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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
After Amira’s husband was killed in the Syrian war, she found herself adrift in Lebanon. Barred from working and with two young children to feed, she resorted to marrying off her nine-year-old daughter and putting her 12-year-old son to work. Amira...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Thursday, May 05, 2016
For Arab countries, the twentieth-anniversary review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform comes at a time when the region stands at a major crossroads in the context of recent uprisings, political instability and protracted armed conflicts...
Pam Damoff Pam Damoff is Member of Parliament in Canada
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Pam Damoff is a business professional and community activist who has served as a Town Councillor in Oakville since 2010. Her extensive public service is combined with over 27 years of corporate experience on Bay Street. She has been elected to...
Friday, April 08, 2016
As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its first webinar on the issue of women and the environment, to celebrate World Environment Day in June. Five inspiring presenters were invited to bring different...
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
After the last International Women’s Day, UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, delivered the message ‘From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards’: “As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Every year in March, representatives of Member States, UN entities, and civil society organizations from all regions gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to evaluate progress on gender...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has launched its ‘Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015-2018 including focus areas for 2016’. This plan departs from the idea that gender equality is an end in itself, but...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has launched its ‘Swedish Foreign Service action plan for feminist foreign policy 2015-2018 including focus areas for 2016’. This plan departs from the idea that gender equality is an end in itself, but...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Last Sunday, 27 September, took place at the United Nations Headquarters of New York a historic gathering to promote the political, social, and economic empowerment of women at the global level. The meeting was co-hosted by the People’s Republic of...
Thursday, April 23, 2015
This position paper on women's political participation in Egypt was presented by the New Woman Foundation at the 2015 CSW in New York. Thw two strategic goals outline din the report are: 1- Increasing the representation of women in parliamentary...
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
The city of Quito in Ecuador is committed to the prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment in public spaces. As part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative, Quito is one of the five pioneer cities...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
UN Women together with the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women's rights and empowerment and...
Baroness Sandip Verma
Baroness Sandip Verma Uday Nagaraju interviewed Baroness Sandip Verma, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Energy and Climate Change) and member of House of Lords, United Kingdom.
Monday, March 23, 2015
 UN) What are the common issues concerning women in the UK and what actions has your government taken to overcome these? (BV) It has to be recognised that for far too long the disparity in pay opportunities and access to a range of jobs and services...
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded its 59th annual session today with an agreement by UN Member States on steps to boost its efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Governments attending the meeting agreed on new...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
©UNWOMEN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Further to the announcement of the  Fund for Gender Equality’s third Call for Proposals, UN Women is pleased to inform that the online grants application system is now open for the proposal submissions. Eligible applicants are invited to enter their...
UNWomen Beijing20 Celebration
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) has opened its 59th Session, which will review progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption. The opening session included the launch of...
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The present report is a synthesis of the Secretary-General's report (E/CN.6/2015/3) on the 20-year review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of...
Audience members listen to a panel discussion titled Beijing +20: Gender, Power and Decision-Making, which was hosted by NDI and the Society for International Development. Credit: Sarah Kincaid
Friday, March 13, 2015
Glancing around the room, it seemed that the Feb. 24 event that NDI’s Gender, Women and Democracy (GWD) team put on had a great turnout. About 60 people from the federal government, academic institutions, multilateral organizations and NGOs were...
Tonga cabinet agrees to ratify CEDAW
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga announced this evening in a statement that it has agreed to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) after lengthy and thorough discussions in Cabinet...
Minister Falcon at CSW 59
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Delivering the Country Statement to the Assembly on Monday (March 9), Minister Falconer stated Jamaica’s commitment to a “transformative Post 2015 Agenda with the sustainable development goals and equal rights for women and girls at its core. We...
CSW 59
Thursday, March 12, 2015
“As we open this 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we must remember: we can make faster, greater progress if we empower the millions of women peace builders, activists and citizen entrepreneurs around the world making a...
CSW 59
Monday, March 09, 2015
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations...
The Journey of Women Rights
Sunday, March 08, 2015
UN Women captures the journey of women's rights from 1911-2015, and key moments of the women's movements globally.
Egypt Beijing +20 review
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
 Cairo– At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The regional conference will bring together senior governmental officials, policy makers, and international/regional entities to endorse the conclusions of the Regional Review Report on the Implementation of Beijing Platform for Action in the Arab...
Participants at the Non-Governmental Organizations Forum meeting held in Huairou, China, as part of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China on 4-15 September 1995. Photo: UN Photo/Milton Grant
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In September 1995 an unprecedented 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists attended the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China with a single purpose in mind: the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all...
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet speaks at CSW
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations...
Photo-ONU Femmes
Monday, January 26, 2015
by Lucile Huguet, iKNOW Politics writer Context and origin : The Beijing Conference took place in September 1995 and was the Fourth World Conference on Women. The previous three were respectively held in Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980 and...
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (...
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The present document is a draft presented  on the 20th of January in view of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. 

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