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In a gender equal world, girls must have choices for their future

06 February 2017

The existence of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concentrates some of the most intractable problems we face in trying to change the future for the world’s girls. The cutting and sewing of a young child’s private parts so that she is substantially damaged for the rest of her life, has no sensation during sex except probably pain, and may well face further damage when she gives birth, is to many an obvious and horrifying violation of that child’s rights. It is a... More

ADB: Asia Women Leaders Program comments by Wenny Kusuma, UN Women Nepal

31 October 2016

At the start of 2010, when I was then-UNIFEM’s country director in Afghanistan, I found myself one day in the middle of a complex rocket and ground attack on my hotel in Kabul. It was an attack that lasted perhaps six hours where, together with about seventy other people, hotel staff and guests, I huddled in a basement shelter,... More

First SDG Road Show in Nepalgunj

31 October 2016

As had been highlighted by previous speakers, the SDGs provide a universal, transformative road map to achieve sustainable development by “leaving no one behind”. This is an ambitious goal and we all have a role to play. No country has achieved gender equality. SDG 5 focuses on gender equality (GE) and... More

Statement for 5th Ministerial Consultation of the Colombo Process by Anna-Karin Jatfors, UN Women Deputy Regional Director

25 August 2016

The Colombo Process has identified five thematic areas to guide its work: skills and qualification recognition, fostering ethical recruitment, pre-departure orientation and empowerment, remittances, and labour market analysis. They reflect the complex and often unpredictable global trends of labour mobility in the twenty-first century, especially here in Asia. They all speak to ... Your Excellency, Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment of the Government of Sri Lanka, Chair in Office of the Colombo Process, H.E. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration, Distinguished delegates from Colombo Process Member states, Representatives from the Abu Dhabi... More

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

17 August 2016

On this World Humanitarian Day we honour the women, girls, men and boys who have demonstrated resilience in the face of unimaginable hardship and persistent violence, and we salute the first responders and aid workers who continue to work towards recovery, even after peace has been established. According to the report of the United Nations Secretary‑General for the World Humanitarian Summit, conflicts drive 80 per cent of all humanitarian needs. I had the opportunity to witness the impact of... More

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women, for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

05 August 2016

UN Women proudly joins indigenous peoples around the world in celebrating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous women have struggled for full recognition of their rights and we stand beside them in that struggle. Despite the continued threats to their security, ancestral lands and the environment upon which they depend, indigenous women strive to balance their roles as leaders, producers and transmitters of indigenous knowledge and cultures. This year&rsquo... More

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

04 July 2016

In June last year, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 19th of June each year as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, to raise awareness of the urgent need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour its victims and survivors, and to pay tribute to all those who courageously work to put an end to... More

UN Women statement on World Refugee Day

20 June 2016

Today, on World Refugee Day, we recognize those who have been uprooted from their homes at an unprecedented scale, leaving some 60 million people displaced worldwide. In our response to this crisis, it is critical that we address the unique needs of women and girl refugees, and provide them with durable opportunities for empowerment. With such levels of urgent need, normal protection structures often disappear, leaving the human rights of women and girls particularly at risk. They are often... More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

17 June 2016

This year, we have celebrated three historic firsts for combatting sexual violence in conflict. All of these were long overdue and all had one thing in common: the unstoppable force of women’s voice and leadership. In February, a national court in Guatemala convicted two former military officers of committing sexual violence during the country’s civil war—the first time that a national court anywhere in the world considered charges of sexual slavery during armed conflict.... More

Remarks: International HeForShe Roller Derby Invitational

10 May 2016

This is the culmination of more than 10 years of advocacy, by Chinese civil society, the Women’s Federation, the UN system, embassies, and other national and international organizations. Domestic violence occurs in all countries and affects all groups of people. Strong laws are needed to prevent domestic violence, to provide assistance to survivors of More

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