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Anne Hathaway calls on leaders of the business community to put women at the heart of economic growth
Speaking via video message at the Business 20 (B20), the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community meeting today in Bali ... Learn more
WE RISE Together programme and announces winners for Thailand WEPS awards
Thailand Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards, which recognizes outstanding initiatives and practices that promote gender inclusivity in the business sector ... Learn more
UN women recognizes eight Chinese businesses for promoting gender equality
The 2022 WEPs Awards to eight companies in China. Five of these companies, women hold more than half of the management positions ... Learn more
Our Journey to EmPower: Women for Climate-Resilient Societies
Since EmPower was created, we have made significant progress, bringing our vision for the future into focus. Discover our results via our virtual journey ... Learn more
DED Anita Bhatia visits the Republic of Korea
DED Bhatia joins the first steering committee meeting for the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality ... Learn more
Rural women are powerful and constantly overcome challenges
The right to food is a human right and gender equality must be included in the discussion to ensure food and nutritional security ... Learn more
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In Focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2022, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “UNiTE! Activism To End Violence Against Women and Girls!” ...

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All 16Days events in Asia-Pacific ...

An illustration of a Kachin woman
Women-led organizations are key to ensure the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

In the words of a Kachin woman: “I feel unsafe and I always have to be prepared to flee from shootings and bombings. Surviving is the priority, and I’m not able to make money.” ...

The house of Fatimah Gul in northern Pakistan after the torrential monsoon rains and flood. Photo: UN Women/ Aziz Ullah
UN Women puts women and girls at the heart of flood response in Pakistan

“This sudden flood has destroyed everything in my life,” said Fatimah with tears in her eyes. “I don’t have utensils and clothes. My bed and house are damaged.” She was already living on zakat (charity money) and suddenly left with nothing. She cannot afford to rebuild nor has she any income ...

A workshop participant shares their thoughts on challenges that women are facing amidst Sri Lanka’s crisis.  22 September 2022, Negombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka. Photo: UN Women/Avindi Perera
Women in Sri Lanka call for stronger measures to protect their rights

“Over the last few months, complaints on violence against women have drastically increased, and most of the time, these women have no place to go,” said one dialogue participant, a women’s development officer from the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Social Empowerment ...

Ms. Alison Davidian, Country Representative a.i. for UN Women in Afghanistan, delivers a statement on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan during the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 25 July 2022. Photo: Still shot from UN Web TV video.
The situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

"Stories of loss reverberate throughout Afghanistan. But there is also hope even in the face of such loss. In every province I visited, women told me they will not give up. They will not accept this systematic exclusion from public life, these restrictions on their right to learn, to work, and to have a voice." says Alison Davidian  ...

Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Girls – leading from the front for their future

Statement on Afghanistan by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director — Today marks the tenth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to celebrating adolescent girl leaders, in all their diversity. This year's theme, “Our time is now – our rights, our future”, reflects their tenacity to drive change as transformative feminist leaders - right now. ... More


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Gender-related killings of women and girls (femicide/feminicide)

Global estimates of gender-related killings of women and girls in the private sphere in 2021 Improving data to improve responses. The gender-related killing of women and girls is the most brutal and extreme manifestation of such violence. The findings of this report show that in 2021, around 45,000 women and girls worldwide were killed by intimate partners or other family members. This means that more than five women or girls are killed every hour by someone in their own family. While these numbers are alarmingly high, the true scale of femicide may be much higher ... Read more