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

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

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Participants of the march also calling for ensuring rights for freedom of movement for disadvantaged people, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. UN Women Kyrgyzstan/Meriza Emilbekova
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”. Coming on the heels of unprecedented global momentum for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, the theme highlights empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, and the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential. Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter the world population and a significant majority of women in agricultural labour force. 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

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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

  • 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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    Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

    With the new global 2030 roadmap approved, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals, as well as how women and girls can - and will - be key to achieving them. More

Leaving no one out from health
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. (Photo: Marco Grob.)
 

In a statement for World AIDS Day on 1 December, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for a commitment to prioritize and reach all the women and girls being left behind in the HIV response. More

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Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds

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

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