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March 3, 2017
From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”
“My sister, who's a lawyer and a woman rights activist, encouraged me to run for local elections. I hesitated at first; even if women are selected, they are expected to be a mere accessory. But I had worked for many years as a volunteer and social worker. I had a grasp on the real issues that my...
March 1, 2017
“In too many countries laws still discriminate against women”
As countries start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving a sustainable and gender equal future by 2030, discriminatory laws continue to hold women and girls back. Begoña Lasagabaster, UN Women Chief of Leadership and Governance Section, talks about a new UN Women...
February 16, 2017
Launch of "The Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030" by UN Women, IPU, and Equality Now
A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled on February 14, 2017 at an event co-hosted by UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now, in New York. The “Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030” aims at repealing or amending laws that discriminate...
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December 23, 2016
Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections
By Corinne Roberts It’s midday in one of Dili’s busiest markets. A man pushes a food-cart selling an Indonesian-style soup with spicy meatballs. In an aluminum-roofed market stall, Barbara Garma Soares is shopping for football jerseys. Soares is one of 21 women recently elected as Xefe Suku (...
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December 14, 2016
Maldives: Workshop on women’s participation and leadership in peace and security
The United Nations in Maldives and the UN Women Multi-Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka organized a workshop to discuss women’s participation and leadership in peace and security based on the principles of the historic UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Under the title “...
November 18, 2016
UN ESCWA and UN Women Join Hands to Discuss Regional Accountability Tool for Achieving Gender Equality in Public Institutions
Government representatives and officials from the National Women Machineries (NWMs) in the Member States of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today adopted a unified Arab framework to measure accountability and progress towards achieving gender equality in...
November 7, 2016
Much of the World Has Had a Woman Leader. Why Not the U.S.?
If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, the U.S. will join the roughly 50 percent of countries worldwide that have had a woman as the top national leader. At least 79 countries have had an elected or appointed woman head of state or head of government, according data from...
October 3, 2016
City 50-50 Platform encourages gender parity in power spheres in Brazil
UN Women launched www.cidade5050.org.br where candidates will be able to make public commitments to gender equality. The project was developed in a partnership between UN Women Brazil, the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), the Patrícia Galvão Institute and the Research Group on Democracy and...
September 23, 2016
Women gain political representation and leadership in rural China
Liao Bin, from the Hunan province in China, was elected as the head of her Village Committee at 27. Her average day looks like this: hours spent in efforts to boost the economy of the village, caring for left-behind children of migrant workers, and then whatever is left of the day, she spends...