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The U.S. Steps Up for Women and Girls: Now What?

Serra Sippel | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Serra Sippel

Now is the time to move forward with greater commitment than ever to ensuring that women and girls - and their sexual and reproductive health and rights - are at the center of U.S. policies at home and abroad.

Designing a Sustainable Development Model for Youth Empowerment

Lilian O. Ajayi | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lilian O. Ajayi

The question of what it might take to "Design a Sustainable Development Model for Youth Empowerment in Nigeria" for me -- meant a time for personal introspection. As a Diaspora Youth, what makes you feel empowered? And how can we create the same environment for the Youth in Nigeria?

In Moroccan Oases Women Watch Plants and Incomes Grow

UN Women | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Amid the expanses of sand and rock, the arid desert landscape is interrupted by a vibrant patch of greenery. Oases are natural sanctuaries around which communities are built, providing scarce water, food and refuge from the harsh surroundings.

Supporting Survivors of Violence in Post-Earthquake Nepal

UN Women | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Even though she continues to receive threats from her father's friends in the community, BK has found her voice and strength. She wants to go back to her village and help other women in her community.

What We Need to Do for Women: Ensuring Protection and Security

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

According to UN Women statistics, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

As Mother Lives on Through Our Mission

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

My mother reminded me that just because I thought I had a solution to a problem didn't mean I was the person to solve it.

Money, Women, and Development: My Stroll with Assistant-Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women
Ebenezar Wikina

ASG Puri, who has decades of work experience at the United Nations, also shared some life lessons she has learned in course of her work as a diplomat and how we can all apply these lessons to our everyday life. Here are salient points from our conversation.

'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

Helping Nepali Widows Regain Their Footing

UN Women | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
UN Women

According Nepal's 2011 census, only 19.17 per cent of Nepali women actually own property or the house they live in. Yet, a high number of female-headed households lost their homes to the earthquake.

Elections Herald an Increase in Women MPs in Turkey, But More Progress Is Needed

UN Women | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

The Turkish Parliament will soon welcome the highest number of women Members of Parliament (MPs) in its history after parliamentary elections held on 7 June 2015. According to initial estimates, the number of women MPs elected to the Turkish Parliament increased from 79 to 98.

Women Build Peace in Colombia

UN Women | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Nelly Velandia is a rural leader from Nuevo Colón, a village in central-eastern Colombia, who joined the agrarian movement at a young age. Seeing that those most affected by violence and inequality were women, she joined the National Association of Indigenous and Peasant Women of Colombia.

Championing Women's Equality: Why It Can't Wait

Rick Goings | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Rick Goings

Business cannot reach its full potential if we do not advocate to unleash the power of women and strive as male leaders to open doors for women to enter into positions of power.

Rural Women Access Early Cancer Screening in Turkey

UN Women | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
UN Women

In Turkey, breast cancer is the most widespread cancer among women and early diagnosis is essential to prevent death. Breast cancer is ranked the 8th most common causes of death in the country and the Ministry of Health estimates that there are 30,000 new cases each year.

This UN Women Campaign Challenges Men To Say Their Mother's Name In Public

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women

Many Egyptian and Middle Eastern men won't speak their mother's name in public, but the United Nations is looking to change that with a Mother's Day c...

U.N. Women Scraps Uber Partnership

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - A United Nations organization for gender equality and empowerment of women said it would not collaborate with online taxi service Uber Tec...

Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers.

Dana Liebelson

TV Networks Wouldn't Show Clinton's Speech On Women. Here It Is. | Dana Liebelson | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton spoke at a United Nations conference on women. But if you were watc...

Business Leaders: It's Time to Invest in Women

Rick Goings | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Rick Goings

As I have traveled the globe, I have had the opportunity to see this fundamental principle in action. There is no question in my mind -- women's empowerment is the best investment that a business can make.

The U.N. Aims To End Gender Inequality By 2030. Can It Be Done?

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact

Updated on March 8, 2015 at 12:45 P.M. EST The U.N. admits that the road to gender equality has been "slow" moving and hampered by regression. But ...

New Pressures on the UN Security Council to Lift Its Arms Embargo on Libya

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Pressures mounted on the United Nations Security Council yesterday to lift its international embargo on arms to the Libyan government. In an interview with journalist Valerio Robecco, Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said, "A time limit should be set for militias to leave the capital and a government of national united needs to be formed.

Mind the (Gender) Gap

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

Tackling this issue requires a change in a society's understanding of "what a woman can or can not do." Policies help. Signing treaties help. Yet, advocating a change in mentality requires reframing the conversation at the policy level.

Knowing Why We Celebrate International Women's Day

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

As International Women's Day comes around, we have a lot to reflect on, but we must also remember women are not alone in our quest for justice. From Dhaka to DC, we are united in saying the rights that were denied to us will not be denied to our daughters.

No Country Has Reached Gender Equality, UN Women Director Says

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 03.06.2015 | Women

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women is lamenting that a girl born today will be an 81-year-old grandmothe...

Women and Self-Defense

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Miri Ben-Ari

As International Women's day approaches, here is my conversation with Karl Romain on this subject with some insights for the ladies out there that would like to be able to defend themselves...

One Billion Rising in Los Angeles: Ending Violence Against Women & Girls

Tabby Biddle | Posted 04.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Tabby Biddle

On Sunday night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, President Obama took to the stage with a video message inviting the millions of people watching to join a new campaign, #ItsOnUs, to end violence against women and girls.