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Statement by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the killing of Lesbia Yaneth and Jo Cox

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 07.11.2016 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

We mourn the death on 7 July of Lesbia Yaneth, an environmental activist in Honduras and member of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras. Her murder closely follows that of her colleague Berta Cáceres, and defender of human rights and a fellow Copinh member, Nelson García.

Time for Tough Action to Stop Sexual Exploitation by UN Peacekeepers

Lieutenant-General (rtd) Daniel Opande | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Lieutenant-General (rtd) Daniel Opande

It is time to raise the scales of preventive and punitive measures for sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. An unequivocal message needs to be sent to every member state and troop contributing countries that only personnel who see the protection of human rights as their mission will continue to serve as UN peacekeepers.

Help Get More Women In Politics? One Man's Selfish Motives

Rick Zedník | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Rick Zedník

With Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom now set to vie for the title of Britain's second female Prime Minister, global attention turns to women running in two other elections, which reach major milestones later this month.

'War Was All I Knew Then' -- Former Colombian Child Soldier Speaks Out

UN Women | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
UN Women

I've lived among weapons since I was born. In December 1994, my mother and other relatives were killed during military operations by the Colombian Government against the FARC-EP. This event, which I survived, changed my life.

Anne Hathaway Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact

Anne Hathaway was named global Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women on Wednesday and will focus her efforts on injustices mothers around the world face....

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

UN Women | Posted 06.15.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted from UN Women Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown “I have a niece who has had the Zika virus. She’s indigenous. Women in Brazil are in a stat...

Time to Change Expectations: Zero Retribution to Zero Tolerance

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The drugging, abduction and violent gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil calls us all to turn the tide of sexual violence against women and girls in Brazil and in every country in the world.

Driving Economic Growth in Rural Mexico and Central America

UN Women | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
UN Women

The last stop of the day is Casa de Barro (House of Clay) in Santa María Tavehua and, as its name suggests so well, the headquarters of the organization is a two-floor adobe house with clay animal sculptures adorning its walls and ceiling.

From Where I Stand: Sonja Dimitrijoska

UN Women | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted fromUN Women Photo: UN Women/Mirjana Nedeva “Although the job can be very stressful and intense, I love what I am doing. I started work...

The Misconception About Feminism

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women
Montclair Diplomats

Feminism is not the hatred towards men. The point of feminism is not to discriminate against men. Feminism is not a movement to discourage men. Feminism is not a movement plotting to pull all men out of power.

From Where I Stand: Yanar Mohammed

UN Women | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted from UN Women Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown “The situation is very grim in Iraq. We run into many young women who have run away from thei...

Among Hillary Clinton's Recently Leaked Emails, Wide-Ranging References to UN

Dulcie Leimbach | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Dulcie Leimbach

A newly released Wikileaks trove of emails sent to or sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, some as old as 2009, reveals a wide range of ...

If We Don't Have Rights Online, We Don't Have Rights at All

Mariya Yefremova | Posted 04.14.2016 | Women
Mariya Yefremova

On March 18, UN Women held a Nordic panel entitled 'Fighting Sexism and Hate Speech' part of CSW60, the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Stat...

Passing the Torch: UN Reignites Fight for Gender Equality Through Youth

Katherine J. Wynne | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Katherine J. Wynne

Photo Credit: Katherine J. Wynne In the face of enduring global imparity between the genders, the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women...

Dodging Bombs And Building Trust in Yemen

UN Women | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
UN Women

It's 6 a.m. and the sound of airstrikes startle her awake. She rushes to the window, which is shielded in plastic to protect the 110 staff living in this UN compound from shrapnel. She breathes a sigh of relief.

Lions Clubs International Focuses on Global Issues at U.N.

Jim Luce | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

On March 12, 2016, just a few days after International Women's Day, more than 700 Lions, Leos, ambassadors and guests gathered at the U.N. for the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations to discuss peace and gender equality.

Happy IWD from Geneva !

Caitlin Kraft Buchman | Posted 03.10.2016 | Good News
Caitlin Kraft Buchman

Happy IWD from Geneva! Where we are stepping it up and working towards #Planet 5050 seeking to make everyday a positive fight for gender parity throughout our Geneva Gender Champions initiative.

Capturing A Global Audience at the World's Biggest Event

Jennifer Risi | Posted 01.25.2016 | Media
Jennifer Risi

Nearly every profession in the world has conferences and trade shows that bring together companies in the same industry to share the latest news, serv...

These 10 Major Companies Admit They Don't Have Enough Women

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business

Ten major companies just went public with their gender parity problems, openly sharing internal data on how few women they employ in a report released...

Seeing Orange?

Francine LeFrak | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

It's the time of the year to put an away message on your e-mail account, to log off, and shutdown. It's time to embrace the company of your loved ones, to share stories and ideas with friends and family. But this year feels different.

We Won't End Violence Against Women in 16 Days But It's a Start

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

While atrocities like the assassination of women who demand only their fundamental rights are easy for anyone to condemn, the 16 days are a global event, so it is important to understand how violence against women manifests itself globally.

Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November

UN Women | Posted 11.19.2015 | Women
UN Women

Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious--and the most tolerated--human rights violations, both a cause and ...

How to Save 110 Nigerian Mothers Every Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Today, we mourn the loss of Omowumi Shonuga and the 110 Nigerian mothers who have died in a single day. Tomorrow, we begin action.

From Despair to Hope: Fulfilling a Promise to Mothers and Children in Mandera County

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Marginalization combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development and cross border terrorism have trapped so many of Mandera's people in poverty and misery.

Cash-for-Work Program Empowers Syrian Refugees

UN Women | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Nearly 80,000 of the Syrians who have escaped the deadly war raging in their country have sought shelter at Jordan's largest refugee camp, Za'atari, where UN Women provides economic empowerment and protection programming for women and girls.