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UN Women hosts first high-level event on gender diversity and non-binary identities at UN headquarters

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In the first ever high-level meeting on gender diversity and non-binary identities held at UN headquarters in New York, Member States, UN entities and civil society came together to discuss the current state of LGBTI rights globally.

A teacher in Moldova learns to lead, changing her community for the better and inspiring others

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A local teacher in a remote village in Moldova helped improve the lives of her students and now has her sights set on local leadership, after participating in the UN Women supported "INSPIR-O!" (Inspire it) Mentorship Programme.

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament.

From where I stand: “I was the first woman to apply for a firefighter’s job”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Merve Erbay, 21, became the first woman firefighter in the Turkish Parliament after outperforming competitors in the firefighting exam.

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what’s at stake

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.

From where I stand: “Kids should see their father is not afraid to be weak sometimes, and their mother isn't afraid to be strong”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dmytro Shurov, Ukranian singer and opinion leader, is the first HeForShe advocate in Ukraine. Often appearing at major events with his 14-year-old son Lev Shurov, he speaks about fatherhood, sharing domestic work and child care responsibilities at home.

Samoa’s Nofotane women assert their rights and independence

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

In Samoa, indigenous women marrying outside their home village are referred as “nofotane”. Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for nofotane women’s rights. As a result, a nofotane representative now sits in village council meetings, and men and women alike are changing their attitudes about gender equality.

Statement: Widows’ rights to independent life and livelihood after loss

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UN Women statement for International Widows' Day, 23 June

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

Monday, May 22, 2017

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.

Press release: UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate against women and girls, and ensuring that laws are grounded in gender equality and women’s human rights, and fully implemented, as part of global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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.

Press release: New UN Women HeForShe IMPACT Report puts spotlight on gender equality in global universities

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

At the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 University Parity Report. In the groundbreaking report, 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments and begin charting their progress toward achieving gender parity.

UN Women welcomes new Human Rights Council Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity

Friday, July 1, 2016

UN Women welcomes the Human Rights Council’s decision to appoint an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and calls for full support to the new mandate.

From where I stand: Lucía del Socorro Basante

Monday, June 6, 2016

After taking a diploma on political leadership developed by UN Women, Lucía del Socorro Basante decided to run for office. She was the sole woman elected as a Councillor in the Municipality of Pasto, Colombia.

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’.

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women urges gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030

Friday, March 25, 2016

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.

"What if we switched roles?" new social experiment raises awareness of gender stereotypes in the Arab region

Thursday, March 24, 2016

For International Women’s Day this year, UN Women reached out to the region’s youth to virtually shift roles and see the world from each other’s eyes to challenge stereotypes. A social experiment video engaged 20 young men and women from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria. They were asked to switch roles and answer questions as they think the other gender would.

Press release: “We need to challenge folks to step up,” says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women event

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

At a high-level event organized by UN Women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka call on global leaders to do more for gender equality.

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