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In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

UN Women | Posted 02.22.2017 | World
UN Women

Cross-posted from UN Women Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova* left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to fin...

No hidden figures: success stories can help girls' STEM careers

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 02.10.2017 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

What makes a young girl believe she is less intelligent and capable than a boy? And what happens when those children face the 'hard' subjects like sci...

In a gender equal world, girls must have choices for their future

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 02.03.2017 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the fu...

Rural Ugandan Women Living With HIV Break Stigma And Build Businesses

UN Women | Posted 02.07.2017 | World
UN Women

Crossposted from UNWomen.org Members of Maendeleo Women’s Group attending a briefing session ahead of the “Emerging enterpreneurs Training” at ...

Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border

UN Women | Posted 02.20.2017 | Women
UN Women

Cross posted from UNWomen.org Bubuaisha Kurbanova and Nodira Avezova have lived next to each other for more than 15 years. Kurbanova, 49, is a school...

Dreaming Big On Human Rights -- Ending Violence And Discrimination Against Women

Paul Polman | Posted 12.09.2016 | Business
Paul Polman

This has been a year when many women have spoken out about the discrimination and violence that is still a reality for millions of women and girls around the world.

It Is A Big Deal, And It Happened to Me

Indrani Goradia | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Indrani Goradia

The unusual topic of conversation seems to follow me. At business meetings, dinner parties, and coffee dates, people keep talking to me about their childhood abuse.

Making Paris Climate Change Agreement deliver for women and girls - the Marrakech opportunity

Lakshmi Puri | Posted 11.15.2016 | Women
Lakshmi Puri

A truly transformational agenda on climate action and sustainable development with a historic gender equality compact was achieved in 2015. Parties to...

Emma Watson Calls For An End To Child Marriage In Africa

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.13.2016 | Impact

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British actress Emma Watson condemned child marriage during a visit to Malawi on Monday, calling on authoritie...

Emma Watson And HeForShe Commit To Ending Sexual Assault On College Campuses

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women

UN Ambassador Emma Watson, “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and a slew of other notable individuals came ...

Empowering Women And Girl Migrants And Refugees

Lakshmi Puri | Posted 09.16.2016 | Women
Lakshmi Puri

Ensuring gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls and the realization of their human rights, must be a central driving force of the historic opportunity in addressing the largest movement of refugees and migrants since the Second World War.

Optimizing Development Co-benefits to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Yannick Glemarec | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Yannick Glemarec

While some have hailed the SDGs as a historic moment others have questioned how realistic the 2030 agenda was, with its 17 SDGs, 169 targets and 230 unique indicators.

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 08.05.2016 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Co-authored by Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the 'One Win Leads to Another' programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN ...

Blessing The Sex Trade In South Africa: A Sex Trafficking And Prostitution Survivor Testifies

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Grizelda Grootboom recently published "Exit," a book about her violence-ridden and homeless childhood, sex trafficking, her escape from prostitution and her transformation into one of the most vocal survivor leaders in South Africa committed to ending the sex trade.

Historic Commitment By The Government Of Colombia And FARC-EP At The Havana Peace Talks Table

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 07.26.2016 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

On July 24th, 2016, we celebrated with the people of Colombia the historic commitment by the Government and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table to ensure that one of the agreement's fundamental objectives is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

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.