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.
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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,
They learn how to cook in the wild, care for the environment, and problem-solve in difficult circumstances. But the world's 50 million Scouts are taught much more than that. They learn the values and personal skills that make the world a better place.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS New World Bank report "The Rising Tide: A New Look at Water and Gender" shows how water often reflects, and even reinforces, gender inequality. This report will help those who want to advance social inclusion in water, close gender gaps, and lift those who all too often are left behind or left out.
A new programme supported by UN Women in Kazakhstan is demonstrating a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing violence against women. More cases of sexual abuse and domestic violence are being reported, specialized centres have been set up in each district to provide comprehensive services for
The One Stop Centre that was recently set up in Ramallah as part of a joint UN Women, UNDP and UNICEF programme, is one of a kind. The 24-hour facility provides various services that survivors of violence need-medical, legal aid, temporary shelter and police protection-all under one roof. Since
Sileshi Deguale was busy working alongside his family, preparing their land for planting season, but he paused to recall how difficult the work was last year. His wife had been too ill to help with the farming.
The Supreme Court of India gave a landmark judgment on 22 August, declaring the practice of unilateral and instantaneous triple talaq under the Muslim personal law unconstitutional by a 3:2 majority. The triple talaq is a practice under which a Muslim man can instantly divorce his wife by uttering
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 On 21 September, UN Women will host the 2017 Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders' Forum for Women and Girls and Gender Equality in New York. The high-level Forum, taking place on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, will convene business and philanthropy leaders from around the world who are committed to investing in the empowerment of women and girls.
The shelter, known as La 72, is run by Friar Tomás González Castillo, a member of the Christian religious order of Franciscans. Friar Tomás has championed the rights of asylum-seekers in Mexico, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, collectively known as LGBTI.
Syar S. Alia is a young woman advocate for gender equality from Malaysia. Her journey as an advocate began with the first Young Women Making Change workshop for cis and trans women in Malaysia, supported by UN Women Fund for Gender Equality.
This report examines first of all what 'a gender perspective' in peace agreements might mean, suggesting that the term has not been fully enough considered. It also produces data on when women have been specifically mentioned in peace agreements, between 1 January 1990 and 1 January 2015.
Massah Lewally was one of the first female drivers in the UN system in Sierra Leone. She took up driving so that she could visit the UN projects and learn more.
Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Jane Connors, Australian law professional and long-time human rights advocate, as the first United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.
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.
Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. UN Women is leveraging its partnerships to ensure women's leadership in humanitarian response in Sierra Leone and to meet the urgent
"I want to be a doctor someday," said Shaina Macmac, 16, a senior at the WPU-Agricultural Science High School in Palawan, a southwestern province of the Philippines. "Aspirations in life drive young girls like me to push forward even though we face challenges every day."