United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

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Orange the world: Fund, respond, prevent, collect
In Focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

As countries implemented lockdown measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, violence against women intensified. At the same time, legal, health and social support services became limited and less accessible. For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020), UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign is amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. More

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    Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women, even during a pandemic

    In 2020, COVID-19 touched our lives in nearly every way, everywhere, as countries went into lockdown and restricted movement to contain the spread of the virus. As doors closed and isolation began, reports of all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, began to rise. Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Here are just ten ways you can make a difference. More

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    Hand over the mic: Video series

    For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec), and as part of the Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is handing over the microphone to five individuals who are working to end discrimination, sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment. Hear their stories in this Hand over the Mic video series and then join us in taking a stand to end all forms of violence against women and girls. More

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    Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!

    The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. More

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    A glossary of terms to know

    A glossary outlining the many forms of violence against women and girls, along with other commonly used terms. More

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    COVID-19: emerging gender data

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page. More

Take action to end violence against women and girls

In a letter addressed to Member States of the United Nations, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged Heads of State/Governments worldwide to take tangible actions and express their commitments to end violence against women, on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December). More

Statement: Rebuilding better together to end AIDS for women and girls

In a statement for World AIDS Day, 1 December, UN Women highlights the need to accelerate action towards gender equality, ending violence, supporting leadership and the full enjoyment of their human rights for all young women and girls, especially those affected by both coronavirus and HIV. More

International Women's Day 2021

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The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. Read more►

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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor.

In a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "As we face COVID-19’s devastation, there has never been a more important moment to resolve to put our combined resources and commitment behind the biggest issues, and to end violence against women and girls, for good."More

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Dismantling domestic violence one action at a time | Hand over the Mic

Sia Kukaewkasem, an advocate, social worker and domestic violence survivor in Thailand, shares her experience of growing up in culture that normalizes domestic violence and urges viewers to take action to support survivors.