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UNiTE Song Contest Winner Announcement

14 March 2017

In honouring of the role of music as a powerful vehicle for communicating messages, UN Women and the Embassy of Canada to Thailand hosted the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Song Contest. This international competition ran from 25 November 2016, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ended on 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day. Musicians from around world participated in the UNiTE Song Contest, including India,... More

A recipe for equality: sharing a meal and sharing responsibilities for a Planet 50-50

14 March 2017

"If we want to make gender equality a reality in Timor-Leste, then men and boys must start to change their way of thinking and how they act,” urged Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo during the launch of the HeforShe Campaign in Timor-Leste, in commemoration of the 2017 International Women’s Day on 10 March 2017. Directing his message to a group of 25 young boys in their school uniforms whom he had invited to the podium, he... More

Afghan Star Leads Celebration of Women’s Day at UN Compound in Kabul

13 March 2017

On March 12, the United Nations organized a series of exciting events that brought together hundreds of staff working at its premises in Kabul, in a celebration to mark International Women’s Day. The UN Gender Working Group and Communications group together took the lead on the initiative, Deputy Representative of the Secretary General to Afghanistan, launched the celebration with a speech highlighting the UN’s commitment to gender equality and empowering women in urban and rural... More

Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day focuses on women’s empowerment to achieve sustainable development

13 March 2017

At the 2017 Asia-Pacific commemoration of International Women’s Day a distinguished panel of experts underscored the need to close the gender pay gap, ensure comprehensive social protection for women workers, recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid care work and address other key issues related to women’s economic empowerment in order for the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel also emphasised the importance of transformative... More

Women lawmakers boldly reaffirm their commitment towards a Planet 50:50 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA

10 March 2017

International Women’s Day is a day Pakistan embraces with great enthusiasm where this enthusiasm acknowledges the important role reserved for women within the process towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, UN Women in collaboration with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) celebrated the achievements of the local women and renewed pledges, at... More

Closer to myself | My poem on International Women's Day

10 March 2017

All the gold that adorned my neck, arms and waist, now firms up my spine, As if in the battlefield, I stand strong and erect like a warrior so fine. अपने मंगल सूत्र कंगन टीके और तागड़ी के सारे सोने को तोड़मरोड़ कर अपनी रीढ़ को सजा लिया है और वह फौलाद सी मज़बूत दुनिया का सामना करने में एक योद्धा की तरह तनी खड़ी है... More

UN Women showcases ‘women at work’ theme in Delhi Metro

08 March 2017

Today, on International Women’s Day, UN Women launched a one-month campaign branding four trains of the Delhi Metro with messaging on women’s economic empowerment. Two trains each on the Blue Line and Yellow Line will showcase ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’, drawing attention to the need for equal pay for work of equal value, recognizing and sharing unpaid care work, as well as making... More

Helping Philippine female migrant domestic workers face difficulties of going home

08 March 2017

Many of the Philippine women working abroad face exploitation and abuse, but they may face even greater challenges when it’s time to go back home. After long years of separation from family and country, they are estranged from children and spouses and have problems finding new work when they return back home. And despite so many hours of toil abroad, they often don’t have enough savings to get started again. These women have... More

A call for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work in Asia and the Pacific

01 March 2017

Women in the Asia-Pacific region face serious barriers to their full and active engagement in the economy and to improving their socio-economic status. In deliberating these barriers, key recommendations on promoting women’s economic empowerment in today’s changing world of work were made at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok on the 23 – 24th of February 2017. Dr Miwa Kato, Regional Director of UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the... More

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”

01 March 2017

I decided to build my career in two male-dominated industries—banking and law. When I started practising law there were partners (both women and men) that I worked for who asked me to make them coffee or pick up their dry cleaning, simply because I was a young woman. It was demoralising and disheartening. However, I also saw many people, again both women and men, who... More

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