I thank the University for having us today, and I thank the women in the room for inspiring us to do the things that we do. Today is an all-around win, win, win day. I want to also acknowledge the presence of my Deputy Executive Director, Mrs.
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Date: 23 May 2016 In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a statement of unity, overcoming significant political divides.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises.
The situation is very grim in Iraq. We run into many young women who have run away from their homes, who have been trapped by a trafficking group who have put them in brothels, who want to escape to have a better life, and they cannot go back home because they will be killed.
In preparation of the 2016 High-level Political Forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, UN Women is organizing a side event on addressing gender perspectives in the national voluntary reviews at the Forum. The event will take place on 2 May 2016 from 1:15 to 2:30 pm EST at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, in New York. This event is restricted to those who have access to the ECOSOC chamber.
Most mining companies, government and big businesses do not procure from local women-owned businesses. Yet, I resigned from a well-paying job to create a private business in steel and metal manufacturing. I've hired four women in my company so far and I want to create more jobs for rural youth and women.
Imagine going on an ambitious road trip: you’ve got the map, you know where you’re starting from and where you want to go but you’re missing crucial information. Your map, as it turns out, is only an aerial view, lacking key details such as the distance between your start and end point.
To support women and girl survivors of trafficking, UN Women in Albania has been supporting service-providers in shelters with capacity-building and salary subsidies under the project "Preventing and addressing violence against women and girls in Albania", implemented by UN Women with funding from the European Union.
Severely traumatized after losing her four-year-old daughter during the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Kalpana Shrestha is on the road to recovery today, thanks to psychosocial counselling she received at a UN Women-supported multi-purpose women's centre in Sindhupalchok District. To date, the centre has provided psychosocial counselling to nearly 500 women and young girls.
UN OCHA co-hosted a high-level round table on 17 March to highlight the importance of women's and girls' rights, resiliency and leadership roles in humanitarian action, including concerted steps to address gender-based violence.