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The world's 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity - and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception, the United Nations said on the International Day of the Girl Child, which kicks off a year-long effort to draw global attention to and action on the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.

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Lupita Nyong'o and Freida Pinto took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York to speak out on gender equality, urging 60,000 Global Citizens gathered in Central Park and millions watching around the world to take action to level the playing field for girls and women.

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SHISELWENI, Swaziland - More than one in five adults in Swaziland are HIV-positive, according to the most recent data, and the rates are highest among women. Despite these dangers, young people - and young women in particular - often lack the information and services they need to keep themselves safe.

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This week in Beirut, UN Women and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia launched a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy.

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Catherine Wolf is a Programme Analyst with UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, overseeing the projects in Africa and Europe and Central Asia. She is based in Turkey, and recently visited a project in Armenia, implemented by Green Lane, a non-governmental organization that works in partnership with

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Despite years of efforts and advances, full gender equality has yet to be realized. There is not one country in the world free of gender-based violence or discrimination. And in too many places, the burdens of inequality fall hardest on the youngest.

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Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec at the Women World Changers Summit in Australia

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Knowing the soldiers would soon return for her two eldest sons, Milly and her children fled the village of Opari, South Sudan, in December 2013, with the screams of neighbours and sounds of gunfire still ringing in their ears.

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UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec will visit Australia this week, from 9 - 12 October, and the Solomon Islands, from 12 - 14 October, to step-up progress on women's empowerment following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her.

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"Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions." These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones.

ndonesian President Joko Widodo (centre) with UN Women and partners. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
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Massive event commemorates International Day of Peace, celebrates women's empowerment and resilient communities Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017 President Widodo, who in 2015 announced his support to UN Women's HeForShe global initiative to advance gender equality, joined with UN Women and the Wahid Foundation, with the support of the Government of Japan, to celebrate the contribution of women entrepreneurs in local development and to emphasize women's roles in promoting peaceful coexistence and resilient communities.

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An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence - the most common form of violence against women in the Arab world - was spotlighted this week at the United Nations regional commission, based in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

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Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017 Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 Bafana Khumalo and the team of Sonke Gender Justice, thank you for this evening.

 

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Vicky Munguriek, 35, from Uganda Job title: Driver in northern Uganda Years at UNHCR: Joined in December, 2016 Why did you become an aid worker? I saw an advertisement in a newspaper for a driver with UNHCR.

 

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In September, the Malala Fund started the Gulmakai Network to support the work of education champions in developing countries and speed up progress towards girls' secondary education around the world.

 

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Shamima Ali is a feminist activist from Fiji. She is the chairperson and one of the founding members of the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women. She has been a Coordinator at the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre for the past 31 years.

 

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Handicap International today published its new report 'Everywhere the bombing followed us'. Based on a survey of 205 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and in-depth interviews of 14 Syrian women refugees, the report reveals the multiple forced displacements caused by bombings. The report highlights the specific impact of destruction caused by these bombings on women.

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Central African Republic: Sexual Violence as Weapon of War Widespread Rape, Sexual Slavery by Armed Groups (New York) - Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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A three-day event on how to, among other things, improve women's involvement in the aerospace sector as well as in the fields of science, technology and mathematics, kicked off today under the leadership of two United Nations offices.

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Myanmar Rohingya abuses may be crimes against humanity, UN rights experts warn CEDAW and CRC have called on the Myanmar authorities to immediately stop violence in Rakhine, and to promptly and effectively investigate and vigorously prosecute cases of violence against women and children.

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Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse - and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about five kilometres from the city of Marawi, in the Philippines, where fighting continues to rage between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN's women's health agency.

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Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa

 

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To share experiences and best practices towards building peaceful communities in South and Southeast Asia, women activists, civil society representatives, experts and governments came together in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25-29 September in a forum hosted by UN Women and the Counter-Terrorism

 

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In South-West Colombia, where the civil war has left a lasting impact, the Nueva Vida (New Life) project, supported by UN Women and funded by the Embassy of Norway in Colombia, aims to boost women's income and participation in the fishing sector.

 

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More than 90 United Nations Member States have signed or intend to sign the voluntary compact on preventing and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse, answering the call of Secretary-General António Guterres to address the scourge.

 

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A scurry of activity greeted visitors at one of Antigua's two largest temporary shelters, National Technical Training Centre, which houses around 70 Barbudans displaced by Hurricane Irma. Shelter manager Samantha Burnette appeared with her phone in hand and a large, welcoming smile.

 

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Agustela Nini-Pavli is a Project Analyst at the UN Women office in Albania, focusing on efforts to end violence against women and girls as part of the regional 'Implementing Norms, Changing Minds' programme. She is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in the integration of human rights,

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UN Women Georgia's new social campaign focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport "Georgian language has no gender prejudice, get it out of your head!" is the key message of UN Women Georgia's new social campaign focused on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport.

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