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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with Member States and the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), announced today the appointment of Sima Sami Bahous of Jordan as Executive Director of UN Women.
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[Press release] UN Women offers warm congratulations to Fiame Naomi Mata'afa on her assumption of the position of Prime Minister of Samoa and on becoming Samoa's first woman Prime Minister.Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Women’s equal representation in political life and decision making is fundamental to progressing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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“Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, and the flagship Generation Equality campaign, which calls for women’s right to decision-making in all areas of life, equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end all forms of violence against women and girls, and health-care services that respond to their needs.
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The Viet Nam Women Entrepreneurs Forum 2020 will bring together 150 representatives from government, business, women’s organizations and the international community for discussions on advancing gender equality goals for inclusive and sustainable economic growth, a main goal of UN Women’s work in Asia and the Pacific.
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What: The Panel “Policymaking, Economic Empowerment and Related Rights of Women and Marginalized Sectors: Issues, Opportunities, Perspectives and Frontiers” will convene representatives of government agencies, businesses, women’s organizations, civil society and academia for discussions on policymaking and advocacy for the full and equal economic participation of women and the marginalized sectors. Discussions are also expected to help raise awareness of the Women’s...
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The ‘Gender Equality Means Good Business’ Forum brings together representatives of Viet Nam’s private companies and European businesses based-locally for a signing ceremony of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).
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Leaders from Member States, civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls.
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The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. The Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. As the global agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is organizing and supporting a series of different activities around International Women’s Day. See some of our key events.
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Following the UN Secretary-General’s recommendation to Member States to amend the format of the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in light of the current concerns regarding coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an informal meeting took place today. The Commission decided that the 64th session of the Commission will convene on 9 March, at 10.00 a.m. (EST), for a procedural meeting. The meeting will include opening statements, followed by the adoption of the draft Political Declaration and action on any other draft resolutions. The session will then suspend until further notification. No general debate will take place and all side events planned by Member States and the UN system in conjunction with CSW 64 will be cancelled.
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The regional meeting takes place within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign aimed at mobilizing action to end violence against women and girls. The campaign commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and continuing until 10 December, Human Rights Day. As a convener of the Beijing+25 Meeting and a global lead in the area of ending violence against women, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is organizing and supporting a series of different events throughout the 3-day conference.
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[ANNOUCEMENT] Deadline Extended!! — UN Women is re-establishing a Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), which was previously set up in 2012. As Beijing+25 approaches and Bangladesh nationally stands at a cross-road in terms of growing inequality and intensifying human rights and gender challenges, while aspiring to graduate from Least Development Country and become a developed country by 2041, UN Women has decided to relaunch a CSAG in order to systematically seek advice from CSO representatives on its work.
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The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance genderequality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of socialprotection systems, access to public services and sustainableinfrastructure. The achievement...
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UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit China from 12-15 December. During her visit, the Executive Director will meet with government authorities, the All-China Women's Federation, UN country team representatives, media and private sector members. Present in China since 1998, UN Women works in partnership with the governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, communities and networks to advance gender equality, in line with China’s commitment...
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Bangladesh has been hosting Rohingya refugees from Myanmar for nearly three decades. In recent times, the escalating violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has displaced some 688,000 Rohingyas since August 2017. The refugee population in Bangladeshi settlements has more than doubled; camps are overcrowded, needs are immediate and enormous, and resources are stretched. The Rohingya refugees arrived by the boat, every day, fleeing killings, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence. They arrived with very few possessions, impoverished and traumatized. The majority, just above half, of the estimated 688,000 new arrivals, are women and girls...
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UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, begins today her first official visit to Bangladesh. During her visit, the Executive Director will be meeting with key government and civil society partners as well as international development actors both in Dhaka, and in Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Refugee response is taking place. Women in Bangladesh have made important strides in development in recent decades. The country has made impressive gains on a number of development...
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The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “ Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives ”. This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured...
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In Cambodia, 70 per cent of women are engaged in vulnerable employment; more than 500,000 work in garment and footwear factories. Empowering women to exercise their rights to decent work, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system) is working closely with partners to ensure discrimination-free work environments in Cambodian factories. Chhun Srey Sros , 24, lives in Sangkat Chaom Chao and works in a Cambodian factory where UN Trust Fund and...
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The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), MyGov India, India’s first of its kind participatory governance initiative, and the United Nations in India have launched an online contest to crowdsource stories from across India that celebrate the indomitable spirit of women who have made a difference – ‘Women Transforming India’. The campaign was launched on International Women’s Day 2016 and is inviting stories of women breaking new ground,...
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UN Women Regional Office for Asia Pacific is delighted to announce that feminist theorist, Professor Henrietta L. Moore, was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to social sciences. Professor Moore has been honoured in recognition of her contribution to the Social Sciences, and her services to business, policy and the arts. The Honours List notes her extensive empirical work...
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At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the co-facilitators of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the UN DESA Financing for Development Office (FFDO), UN-NGLS is conducting an open, transparent and participatory process to identify civil...