From the rise of the #Metoo movement to numerous new laws on violence against women and the conviction of the 'butcher of Bosnia' for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, this timeline is a selection of some of the noteworthy moments for women's rights and gender equality from around the world this year.
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UN Women under the Young Women and Leadership Project (YWLP) implemented in partnership with FOWODE. From the training, she got to understand issues of gender equality and the equal roles men and women have to play towards achieving peace and development.
At only 19, Michelle Zeledón, from the north of Nicaragua, has been through a lot. She watched her father beat her mother, and endured years of his verbal abuse. "One time, during the Holy Week, my dad tried to kill my mother," she told UNFPA.
Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri was among top six diplomats and luminaries to receive the inaugural Diwali "Power of One" award at an award ceremony held at the UN Headquarters on 11 December.
During her first visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain on 6 December, during the 16 Days of Activism, Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated a UN Women programme office in the UN House.
I am honored to receive the 'Power of One' Award from the Diwali Foundation USA and would like to thank and congratulate the founder, inspiration and personification of this concept Ranju Batra and her equal half Ravi Batra.
"I was at the lowest of lows, at the very bottom, when I found this UN Women programme," says 60-year-old Blah Pauline Ninhouet, from Korhogo, a region in the northern part of Cote d'Ivoire.
The past two days really have been a wonderful time for us to take the legacy of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel Report on Women's Economic Empowerment a step forward and to implement the recommendations.
Kicks off the joint programme to advance business opportunities for women, with UAE and Proctor & Gamble
Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence A 16-part blog series by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.