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In Focus: 76th session of the UN General Assembly

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) opened on 14 September, under the theme “Building resilience through hope - to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations". During this pivotal year, as COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives and economies around the world, it is critical to include women’s voices and leadership in all efforts to build back better, restore balance with nature, tackle the climate emergency, and get ahead of the pollution crisis, while ensuring no one is left behind. More

  • Infographic: Gender equality – Where are we today?

    This infographic highlights progress and remaining challenges for women in a range of areas, from politics, to literacy, to wages and media representation. More

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    Seven ways to change the world

    The Generation Equality Forum brought together governments, feminist leaders, youth, and change makers from every sector, to announce trailblazing gender equality investments, programmes, and policies and marked the beginning of a five-year action journey led by six Action Coalitions and a Compact on Women, Peace and Security, and Humanitarian Action. Learn more about how their commitments to accelerate progress, and how you can #ActForEqual. More

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    Which Generation Equality hero are you?

    At the Generation Equality Forum governments, activists, private sector partners and youth, and leaders from every sector committed investments, programmes and policies that fast-track progress towards an equal future for all. As we start our action journey, learn more about some of our feminist action heroes who make up Generation Equality. Which Generation Equality action hero do you support and aspire to be? More

  • In this photo, Vanadana Gupta, a SEWA community leader checks body temperature prior to distributing ration in Jahangir Puri, New Delhi. Photo credit: UN Women/ Prashanth Vishwanathan

    In Photos: Women on the front lines of COVID-19 in India

    As India emerges from the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, amidst speculations about a third wave coming, UN Women spotlights women on the front lines of the pandemic response in the capital, Delhi. More

  • In-person participants in the opening session of the Generation Equality Forum in Paris gather on stage for a group photo, Paris, France, 30 June 2021. Photo: UN Women/Fabrice Gentile.

    The Generation Equality Forum

    The 2021 Generation Equality Forum was a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in partnership with youth and civil society. The Forum kicked off in Mexico City in March and culminated in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021, bringing together governments, corporations and change makers from around the world to define and announce ambitious investments and policies. More

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  • Beyond COVID-19: A feminist plan for sustainability and social justice

    Beyond COVID-19: A feminist plan for sustainability and social justice
    The “Feminist plan” maps the ambitious and transformative policies—on livelihoods, care, and the environment—that are needed to build a more equal and sustainable future. To get there, it calls for context-specific policy pathways, tailored political strategies, and financing. The plan identifies key levers that can create change and the actors at global, national, and local levels that need to take action to move towards this vision. More »

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Beyond COVID-19: A Feminist Plan for Sustainability and Social Justice

As the world reckons with the fallout of COVID-19, growing inequality and accelerating climate disasters, the need for a shared plan to recover and transform economies and societies has never been clearer.


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Executive Director a.i. stands in solidarity with Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms
Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten  Photo: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

In a statement, UN Women Executive Director a.i. Pramila Patten says: “Women have a right to peaceful protest and to a life free of violence. In taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban authorities assume a duty to respect and protect these rights”. More