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UN Women to address gender-based violence in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal

Monday, May 4, 2015

In the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, which according to Government reports has caused more than 5,000 deaths and left more than 10,000 people injured, a flash appeal was issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator and partners. More

Pacific rural women as agents of change

Friday, October 17, 2014

Market vendors in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands joined UN Women in celebrating International Day of Rural Women on Wednesday, highlighting the crucial roles rural women play in ensuring the health and wellbeing of their families and communities, as well as their countries’ economic productivity. More

Women champion their liberation from manual scavenging in India

Monday, July 21, 2014

Manual scavengers represent arguably one of the most inhumane ‘jobs’ that a person can have. Ms. Chotti Bai from Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan used to be one of the hundreds of thousands of manual scavengers in India. Their daily task it is to remove human waste from unsanitary and ‘dry toilets’ (without flushing system). More

New Zealand funds USD 6.1 million to UN Women Safe Cities Programme in Papua New Guinea

Friday, April 11, 2014

The New Zealand Government will support the Safe Cities Programme to carry out a comprehensive redevelopment of infrastructure at Gordons market, the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Murray McCully, announced today. More

Op-ed: The way forward for gender equality

Friday, April 11, 2014

An editorial by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin. Cross-posted from Al Jazeera. More

Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Today, as we commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation, UN Women calls for intensified efforts to stop the practice in all its forms. We pledge to increase support for efforts to prevent female genital mutilation, and advance gender equality and human rights, including the right to sexual and reproductive health and to live free of violence and discrimination. More

Message from John Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly

Thursday, September 19, 2013

193 member States of the United Nations elected me by acclamation to serve as 68th President of the United Nations General Assembly. It was a poignant moment in that I was about to assume a huge responsibility, while at the same time taking the next step on a journey that began purely by happenstance. More

Progress and Challenges in Gender Equality

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Government of Timor-Leste, in partnership with Asia Development Bank and UN Women, is conducting a Country Gender Assessment as a measuring tool for progress on equality between women and men. Factors such as women’s participation in the workforce, health, security, education, violence and justice have been examined to ascertain challenges and ways forward. More

On World Water Day, UN Women spotlights the need to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation for all

Sunday, March 24, 2013

On World Water Day, UN Women is calling attention to the urgent need to increase access to clean water and basic sanitation and to support the initiative of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to enhance progress on sanitation ahead of the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals. More

UN Women supports over 7,000 women as force of resilience in communities in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Viet Nam

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ha Noi, 5 November 2012 – A 1.3 million dollar project agreement between Viet Nam Women’s Union (VWU) and UN Women was signed today to strengthen women’s capacity to reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience to the impacts of climate change in five disaster-prone provinces. More

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