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UN Secretary-General's message for International Women's Day 2021

Monday, March 8, 2021

In his statement for International Women's Day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the need to work together with vision and determination to make equality happen.

Why we support women’s leadership

Monday, March 1, 2021

Meet some inspiring grass-roots women leaders who are bringing lasting change to their communities, supported by the United Nations

UN Secretary-General Remarks to the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council

Monday, February 22, 2021

In his remarks at the opening of the high-level segment of the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: "No human rights scourge is more prevalent than gender inequality".

UN Women and UNV launch new Young Women Leaders Initiative

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

UN Women and UNV launch the new Young Women Leaders Initiative to create professional opportunities for leaders of tomorrow and further enhance diversity in UN Women. We invite 10 young women from the Global South to serve as UN Youth Volunteers at UN Women Headquarters in New York starting in April.

Four UN agencies launch first global consultation on Strategic Plans 2022-2025

Monday, December 21, 2020

UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women host joint online discussions from 18 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 on engagement platform SparkBlue

Message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "The global community needs to hear the voices and experiences of women and girls and take into account their needs, especially survivors and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. We must also prioritize women’s leadership in finding solutions and engage men in the struggle."

Urgent action needed to end pandemic of femicide and violence against women, says UN expert

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is overshadowing the pandemic of femicides and gender-based violence against women and girls, Dubravka Šimonovic, special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, said today, calling for the establishment of national femicide watches or observatories around the world to prevent such killings.

Hand over the mic: Women on the front lines of violence against women during COVID-19

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Along with UN Women, our UN partners are working to end violence against women and girls. Hear from women leaders who are part of UN programmes from Kosovo to Kenya, who highlight what they need to stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild after COVID-19.

Calling for nominations for the 2021 UN Public Service Awards

Monday, October 12, 2020

UN Women joins the United Nations in announcing the call for nominations for the 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards.

Inter-Agency statement on violence against women and girls in the context of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In a inter-agency statement, the UN System highlights its dedication to ending violence against women and girls and emphasizes six critical areas for action.

UN Women leads efforts to improve gender equality across the UN system

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It has been two years since the  System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity was launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in order to reach parity at the most senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028. To coincide with the anniversary of the Strategy, UN Women hosted the Global Gender Focal Point (GFPs) Meeting.

Joint statement: One UN for family leave and childcare

Saturday, June 1, 2019

In a joint statement, the Heads of UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNDP and UNFPA committed to strong gender-responsive, family-friendly policies for all United Nations staff, including paid parental leave for all parents regardless of gender, including parents who adopt, foster, or have children through surrogacy or assisted reproductive technology; flexible working arrangements for parents; designated private rooms and appropriate breaks for nursing and pumping; quality and affordable childcare; and child grants for all staff.

Making women count in Vienna

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On 11 April, new Enabling Environment Guidelines were launched, as part of efforts to create a working environment in the UN Office at Vienna that embraces equality, eradicates bias and is inclusive of all staff.

Take five: “One of the main obstacles to gender parity is the glass ceiling”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Angela Mwai leads the Gender Equality Unit at UN-Habitat and serves as the agency’s Gender Focal Point. The Gender Equality Unit works to ensure gender perspectives are encompassed in all of UN-Habitat’s work by mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment in all of UN-Habitat’s policies, projects and programmes.

One year into UN Secretary-General’s System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Today marks the first anniversary of the UN Secretary-General’s System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, a progressive roadmap adopted by the UN to reach parity at its senior levels of leadership by 2021, and across the board by 2028.

Update: Investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at UN Women

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Following our earlier statement on our website, the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a UN Women staff member by the Office of Audit and Investigations (OAI) of UNDP is nearing its completion and UN Women continues to urge for the speedy finalization of the investigation process.

UN Women convenes experts on sexual harassment at the workplace

Friday, August 3, 2018

Feminists, gender experts and UN officials came together to discuss promising practices to curb sexual harassment and assault in a UN Women-organized “Feminist Think Space” from 30 to 31 July in New York.

Take Five: “To change the culture of tolerance of sexual harassment, we need unequivocal leadership”

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Purna Sen is UN Women’s Director of the Policy Division, and has been recently appointed as the UN Women Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In an interview, she explains her new role and what UN Women is doing to address sexual harassment within its own workplace and in the UN system.

Announcer: We are the United Nations, standing together for gender equality

Friday, June 22, 2018

Announcing the launch of a system-wide HeForShe UN platform

Speech: “Only together can great results be achieved” —Åsa Regnér

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Remarks by UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, at the launch of the UN-SWAP 2.0 and UNCT-SWAP

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