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UN Women stands with the women of Iran
In recent days Iran has seen deep public unrest, with demonstrations and protests taking place in some 80 cities, triggered by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini ... Learn more
Bridge Gender Gap, Engender the Workplaces at Top Priority
UN Women is strengthening its Stance Towards Better Gender Equity & Inclusiveness, Women Safety, Digital Literacy and Financial Education ... Learn more
Ensuring “no one is left behind” in Pakistan’s flood response
Kavita* a minority Hindu in south-eastern Pakistan stands on a pile of rubbish that used to be her home ... Learn more
Help Pakistani flood victims now
More than 1,100 people have lost their lives. Schools, crops, livestock, and homes have been destroyed. UN Women is responding to the specific needs of displaced women and girls, including women with disabilities ... Learn more
Three women, of three different cultures, help build peace in Sri Lanka
At the break of dawn, in three different parts of Sri Lanka, three women light lamps and begin their days with prayers ... Learn more
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 ...

H.E. Pertti Anttinen served as the Ambassador of Finland to Nepal between September 2018 and August 2022. Photo: Curtesy of the Ambassy of Finland to Nepal
“Gender equality is everyone’s business and responsibility. When gender equality is effectively pursued, everyone wins.”

This year, Finland and UN Women celebrated 10 years of collaboration in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nepal. We spoke to Mr. Anttinen at the end of his tenure and asked him about his views on the status of gender equality in Nepal ...

My Duyen, 19, a student at Hong Duc University shared with UN Women that she wishes the university could have more security cameras and a better lighting system in the evening. Photo: UN Women/Thao Hoang
Building a campus without violence in Viet Nam

More than half of female students at three leading Vietnamese universities, and almost a third of lecturers, has experienced at least one form of sexual harassment in and around campus over the past academic year, most commonly verbal sexual harassment ...

Illustration: UN Women/Poompat Watanasirikul
Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages

Youth have been, and will continue to be a part of the conversations and action to restore the planet and integrating biodiversity in the transformation of food systems, and therefore will also remain closely engaged in the implementation work of the Action Coalitions that were launched during the Generation Equality Forum. On International Youth Day, join us in uplifting the voices of youth and celebrating their leadership.

Market vendor Isabel Vokraei with her produce at Luganville Market. Photo: UN Women
Creating Safe Workspaces for Women Market Vendors in Vanuatu

A market vendor, travels for up to five hours from her home in Namavuni Village, Avunaleleo to the Luganville market every week to sell wild yams. She feels much safer now and the newly installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system gives her peace of mind. “This will make it easier to go to work every day,” says Isabel Vokraei ...

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

‘Meticulously constructed policies of inequality’ – Afghanistan one year on

Statement on Afghanistan by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, 15 August 2022. — In the year that has passed since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, we have seen daily and continuous deterioration in the situation of Afghan women and girls. This has spanned every aspect of their human rights, from living standards to social and political status. It has been a year of increasing disrespect for their right to live free and equal lives, denying them opportunity to livelihoods, access to health care and education, and escape from situations of violence ... More


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RE-Envision Resilience Virtual Photobook

The photobook was developed by the EmPower team to feature nine stories of those inspirational champions who have made changes in their communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Viet Nam ... Read more

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