14 February 2018

New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears

United Nations, New York, 14 February 2018 — UN Women today launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how [...]

9 February 2018

Joint message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on 11 February

7 February 2018 - Our future will be marked by scientific and technological progress, just like our past. That future progress will be the greatest when it draws on the full talent, creativity and ideas of women and girls in science. Most countries, industrialized or not, are far from achieving gender parity in Science, [...]

6 February 2018

Statement: “FGM is an act that cuts away equality”

6 February 2018 - Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, 6 February 2018. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is mostly carried out on young girls when they have no option to make their wishes heard—sometime between infancy and age 15. It is [...]

5 February 2018

UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

New York, 5 February 2018 —On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 6 February, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital [...]

19 January 2018

UN Women carries the Olympic Torch, calls for gender equality in sport

19 January 2018 - Today, UN Women Country Programme Manager in China, Julie Broussard carried the Olympic Torch in Paju, South Korea, leading up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. She called for gender equality in sport, following in the footsteps of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who had carried the Olympic [...]

10 December 2017

Joint Statement – ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

10 December 2017 - A joint statement for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017, from the Executive Directors of UNFPA and UN Women, Natalia Kanem and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined [...]

3 December 2017

UN Women Executive Director calls on private sector to boost women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship at the Economic Empowerment Summit in Sharjah

3 December 2017 Kicks off the joint programme to advance business opportunities for women, with UAE and Proctor & Gamble UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 5 December, for the 2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit. The Summit, hosted by the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, [...]

14 November 2017

Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

14 November 2017 - One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. Violence against women and girls, a [...]

6 October 2017

Barbershop Conference at UN City on 12 October 2017

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) has teamed up with UN Women to host a Barbershop Conference in Copenhagen for a forward-looking exchange on how male and female leaders can work together to achieve gender equality at work and in the home. The event follows the success of previous Barbershop events, including at the [...]

29 September 2017

Scoring goals for gender equality at the Global Goals World Cup

New York, 21 September 2017 - Balls were flying high and goals were scored for gender equality across the river from the United Nations, as the Global Goals World Cup took place on 19 September in Brooklyn, New York, to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Women from all over the world [...]