The United Nations recently established UN Women to champion gender equality and empowerment of women. In its first major report “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice,” UN Women highlights both the global plight of women seeking justice and the amazing progress women have made in the past century. Particularly enlightening aspects of the report are the coverage of women in Muslim countries and the accomplishments of Muslim women’s rights groups.
Flagship report from the UN’s new organization for women recognizes progress, but calls on governments to take urgent action to end the injustices that keep women poorer and less powerful than men in every country in the world.
Empowering women and advancing their rights is not only the right thing to do but it can lead to progress on a range of issues, including the fight against poverty, hunger and violence, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting women’s rights said today.
United Nations, New York— UN Women announced today the following appointments of senior managers who will support Executive Director Michelle Bachelet and Deputy Directors Lakshmi Puri and John Hendra in leading the organization.
New York, NY – The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO/CSW/NY), one of three women’s committees of CoNGO that advocates for women’s rights and gender equality, today announced the appointment of new Executive Committee members.
The head of the United Nation entity tasked with promoting gender equality today reiterated that economic empowerment of women, political participation, ending gender-based violence and raising women’s involvement in post-conflict peacebuilding are the priorities of the body.
United Nations, New York— As world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York this week to chart the future course of the global AIDS response, UN Women is advocating for a robust response for those infected and affected by HIV — particularly women and girls. The organization is calling for concerted action on the unfulfilled commitments made to women and girls to alleviate the suffering that comes from stigma, violence, and the burden of caring for the sick.
Women bear a disproportionate burden of the world’s poverty. Statistics indicate that women are more likely than men to be poor and at risk of hunger because of the systematic discrimination they face in education, health care, employment and control of assets. Poverty implications are widespread for women, leaving many without even basic rights such as access to clean drinking water, sanitation, medical care and decent employment. Being poor can also mean they have little protection from violence and have no role in decision making.
For months, the U.N.'s new superagency for women has been tapping advocates and academics around the globe for advice about how to shape the group's first strategic plan, due out in June.
Cambodian student Sarvina Kang urges the newly formed UN Women agency to address root causes of sex trafficking in her country.
At CSW 55, Oxfam and VSO UK launched the outcomes of our global civil society survey on women’s needs, priorities and expectations on UN Women at country level.
UN Women-Africa, under the auspices of the Imbutu Foundation and in partnership with Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa is convening a three-day consultative conference with key stakeholders on youth development and empowerment in Africa. The consultation under the theme “Fostering Young Women’s Empowerment: Strategies for accelerating Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Africa” is being organized as part of ongoing consultations towards the development of the UN Women’s first Strategic Plan.
Istanbul—At the opening session of the of the Fourth UN Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCIV), government representatives and high-level leaders, including UN Women Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Ms. Michelle Bachelet, came together to analyze and discuss the challenges as well as progress made within least developed countries.
Speech delivered by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Luncheon, New York, on 28th April 2011.
UN Women’s EVAW - Ending Violence against Women - Cluster is pleased to share with you two new advocacy resources - “Investing in Gender Equality: Ending Violence against Women” and “Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country”.
Once sidelined, women are now gaining momentum within the UN system. UN Women opened its doors in January—and with it the doors to women's leadership at the global level.
What Women Are Saying
"We live in a world designed to keep
real at a minimum. Global Room for Women is the first website that I've found (and I've looked) that promotes real conversations between real
people." - B. Samuel, Artist, Iowa.
"The Global Room was life changing for me. I was blown away! I am usually not impressed by these kinds of teleconferences but thought GRW was wonderful. It made me feel not so alone on this planet." - A. Olivier, Texas
"I am trying to find ways to change the world I inherited. The only way is through other people. The GRW feeds that part of me that needs to be opened and wants ideas and mutual experience to face the immense challenges. "
- M.Levy, Activist, Wisconsin