7 August 2017

Liberia elections: Making 2017 count for women

August 7, 2017 - In October 2017, Liberians will head to the polls to vote, as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female Head of State, completes her second and final term tenure this year. Women constitute half of the over two million people who have registered to vote, according to Liberia’s National Elections [...]

27 June 2017

Speech: “Together with our partners…we will continue to deliver for women and girls”—Executive Director

27 June, 2017 - Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board. [As delivered] Madame President, Members of the Executive Board, Distinguished delegates, Colleagues and friends, Good morning. Firstly, let me thank Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh for her strong interest and [...]

19 June 2017

Launch of the joint UN Women/UNIDO online training module

Vienna, 19 June 2017 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Women have launched a new online training module, Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, as part of the I Know Gender e-learning course. Gender equality and the empowerment of women have a significant positive impact on sustained economic growth and [...]

23 May 2017

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

22 May 2017 - The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers [...]

8 March 2017

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

 28 February 2017 - Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017 Across the world, too many women and girls spend too many hours on household responsibilities—typically more than double the time spent by men and boys. They look after younger siblings, older family members, deal with illness in [...]

15 February 2017

UN Women launches initiative for reforming gender-discriminatory laws

New York, 14 February 2017 - A new partnership focused on reforming gender-discriminatory laws was unveiled today 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 against women and girls, and ensuring that [...]

19 September 2016

UN Women at the 71st session of the General Assembly

New York, 19 September 2016 - The 71st session of the UN General Assembly comes one year into the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, which places gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and [...]

25 November 2015

The United Nations illuminates The Little Mermaid statue in orange as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign

Press-release November 25th is the International Day to End Violence against Women.  UN Women marks the day by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with over 70 participating countries, including Denmark. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women invites the world to symbolize their support by “turning the world orange”.  As part [...]