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In Their Own Words: Fragments of Palestinian Women’s Stories

From Syria to Jordan, these stories show fragments of women’s lives, shedding light on their triumphs and at times their losses. They all tell a similar story of courage, resourcefulness and a will to choose life and hope in the face of adversity.

The World Bank

Come on a virtual tour of Brazil, West Africa and Mongolia to gain insight into the world of women and work with World Bank Senior Director for Gender Caren Grown and vlogger Pabsy Pabalan-Mariano.

UN Women

Join UN Women on International Women's Day as we put a spotlight on women in the changing world of work. 

UN Women

UN Women expert Shahra Razavi reveals the real value of unpaid care, and how we can reduce the burden on women by tackling entrenched stereotypes.


In the face of family and cultural pressure, Mother Aysha has been working for more than 35 years, buying and selling clothes in the markets of Gaza and making dresses with traditional Palestinian embroidery. This video is the winner of the Best Short Award at the UN Documentary Film Festival in New York.

UN Women

Globalization, digital innovation and climate change, among other factors, continue to change the world in which we work - posing both challenges as well as opportunities in realizing women's economic potential for a better tomorrow. Explore just some facts on where women stand today in the changing world of work.


GENEVA/WASHINGTON - The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Gallup will launch a joint report entitled Towards a Better Future for Women and Work: Voices of Women and Men on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March.

UN Women

Every woman should enjoy her right to decent work. As a global champion for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women asks: What do we need to get there?

UN Women

In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women's cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes.


Malaythip Viengmany is a smallholder fish farmer from the village of Kangphosay, in Lao People's Democratic Republic. Like many in Kangphosay, her income and livelihood has been severely affected by recurring floods.