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UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

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CSW62: Empowering rural women and girls
In Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

The 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (12 – 23 March) will focus on the theme, “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Learn more about rural women’s lives, their priorities and accomplishments in our editorial package. More

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    In Focus: International Women’s Day

    The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. Join us to celebrate the activists working to claim women’s rights everywhere and to empower women in all settings, rural and urban. Get news, live webcasts, stories and interactive experiences here. More

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    In Focus: Women and the SDGs

    Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Check out new data, stories, videos and publications from Europe and Central Asia illustrating how and why gender equality matters across all the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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    Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

    The European Union and UN Women launched a three-year regional initiative to end discrimination and violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transform discriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More

  • Women’s Empowerment Principles

    Nearly 1,500 business leaders around the world have signed the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which help companies adopt policies and practices to realize women’s empowerment. As part of mobilizing follow-up action, UN Women collaborated with partners to develop two WEPs implementation tools, in Georgia and Turkey, to detail the gender dimensions of corporate sustainability. More

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    In Focus: Leave no one behind – End violence against women

    The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a global campaign spanning from 25 November through 10 December, took place this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. At the heart of this year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women”, is the imperative to support those who are particularly vulnerable. More

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Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Women’s new flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.


Empowering girls today makes for a more prosperous tomorrow — Executive Director

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)

To mark the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message highlights that violence against girls limits their opportunities and choices, threatening their futures and those of generations to come. She strongly calls for the ending of harmful practices such as sexual violence, early and child marriage, and female genital mutilation in order for all girls to reach their full potential. More

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CSW62: Delivering a roadmap for the rights of rural women and girls

Coming on the heels of unprecedented global activism and public outcry to end gender injustice and discrimination worldwide, the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women reached a robust agreement to empower and support rural women and girls.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality