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Coverage: UN Women Executive Director Visits Mexico for the launch of the Spotlight Initiative

Monday, June 3, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Mexico this week in order to attend the launch of the Spotlight Initiative, the Youth Leaders Forum, and the Women’s Forum Americas, to take place in Mexico City on 29 and 30 May.

UN Women participates in meeting of the McCann Worldgroup leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean

Friday, May 3, 2019

Every two years McCann Worldgroup in Latin America and the Caribbean gathers the leaders of 21 markets in which it operates in the region in a meeting that aims to nurture the highest level team with the strategic vision of the company and discuss the relevant industry issues that result in strategies to ensure business growth and sustainability.

European Union and United Nations launch the Spotlight Initiative to combat femicides in the country

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Violence against women and girls is currently one of the most widespread and devastating violations of human rights. In the world, 1 out of every 3 women has experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in her life. In Argentina, despite progress made in prevention, every 32 hours a woman is a victim of femicide. This reality led the European Union and the United Nations System to work jointly on meeting the challenges of violence against women and girls, and particularly of femicides worldwide.

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

Women in Guatemala steer change, seek solutions to end sexual harassment in public spaces

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Guatemala is now part of the European Union and the United Nations led “Spotlight Initiative” to eliminate violence against women and girls and harmful practices in more than 13 countries worldwide. In 2019, through the Spotlight initiative, UN Women will continue supporting actions as part the Guatemala City Safe City Programme and launch initiatives to safeguard women against sexual harassment in two new municipalities: Cobán and Chinaultla.

Across Latin America, women fight back against violence in politics

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Currently, Latin America is leading globally in local and parliamentary positions held by women. But the journey to political participation is fraught with rising violence and intimidation against women in politics. In the age of #MeToo, we bring you the voices of Latin American women who are raising their voices and running for office, against all odds.

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.

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.

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

Call to participate in the Spotlight Initiative Civil Society Regional Reference Group

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The European Union and the United Nations are embarking on a new multi-year programme, called the ‘Spotlight Initiative,’ which is focused on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The Latin American regional programme will focus on eliminating femicide.

Take five: “A feminist in decision-making roles makes a difference”

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Thelma Aldana is the Public Prosecutor and Head of the Public Ministry of Guatemala, who will complete her term in May 2018. She is known as a champion of women’s rights, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and the force behind the creation of specialized courts for femicide and violence against women cases in 2010. Today, there are 12 of these specialized courts in Guatemala. UN Women has supported the Public Ministry in adopting and implementing the Women and Men´s Equality...

Paraguay passes new law to end violence against women, including femicide

Monday, March 5, 2018

Gloria Zapattini. Photo: UN Women Gloria Zapattini never gets tired of speaking out to end violence against women. A survivor of violence herself and member of a women’s group in Paraguay, “Yo te creo” (I believe you), she participated in the consultations for drafting the new national law that protects women from all forms of violence (Act 5777). With this new law, Paraguay becomes the 18th country in Latin America and the Caribbean region to criminalize...

Making the Business Case for Gender Equality

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Around the world, gender bias is attracting renewed attention. Through protest marches and viral social-media campaigns, women everywhere are demanding an end to sexual harassment, abuse, femicide, and inequality. But, as successful as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have been in raising public awareness, the struggle for parity is far from over. Empowering women and girls is key to achieving all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. At the moment, however, gender bias remains a significant obstacle to global progress; this prejudice is particularly acute in the workplace.

“Respect Women – it’s as simple as that”.

Friday, February 9, 2018

UN Women Brazil launched a campaign to raise awareness against sexual violence during Carnival, taking into account the high number of cases that arise during the festivities.

The long road to justice, prosecuting femicide in Mexico

Monday, November 27, 2017

In Mexico, at least seven women were victims of gender-related killings every day in 2016. The killings continue, although there are comprehensive laws in the books, because of prevailing impunity and the lack of effective implementation. It took Irinea Buendía six years to get justice for her daughter’s murder, but her pursuit of justice led to a historic precedent in prosecuting femicide in Mexico. UN Women is supporting government institutions and civil society organizations, so that together they can raise awareness and end impunity towards crimes against women and girls.

Press release: As global mobilization against sexual harassment rises, UN Women urges robust action to ensure lives free from violence for women and girls

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UNITE campaign’s theme “Leave No One Behind” emphasizes the urgency of reaching the most marginalized first, as the 16 Days of Activism begins worldwide

Statement: A life without the threat of violence for everyone: leave no one behind

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Message by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2017

United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Applications from women’s rights, women-led, and small women’s organizations will be prioritized, in recognition of them being the driving force of the ending violence against women agenda, as well as being at the forefront of reaching women and girls survivors at the grassroots level.

Sepur Zarco: In pursuit of truth, justice, and now reparations

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sepur Zarco was the first case of conflict-related sexual violence challenged under Guatemala’s penal code. It was also the first time that a national court anywhere in the world had ruled on charges of sexual slavery during an armed conflict—a crime under international law. In its path-breaking judgment, the Guatemalan court noted that sexual violence against indigenous Maya Q’eqchi’ women was part of a deliberate strategy by the Guatemalan Army.

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