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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

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.

In the words of Magda Alberto: “The idea of a more just, democratic society…comes hand in hand with equality for women”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Magda Alberto is a young feminist and member of UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in Colombia. She advocates for the recognition of women in the Colombian peace-process and was part of the Women and Peace Summit in 2013 and 2016, supported by the UN system and led by UN Women, which led to the formal recognition by the parties of women’s role in the Colombian peace process.

UN Women announces Anne Hathaway as Goodwill Ambassador

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

UN Women today announced the appointment of American award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador. A long-standing supporter of women’s and girls’ rights, Ms. Hathaway will put the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change. These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.

Members of the Civil Society Advisory Group in Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, April 25, 2016

Beatriz Ramírez (Colombia) Business administrator, with vast experience as a gender issues-, women’s empowerment-, equal rights- social and labor inclusion facilitator in high risk and vulnerable communities. Member of the network of spokespersons for the campaign “¡Párala ya! Nada justifica las violencias contra las mujeres” (Stop her! Nothing justifies violence against women”), Director of the UNIDAS-FDI: Women Building Social Networks program and...

UN Women and IDB sign Memorandum of Understanding

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Both organizations look forward to expanding their cooperation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean Member State Commitments at the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender and Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action”

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On 27 September, the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, co-organized by UN Women and the Chinese Government, resulted in unprecedented political support at the highest level for our agenda. Governments have made concrete national commitments to ensure women and girls can reach their full potential by 2030. Below are excerpts from the statements of the Latin America and the Caribbean Heads of Government/State.

Spain and UN Women sign strategic partnership agreement to promote women’s rights and gender equality

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka and Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz, Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America, signed a Strategic Partnership Framework in New York on 29 September to strengthen collaboration in promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

Press release: Business leaders commit millions to gender equality

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Leading global companies and foundations are committing millions in additional financing for gender equality at a Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ Forum organized by UN Women today.

UN Women calls for a “Million Man Team” to win the match against gender inequality

Thursday, August 6, 2015

This morning, in the context of Copa America 2015, UN Women presented the “Million Man Team” campaign, which seeks to bring men and boys into the global “HeForShe” movement as agents of change to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women and girls.

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