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

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

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In Focus: Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

Impacting one in three women worldwide, violence against women and girls devastates lives, causes untold pain and incurs high economic costs. Yet, robust funding for efforts to end this violence remains woefully insufficient. For the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November to 10 December, Orange the World and mobilize resources to end this global pandemic. More

  • Women refugees and migrants

    On the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly and leading up to the first UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UN Women highlights the voices of women refugees and migrants around the world. With refugee and migrant women playing a pivotal role around the world to sustain communities and economies, global commitments must address their unique needs, include their voices and be accountable to them. More

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    Women in humanitarian action

    Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, we highlight UN Women’s continuous work to ensure equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. 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

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    Refugee and Migration Crisis in the Western Balkans

    Women’s specific needs and vulnerabilities are rarely at the forefront of humanitarian response planning and implementation, according to a recent UN Women gender assessment of the refugee and migrant crisis in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. More

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    30 countries in Europe and Central Asia have stepped it up

    At a high-level event co-organized by UN Women and the Chinese Government, 30 governments in Europe and Central Asia have made concrete commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. More

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    15 years of Security Council resolution 1325

    Since the adoption of resolution 1325, women's participation in peace and security decision-making has been key to preventing conflict and securing peace. To assess progress, the High-level Review will take place along with the launch of the Global Study on the implementation. More

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The Conflict Did Not Bring Us Flowers:The Need for Comprefensive Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Kosovo
This study brings the voices of survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo to the fore, and proposes measures for the development of comprehensive reparations for survivors. More

From where I stand
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“The price of no change is unacceptable”
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In a statement for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights effective interventions, and reiterates that the pandemic of violence against women and girls can end, but it will need commitment and investment, nationally and internationally. More

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Don’t let yourself become one of them

Watch this powerful 45-second video from UN Women Albania’s campaign on ending human trafficking. UN Women has helped boost national capacities to address the needs of women and girl survivors of trafficking, and reintegrate them into society.