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Today is my day

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, commemorated the UN International Day of the Girl Child on 8 October with a cricket day for girls. The event took place at Pakistan Sweet Homes in Islamabad, and more than 70 girls from 4 different schools and 15 women from the expatriate community participated. A total of 350 spectators, organizers and cricket players took... More

Enlisting the Fiercest of Young Fighters to Help End Violence against Women

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In the ring, professional Muay Thai fighters pummel each other with fists, elbows, knees, and legs as raucous crowds cheer them on. But UN Women believes that Thai-style boxers can also be role models for ending violence against women and girls. UN Women works closely with the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA) in efforts to change social behaviors and norms that fuel violence against women. UN Women sees Muay Thai as not... More

Invest in young women’s voice, action and leadership to achieve Planet 50-50: UN ASG Lakshmi Puri

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

“The role of youth in achieving women’s empowerment and a more equal world – a ‘Planet 50-50’ – is crucial and a key step towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) and UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri said during a vibrant interaction with young people in Chennai on Monday. More than 150 students, youth activists and young professionals... More

Hacking to combat sexual harassment in Philippines

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Clau Yagyagan, 24, won the “#Safe Cities Hackathon: Tech the Path to Women’s Safety”. The UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila (SC MM) Programme held the first ever hackathon or computer programming competition that aimed to find information and mobile technology. The hackathon competition saw fifty-six seasoned and emerging hackers work in teams and... More

Recruitment of new members for Youth Team Leader Clubs in the 2015-2016 school-year

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Youth Team Leader Club (YTL club) in Chu Van An high school recently completed its recruitment for new members for its second season in 2015-2016. “After posting our recruitment advertisement to our club’s Facebook, we only received nearly 20 applications. We were very upset. However, on the day of the interviews, as many as 70 students showed up to hand in their applications. It was much more than... More

Speech at the 28th World YWCA Council by UN Women Executive Director

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

At the 28th World YCA Council, “Bold and transformative leadership – Toward 2035,” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11–16 October 2015. It’s good to be back, and to be in a familiar place. Being with the YWCA brings back many fond memories. To me the Y is the place where my journey to UN Women began. I will always... More

Executive Director addresses young women and girls at World YWCA Council

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

On 16 October, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended a remarkable event in Bangkok organized by the YWCA to expand the advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights and symbolically pass the torch to the next generation of feminists. “We must be single-minded about the fact that change for women and girls more than ever before is possible in our... More

Pakistan’s Young Men and Women speak out for Economic and Political Empowerment

Friday, August 14, 2015

Quetta, Balochistan - “We [the youth] need to be empowered through education - quality education - not only in the rural areas but in the urban areas too.” “Adults have a big role to play in promoting equality between boys and girls, and educating them to succeed in life.” “With low employment rates, youth need to have their skills developed. How else will they be employed in respectable jobs?” “The youth are busy; whether doing good or bad... More

I attended CSW because...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women... More

Cambodian schoolboy champions women's rights

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Many of CARE’s activities to reduce gender-based violence in Cambodia focus on empowering women to have the confidence to stand up for their rights. However, CARE also recognises that engaging with men is key in order to change deep-rooted attitudes. Bunnara, a slim schoolboy of just 15 years old, is one of CARE’s key advocates for social change More

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