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ONU Mujeres se solidariza con todas las personas de diversas orientaciones sexuales, identidades de género, expresiones de género y características sexuales (SOGIESC por sus siglas en inglés). Reconocemos que los derechos de las personas LGBTIQ+ dependen de la toma de decisiones autónomas sobre asuntos relacionados con el propio cuerpo y la salud. En muchos contextos, estos derechos siguen siendo inaccesibles.
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Different initiatives are being developed worldwide that seek to ensure that families are safe spaces, all forms of gender-based violence are eliminated, and the stereotypes built around the sexual division of labor are transformed. In addition, promoting co-responsibility in care and unpaid work in the home, which to date rests mainly on the shoulders of women.
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I am gravely concerned by the Taliban's announcement that all women must cover their faces in public, that women should only leave their homes in cases of necessity, and that violations of this directive will lead to the punishment of their male relatives. Freedom of movement is a fundamental human right. It is an absolute prerequisite for women’s ability to exercise the full range of their rights and to be active participants in society. Where women’s rights are constrained, everyone is diminished. The latest directive by the Taliban is a further escalation of restrictions on women and girls, including impeded return to work and inability to pursue their education.
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María Nelsy Contreras Garzón is a care worker who graduated from high school a little over a year ago. Her studies were postponed due to the care work she has always prioritized in her family. She is a caregiver for her 75-year-old mother and 16-year-old son, with whom she lives in the Jerusalén Bellavista neighborhood in Ciudad Bolívar, Bogotá, Colombia.
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Despite its contribution to the economy and society, paid domestic work, performed mostly by women, is undervalued. In Mexico, there are more than 2.2 million domestic workers; 90% are women and, of these, 95% work in informal conditions (INEGI 2021); a figure that exceeds the average in Latin America, where 77.5% of domestic workers work in these conditions, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).
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Roslyn Williams-George is a climate change activist in Trinidad and Tobago and president of the Cashew Gardens Community Council. Roslyn speaks out on the climate crisis in Trinidad and Tobago and how women are taking the reins of waste management in her community. 
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In Ecuador, rural women, especially Amazonian women, maintain a close relationship with their territory and are leaders in environmental conservation. Gender inequality is one of their most significant challenges, reflected in their limited access to natural and economic resources. With the aim of reducing inequalities, in Ecuador, UN Women developed a project focused on improving the situation and position of Amazonian women in socio-environmental processes, promoting the conservation of biodiversity, forests, and ecosystem services, as well as in production processes to address climate change.
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Patrícia Santos is a Brazilian mangaba collector originally from Barreira do Coqueiral, Sergipe. She is a Tourism Technologist and holds a Master in Development and Environment by Universidade Federal de Sergipe. She is currently the president of the Association of Collectors of Mangaba in the Municipality of Barra dos Coqueiros (ACMBC). Her work, supported by UN Women in Brazil and the European Union, through the projects "Connecting Women, Defending Rights," and "Territorial Defense and Strengthening of the Sociocultural Identity of Women Collectors of Mangaba in Sergipe" impacts the lives of 76 women in her community.
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Sandra Díaz is a global expert in biodiversity and ecology. This Argentine biologist goes further in her work, as she establishes a connection between the preservation of nature and the economic and social models that threaten it. Designating her as a "guardian of biodiversity," in 2019, Nature magazine included her in its top 10 most influential personalities in science. She also received two important awards: the Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research and the Bunge y Born Award. In 2021 she was recognized with the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for classifying the traits of 200,000 plant species and their functions in ecosystems around the planet.
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Statement by Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women, on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022
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The world is going through a double emergency. On the one hand, we need urgent and compelling actions to address the climate crisis and the risk of disasters. On the other hand, it is imperative to overcome the lags we still have in gender equality.
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ONU Mujeres está seriamente preocupada por la intensificación de la ofensiva militar en Ucrania y, en particular, llama la atención sobre sus consecuencias en las vidas y los medios de subsistencia de las mujeres y las niñas de Ucrania. Nos comprometemos a apoyar a la población de Ucrania, especialmente a sus mujeres y niñas, en este momento de máxima necesidad.
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At the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, February 23, with the participation of more than 250 representatives of organizations from the region, the Executive Director addressed the situation of women's human rights and environmental defenders, the human mobility crisis, the impact of COVID-19 and the region's vulnerability to climate change, emphasizing that "these are issues of special concern to me, and that is why we are here to obtain information on their challenges and strategies to address our common agenda."
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Promoted by UN Women, Enlaces is the initiative of the MELYT (Women, Local Economy and Territory) programme that seeks companies in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with the potential to integrate value chains and connect with local entrepreneurs in the Trifinio region, transforming their products, expanding their distribution networks or accelerating their presence in markets that will put them on the radar of opportunities.
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They will be astronauts: Mariana Ospina and Ingrid Guacheta are two of the 31 girls in the She's an Astronaut program who traveled to NASA to learn about space. Today, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we share their story so that they can continue to be an inspiration for all of us.
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During the 62nd Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, authorities agreed on preparatory activities for the XV Regional Conference to be held in Argentina in November 2022.
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Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women through the investments, loans and technical assistance provided by CAF to the public and private sector is one of the objectives of the joint work to be carried out with UN Women.
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Ministers reaffirm commitment to implementing the Regional Gender Agenda and the incorporation of equality, empowerment, and autonomy of women in policies related to climate change and disaster risk reduction.
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#TodasConectadas is a project of the Regional Alliance for the Digitalization of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean -a multisectoral regional cooperation initiative- which was created within the framework of the Regional Conference on Women, under the leadership of the Government of Chile, through the Minister of Women and Gender Equity of Chile and President of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, Mónica Zalaquett, and was presented as a collective commitment to gender equality at the global level at the Generation Equality Forum.