Puri has been a force in elevating UN Women's prominence over the last couple years. Talking to Puri gives one the deep sense of the interconnectedness that UN Women prioritizes in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment.
Elizabeth Fry challenged her nation's moral compass. Understanding that poverty is neither a choice nor a crime, she tirelessly worked to educate women in low-paid jobs, in workhouses, in halfway houses and in prisons.
Violence is a cycle, and it perpetuates itself. It is not only our generation, but our daughters and granddaughters who will suffer if we do not stand up and call a halt to this epidemic. By doing nothing, we jeopardize their future.
We at UN Women for Peace, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by women and for women, wanted to launch a stimulating event for a cause that is so close to our hearts and that would also mark International Women Day.
It may surprise you to consider that climate change is not an equal opportunity phenomena. Women are affected to a much greater degree by climate change and the socioeconomic and environmental disasters it brings.
Today, some 1 billion people are still undernourished and many countries are far from achieving the first millennium development goal of halving the proportion of people living in hunger and extreme poverty by 2015.
Our report is a call for action -- setting challenges for national governments, civil societies and the international community. UN Women will work to support this agenda, with the benefits to be felt by everyone.
There was a time when I believed the debate about women banned from driving cars was trivial. It distracted from the real problems of the denial of women's rights. The imprisonment of Manal Al-Sherif has changed all that.