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Take five: “A successful peace process simply demands the active and meaningful participation of women at all levels”

Monday, October 29, 2018

UN Women spoke with Jean Arnault, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, about gender parity within the Mission and its priorities over the next year. The Verification Mission in Colombia has made impressive strides towards gender parity; 58 per cent of its professional level field staff are women and 65 per cent of field office teams are led by women. The Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was signed in 2016, ending more than 50 years of conflict. Contrary to most peace negotiations in history, women had a significant influence in the peace process in Colombia. The resulting peace agreement addresses core issues that impact women, such as women’s representation in decision-making bodies, access to land restitution or justice and reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence.

Sepur Zarco case: The Guatemalan women who rose for justice in a war-torn nation

Friday, October 19, 2018

During the 36-year-long Guatemalan civil war, indigenous women were systematically raped and enslaved by the military in a small community near the Sepur Zarco outpost. What happened to them then was not unique, but what happened next, changed history. From 2011 – 2016, 15 women survivors fought for justice at the highest court of Guatemala. The groundbreaking case resulted in the conviction of two former military officers of crimes against humanity and granted 18 reparation measures to the women survivors and their community. The abuelas of Sepur Zarco, as the women are respectfully referred to, are now waiting to experience justice. Justice, for them, includes education for the children of their community, access to land, a health care clinic and such measures that will end the abject poverty their community has endured across generations. Justice must be lived.

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Announcer: International Day of Rural Women 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

On 15 October, the United Nations commemorates the International Day for Rural Women. This year’s theme, “Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”, places empowerment of rural women at the heart of fulfilling the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UN Women Executive Director visits Argentina to highlight women’s economic empowerment and inaugurates new office

Monday, October 1, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Argentina from 2 to 5 October, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society and women’s groups, private sector representatives and other development partners.

UN Women Executive Director visits Argentina to highlight women’s economic empowerment and inaugurates new office

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, is visiting Argentina from 2 to 5 October, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society and women’s groups, private sector representatives and other development partners.

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what’s at stake

First Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS) in the world launched in Mexico

Monday, September 10, 2018

UN Women Mexico and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) reassert their world leadership in generating gender-responsive statistics by launching the Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics (CEGS). The first of its kind in the world, the CEGS will be dedicated only and exclusively to the analysis and generation of gender-responsive statistics.

Call for NGOs and CSOs: Submission of Proposals for budgets under USD 250,000 for the project “The impact of corruption on women in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Thursday, September 6, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean invites non-governmental organizations / academic / civil society institutions with legal constitution to present proposals to act as a responsible party in the implementation of the project: The Impact of Corruption on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.   In Latin America and the Caribbean understanding the complex relationship between gender and corruption is an essential step towards furthering women’s rights...

From where I stand: “When we sing, we feel free”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Mila Rodriguez is one of the young members of Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. Supported by a UN Women programme, the Cantadoras have engaged young people in the port city of Tumaco, where decades of armed conflict have torn apart communities, and peace is still a long journey.

In the words of: “People voted for me because they wanted to see change”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Irlanda Pop is the Mayor of Lanquín, a municipality in the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala. She is the only indigenous Mayor and one of ten women Mayors in the country. Elected in 2015 for a term of four years, Pop has survived serious political attacks and continues to fight discrimination on account of her gender and indigenous identity. UN Women supported Pop to participate in the IV Ibero-American Summit of Local Gender Agendas that took place in Cuenca, Ecuador, in May 2018. There, she led an exchange between women leaders of different indigenous communities of the region about political participation of indigenous women and how to address violence against women in politics. UN Women supports the leadership of women in politics and peacebuilding in Guatemala through several initiatives, including through Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership flagship programme.

In Mexico, female soccer players take centre stage to break gender stereotypes

Monday, July 16, 2018

The HeForShe Flash Tournament brought together women’s soccer teams from eight major universities in Mexico, aiming to break gender stereotypes, promote women’s participation in sport and inspire actions to end violence against women.

Press release: UN Women announces Marta Vieira da Silva as Goodwill Ambassador

Thursday, July 12, 2018

UN Women today announced the appointment of world-renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Ms. Vieira da Silva, popularly known by her fans as Marta, will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment across the world, inspiring women and girls to challenge stereotypes, overcome barriers and follow their dreams and ambitions, including in the area of sport.

Saving for a rainy day

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Indigenous women of Guatemala’s Polochic valley are feeding their families, growing their businesses and saving more money than ever before, with the help of a joint UN programme that’s empowering rural women.

Women play a key role in rescue, reconstruction and resilience after volcanic eruption in Guatemala

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thousands of Guatemalans recently lost their homes in the eruption of Volcán de Fuego, and many victims have sought refuge at temporary shelters. María Ohong, resident of El Porvenir, and a victim of the disaster herself, is working to help others who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods. UN Women has supported a government-run shelter at the Escuela Mendez Montenegro in Alotenango, where women like Ohong have organized themselves to ensure equitable distribution of relief items and protection for women and girls.

Unstereotype Alliance celebrates its first anniversary and launches new report ‘Unstereotype: Beyond Gender. The Invisible Stereotypes’

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Unstereotype Alliance – an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women, the lead UN agency on gender equality and women’s rights, to end harmful stereotypes often perpetuated through advertising – celebrates major achievements on its first anniversary at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. The Alliance also introduces insights from its new report ‘Unstereotype: Beyond Gender. The Invisible Stereotypes’ which stresses the urgent need to focus on...

Jamaica First National Survey on Gender-Based Violence Launched

Thursday, June 21, 2018

“Her husband holds a prominent position, functioning as lay preacher and deacon… “I moved out of the main bedroom to the guest room. After a few days, and after prayers, he came in and wanted sex. I refused and he locked the doors so the children could not hear and he had his way with me. I felt raped and violated. I got over it because I reflected on the fact that he is my husband but I am still angry to this day. In the morning, we both went to work as if nothing happened”.

Op-ed: The Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating violence and harmful practices against women and girls

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women; Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Population Fund; and Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Running for a cause in Mexico

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

More than 70,000 women ran for gender equality in Mexico as part of the Carrera Bonafont con Causa [Bonafont Race for a Cause], the largest 5K race in the world for women in the world.

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