One of the most persistent barriers to women's success at work and to economic growth, unequal pay, will be actively challenged by a new global partnership, the Equal Pay International Coalition.
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the world to stand in solidarity to condemn sexual exploitation and abuse as he detailed the key initiatives at the heart of his victim-centred approach to address the scourge across the UN system.
Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador and Guatemala abolish discriminatory legislation which allowed this harmful practice against girls and adolescent women Date: Friday, September 15, 2017 Up until 2012, 29 per cent of Latin American girls were getting married under the age of 18.
This week UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new strategy to achieve gender parity across the United Nations - something he described as "an urgent need, a moral duty, an operational necessity - and a personal priority."
In a recent interview with UN Women, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tøernæs, signals strong support for UN Women through core funding and through thematic initiatives, such as innovation. On 20 September, the Government of Denmark and UN Women will sign a Strategic Partnership
Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making
Regent, SIERRA LEONE - "I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air," Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, last month. Ms. Kamara is eight months pregnant from the Motormeh Community in Regent.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) today launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change with partners from the private sector, the academia and non-governmental organizations to encourage innovation and technology work better for young women and girls around the world.
Democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if women-half of the population-are left behind. This year's International Day of Democracy (15 September) theme, "Democracy and Conflict Prevention", calls for "strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law".
An "unprecedented" flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State.
On 14 September, UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation
UN Women and UNFPA fast track funds to Antigua and Barbuda to help women and girls Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 A joint effort by UN Women and UNFPA started the distribution of "dignity kits" containing basic health and hygiene products for displaced women and girls from the Caribbean island of Barbuda, as they arrived in Antigua, escaping Hurricane Irma.
Cherisse Francis says she is a feminist because she believes in gender equality, and believes that to truly experience peace, women and girls must be on equal footing with men and boys. Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 Both in Barbados, where I am from, and in Trinidad & Tobago, where I now live, young women begin their lives as unequal [to boys and men].
Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions,
Business leaders and global experts gathered on 6 September 2017 in London to discuss how the private sector can advance the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment.
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Parliamentary Forum second Plenary on "Ending violence, sustaining peace" in Bali, Indonesia.
"I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money," said Faith, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time.
In Plateau State, UN Women-supported women peace networks are active in four local governance areas of Jos North, Mangu, Riyom and Wase. The networks are increasing the participation of women in conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding, thus furthering the Nigerian government's commitment
As the UN Agency for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, UN Women is mandated to ensure that humanitarian response efforts adequately address the needs and rights of crisis affected women and girls, in all contexts. At the global level and in countries, UN Women supports UN and other
Dilruba Haider is a Programme Specialist on Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Humanitarian Actions, with UN Women Bangladesh Country Office. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Haider worked with UNDP, DFID and local non-profit organizations in Bangladesh. During her 24-year career in this
"I decided that I was going to try to convey some of the lessons that I'd learned about being a human being from the refugees to people around me in my community" Credit: Odessa Rae Kate Daudy is a London-based artist who created 'Am I My Brother's Keeper?'
Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms. Balang was married, and became a mother, while just a teenager.
Beloved storytelling nonprofit The Moth, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, will present a special showcase featuring personal stories told by women hailing from the global south.
At its Second Regular Session, from 29 - 30 August, UN Women Executive Board endorsed the new Strategic Plan, 2018 - 2021. The Strategic Plan outlines UN Women's strategic direction, objectives and approaches to support efforts to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.
A programme on Rural Women's Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates.
Opening Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director UN Women at the Executive Board Second Regular Session,
The Iraqi Government must ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born because of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a United Nations report published today says.