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Friday, February 12, 2016
In the framework of International Women’s Day 2016, the Mission of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), the Mission of Canada to the OAS and the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS have partnered to...
Monday, February 08, 2016
Oxfam GB’s Global Performance Framework is part of the organisation’s effort to better understand and communicate its effectiveness, as well as enhance learning across the organisation. Under this framework, a small number of completed or mature...
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...
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...
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson launched a new initiative as part of the He For She campaign - IMPACT 10x10x10. UN Photo/Mark Garten
Thursday, January 22, 2015
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, delivered another stirring speech encouraging world and corporate leaders to take action for gender equality during the kickoff of a HeForShe program launch at the World Economic Forum at Davos on January...
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as...
Friday, September 12, 2014
This wonderful infographic summarizes all the relevant data on women in all branches of government as well as legislation in place for women's political participation from around the world.
Friday, September 05, 2014
“Given that Colombia has subscribed to various international instruments that guarantee the protection of women, affirmative action (…) we are very far from reality because there exist no means to materialize everything that is outlined in the...
Maissan Hassan
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Maissan Hassan is the Programs Manager at the Women and Memory Forum;a nongovernmental research centre in Egypt that focuses on gender issues in Arab cultural history. She is an adviser in the MENA Region for FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund and a co...
International Youth Day 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Photo-UN Women/Marco Dormino Today 1.8 billion adolescents make up the largest youth generation in history – and they are stirring nations and raising their voices! The challenges faced by young women and girls in particular are making headlines...
Saturday, July 26, 2014
“The case of the Costa Rican domestic workers perfectly illustrates the need to shift the debate beyond numbers to consider how inclusive and representative our political systems truly are – at all levels. Whilst the advances made in women’s...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva, and its partner organizations, will host an NGO Forum as part of the UNECE* Regional Review of Beijing+20 (Palais des Nations, Geneva - 6-7 Nov. 2014). This NGO Forum will examine the 12 critical...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Beijing +20 is the process to assess the implementation by governments and other stakeholders of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. These Beijing outcome document...
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri yesterday met with key ministers of the new Government in India whose efforts will be crucial to the progress of the country’s women and girls – who represent over 18 per cent of the world’s women. In...
Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion Mallika Sarabhai
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and activist, Mallika Sarabhai calls herself a "communicator". Through her art and activism, and in her message for #Beijing20, she stresses that it's time to break the silence about...
Beijing+20
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Egyptian diplomat and politician Mervat Tallawy is the former Minister for Insurance and Social Affairs of Egypt and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). She spent six years...
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Indian actor and director of numerous films and founder of Men Against Rape & Discrimination (MARD), Farhan Akhtar was touched by the struggle to end violence against women when a woman he worked with was sexually assaulted and killed in her own...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York, UN Women on Thursday launched a year-long campaign to spark global dialogue and actions on women’s rights and gender equality. The Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! campaign...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Be an active participant in a dynamic global process and contribute to discussions on achievements, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). Tackle together other...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. Today, she heads Karama, an international organization based in Cairo that is working to end violence against women in the Arab region and is a partner of the...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Picture it: A world without a gender gap. Imagine a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl. What would your world look like?
Michelle Bachelet
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has...
Caroline Hubbard
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
iKNOW Politics Expert Caroline Hubbard speaks about the challenges international organizations face while working on women's rights issues.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Women activists say they won a major step forward with Egypt's new constitution, which enshrined greater rights for women. But months after its passage, they're worrying whether those rights will be implemented or will turn out to be merely ink on...
Friday, May 02, 2014
This briefing paper is intended to provide guidance on how to incorporate the principles of substantive equality into the Post-2015 Agenda. Specifically, when considering reproductive rights and gender equality in these programs, states should take...
Friday, May 02, 2014
his report documents abuses to which the criminal justice system subjects women during arrest, interrogation, trial, and imprisonment. Between December 2012 and April 2013, Human Rights Watch interviewed 27 women and 7 girls, Sunni and Shia; their...
Monday, April 28, 2014
IWRAW Asia Pacific is an international women's organisation that promotes the domestic implementation of international human rights standards by building the capacity of women and human rights. advocates.
Monday, April 28, 2014
An analytical overview and issue briefs on women's empowerment in India, including rights and security, economic opportunities, and women in politics.
Monday, April 28, 2014
ndia has witnessed the world’s largest experiment in grassroots local democracy, triggered by the 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Indian Constitution, which created a third tier of governance – Panchayati Raj Institutions (Village Councils) and...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Governance in all South Asian countries is imbued with a predominantly patriarchal character. This is reflected in the fact that women form a disproportionately small segment of representatives in elected bodies across all levels of governance, and...
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Ever since women’s reserved seats have been introduced in the legislative houses, women occupying these seats have become a thorn in many eyes. Not a day has passed when in the corridors of the parliament sarcastic remarks aren’t heard. Men from...
Friday, March 28, 2014
When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in the all-encompassing burqa. While most women in conservative Afghanistan may still wear the burqa, today's Afghan woman has choices she...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
UN Member states have agreed that gender equality and women's rights must be prioritised in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals. After two weeks of negotiations in New York, the Commission...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.” So proclaimed Hillary Clinton, US First Lady at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, in a landmark speech of her career. Despite Clinton’s...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
“Iran can be introduced as the role model of women education to the world, given its achievements in this field,” Mlambo, also Executive Director of UN-Women, said in a meeting with Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A quick look at the rights of women across Arab countries today. The article offers a snapshot of how women are fairing in different Arab countries. We invite our users to read the complete article published March 8 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
30 Years of Democracy: Riding the Wave? Women’s Political Participation in Latin America examines the progress made in women’s participation at all levels of public and party decision making, in the three decades since the start of the third wave...

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