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Thursday, October 10, 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. Amika George is a 19 year old student at Cambridge University, who, at the age of 17, started the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty in the UK.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
The year 2020 will be a confluence of anniversaries including the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), the five-year review of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325, and the 10th anniversary of the creation of UN Women.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times and has recently led an exciting multi-media project releasing on the International Day of the Girl Child (11 October), “This is 18”. It shows what life looks like for girls turning 18 in 2018 around the world, captured through photographs, audio and video. The project was photographed entirely by young women, each of whom was paired with a professional mentor. Ms. Bennett spoke to UN Women about the making of the project.
Monday, October 8, 2018
On International Day of the Girl (11 October), themed “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, meet some amazing (s)heroes who are rising against all odds, inspiring others and innovating for a better future.
Monday, October 8, 2018
After empowering hundreds of girls and young mothers in poor communities across Rio de Janeiro, the joint programme by UN Women and International Olympic Committee enters its second phase
Friday, October 5, 2018
A refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan, Taffan Ako fled to Sweden in 1997 with her family. Today she is the Coordinator of One Young World Ambassadors for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe and founder of EmpowHERment, an organization that assists women and young girls who have been former ISIS sex slaves or victims of human trafficking. Her foundation finances integration projects for children and women in Europe and in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ako was one of the Young Leaders attending the EU Development Days in June 2018 and spoke to UN Women about her experience growing up as a refugee in Sweden and her activism today.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
More than 80 girls from 34 African countries attended the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 10 days in August 2018. The camp served to launch the African Girls Can CODE Initiative, a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Monday, January 29, 2018
As hundreds of youth activists from around the world convene at the United Nations for the annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, from 30-31 January 2018, UN Women spoke to Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Ms. Wickramanayake is the first female Youth Envoy, and have worked on youth issues since the age of 21. Prior to joining the United Nations, in her home country, Sri Lanka, she created a youth movement for civic and political engagement named “Hashtag Generation”, and has served as the member of the Youth Parliament, among other positions.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the UN General Assembly side event “Investing in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Refugee Crisis” on 19 September in New York.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The path to economic empowerment for Afghan women remains riddled with discrimination, violence and unequal access to opportunities. The biggest hurdle in front of them are negative perceptions and stereotypes. A programme by UN Women provides skills training and internship opportunities to young women graduates to kick-start their careers.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day on 12 August, “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”, focuses on the leadership of youth in ending poverty and achieving sustainable development.
Monday, July 25, 2016
For Syrian refugees in Jordan, integration into the Jordanian society is fraught with challenges. Mistrust and rumors taint how each group perceives the other. A project by UN Women organized football camps for adolescent girls, where Jordanian and Syrian girls built friendships and social cohesion.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the launch of the United Nations World Youth Report on 15 July in New York.
Monday, July 11, 2016
This year’s theme “Investing in teenage girls,” calls for action to address the enormous challenges faced by teenage girls across the world.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Youth Annual Assembly of the United Nations on 17 February, in New York.
Monday, December 14, 2015
UN Women welcomes the historic adoption of the first Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security. The resolution, spearheaded by Jordan, and adopted unanimously by Council members on 9 December, recognizes for the first time that youth’s vulnerabilities and experiences of conflict must be differentiated, as must the contribution of both young men and women to lasting peace and security, in particular through the prevention of conflict and sustainable peacebuilding.
Friday, November 27, 2015
UN Women is participating and actively contributing to the First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage, being held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 24–27 November 2015.
Monday, October 19, 2015
On 16 October 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended a remarkable event in Bangkok organized by the YWCA to expand the advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights and symbolically pass the torch to the next generation of feminists.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Speech delivered by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on 16 October 2015, at the 28th World YCA Council, “Bold and transformative leadership – Toward 2035,” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11–16 October 2015.