Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and fear, without discrimination. Gender equality is also vital to sustainable development, peace and security.
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On International Women's Day, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs asked some remarkable Heads of Office what motivates them and what challenges they face as female leaders. These are their inspirational answers.
Access to new technologies is important for women in all societies - for access to information and to services, including for banking. Girls should be encouraged to study science, technology, engineering and maths, subjects which open up many opportunities, and more corporate effort is needed to promote women's participation and advancement in the technology sectors.
Today we honour the human rights struggle of millions of women who have demanded respect for their rights and the rights of others. The women’s movement has brought about tremendous change but we must also recognise that progress has been slow and extremely uneven.
The United Nations human rights office today launched a joint report with the African Union and UN Women detailing the progress and challenges to women's struggle for human rights in Africa, while the UN rights chief warned that the women's movement around the world is facing a backlash that hurts both men and women.
International Women's Day UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to focus on the need for parental leave; Planet 50-50 gathers momentum in events around the world.
This year International Women's Day theme - Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 - is putting the spotlight on the gender pay gap, which has slid backwards in terms of progress: According to World Economic Forum's 2016 Global Gender Gap Index, South Asia is projected to close their gender gap in 46 years, Western Europe in 61 years, Latin America in 72 years and Sub-Saharan Africa in 79 years.
UNESCO will celebrate International Women's Day (8 March) at its Headquarters and field office with a roundtable debate on gender equality in the art world, an advocacy campaign for women to be better represented in the media, and an international art exhibition.
In commemoration of International Women's Day, UNFPA is celebrating four inspiring women’s rights activists. These women are leaders in their countries and communities. All have overcome enormous barriers to raise their voices on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized. These four women stood up to demand equality. You should, too.
Join Rotary International, Oppenheimer, and The World Bank as we celebrate International Women's Day. Hosted and sponsored by the World Bank Group Staff Association, the session will illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve the lives of the less fortunate through innovative projects in the areas of education and health.
DAMASCUS, Syria - Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day - an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after fleeing the conflict in northern Syria, part of a wave of displacements that continues to grow.
“The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” These words by activist Gloria Steinem testify to the universal nature of the fight for women’s rights and once a year, on 8 March, we restate our commitment to gender equality as a force driving dignity for all.
Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal despite initially being told by the men in her community that the fish wouldn’t take bait from a menstruating woman.
On Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women's Day.
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 United Nations focal point for ending conflict-related sexual violence is in Iraq where she today met with survivors of rape and other abuse by the Islamic State (ISIL).
Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in the family and manage the house. In many cases this unequal division of labour is at the expense of women’s and girls’ learning, of paid work, sports, or engagement in civic or community leadership.
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
International Women's Day will be commemorated globally on 8 March, with events organized by UN Women in more than 50 countries around the globe, to galvanize attention on gender equality and women's rights issues. This year's theme will focus on "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.
LAMU, Keyna - Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. "I couldn't stop the bleeding. No one could," she said.
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.
A senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the "world's deadliest and most dangerous for children and women," as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped.
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.
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar - Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar's Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are 260 pregnant women. Many of them are sleeping on the roadside, unable to find shelter.
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.
The highest United Nations official tasked with advocating against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war urged today Libyan authorities to protect migrants from rape and other human rights violations.
Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, stressing that the UN Sustainable Development Agenda promises an end to this practice by 2030.
UNHCR welcomes a recent amendment to the nationality law in Madagascar, which gives men and women equal rights to pass on nationality to children. The new law also helps spouses and children to retain their nationality, if a partner or a parent loses theirs.
Every morning, Mrs. Khong rises before dawn to prepare the morning meal and tidy her modest home for her family in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR.
MADRID - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €700,000 contribution from the Government of Spain to support the health and nutritional status of pregnant and breastfeeding women in warn-torn Syria. WFP will use the Spanish contribution to improve women's access to fresh food items in order to improve their diet.