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Editorial spotlight: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Friday, August 4, 2017

On 9 August, we commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to bring to bring attention to the rights and achievements of indigenous peoples.

From where I stand: “It is time that the world hears our voice”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Rayanne Cristine Maximo Franca is an indigenous youth activist from Brazil. Since leaving her home at 17, she has embarked on a relentless pursuit of rights and recognition for young indigenous women.

From where I stand: “A big part of being a feminist is to make sure that young women know that they have rights”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sophia Pierre-Antoine lived through many coup d'état in Haiti and watched the rising violence against women and girls all around her. Her feminism led her on a path to work with young girls to break the cycle of violence.

“The Police itself suggested us to abandon the country”

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Carmen left El Salvador on April, 2014, looking for refuge after the Mara Salvatrucha gangs made of her life a nightmare. Her case illustrates the many violences that refugee women and girls face, which is the priority topic of June’s Orange Day.

Speech: “Together with our partners…we will continue to deliver for women and girls”—Executive Director

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Opening statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the 2017 Annual Session of the Executive Board

Women are central to prevent and reduce violence related to small arms and light weapons

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons was celebrated in Panama, in the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) to implement the Sustainable Development Goal 16, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and United Nations Program of Action on small arms and light weapons (UNPoA).  The goal of this forum was to discuss the international mechanisms that guide and regulate the control of conventional arms through a bigger participation and parliamentary action in the international...

Brazil commemorates week of appreciation for domestic workers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

In Brazil, the National Domestic Workers’ Day is commemorated on April 27, and appreciation activities were held throughout the week. In Salvador, a special session was held in the City Hall, together with mobilizations of domestic workers. Meanwhile, in Sao Paulo, public events were organized with support of the Central Workers’ Union (CUT) and the Inter-American Trade Union Institute for Racial Equality (Inspir).

Orange Day calls to stop violence against indigenous women and girls

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In April, the Orange Day is dedicated to eradicating violence against indigenous women and girls. This is a particularly complex challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean considering the many forms of violence they face: from daily discrimination to extreme forms of violence, such as the murder of the Honduran activist, feminist and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in March 2016.

From where I stand: “Expanding indigenous women’s rights strengthens the collective rights”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The concept of collective rights is central to indigenous cultures. But the status of indigenous women within and outside their communities remain precarious when they are unable to claim any rights of their own. Janneth Lozano Bustos works with indigenous communities in Colombia to economically empower women so that they can enjoy autonomy over their lives and resources.

Statement: Starting from girls, making women’s lives count

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women ahead of the Women’s G7 Forum: This is an important time to renew and strengthen resolve for the mutually reinforcing relationship between women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the full, effective and accelerated implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women and the Government of Mexico City launch the campaign #NoEsDeHombres to tackle sexual harassment in public transport

Thursday, March 30, 2017

UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Mexico City launch a campaign to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women in public transport in Mexico City as part of the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for women and girls programme.

Textile workers in Honduras organize to defend their rights together

Monday, March 27, 2017

Although diagnosed with a disability due to excessive work and stress, Maria Gutierrez couldn’t convince her factory manager initially to lower the production outputs she was expected to deliver. But with the help of a feminist collective, supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, she was able to defend her rights. Today she is known for her organizing skills among the textile workers of Honduras. The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women discussed promoting women’s right to organize as an integral part of women’s economic empowerment.

Rural Colombian women develop and strengthen their own economies

Friday, March 24, 2017

Although Colombia is a middle income country, figures show that rural women face poverty, exclusion and discrimination due to their limited access to resources and assets. UN Women is engaged in strengthening the leadership of rural women in the Cauca Department (south-west of the country) in order to foster their economic empowerment.

“No job is impossible for women”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Salomé Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company.

UN Women urges for the transformation of the Latin American and Caribbean economies for the realization of women’s rights

Friday, March 17, 2017

New York City, 17th of March. UN Women published the 2017 Progress Report of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean , in the aegis of the 61st edition of the Commission on the Status of Women, celebrated in New York. This report highlights that progress is still incomplete and unequal, and in the present scenario of economic contraction and fiscal austerity, there is a risk of slowing down these advances and even suffering setbacks. This report urges for the protection of the reached...

Latin America and the Caribbean mobilize on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thousands took to the streets to march in the main cities across Latin America and the Caribbean. Through chants and signs, people urged to tackle gender based violence, promote economic empowerment and parity democracy.

In the words of Maximina Salazar: "My friend, you have rights, don’t let others trample on them."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Maximina Salazar was born in 1952 in Pedro Carbo, a town on the outskirts of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has worked as a domestic worker since the age of 11 and started organizing domestic workers in her community after receiving trainings through the María Guare Foundation, a UN Women partner.

On the anniversary of the assassination of Berta Cáceres, UN Women calls for eradicating violence against human rights defenders

Thursday, March 2, 2017

One year after her assassination, UN Women remembers Berta Caceres, Honduran feminist activist, women’s human rights defender and indigenous leader, for her legacy in favor of the rights of indigenous peoples and the defense of water, land and territory.

Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017

In Uruguay, care law catalyzes change, ushering services and breaking stereotypes

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Uruguay’s Care Act has changed the concept of “care”. Under the new law, all children, persons with disabilities and elderly persons, have the right to get care. The state not only provides care services, but also guarantees their quality by providing training and regulations.

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