In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. This was a whopping increase from 2009, when only 12 women candidates had registered.
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In early May 2018, the UN Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time. The delegation to Malawi consisted of the President of the Board, Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations, and six other board members representing Zambia, Finland, Republic of Korea, Panama, Norway and United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit was for the Board Members to observe UN Women's operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country's national development priorities and plans.
Women are powerful actors in sustaining peace but they make up a minority of UN Peacekeeping forces around the world. UN Women supports trainings that prepare female military officers for peacekeeping operations by providing exposure, visibility and opportunities for professional advancement, creating connections to exchange information and provide support, and promoting gender equality and gender mainstreaming in missions.
In Ecuador, ACDemocracia, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, is working to address gaps in service delivery and to guarantee access to justice for women survivors of violence.
The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks and now has more women than men in the senior management team, Secretary-General António Guterres told civil society activists on Tuesday.
This International Women's Day, a new EUR18.2 million regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced. The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors.
In celebration of International Women's Day (8 March 2018), 63 stock exchanges around the world will host a bell ringing ceremony to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women's empowerment.
New York, 7 March - Coming on the heels of unprecedented global efforts for women's rights, equality and justice, International Women's Day, 8 March, will put a spotlight on the tireless work of activists who have been central to these extraordinary movements worldwide.
On 7 March, UN Women will broadcast a Facebook Live conversation ahead of International Women's Day, beginning at 12:15 PM (EST). This online event is an opportunity to discuss how we can transform the recent global momentum created by the women's movement into action, and to empower women in all settings, both rural and urban, to claim their rights and realize their full potential.