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Op-ed: Unequal under the law

Monday, June 24, 2019

Too many countries enshrine different legal rights for men and women. Why is this, and how can we rid legal systems of this long-standing prejudice?

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Paris, France

Monday, May 13, 2019

In her remarks at the G7 ministerial meeting on gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted legislation as an important instrument for change that is systemic and irreversible.

Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions.

UN Women and partners launch new initiative to repeal discriminatory laws worldwide

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A high-level event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on 20 March, launched the “Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: A Multistakeholder Strategy for Accelerated Action”. The strategy, developed by UN Women, the African Union, Commonwealth, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Secretaría General Ibero-Americana, and many other UN and NGO partners, seeks to fast-track the repeal or revision of discriminatory laws in 100 countries by 2023.

New global report calls for urgent measures to close justice gap for women

Friday, March 15, 2019

The High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), comprising of justice, human rights and gender experts from different parts of the world, launched a pathbreaking global report on Justice for Women on 13 March, at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law promises new hope for women in Southern Philippines

Monday, March 4, 2019

Following decades of struggle for peace in southern Philippines, the Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified in July 2018. The law creates a new political entity to replace the existing autonomous region, which is home to 13 ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao.

Historic day for women in Lebanon as Parliament repeals rape law

Friday, August 18, 2017

On the heels of Jordan and Tunisia scrapping discriminatory rape laws, the Lebanese Parliament agreed on 16 August, to abolish the Penal Code Article 522, the infamous “rape law” or “rape-marriage” law, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married his victim.

From where I stand: “Women have to be at the heart of the Africa of tomorrow”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mehrezia Maïza Labidi chaired many of the plenary sessions that led to the birth of Tunisia’s new constitution, which includes a clause guaranteeing women’s rights. A vocal advocate for young women's participation and leadership in politics, she took part in the High-Level Women Leaders’ Forum for Africa’s Transformation and the launch of the African Women Leaders’ Network.

Take Five: “In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”

Friday, February 10, 2017

As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begona Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women initiative, Roadmap for Substantive Equality:2030, launching on 14 February at the UN Headquarters, which will coordinate efforts to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls.

Signaling a boost for gender equality, Liberia passes the ‘Affirmative Action Bill’

Monday, October 3, 2016

On 29 September, the Liberian House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven ‘Special Constituencies’, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled.

Strong steps forward for the African continent as Nigeria and Liberia undertake new legislation

Friday, September 30, 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the occasion of parliamentarians in Nigeria and Liberia taking positive steps to directly support inclusivity and create opportunities for women.

Moldova takes historic step to promote gender equality in politics

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New law mandates minimum 40 per cent women in cabinet and party lists, gives men 14 days paid paternity leave, and prohibits sexist ads and language in media.

Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This year’s International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is the first in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka details how the agenda’s emphasis on universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination, sets common goals to achieve a world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality, all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed, and ‘no one is left behind’.

Morocco hosts one of the largest gatherings of Arab women parliamentarians for a gender-balanced policy agenda

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s priorities.

Libyan women forge agenda for peace

Monday, November 23, 2015

Libyan women are fighting for their right to a voice in the shaping of the future of their country.

Young Palestinians push for a gender-equal Constitution

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

More than 700 young Palestinians have received leadership and gender-sensitivity training and several have collectively drafted an alternative constitution that challenges the status quo.

Women in power and decision-making: Strengthening voices for democracy

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strengthening women's role in power and decision-making is one of the 12 critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20 next year. Giving women a greater voice in all spheres is central to achieving change and boosting women’s leadership and political participation is one of UN Women’s seven key areas of work.

Tunisia’s new Constitution: a breakthrough for women’s rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Following the revolution and months of protests starting in 2011, Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly adopted a new Constitution on 26 January 2014, considered a harbinger of change for gender equality in the Arab States.

Strengthening Voices for Democracy

Friday, September 13, 2013

For International Day of Democracy, we spotlight UN Women’s work to strengthen women’s voices, leadership and political participation.

Women make up more than one-third of Zimbabwe’s new Parliament

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

At a historic 35 per cent, women’s representation has more than doubled for the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, due to a special Constitutional measure applied during the recent general elections.

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