RECAP: Twitter Chat with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi for #YouthDay

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Pakistani youth propel the number of global HeForShe champions to over 300,000

In less than 48 hours, and with almost 5,000 online sign-ups from Pakistan alone, the HeForShe global ticker on Saturday crossed into the 300k mark. Following a chance meeting of female students with Mr. Jamshed Kazi, Representative for UN Women Pakistan, on International Women’s Day 2015 where he spoke of the HeForShe Campaign recently launched

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At UN annual Commission on the Status of Women, younger generation of gender equality activists say they are ready to play active role

Youth delegates such as Momal Mushtaq, a self-described “feminist” from Pakistan who was banned from riding a bicycle back home, and Tunisian women’s advocate Aya Chebbi, who declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders, engaged in a lively dialogue with their senior counterparts on the side lines of the annual Commission on the

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Fund for Gender Equality issues call for proposals

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is pleased to announce its third Call for Proposals from 9 March to 5 April 2015! This year the Fund welcomes submissions from women-led civil society organizations with innovative, high-impact, and multi-stakeholder women’s rights and gender equality programs that help jumpstart progress towards the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Fund

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A Message from the United Nations on the International Day of the Girl Child

The 2014 theme of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. On this occasion, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has published a statement outlining his support for the empowerment of young women to prevent violence: "All over the world, an alarming number of

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In Review: UN Youth Envoy’s journal of beginning of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Last week marked the start of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. As heads of state, governments and global leaders gather in New York City, the post-2015 development agenda is top the official agenda this year. We have been off to a busy and fully engaged start. Here are some highlights of

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UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth’s speech at launch of #HeForShe

Excellencies, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, President Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN women, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, Mr. Kiefer Sutherland Ladies and gentlemen – I honestly have to say, this is one of the most exciting events I have attended—on a Saturday in the UN… I’m

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Public space is a human right, says Youth Envoy

In a side panel on “Harnessing the Potential of Public Space for Women and Youth” organized by UN Women, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, on September 18 at the United Nations Headquarters, the panel sought to enhance awareness and consensus on key priority areas of women and youth in public space that should be integral to

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UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace

The President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John W. Ashe, convened the UN High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace on 9 September 2014. The Forum provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and information around building and maintaining a global culture of peace—it included panels on global citizenship and

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SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

(UN News Centre) 3 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa. “Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they