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Taiz, Yemen, 2021.   Ola al-Aghbary is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sheba Youth Foundation for Development. An activist since 2011, she focuses on youth and women empowerment to foster positive change within Yemeni communities and society.   Photo: UN Photo/Heba Naji
In Focus: Women, peace and security

The UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, on 21 October, is focusing on investing in local women peacebuilders – a key strategy to deliver on these commitments. The evidence is clear: women’s participation in peacebuilding generates more buy-in from communities and makes peace more durable. As governments, humanitarian actors, and peacebuilders from Colombia to Afghanistan meet at the UN this week, we're sharing news, updates and voices of women peacebuilders. More

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    Orange the world: End violence against women now!

    The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” More

  • Learn the facts: Rural women and girls

    Learn the facts: Rural women and girls

    Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts. 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

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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-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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The fight for women’s and girls’ rights in a changing Afghanistan

UN Women is committed to #StayandDeliver in Afghanistan, where recent rollbacks on women’s rights have evoked fear for Afghan women and girls.


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“Enough: We cannot stall progress any longer”
Ms. Sima Sami Bahous. Photo:  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

In her remarks to the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous said: "If we want to see a tangible difference in the lives of women and girls and a paradigm shift in the way we confront peace and security issues, we need governments to step up." More ►