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Forensic science  Rawan Tomalieh conducts a microscopic examination in Ramallah, West Bank 2019.   Photo: HAYA Joint Programme/Samar Hazboun.
In Focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The COVID-19 pandemic is poised to widen the existing gender disparities, especially for women scientists at the early stages of their career, unless we act deliberately to keep women in the career pipelines in STEM. It’s more important than ever to recognize women’s contributions in science, smash stereotypes and defeat discrimination against women and girls in science. Join us on International Day of Women and Girls in Science to celebrate the “Women Scientists at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”. More

  • Soundarya - Youth blog

    Youth blog

    The Beijing +25 Youth Blog is an online space for young activists from across Asia and the Pacific to raise their ideas, concerns and expectations in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment. This month, Soundarya writes about the need to involve men and boys to end stigma around menstruation in India. More

  • GE Challenge

    Generation Equality Challenge

    UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is calling on individuals in the region to take part in the #IAmGenerationEquality challenge. Join us! More

  • Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau, UN Women

    Checklist for COVID-19 response by Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér

    As governments respond to the global COVID-19 crisis under huge pressures to act fast, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Åsa Regnér calls on leaders and decision-makers to answer 10 key questions about how their responses and policies will include and impact women and girls. More

  • UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia poses for a photo. Photo: UN Women/Bundit Chotsuwan

    Women and COVID-19: Five things governments can do now

    UN Women Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia takes a look at how impacts of COVID-19 are hitting women hardest, and how governments around the world can address these issues. More

  • Women’s Unpaid and Underpaid Work in the Times of Covid-19

    Ofxam, UN Women and Amnesty call for a new ‘Care Compact’ to recognize, reduce, redistribute and represent unpaid and under paid care work for a gender equal Asia. More

  • #HeForSheAtHome Challenge

    #HeForSheAtHome Challenge

    In response to the increased burden of care work and increased reports of domestic violence during COVID-19, UN Women has launched #HeForSheAtHome campaign. We are encouraging men to create respectful relationships at home and do their equal part when it comes to housework. More

  • Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking

    Generation Equality

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, UN Women is launching a new campaign, “Generation Equality—Realizing women’s rights and an equal future”. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life... More

  • Gender Equality

    Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

    Marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, as well as the first time that progress on the implementation of the Platform is reviewed in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. More

COVID-19: Women front and centre
 Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Photo: Kea Taylor

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka calls on governments to recognize both the enormity of the contribution women make and the precarity of so many in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More

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Regional Director, Mohammad Naciri
Regional Director, Mohammad Naciri 

Mohammad NACIRI has been recently appointed as the Regional Director of UN Women for Asia and the Pacific and Representative in Thailand. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Regional Director of UN Women in the Arab States. From 2012 to 2015, Mohammad Naciri was the Deputy Regional Director for UN Women in the Arab States. Mohammad has extensive experience in the region and in gender and development issues. Read more

Annoucement: National Committee

Effective 30 September 2019, UN Women no longer has a National Committee in Singapore. We thank all supporters in Singapore for their support in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women looks forward to working with partners in Singapore in the future who wish to contribute towards UN Women’s mandate. Click here for more information.

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2020 Annual Report

Annual Report 2019-2020

This report tells UN Women’s story over the last year. It shares how we and our many partners are striding forward to realize a better world for women and girls—one of equality and empowerment... Read more

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Progress of the World’s Women 2019

The next edition of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women, will be launched on 25 June 2019. The report theme, “Families in a changing world”, explores how laws, policies, and public action can support families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity, and voice... Read more