Gender equality and women’s empowerment

2403, 2017

Closing session, UN Commission agrees roadmap to women’s economic empowerment

March 24th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today agreed on a roadmap to women’s full and equal participation in the economy as a vital step to achieving sustainable development as the body concluded its two-week session.

2003, 2017

UN disability rights committee opens with a call to spotlight gender issues

March 20th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Inequality, News|

The United Nations committee monitoring efforts to protect rights of persons with disabilities today opened its spring session today in Geneva with a call to pay special attention to gender issues.

1703, 2017

Guterres: ‘The clear objective of our time is parity’ rooted in women’s empowerment

March 17th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Gender parity at all levels – political, cultural, economic and social – is a “central objective” and must be based on women's empowerment, Secretary-General António Guterres told women's rights activists and civil society representatives today during a town hall-style discussion at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

1603, 2017

Women’s political parity slow to grow as UN launches latest ‘Women in Politics’ map

March 16th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Women’s voices are still missing from the executive branches of governments and parliaments worldwide, slowing achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN says.

1403, 2017

UN launches ‘Platform of Champions’ calling to end global gender pay gap

March 14th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

“The gender pay gap reflects the unjustifiably diminished position of many women in society and helps to keep them there,” said UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

803, 2017

Planet 50–50 by 2030 by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

March 8th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Secretary-General|

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

1801, 2017

At Cape Town Forum, UN Women and partners seek ways to close gender data gaps

January 18th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

With only 41 per cent of countries regularly producing data on violence against women, the first UN World Data Forum explored ways to close these data gaps.

2212, 2016

Report: Majority of trafficking victims are women and girls; one-third children

December 22nd, 2016|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Peace and justice|

“Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labour remain the most prominently detected forms, but victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

312, 2016

UN honours activists from India, Mexico and Russia for work on biodiversity protection

December 3rd, 2016|Climate change, Economic growth, Forests, desertification and biodiversity, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Hunger and food security, News, Oceans, Poverty|

The United Nations today paid tribute to three activists who were awarded a top prize for biodiversity protection.

2311, 2016

‘Orange the World’ kicks off 16 days of activism to fight gender-based violence

November 23rd, 2016|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

“The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is also a job for all of society," said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.