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From where I stand: “There are things for which life doesn’t prepare you”

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rosarged López González, 31, was a natural sciences teacher in her homeland, Venezuela. With her husband and 8-year-old daughter, she decided to leave the country due to the social and economic situation, migrating to the city of Cartagena, Colombia, in March of 2018.

‘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.

Listen, believe, support: the power of mental health care for survivors of violence

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Around the world, one in every three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way—most often by someone she knows. Yet public services, such as quality mental health services, are rarely planned with women’s safety, recovery and healing from violence in mind.

Expert Group Meeting discusses strengthening gender mainstreaming efforts in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

Friday, January 12, 2018

UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, on 14–15 December 2017, to strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in the WASH sector. The report has been released today.

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.

“Through the power of collaboration with health professionals we can make a life or death difference”—Executive Director

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Speech by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General, and Executive Director of UN Women, delivered by Khetsiwe Dlamini, Chief of Staff of UN Women at the Royal College of Nursing International Centenary Conference

Starting a career saving lives during childbirth

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rayhan Alem, 22-year-old native of Badakhsan Province in Afghanistan’s far northeast, has wanted to be a midwife since she was a teenager and a neighbor died giving birth. Now, she is preparing for her career by doing an internship at Ali Seena Hospital in Kabul, with the support of UN Women.

“Remove barriers to women’s full and equal access to drug treatment” —Lakshmi Puri

Monday, May 2, 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the UN General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on drugs side event, “Achieving inclusive, peaceful and equitable societies: the way forward for drug policies”, 20 April, New York.

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.

UN Women receives Presidential Award for action to confront the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Monday, December 21, 2015

In a ceremony on 18 December, UN Women was presented a Presidential Award in Sierra Leone State House in recognition of its contribution to fighting Ebola. During the ceremony 200 individuals and organizations were honored for their work to fight Ebola.

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.

Women’s health in the spotlight at the World Health Assembly

Monday, June 1, 2015

UN Women took an active role at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), which hosted its 68th session in Geneva from 18 to 26 May 2015. It featured a 20-year assessment of the state of women’s health and women’s role in health, as well as the need for gender mainstreaming in this sector.

Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

“I would not have found the opportunity to even go [get screened at all had it not been for this service],” says 65-year-old Ümmügül, from a farming family in the village of Hamamkarahisar, located an hour away from Eskişehir – a central Anatolian city in Turkey. She is one of the 659 rural women living on the outskirts of the city that have already been screened at the Cancer Early Diagnosis, Screening and Information Centre in Eskişehir since rural outreach efforts began in October 2014.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS widows strive to regain their rights after husbands are gone

Friday, June 21, 2013

AIDS widows face additional economic and social exclusion, and for many, living with HIV adds to their vulnerability and stigmatization. UN Women is working with community groups and traditional leaders to empower widows, protect their property and inheritance rights, and provide essential services.

Ensuring women’s rights through better public services

Friday, June 21, 2013

As part of efforts to promote more accessible services for women and girls, UN Women has supported a special category of the UN Public Service Awards on “Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services.” Winners will be recognized 23 June at a ceremony in Bahrain.

Lakshmi Puri: “Gender inequalities affect health outcomes and must be addressed accordingly”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Remarks by UN Women Acting Head and Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at a meeting hosted by H4+ and the Inter-agency Task Team on the Prevention and Treatment of HIV among Pregnant Women, Mothers and Children, during the Women Deliver Conference, 29 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Press Statement by Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Press Statement by UN Women Acting Head Lakshmi Puri at the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia, 28 May.

Experts call for increased efforts to improve maternal and newborn child health in Africa

Monday, April 29, 2013

More than 50 government, civil society, academic and United Nations experts came together for a meeting coordinated by the African Union (AU) in partnership with UN Women from 24 to 26 April in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to review key frameworks and initiatives on maternal and newborn child health and recommend actions for reduction of maternal and child deaths in Africa.

Ensuring mothers do not die when giving life

Friday, April 5, 2013

A programme in seven countries advances efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality highlighting the links between violence against women and maternal health, and training midwives and community health workers to bring long-term change.

Statement by Michelle Bachelet at the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders’ Forum

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Statement by Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women at the Inaugural dinner of the Harvard Ministerial Health Leaders' Forum. Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. 3 June 2012.

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