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Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management More

Expert’s take: Women refugees on the road need strong advocates to protect their rights

Friday, August 17, 2018

The wings of a bird are often used as a metaphor for gender equality. If both of its wings don’t have the same strength, a bird can lose direction and may not fly. Imagine that same bird flying across oceans, through continents, with no awareness or respect for countries or borders. The metaphor of the bird puts things into a new perspective. The world has expanded and shrunk at the same time. We are more dependent on each other than ever before. The society relies on these exchanges... More

Call for proposals: Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities in Turkey

Friday, August 17, 2018

UN Women is inviting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, community engagement, conflict resolution, social inclusion, elimination of violence against women, refugee response and resilience to submit proposals to implement activities and deliver results under respective outputs mentioned in the CFP document targeting Syrian women and host community nationals primarily in... More

From Where I Stand: “I transformed into a new person”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Zuke El Hasan* is a Syrian refugee who has been living in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s border with Syria, since 2016. She describes how the SADA Women-only Centre, which provides Turkish language, vocational skills as well as referral and psycho-social support to women in Gaziantep, helped her build self-confidence, learn new skills, and transform herself. The SADA Women-only Centre has been established by UN Women in partnership with the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support from the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis and the Government of Japan. The SADA Women-Only Center is serving refugee and host community women in Gaziantep since autumn 2017. More

Crisis update: Women of Syria, eight years into the crisis

Monday, August 13, 2018

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Syria has devastating consequences for women and girls. From food insecurity to loss of educational opportunities, lack of safe water or health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the brunt of the crisis. More

UN Women statement for World Refugee Day 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

On World Refugee Day, UN Women calls on the global community to ensure that the global compact on refugees provides the services, protection and resources that all refugees need, addressing the rights of all. More

Media Advisory: UN High-level visit to Gaziantep

Friday, April 27, 2018

“UN Women acting Deputy Regional Director of Europe and Central Asia Mr. Michele Ribotta, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Heinz Koller, ILO Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Maurizio Bussi, ILO Director for Turkey Mr. Numan Özcan, The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) Deputy General Coordinator Mr. Kadir Beyaztaş visiting Gaziantep to strengthen on going partnership between UN Women, International Labour Organization (ILO) and ASAM for empowering women and girls from refugee and host communities. More

From Where I Stand: “I am proud to be the voice of refugee women”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fatma Elzehra Elabo fled the war in Syria with her family when she was a teenager and moved from her hometown, Halep, to Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border. After learning Turkish and finishing high school, she started working as an Arabic-Turkish translator in SADA Women-only Centre, which provides vocational and language skills to refugee and local women in Gaziantep. SADA Centre was established by UN Women; it is run in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD-ASAM), and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, with financial support by the European Union (EU) Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad Fund’, and the Government of Japan. More

UN Women statement for World Humanitarian Day, 19 August

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This year we are focusing on the issue of civilians trapped in situations of conflict. UN Women fully supports the UN's #NotATarget campaign, and we demand again, as mandated by international humanitarian law, that civilians not be a target of armed conflict. More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Friday, June 16, 2017

Statement for World Refugee Day, 20 June, by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and United Nations Population Fund Acting Executive Director Natalia Kanem More

Op-ed: Gender equality can save women’s lives in disasters

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In an op-ed ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, highlight the importance of recognizing the greater risks women experience and their unique roles in resilience building, disaster response and recovery. More

Women refugees and migrants get a place of their own

Monday, October 17, 2016

Complete with Middle Eastern music, smells of home-cooked recipes and plenty of smiling faces, Women’s Corner officially opened its doors in Belgrade. More

From where I stand: Lenche Zdravkin

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lenche Zdravkin is a legend in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for her work with the refugees. Her home in Veles is located just across the railway track, which thousands of refugees traversed at the beginning of the crisis, trying to reach a safe haven in Europe. Ms. Zdravkin helps refugees and migrants when they stop at her house by the railroad, providing food, water, clothes and other necessities. More

“By providing more opportunities for women…we can ensure that women can play central roles in the rebuilding of our nations” — Executive Director

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director for World Humanitarian Day on 19 August. More

UN Women statement on World Refugee Day (20 June)

Friday, June 17, 2016

In a statement for World Refugee Day on 20 June, UN Women calls for urgent action to ensure refugee women and girls have access to secure transit routes, safe spaces and protection when they arrive in a host country, and resources and services that will help them to build a post-conflict life free from violence and poverty. More

At WHS, participants vow to put women and girls at centre of decision-making

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) drew to a close on 24 May, after two days of historic discussions among global leaders from 173 countries, focused on how to respond more effectively and inclusively to major humanitarian crises and be better prepared to meet future challenges. More

UN Women Executive Director presents UN commitments to embed gender equality in humanitarian response

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Closing remarks from UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the World Humanitarian Summit Roundtable, Women and Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality, 24 May 2016 in Istanbul. More

Press release: At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

Monday, May 23, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas. More

Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls

Friday, May 20, 2016

In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected. More

Civil society refugee advocates forge recommendations ahead of World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Governments should ensure refugee women’s participation in decisions that affect them, say participants at UN Women-Oxfam “Women on the Move” workshop. More

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