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Statement: Final decision on the sexual misconduct investigation at UN Women

Friday, September 21, 2018

The following is a statement from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, regarding the sexual misconduct allegations involving a UN Women staff member: “The investigative and disciplinary processes into allegations involving a UN Women staff member have concluded that sexual misconduct occurred. As a result, I have dismissed the staff member; this is the strongest disciplinary measure  available within the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations (UN).... More

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér at the ODA International Conference in Seoul

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), for hosting the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference. First of all, let me say that gender equality is always a result of political will. Gender equality does not come automatically. It does not arrive with a new generation; we have to actively work towards it. In every country of the world, gender inequality is about an imbalance in power, which normally favours men over women. Achieving gender equality requires negotiations around how society should be and political priorities and positions to change... More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér on first official visit to the Republic of Korea

Thursday, September 20, 2018

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér will be on her first official visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 13 to 14 September 2018. The visit is intended to continue building an already strong partnership with the Republic, aimed at achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment, both at home and abroad. She will be speaking at the 12th session of the Seoul ODA International Conference, on the importance of development cooperation and the official development... More

UN Women champions empowerment for desert women amid energy boom in Thar

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tractors and dump trucks busily transporting material for a coal-fired power plant bustle amid the softly sweeping sand dunes of the sprawling Thar desert, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Powering her orange dump truck, Rukhsana, 37, seems unstoppable in making a mark in this male-dominated field: “Through this driving training, I gained the strength and courage to face the world. Initially, I got a lot of criticism from my... More

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When I was kid, I didn’t think I would be in the military. It was difficult to imagine that since we were under Indonesian occupation. Initially I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. When we gained our independence, I decided to pursue a degree in civilian engineering. However, after my father passed away, I stopped my studies to help take care of the family... More

Press release: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Project for Palau

Monday, September 17, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the Mechesil Belau (Women of Palau) Conference with the Republic of Palau, UN Women and the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is also proud to mark the launch of an emergency preparedness, response and recovery project in the country aimed at empowering women. More

UN Women helps to protect China’s rural women from the impacts of climate change

Friday, September 14, 2018

The world is facing a broad range of daunting challenges of climate change, including environmental degradation and depletion of water resources, which in turn exacerbate rural poverty and hurt the livelihoods of rural women. UN Women’s Gender Dimensions of Vulnerability to Climate Change in China report in 2016 found that women are more vulnerable than men to the adverse impacts of climate change... More

In the words of Nabila Musleh: “Women and men must benefit equally from government funding, instead of one benefitting at the cost of the other”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nabila Musleh, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs, has worked to promote gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights in Afghanistan for more than 10 years. From 11-16 August, Ms. Musleh joined 32 other senior government officials for a visit to Indonesia to learn about their gender-responsive budgeting experience. Indonesia has successfully championed... More

Press release: Samoa Launches its National Inquiry into Family Violence Report

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Family violence sits behind a veil of silence which allows it to continue to menace the lives of our people especially the most vulnerable among us. This is according to the National Inquiry into Family Violence Report 2018 released today with support from the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) along with UNDP, Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (APF) and the Commonwealth Secretariat. More

Gender-Based Violence Counselling Course for the Pacific

Friday, September 7, 2018

Monday 10 September 2018 (Pacific Harbour, Fiji) – A Level-1 Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Counsellors Course for the Pacific starts its trial today with more than 25 counsellors from 10 Pacific countries. The regional course runs from 10-21 September in Fiji, and is designed to strengthen the quality and culturally appropriate capacity of counselling services that deal with survivors of gender-based violence in the Pacific. It is being delivered by Fiji Women’s Crisis... More

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