World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) 23-24 May, UN Women

The Issue Disasters kill more women than men, and hit women’s livelihoods hardest. According to UN reports, 60 per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict. Experience and research show that when women are included in humanitarian action, the entire community benefits. Despite this, women and girls are often excluded from decision-making processes that shape the … [Read more...]

Female Entrepreneurs, Successful in South Africa

It’s 4 a.m. and while her children sleep, Angel is already up baking scones and cake while simultaneously whipping up beef and chicken stews—all to be sold by her mother, 49-year-old entrepreneur Mbali Luvuno, who will open the family shop at 8 a.m. Located at a taxi stand in Vosloorus community, close to Johannesburg, South Africa, “Mbali’s Fast Food” catering and takeaway offers sweets, snacks and home-cooked lunch meals to drivers and commuters alike. Without understanding how to price … [Read more...]

UN WOMEN, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director

Message of the Executive Director: We call on countries to “step it up” for gender equality Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Women’s Day 2015. In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, world leaders committed to a future where women are equal. One hundred and eighty nine countries and 4,000 civil society organizations, attended the conference. Women left Beijing with high hopes, with a well-defined path towards … [Read more...]

INFOGRAPHIC, Why Educating Women/Girls Matters

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UN Women, What are women’s human rights?

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World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014

World AIDS Day Message from UN Women’s Executive Director for World AIDS Day, 1 December 2014 The new UNAIDS report released for World AIDS Day calls on us all to take a fast-track approach over the next five years to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. UN Women is proud to be a partner in the collaborative fight against AIDS, and commends UNAIDS on the progress made through this concerted drive. Ending gender inequality is an essential prerequisite for the success of this effort. Ending … [Read more...]

International Day to End Violence against Women, NOV 25

25 November, International Day to End Violence against Women! It's time to fulfil the promise to end violence against women ... UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls for action to end violence against women: "Women are beaten in their homes, harassed on the streets, bullied on the internet. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. In some conflict situations, it may be more dangerous to be a girl or a woman than … [Read more...]

WeMENsdays! “where Women meet Men halfway”, NOV 19

WeMENsdays! Night - 'where Women meet Men halfway' - NOV 19 RESERVE YOUR SEAT ONLINE & SAVE: www.wewednesdays.com NOVEMBER is a Busy Month, as Momentum Builds for the year end. It truly is very exciting to watch so much energy exchange, events succeed and evolution Take Action! Jumping right into this amazing energy flow, WEWomen have decided to launch our Once a Month Night for MEN. Yes, ladies, WE said Men! NOV*EMBER 19 has a Two-fold Blessing of a Night as we use this event to … [Read more...]

UN celebrating 69 years Oct 24 th!

The United Nations will turn 69 years old on Friday, and as the world confronts numerous "problems without passports" – from climate change to terrorism to disease outbreaks – its work is as important as ever. Each of us has a role to play in supporting the UN's work to promote global peace and progress. Yesterday, UN officials including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, members of the UN Foundation Board of Directors, diplomats, advocates, business leaders, and other partners came together at … [Read more...]

UN Women National Committee Canada celebrates HeForShe

Dear supporters of UN Women and UN Women National Committee Canada I am pleased to announce the launch of the global HeForShe campaign, a movement that transcends class, race or gender. The HeForShe Campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights. The campaign encourages them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women and girls. … [Read more...]

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