This International Women's Day, UN Women celebrates the rural and urban activists who have transformed the lives of women around the world. From grassroots campaigns to global movements, women's activism over the decades has paved the way for women's rights and a more equal future.
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Right now women and men around the world are part of an unprecedented movement for women's rights, equality and justice. From global marches to social media campaigns like #MeToo, women are raising their voices in unison, calling out sexual harassment, organizing for unequal pay and women's political representation.
Rural women ensure food security for their communities, build climate resilience and strengthen economies. Yet, gender inequalities, such as discriminatory laws and social norms, combined with a fast-changing economic, technological and environmental landscape restrict their full potential, leaving them far behind men and their urban counterparts.
My story starts when I was one week old, when I went through FGM. I have no memory of going through the process, and I didn't know until the age of 15, when I was forced to get married. I came to New York City on Christmas Day when I was 15 years old to marry a man whom I had never met.
Pursuing joint efforts against gender-based violence, the European Union (EU) and UN Women today launched a women's rights and empowerment programme aimed at strengthening the resilience of Syrian women and girls and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.
In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women's HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment.
Olga Berdeu, 50, is a woman with disabilities from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, who attended UN Women's "We have abilities, we want possibilities!" initiative, which aims to strengthen the leadership skills of women with disabilities in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative ran from June to
Ellen Elecanal spent almost her entire adult life taking care of other people's families in three foreign countries. Now, she's finally back home looking after her own family-but still trying to adapt to a place no longer familiar after being away a quarter century.
UN Women has received allegations of sexual misconduct involving one of its staff members. The case is currently under investigation. We recognize the seriousness with which such a case should be treated. As the UN entity for Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, UN Women works diligently to end sexual and gender-based violence.