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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...]

Margot Franssen – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this Canadian woman leader that is devoting her life to the betterment of our youth, with a focus on the issue of the Human Trafficking of girls in Canada. “It doesn’t matter how you fight the good fight – just fight with passion. It doesn’t matter how much you share your personal affluence to influence social change – just give a bit more than you thought you could.”     WOMAN of ACTION™     Margot … [Read more...]

What is Enlightenment?, Immanuel Kant

What Is Enlightenment? Immanuel Kant Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," ... is therefore the motto of the enlightenment. Laziness … [Read more...]

Grace Hartman – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this woman leader, a women's activist that would tell you 'just do it' Her work in trade unions and work in the women’s movement were interrelated ways to change Canadian society. Because of her hard work and she was able to bring organization and their workers closer together in a peace movement. She retired in 1983 and became the President of Voice of Women in 1988 until she passed away.       WOMAN of … [Read more...]

A global voice for women, The right to be heard

"Ending Gender Based Violence." "A global voice for women: The right to be heard," Quenby Wilcox wrote: “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely — and the right to be heard.” declared Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing almost 20 years … [Read more...]

I am Aldijana Sisic and I wear orange because…‏

It’s the last day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. There's still time to#orangeurworld with actions! I am Aldijana Sisic, and I am the Campaign Manager for the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. I am wearing orange because women and girls fight their daily battles hoping that one day they will have their human right to live a life free of violence. For real changes in women’s and girls’ lives, actions have to take place at the … [Read more...]

Mandela, ‘man of many names’ … one Humantarian Heart

MANDELA IS KNOWN BY SEVERAL NAMES. EACH NAME HAS A STORY BEHIND IT CALL HIM TATA MADIBA, NELSON, KHULU! MANDELA FONDLY REVERED AS A WORLD ICON FOR HUMANITY AND FORBEARANCE Rolihlahla – Born on July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo in Transkei in the Eastern Cape province, he was given the name Rolihlaha Mandela by his father, a tribal chief. This is Mr Mandela’s birth name: it is an 'isiXhosa' name which means “pulling the branch of a tree”, but colloquially it means … [Read more...]

END VIOLENCE: ‘A Promise is a Promise is a Promise’

Lets End Violence Against Women The main roles of UN Women are: To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms. To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society. To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender … [Read more...]

Nicole Kidman honored for Advocacy on Women’s Rights!

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman honoured for advocacy on women’s rights UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman was awarded today by Variety magazine for her engagement to advance women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment. The Academy Award winner received the honour at Variety’s 5th Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, which aims at “shining a spotlight on the high-profile women in Hollywood who have used their platforms to make a difference”. “The honourees we … [Read more...]

NGOWG MAP – October 2013

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the October 2013 version of our Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.   For October, in which Azerbaijan has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali, and Somalia. We will soon be releasing our annual report monitoring and analyzing the work of the UN Security Council on women, … [Read more...]

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