UN Women

Around the world and through the decades, we have all shared in the global struggle for gender equality.

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Comprising roughly half of the world's 272 million migrants, UN Women features migrant women as agents of change and leaders who contribute to their countries of origin and destination.

For the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec),

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Best of the 16 Days of Activism

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UN Women shines a light on the need for funding, essential services, prevention and data that shapes better-informed responses to violence against women and girls.

Poster of the Orange the World campaign.

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020) under the global theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!". UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign is amplifying the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focus on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls. Read and share stories, get inspired by activists.

disability rights activist Norberta V. Soares da Cruz

Hand over the mic: Women on the front lines of violence against women during COVID-19

Women peacekeepers paint a mural of a dove and the world.

The UN Security Council marks two decades since the landmark resolution 1325, which for the first time, enshrined the essential role of women in securing and maintaining peace. Peace is a prerequisite for health, equality and human security. Women are working against tremendous odds to build and sustain peace, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. UN Women supports the global ceasefire called by the Secretary-General and the feminist organizations on the ground: disarmament, arms control and shifting military spending to social investment.

Rimu Sultana Rimu

“Teaching girls how to read and write is one of the biggest ways I can make a difference,” says Rimu Sultana Rimu, an 18-year-old peace activist, who is part of the Young Women for Leadership (YWL) network in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, one of the world’s largest refugee settlements. She runs workshops on women and youth participation in peacebuilding, educates young women about their rights, using theater and radio broadcasts. UN Women spoke with Rimu on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325, which continues to shape the agenda for women, peace and security.

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"... the way we negotiate peace is that we negotiate with those who were fighters or at the warring parties. And typically, women are not fighters and not warring parties. So women always have to beg and negotiate and try to engage in all of those processes.

In 2010, the General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to merge four parts of the United Nations system into UN Women.

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Women play critical roles when humanitarian crisis occurs. UN Women advocates for the urgent need to support women in humanitarian action. Women share their perspectives by video.

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UN Women portrays Maya Tutton, who with her sister, started the Our Streets Now campaign against public sexual harassment, the most common form of violence against women and girls.

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In Focus: International Youth Day

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, young people across the world are demanding a fairer, more inclusive world for women and girls.