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A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monday, September 14, 2020

We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women’s movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women’s rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

Secretary-General's remarks at Town Hall with Young Women from Civil Society Organizations

Monday, August 31, 2020

In his remarks at the virtual Town hall Meeting with Women’s Civil Society in light of the COVID-19 crisis, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a major push to prevent “years, even generations” worth of progress on women’s empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns

Monday, August 31, 2020

Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent “years, even generations” worth of progress on women’s empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

Call for youth-led organization applications for Generation Equality Action Coalitions leadership

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The call for youth-led organizations to apply for leadership positions in the six  Generation Equality Forum Action Coalitions  has been re-opened. UN Women would like to ensure a strong intergenerational focus of the Action Coalitions and place the needs of adolescent girls and young women at the center of the Action Coalitions. The Action Coalitions are global, innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships that bring together Member States, International Organizations, United...

“Women and girls are left behind in COVID-19 response” – warn women’s organizations in Europe and Central Asia

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Women’s organizations across Eastern Europe and Central Asia urged governments and development partners to recognize the unique and vital needs of women and girls in pandemic response and recovery efforts. Activists warned the international community that the world risks a roll back in women’s rights if necessary efforts are not urgently undertaken.

Civil society and youth from the Arab States review Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Friday, December 6, 2019

Over 70 representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) and youth advocates from across the Arab States region met in Amman, Jordan on 26 and 27 November, to conduct a parallel review and discussion on the progress and lessons learned in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action , in the lead up to the Arab States High-Level Conference on the Beijing+25 Review.

Statement by Alaa Salah at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Alaa Salah was selected to represent civil society at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in October 2019. She spoke in her capacity as an activist, community leader, and member of MANSAM, and on behalf of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

From G7 to Generation Equality, partners galvanize for gender equality actions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

At the  74th UN General Assembly, leaders and gender equality advocates from around the world came together to look ahead to the Generation Equality Forum in 2020 and to take stock of the gender equality outcomes of the G7 Biarritz Summit . In August 2019 at the G7 Summit  the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) made concrete recommendations on how to achieve gender equality. Now, the Council is working to galvanize the Biarritz Partnership for Gender Equality by creating a...

The Generation Equality Forum – Save the date!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

Editorial spotlight: UN Women at Women Deliver 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

At the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, from 3 to 6 June, UN Women is joining forces with women’s rights activists, governments and next generations of changemakers, to accelerate progress towards gender equality.

‘Power is not given, power is taken’, UN chief tells women activists, urging push-back against status quo

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

After hearing from many of the world’s top women politicians on Tuesday in a session on “Women in Power”, Secretary-General António Guterres, held a Town Hall meeting for civil society activists where he underscored the importance of women seizing the initiative in the struggle for gender equality.

UN Women statement: Ensuring the protection of women human rights defenders in Nicaragua

Friday, December 21, 2018

UN Women expresses its concern in face of the acts of violence, intimidation and harassment against women human rights defenders and women’s organizations in Nicaragua.

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development.

Youth Dialogue at CSW62 presents policy recommendations for inclusion of young women and girls living in rural areas

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Women and girls who live in rural areas are not at the danger of being left behind, they ARE being left behind," said Lopa Banerjee, Director of the Civil Society Division at UN Women, opening the Youth Dialogue hosted on 17 March, at the 62 nd Commission on the Status of Women. The Dialogue, focusing on the theme, "Leave No One Behind", witnessed spirited discussions revolving around the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of young women and girls...

Press release: As global mobilization intensifies on women’s rights, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spotlight on rural women and girls during the Commission on the Status of Women, focus on critical issues such as ensuring adequate living standards, food and nutrition security, access to land, technology, education, health, and ending all forms of violence and harmful practices

Expert’s take: Civil society has the potential to play a major role in ending violence against women

Friday, September 29, 2017

Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights, including women’s rights, in development programming.

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process.

Why I come to CSW…

Monday, March 27, 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway.

“The clear objective of our time is parity' rooted in women's empowerment” – UN chief Guterres

Monday, March 20, 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with women’s rights activists attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, including how the UN can deliver on its own commitments on gender equality. The town-hall style discussion was moderated by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Speech: “Your leadership and commitment are critical to ensuring a successful outcome of CSW61”—Lakshmi Puri

Monday, January 30, 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” on 30 January.

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