In Samoa, women marrying outside their home village are referred as "nofotane". Nofotane women are often denied any voice in decision-making within their homes and communities. With the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, the Samoa Victims Support Group raised awareness and advocated for
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UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will visit Tokyo, Japan from 1 - 3 December to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW) 2017, an annual conference that convenes leading figures from around the world to share ideas and strengthen efforts to advance gender equality and women's
Despite overwhelming challenges women face at the workplace, "they are not helpless," they will follow their dreams, work to the hardest and achieve their business goals, was a core message on day two of a United Nations forum on sustainable development.
Addressing challenges faced by women in the world of work is a key theme for a United Nations forum on leveraging the power of partnerships to drive the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
"Your fear is controlling you," instructor Amany Abdel-Aal told a roomful of women at a Wen-Do self-defense class, held in a cheerfully painted youth center on the outskirts of Cairo. The students - most of them Syrian refugees - nodded in agreement.
Captain Sanja Pejović is the highest-ranking woman officer in the Armed Forces of Montenegro (AF MNE). She is deputy chief of the Sub-centre for Peacekeeping Operations, and a gender equality coordinator for AF MNE. Captain Pejović was the first woman officer to serve in AF MNE. She serves as a
At the Security Council today, a senior United Nations official called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women's participation at all levels and help ensure UN peace efforts are stronger and more sustainable.
Statement by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security.
To amplify the voices of women, women human rights defenders and women's organizations in conflict-affected settings, UN Women has convened a group of 12 Champions on Women, Peace and Security and Human Rights.
Aurélie Roche-Mair is the Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office, where she manages the International Criminal Justice Programme. As a member of the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster, Ms. Roche-Mair served as the Gender
Recent weeks have seen several high-profile cases of gender-based violence splashed across headlines. Millions of women around the world have demanded an end to these abuses - and, increasingly, people are calling for men to take action as well. In the remote villages of Imishli District, in Azerbaijan, men doing just that.
Women leaders and experts gathered at the UN Headquarters to discuss issues of masculinities, violence against women, and women's participation in peace and justice in transitional societies. With 2 billion people across 35 countries and territories affected by fragility, conflict and
In the lead-up to UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, experts discuss what it takes to document and investigate conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes and pathways to justice for the crimes committed in Iraq and Syria.
Nominations are now open for the four categories: Woman of the Year, Young Woman of the Year (deadline 8th December), The Sue lloyd-Roberts Media Award (deadline 31st January) and the Champion Award (deadline TBC). Please nominate the migrant and refugee women who deserve this award and recognition.
The side event held as part of the Global Compact on Refugees thematic discussions focused on: "The centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for the formulation of the global compact on refugees."
The report finds that in ruralAfrica, women born during extreme droughts bear the marks throughout their lives, growing up mentally and physically stunted, undernourished and unwell because of crop losses. New data shows that women born during droughts also have less education, fewer earnings, bear more children and are more likely to suffer from domestic violence.
Unless progress is accelerated, ending child marriage in West and Central Africa will take more than 100 years, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region's prosperity, the United Nations children's agency has said.
Recently, the United Nations and Mattel, Inc. announced a collaboration to incorporate five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the storylines of the animated children's television series Thomas & Friends™, to be aired in over 110 countries in 33 languages.
On 27 October 2017, the UN Security Council will convene its annual Open Debate on Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. UN Security Council resolution 1325 recognized for the first time in 2000, the role of gender equality and women's leadership in international peace and
"I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much," said Natalia, 19, in Alieu, the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby. "I had no education about this at school. No lessons at all related to this topic.
Meet Hikmah Bafagih, from Malang in East Java, Indonesia. University professor, community organizer, peace-builder, Counsellor, mother, wife-Bafagih has many roles. She is also a religious leader, steering the women's wing of the biggest Muslim organization in Indonesia. Her vision is to create an
October marks World Food Day, a reminder to the international community of the criticality of treating food security as a 21 st Century priority if sustainable development, peace and security and the realization of human rights are to be achieved.
Sepur Zarco was the first case of conflict-related sexual violence challenged under Guatemala's penal code. It was also the first time that a national court anywhere in the world had ruled on charges of sexual slavery during an armed conflict-a crime under international law. In its path-breaking
"My sister was killed after gang rape in front of me, and they threw hot water on my body," Fatima*, 30, told a case worker at a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border since 25 August, escaping brutal violence amid the escalating crisis in Myanmar's Rahkine State.
In Niger, the Diffa Region bordering Nigeria is home to more than 300,000 refugees who have been driven from their homes by massacres, abduction and rape by Boko Haram militants. Women and children are 70 per cent of displaced persons, and have experienced widespread sexual violence.
During times of instability, women and girls are disproportionately impacted by sexual and gender-based violence. This interactive infostory explores the various paths to justice, gives voice to survivors' stories and looks at the critical role investigators play in ending impunity for sexual and
For Khadeja Ramali from Libya, empowering young women to participate in the peacebuilding process is crucial to rebuilding the country post Arab Spring.
On most weekday afternoons, you can find 22-year-old Hiba* working at a salon in Amman. She has a long list of loyal customers and a steady income. But what few of her clients know is that she was once a child bride - an experience that haunted her for years.
After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovowomen survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 - 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.