizing their rights.

Lakshmi Puri addresses the World Health Assembly

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Statement by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Lakshmi Puri at the 68th World Health Assembly, held on 21 May 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words…

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