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UN Women
Jul 15, 2024

Gender bonds: A promising solution to accelerate SDG5
With the Sustainable Development Agenda deadline only seven years away, there is still much work to be done to achieve SDG5, which calls for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. UN Women research indicates that at the current rate of progress, it will take centuries to reach this goal. However, gender bonds offer a promising solution for direct financing towards projects that reduce gender inequalities and promote women's empowerment.

UN Women
Jul 11, 2024

Joint UN statement calling for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all
Statement by UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, and UN Women marking World Population Day 2024.

UN Women
Jul 05, 2024

Five things to know about women and sport
Women's sports are on a winning streak, reaching new heights and shattering records. From the Olympics achieving gender parity to the growing audience for women's sports, there is much to celebrate and explore. Yet many gender gaps remain. Here are five key things to know about women and sport:

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Unpacking the care society: Caring for people and the planet
The impacts of crises are not gender-neutral. Protracted conflicts and the accelerating impacts of climate change have increased care demands on women and girls. When these demands grow, and public systems are unable to cope with increased pressure, women and girls absorb the bulk of care work.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Five essential facts to know about femicide
Gender-related killings (femicide/feminicide) are the most brutal and extreme manifestation of violence against women and girls. Defined as an intentional killing with a gender-related motivation, femicide may be driven by stereotyped gender roles, discrimination towards women and girls, unequal power relations between women and men, or harmful social norms. Despite decades of activism from women's rights organizations as well as growing awareness and action from Member States, the available evidence shows that progress in stopping such violence has been deeply inadequate.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

New report shows how feminism can be a powerful tool to fight climate change
By 2050, climate change may push up to 158 million more women and girls into poverty and see 236 million more face food insecurity. The climate crisis fuels increases in conflict and migration, as well as exclusionary, anti-rights political rhetoric targeting women, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. Those dire trends—and ways to reverse them—are charted in a new report by UN Women titled "Feminist climate justice: A framework for action."

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Explainer: How gender inequality and climate change are interconnected
Gender inequality coupled with the climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It poses threats to ways of life, livelihoods, health, safety and security for women and girls around the world.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Explainer: Why women need to be at the heart of climate action
Those who are most affected by climate change today-women, girls and marginalised communities-must be involved in the design and implementation of climate response actions to ensure the equal sharing of benefits.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Power on: How we can supercharge an equitable digital future
From online learning and digital activism to the rapid expansion of high-paying tech jobs, the digital age has generated unprecedented opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls. But advancing technology is also introducing new forms of inequality and heightened threats to their rights and well-being. In the face of escalating global crises, we stand at a crossroads: allow technology to widen existing disparities and further concentrate power in the hands of the few, or put it to work on behalf of a safer, more sustainable, more equitable future for all. The choices we make today will profoundly impact our path forward. Here are four steps we can take in the right direction.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Ten ways to prevent violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, affecting one in three women. Addressing and eradicating it requires more than just reacting to violence when it happens; it mandates proactive and innovative solutions.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Take action: 10 ways you can help end violence against women
Ending violence against women is everyone's business. Here are ten ways you can make a difference, safely and effectively. The article includes links to useful resources and helplines should you be worried about a woman or girl's safety.

UN Women
Jun 28, 2024

Creating safe digital spaces free of trolls, doxing, and hate speech
Despite the enormous potential of technology, digital tools, and the internet, these have also perpetuated gender disparities and introduced new forms of oppression for women and girls.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2024

‘You have the power to change' - Young women in South Africa break through stigma and poverty and inspire others
Through the Young Women for Life Movement, young women in South Africa have found ways to break free of the cycle of poverty and violence. The movement-building programme, supported by the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference and Peace Commission, UN Women and  UNAIDS, works with poor and marginalized women and girls, including those affected by gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2024

Media briefing at the Palais des Nations by Maryse Guimond, UN Women Special Representative in Palestine
From 10 - 18 June, UN Women Special Representative in Palestine visited Gaza and met with representatives of women-led organizations providing vital services on the ground. This is a summary of her briefing to the media upon return at the Palais de Nations, Geneva.

UN Women
Jun 27, 2024

At least 557,000 women in Gaza are facing severe food insecurity
A high risk of famine persists across the Gaza Strip as long as the ongoing conflict continues and humanitarian access remains restricted, according to a new report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC).

UN Women
Jun 23, 2024

In the biggest electoral year in history, 113 countries have never had a woman Head of State, new UN Women data shows
Globally, women's underrepresentation in decision-making remains as a stark reality, according to UN Women's global data on Women Political Leaders 2024. UN Women's new data on gender parity across leadership positions is published as the world commemorates the International Day for Women in Diplomacy on June 24, created to recognize and celebrate the ways in which women are breaking barriers and making a difference in the field of diplomacy.

UN Women
Jun 20, 2024

Speech: Nurturing together our crucial, radical mandate
Closing remarks by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women, at the Executive Board Annual Session.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2024

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day
On World Refugee Day, UN Women urges that governments recognize the rights of women and girl refugees and make substantial investments to provide the services, support, and protection they urgently require.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2024

UN Women statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, and every day, UN Women unequivocally condemns all acts of sexual and gender-based violence wherever, whenever, and against whomever they are perpetrated.

UN Women
Jun 19, 2024

In search of safety - LGBTIQ people on the move
While recent decades have marked major advances for LGBTIQ people's human rights, today an estimated 2 billion people live in places where consensual same-sex relations are criminalized, in some contexts, punishable by death. It is estimated that only 37 countries grant asylum to persons experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or sex characteristics. Here are five takeaways from UN Women's latest research on the migration experiences of LGBTIQ people.

UN Women
Jun 18, 2024

Speech: UN Women: enabling, influencing, supporting and empowering
Opening Statement of UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the Annual Session of the Executive Board, June 18, 2024

UN Women
Jun 14, 2024

‘Refugee women's voices matter' - Meet Grace Neima Khemis, the first woman Chairperson of her Refugee Welfare Committee
Half of all refugees are women, yet their voices are often absent from decision-making. A UN Women programme in Uganda trains women refugees to lead. On World Refugee Day (20 June), get inspired by the story of Grace Neima Khemis.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2024

Breaking barriers, building futures - a second chance for women refugees and the communities that host them in Uganda
Uganda hosts 1,644,870 refugees today, and nearly 56 per cent of them have come from South Sudan, fleeing conflict and hunger. Globally, nearly half of all people forced to flee are women and girls, carrying untold stories of resilience and unseen potential. Often, the communities they escape to are also poor. Yet, they persevere, dream and break barriers in search for a better life. On World Refugee Day, meet three women who broke stereotypes and are inspiring others to do the same.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2024

LGBTIQ migrants face unique risks, starting with the perception that they are second-class citizens - Interview with migrant rights activist Rey Perez Asis from The Philippines
Even as the backlash against gender equality and rights intensify, only an estimated 37 countries grant asylum to persons experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC). A new paper by UN Women shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ ) migrants face heightened risk of human rights violation at all stages of migration. UN Women spoke to migration expert and activist Rey Perez Asis, from Manila, Philippines, about the challenges.

UN Women
Jun 14, 2024

In search of safety - LGTBIQ people on the move
While recent decades have marked major advances for LGBTIQ people's human rights, today an estimated 2 billion people live in places where consensual same-sex relations are criminalized, in some contexts, punishable by death. It is estimated that only 37 countries grant asylum to persons experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or sex characteristics. Here are five takeaways from UN Women's latest research on the migration experiences of LGBTIQ people.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2024

New alliance promotes gender-responsive recovery efforts in Ukraine
N Women Ukraine has spearheaded a new effort, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine: the "Alliance for Gender-Responsive and Inclusive Recovery" which was launched at the Ukraine Recovery Conference on 12 June 2024 in Berlin.

UN Women
Jun 12, 2024

Call for action: Urgent humanitarian response for Gaza
Remarks by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director at the Conference "Call for Action: Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza," in Sweimeh, Jordan.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2024

UN Women urges immediate global action to end oppression of Afghan women and girls
Women's rights in Afghanistan have always been a matter of fierce struggle over regimes and generations, but the oppression that Afghan women and girls are experiencing since August 2021 is unmatched in terms of scale and generational impact.

UN Women
Jun 09, 2024

Palestinian women-led organizations must be at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Gaza and the West Bank
UN Women's latest Gender Alert on the war on Gaza reveals the staggering challenges Palestinian women-led organizations face, highlights their unwavering commitment to save lives, and calls for urgent, coordinated investments in their operations on the ground.

UN Women
Jun 04, 2024

Op-ed: Building accountability to achieve feminist climate justice
Feminist climate justice seeks a world where everyone can flourish on a healthy and sustainable planet, where those in power serve and are accountable to all, particularly marginalized groups such as women and girls. Achieving this will take action on many fronts—to strengthen democracy, human rights, and global collaboration.

UN Women
Jun 03, 2024

Statement: Women's leadership and collective action are crucial for our common future
UN Women statement for World Environment Day, 5 June 2024

UN Women
May 31, 2024

Statement: No time to lose as famine stalks millions in Sudan amid intense fighting and access denials
Time is running out for millions of people in Sudan who are at imminent risk of famine, displaced from their lands, living under bombardments, and cut off from humanitarian assistance.

UN Women
May 31, 2024

UN Women advocates for gender equality at 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States
Achieving gender equality in SIDS demands a response that overcomes the nations' obstacles and transforms their vulnerabilities into tools of resilience, innovation, and equality.

UN Women
May 30, 2024

UN Women Executive Board makes landmark field visit to Moldova and Ukraine
Panama Ambassador and President of the UN Women Executive Board Markova Concepción Jaramillo, accompanied by the ambassadors of Sweden and Côte d'Ivoire, and representatives from Poland, conducted a landmark visit to Moldova, Ukraine, and Poland from 14 to 24 May 2024, to strengthen partnerships and advance gender equality amidst the challenging context of the region. The Executive Board is the governing body responsible for providing intergovernmental support and overseeing the operational activities of UN Women.

UN Women
May 28, 2024

Speech: Seize opportunities, rise beyond challenges, recommit and push forward, boldly
Remarks to the Security Council "Maintenance of international peace and security: the role of women and young people" by Sima Bahous, USG and UN Women Executive Director

UN Women
May 28, 2024

LGBTIQ communities and the anti-rights pushback: 5 things to know
State and non-state actors in many countries are attempting to roll back hard-won progress and further entrench stigma, endangering the rights and lives of LGBTIQ people. These movements use hateful propaganda and disinformation to target and attempt to delegitimize people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and sex characteristics.

UN Women
May 23, 2024

‘Women peacekeepers are stronger than you think' - Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Rubana Nowshin Mithila
As the United Nations prepares to mark the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers (29 May), paying tribute to the dedication and sacrifice made by peacekeepers around the world, UN Women spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Rubana Nowshin Mithila about her experience as a woman in peacekeeping.

UN Women
May 23, 2024

Period poverty costs too much, take action to end it
Every month, more than two billion people[1] around the world menstruate. Although a natural and healthy process, menstruation - or period - interrupts lives, rights and freedoms of millions of women and girls, because they cannot afford or access menstrual products, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, and lack education and awareness to manage their menstrual health and hygiene.

UN Women
May 23, 2024

Period Poverty - why millions of girls and women cannot afford their periods
Millions of women and girls worldwide still cannot afford menstrual products or access water and sanitation facilities to manage their menstrual health and hygiene. Periods make them miss school, work, and negatively impact their health, but it does not have to be that way. Find out what is period poverty and who is affected.

UN Women
May 22, 2024

Artificial Intelligence and gender equality
The world has a gender equality problem, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) mirrors the gender bias in our society. Although globally more women are accessing the internet every year, in low-income countries, only 20 per cent are connected. The gender digital divide creates a data gap that is reflected in the gender bias in AI.  Who creates AI and what biases are built into AI data (or not), can perpetuate, widen, or reduce gender equality gaps.

UN Women
May 16, 2024

UN Women statement on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
The theme of this year's International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, ‘Leave No One Behind: Equality, Freedom and Justice for All', underscores the urgent need to address the persistent discrimination, violence, and marginalization faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ ) persons worldwide.

UN Women
May 15, 2024

In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
UN Women kicks off a UN-wide annual campaign on 25 November, the International Day to End Violence against Women. Over the following 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we are asking governments, institutions, and citizens to show us how much the world cares about ending violence against women and girls under the theme "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls".

UN Women
May 15, 2024

International Women's Day 2024: ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress'
In a world facing multiple crises that are putting immense pressure on communities, achieving gender equality is more vital than ever. Ensuring women's and girls' rights across all aspects of life is the only way to achieve prosperous and just economies, and a healthy planet for future generations.  The time for change is now! Join us on 8 March 2024 for International Women's Day as we rally behind the call to: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
May 14, 2024

Rebuilding the women's movement in Afghanistan, one organization at a time
According to International Labour Organization data, women's employment rate was 25 per cent lower by the end of 2022 compared to before the Taliban takeover in 2021. With women also banned from working in national and international NGOs as of December 2022, and allowed to pursue a limited number of professions and run home-based small businesses, a UN Women programme is providing an essential lifeline for women to build their skills for future work and restore their hope.

UN Women
May 09, 2024

Silenced voices: Amani's death in Gaza
Amani Al Derbi, 35, was a hardworking mother and a psychotherapist in the Gaza Ministry of Health. Her mission: to provide comfort to those traumatized by years of conflict. But there is no safe place in Gaza. UN Women has received devastating news of an airstrike in the early morning of Tuesday, 7 May, killing Amani and her four children.

UN Women
May 06, 2024

Intensified military operations will bring increased death and despair for Rafah's 700,000 women and girls
New UN Women survey data from Rafah highlights the depth of physical and mental despair, with 93% of women interviewed feeling unsafe and over half reporting medical conditions requiring urgent attention. With any Israeli ground invasion, these number will soar.

UN Women
May 01, 2024

‘Access to information is the basis of democracy' - Interview with environmental journalist Miriam Jemio on World Press Freedom Day
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, UN Women interviewed Miriam Jemio, an independent environmental journalist from La Paz, Bolivia. The freedom and safety of journalists reporting from the front lines of the climate crisis is critical.  This year, World Press Freedom Day is focusing on the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the face of the environmental crisis.

UN Women
May 01, 2024

UN Women Executive Board to convene annual session 2024
The UN Women Executive Board will convene for its annual session from Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 June 2024 in person at United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN Women
Apr 30, 2024

Statement by principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Crushing levels of violence, displacement fuel unprecedented civilian suffering
Statement by principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UN Women
Apr 24, 2024

UN Women statement for the International Girls in ICT Day 2024
On the International Girls in ICT Day, UN Women joins young women and girls globally who are putting a spotlight on leadership in the digital world. Girls' leadership in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is now more crucial than ever.

UN Women
Apr 23, 2024

Speech: ‘Until we make it clear there are consequences for rape—real, dire consequences—we will never turn the tide of it'
Briefing by UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Danai Gurira to the UN Security Council at the annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence, UN headquarters, 23 April 2024.

UN Women
Apr 22, 2024

Op-ed: Building women's resilience to climate-driven poverty and food insecurity
Climate change means millions more women and girls risk having insufficient food and resources to meet their basic needs. As women bear the brunt of climate impacts, so they must have equity in decision-making on climate solutions.

UN Women
Apr 19, 2024

In the Pacific coast of Colombia, guardians of the mangrove sow seeds of change
For multiple generations, women in the Pacific coast of Nariño have promoted sustainable harvesting and use of a native mollusk called piangua. They are also at the forefront of mitigating climate change and leading mangrove conservation.

UN Women
Apr 19, 2024

Girls who can code and break stereotypes: an interview with Natacha Sangwa
This year, the theme for the International Girls in ICT Day focuses on leadership, highlighting the critical need for strong female role models in STEM careers. UN Women interviewed Natacha Sangwa from Rwanda about learning to code and defying gender stereotypes.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2024

In focus: The war in Gaza
After the 7 October 2023 attack by Hamas on Israel, followed by the Israeli Armed Forces' strikes on Gaza, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

UN Women
Apr 16, 2024

Six months into the war on Gaza, over 10,000 women have been killed, among them an estimated 6,000 mothers, leaving 19,000 children orphaned
Today, UN Women launches its latest Gender Alert on Gaza. Six months into the war, 10,000 Palestinian women in Gaza have been killed, among them an estimated 6,000 mothers, leaving 19,000 children orphaned. Women who have survived Israeli bombardment and ground operations have been displaced, widowed, and facing starvation. This devastating differentiated impact continues to make the war on Gaza also a war on women.

UN Women
Apr 14, 2024

A year of suffering for Sudanese women and girls
Sudan's current conflict, which marks its one-year point this week, is having a devastating impact on the people of Sudan, particularly women and girls.

UN Women
Apr 12, 2024

Documentary series shares stories of women's survival, hope, and activism
UN Women's new documentary series "UNSILENCED: Stories of Survival, Hope and Activism", aims to shed light on such violence against women and girls, while also presenting solutions and advocating for action.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women and girls endure a year of conflict in Sudan
Since 15 April 2023, fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces has resulted in the deaths of at least 14,600 people. More than 19 million children are out of school, in what UNICEF calls the "largest child displacement crisis in the world".

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

‘Women are not necessarily killed because of bullets or bombs' - Sudanese activists describe humanitarian crisis amid civil war
Sudan's civil war will mark its one-year point on 15 April. While women are facing disproportionate violence, displacement, and humanitarian need during the crisis, they are not equally represented in the talks that may help end the conflict.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women share stories of hardship during year of war in Sudan
On 15 April 2023, war broke out in Sudan in between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). In the year that followed, some 8.2 million people have fled their homes, and an estimated 24.8 million are projected to need humanitarian assistance in 2024.

UN Women
Apr 10, 2024

Women grapple with unplanned pregnancies after sexual violence in Sudan war
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported that at least 118 people had been subjected to sexual violence, including rape, gang rape, and attempted rape in Sudan as of mid-December 2023, including 19 children.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2024

Op-ed: Improving women's access to decent jobs
Laws and treaties prohibiting gender discrimination have failed to alter the stark fact that, globally, women are still paid significantly less than men for the same work. Achieving gender equality in the workplace requires a transformation—of attitudes, economic structures, and opportunities—to enable women's economic empowerment.

UN Women
Apr 04, 2024

"I want to build a network of powerful Roma women and girls" -  Anzhelika Bielova on Roma women's activism and leadership in Ukraine
According to the 2001 census in Ukraine, nearly 48,000 people identified themselves as Roma, however, unofficial sources claim that the actual number could be between 200,000 - 400,000. Anzhelika Bielova is from Zaporizhzhia, southern Ukraine, and works in the country's southeastern and western regions. In 2020, she started the Voice of Romni, an association led by Roma women in Ukraine, to support women's economic empowerment and leadership. With the war in Ukraine in its second year, the organization is working to improve access to humanitarian aid, cash assistance, and economic recovery of Roma and internally displaced Roma women in Ukraine.

UN Women
Apr 02, 2024

"We need real action"—Palestinian women speak of hope and resilience amid the horrors of war in Gaza
Life in Gaza is unrecognizable today, amid growing calls to end the war and implement an immediate ceasefire. Three Palestinian women speak about what how the war in Gaza has impacted women's lives, amid an unfolding famine.

UN Women
Mar 27, 2024

Speech: Gender equality - just, prudent, and essential for everything we all aspire to
Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN headquarters, 27 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 26, 2024

Pushing forward for gender equality: CSW68 event showcases strategies for countering pushback and advancing women's rights around the world
On 20 March 2024, UN Women, in partnership with UNDP, UNFPA, and OHCHR, gathered partners to discuss strategies for advancing gender equality at "Multistakeholder Partnerships and Practices to Push Forward for Gender Equality, Human Rights, and Democracy", a flagship side event held at UN headquarters and online during the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

UN Women
Mar 25, 2024

Op-ed: How conflict drives hunger for women and girls
Women around the world face the brunt of severe hunger, with conflicts exacerbating the inequality. Ending this discrimination requires empowering more women and girls to lead on building peace and food security for all.

UN Women
Mar 22, 2024

UN Women welcomes the adoption of robust blueprint to end women's poverty
The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) delivered today robust commitments by UN Member States to strengthen financing and institutions to eradicate women's and girls' poverty. The outcome document (or Agreed Conclusions) recognizes that women and girls living in poverty become ‘shock absorbers' in times of crisis, and that further efforts are needed to increase resources to address women's and girls' poverty.

UN Women
Mar 21, 2024

‘No food, no water, no tents' - Women in Gaza fight for survival as famine looms
As the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) warns of "imminent" famine in northern Gaza, with some 1.1 million people experiencing catastrophic food insecurity amid bombardment by Israeli forces and restriction of humanitarian aid, women's strength is being tested like never before.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2024

Speech: We are not deterred - Let us push forward together for gender equality
Opening remarks delivered by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the CSW68 side event, "Multistakeholder partnership and practices to push forward for gender equality, human rights and democracy", UN headquarters, 20 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 20, 2024

Shaping the agenda: Youth engagement and empowerment at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women
After an invigorating three-day assembly, the CSW68 Youth Forum, held on 15-17 March 2024, closed with renewed commitments and actionable insights.

UN Women
Mar 19, 2024

Financing social protection and care systems turbocharges economies, reduces poverty
Social protection is a fundamental right and expanding social protection programmes and services - such as childcare, parental leave benefits, pensions - can reduce women's poverty, improve their access to paid work and help them cope better with crises and shocks. The side event on financing social protection and care systems, organized by UN Women on the margins of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 68), stressed that investing in social protection measures can address today's multifaceted challenges and advance gender equality.

UN Women
Mar 18, 2024

'We want to have our voices out there' - Young women speak out at CSW68
Youth leaders from around the world have come together to discuss their vision for ending poverty and advancing gender equality at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) at the UN Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March. In this landmark election year, when 2.6 billion people are expected to cast their votes, young people - as voters, community members, and leaders - hold the power to demand higher investment in gender equality in countries, regions, and globally.

UN Women
Mar 15, 2024

At CSW68, Generation Equality calls for feminist financing and collective action for women's economic justice
From improving women and girls' economic participation in Tanzania, to re-shaping the care economy in Canada, Generation Equality commitments are robustly supporting action across sectors and ushering transformative change. At this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), Generation Equality hosted an event focused on feminist financing, sharing innovative solutions to advance gender quality and women's economic justice and rights."

UN Women
Mar 15, 2024

Op-ed: Looking to the sun - Pushing forward for gender equality
Around the world, democracy is under threat. As populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism gain traction in more countries, we must redouble efforts on gender equality or risk rolling back on hard-fought gains.

UN Women
Mar 14, 2024

Speech: Ambitiously proactive - Generation Equality brings hope to stalled progress and financing
Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous to the Generation Equality side event at the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on "Driving feminist financing and accountability for women's economic justice and eradicating women's poverty", UN headquarters, 14 March 2024.

UN Women
Mar 13, 2024

Speech: ‘The patriarchy may be pushing back, but so are we'
The UN Secretary-General's remarks at the Townhall Meeting with Civil Society on the Occasion of the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

UN Women
Mar 11, 2024

Speech: ‘We can and must choose to end poverty for women and girls'
Opening remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the opening of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, 11 March 2024, at UN headquarters.

UN Women
Mar 08, 2024

Speech: ‘Be the light that brings hope and that accelerates progress towards an equal, sustainable, and peaceful future'
Opening remarks delivered by UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous at the UN official commemoration of International Women's Day, 8 March 2024, UN headquarters

UN Women
Mar 08, 2024

UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day
UN Secretary-General's message on International Women's Day 2024

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

1 in every 10 women in the world lives in extreme poverty
On International Women's Day, UN Women calls for the world to "Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress" as the best way to accelerate economic growth and build more prosperous, equitable societies.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

Photo essay: A glimpse into the lives of Afghan women
To showcase the myriad struggles and resilience of Afghan women, UN Women and the IOM are organizing two joint photo exhibitions, at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 8 to 22 March and at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2024, during the first week of the 68th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, an annual global meeting of Member States, gender equality champions, and experts. This photo essay includes a selection of the anonymized photographs and stories from this exhibition.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

Kenya and Zimbabwe invest in preventing violence against women and girls
In Kenya and Zimbabwe, authorities and civil society groups are using a wide array of tactics to prevent gender-based violence.

UN Women
Mar 07, 2024

EntreprenHER programme empowers women entrepreneurs in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa
Launched in 2017, the Accelerating Women-Owned Micro Enterprises programme in Southern Africa has equipped more than 2,400 women who own micro-enterprises in Botswana, South Africa, and Namibia with the skills they needed to improve their businesses.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Women farmers in Malawi tackle climate change and gender inequalities through greenhouse programme
Since 2020, the Kambuku Cooperative in Lilongwe's 98 members—71 of whom are women—have grown tomatoes, green peppers, leafy vegetables, and strawberries, generating over 14 million Malawi Kwacha (USD 517,000) as of late 2023.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Haitian women and girls empowered by UN Women amid humanitarian crisis
Civil unrest has led to a profound humanitarian crisis in Haiti, with more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes—including an estimated 170,000 children. Such displacement puts women and girls' rights, economic prospects, and even their lives at risk.

UN Women
Mar 06, 2024

Grants and training programmes empower women entrepreneurs in Cambodia and Viet Nam
In Cambodia, UN Women's programming as part of the country's recovery from COVID-19 served 228 people as of late 2023.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Facts and figures: Women and girls during the war in Gaza
Following the 7 October 2023 brutal attack by Hamas on Israel, and the ensuing Israeli military bombardment of Gaza, UN Women has worked to analyse the differentiated impact on women, men, boys, and girls, to ensure adequate responses to their needs.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Women learn new skills and push back against ethnic and gender prejudice in Thailand
Several years ago, Hua Sae-Wue attended a workshop hosted by the Centre for Girls Foundation, a local women-led organization and UN Women partner that aims to help women learn skills and fight human trafficking.

UN Women
Mar 05, 2024

Investing in women's safety and economic empowerment in Rwanda
In Rwanda, women spend an average of seven hours per day on unpaid care work, compared to men's average of 2.1 hours. This imbalance severely limits women's ability to achieve economic opportunities on par with men.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Media Advisory: On International Women's Day, UN Women calls on investing in women as the best solution to face growing crises
In a year where almost half of the population lives in a country undergoing an election, this International Women's Day on March 8 is a crucial opportunity to define the future we want.

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Your guide to CSW68
The 68th session of the Commission on the Status of (CSW68) will take place from 11 - 22 March under the priority theme: "Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective".

UN Women
Mar 04, 2024

Women rise from poverty and gain economic independence through Oasis Centres in Jordan
Since its launch in 2012, the Oasis Centres have served more than 30,000 people, predominantly Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian women and their families. The programme operates 18 centres throughout Jordan in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, and an additional four facilities in the Za'atari and Azraq refugee camps.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

Press release: 9,000 women have been killed in Gaza since early October
As the war on Gaza approaches its five-month mark, Gazan women continue to suffer its devastating impact.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

How can gender equality reduce poverty?
Explainer article on how achieving gender equality can reduce poverty among women and girls.

UN Women
Mar 01, 2024

Why investing in women's organizations is critical during crisis: Five stories of resilience
From the rubble in war-torn countries to the battlefields of climate change and economic crisis, women's organizations provide critical services, hope, and a lifeline to their communities. In the words of five inspiring women, learn why investing in women is the way forward to a healthy planet and just economies.

UN Women
Feb 27, 2024

‘I'm not afraid of people anymore': How training on gender-based violence changed attitudes in a Myanmar village
Ma Shwe said she "was just a young girl" when an act of sexual violence perpetrated by a man from her village crushed her self-confidence and left her feeling terrified.

UN Women
Feb 26, 2024

Five things to accelerate women's economic empowerment
Investing in women benefits women and society as a whole. At the current rate of investments however, more than 340 million women and girls will still live in extreme poverty by 2030. It has never been more urgent to advance women's economic empowerment, as marked by the 2024 theme for International Women's Day: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

UN Women
Feb 23, 2024

Five things that are guaranteed to accelerate women's economic empowerment
Investing in women benefits women and society as a whole. At the current rate of investments however, more than 340 million women and girls will still live in extreme poverty by 2030. It has never been more urgent to advance women's economic empowerment, as marked by the 2024 theme for International Women's Day: "Invest in women: Accelerate progress".

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