Ainuru Altybaeva serves as a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, and has been an activist for women's empowerment for over 10 years. She was the initiator of a law on toughening penalties for bride kidnapping, and a vocal participant of the national UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls
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Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her.
"Some people say that it is shameful for girls to go to work or go to school. These are old traditions and conventions." These are the words of Alan and Israa, two Syrian girls who, through a UN Women-supported training and community centre in Beirut, Lebanon, are learning how to repair mobile phones.
We welcome King Salman's decree allowing women to drive, and trust that this now starts the journey to substantive equality for women and girls in Saudi Arabia, with more access to public spaces and life, increased participation in the job market and a life free of violence in all spheres.
Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia.
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Parliamentary Forum second Plenary on "Ending violence, sustaining peace" in Bali, Indonesia.
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.
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls for human traffickers and migrant smugglers to be stopped as part of overall response to refugee crisis.
As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. "They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again," my mother explained.