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UN Women Statement for International Day of Peace, 21 September 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

UN Women stands with all the women, including young women, around the world upholding peace: from the mothers holding vigil for the disappeared, to the women marching against police brutality; from the women in refugee camps navigating a complex gender landscape, to those negotiating ceasefires all over the world.

UN Women reiterates its commitment to guarantee women access to justice during the AIAMP meeting

Friday, September 18, 2020

Cecilia Alemany, Deputy Director of the Regional Office of UN Women for the Americas, highlighted the difficulties that women face during the pandemic in accessing justice and reaffirmed the commitment of UN Women to strengthen regional capacities in this area, during a meeting of the Specialized Network on Gender (REG) of the Ibero-American Association of Public Ministries (AIAMP), on September 17th.

Why is women’s leadership not in the headlines?

Monday, September 14, 2020

This year, International Day of Democracy comes as a reminder that unlocking the full breadth of perspectives, experiences and leadership of women is vital for building back better from this pandemic.

A look back: Twenty-five years ago, they were at the Fourth World Conference on Women

Monday, September 14, 2020

We are looking back and going forward this month, celebrating the power of the women’s movement, and calling for nothing less than bold, decisive actions to secure women’s rights as human rights, once and for all. These are some voices of activists who were at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995, and those who were shaped by it for a lifetime.

In the words of Ana Sáenz: "I decided to honor the trust that women students had placed in us and do something to change things."

Friday, August 21, 2020

Ana Saenz leads the response to sexual harassment in the Guatemalan student community. The "Oliverio Castañeda de León" University Students Association (AEU) is the most important student organization in Guatemala and, in its more than one hundred years of history, has given a voice to the student community inside and outside the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. In 2018, I joined the AEU as its first Gender Secretary, a new role in responding to the specific demands and needs of women students.

ECLAC and UN Women launch joint paper on "Care in Latin America and the Caribbean at the time of COVID-19. Towards Comprehensive Systems to Strengthen Response and Recovery"

Friday, August 21, 2020

On August 19, the Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women and the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) launched online the publication of the Policy Brief Care in Latin America and the Caribbean during the COVID-19. Towards Comprehensive Systems to Strengthen Response and Recovery with the participation Ministers of Women from across Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN Women Office for the Americas and the Caribbean announces the new composition of its Regional Civil Society Advisory Group 2020-2022

Friday, August 21, 2020

UN Women Regional Office announces the new composition of its Regional Advisory Group of Civil Society, after a process of renewal and selection that featured 120 nominations of women leaders, activists, and academics of feminist and women's organizations in the region.

UN Women held a Webinar on how to incorporate Gender Keys into Venezuela's Regional Plan of Response to Refugees and Migrants 2021

Friday, August 21, 2020

On 13 August, UN Women held a webinar on the key gender issues to be taken into account during the planning of the  Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan   (RMRP) 2021 of the  Regional Interagency Coordination Platform  for the response to the mixed flows of people from Venezuela (R4V). 

“We have been transforming lives. We have been agents of change.”

Monday, August 17, 2020

Around the world, women play critical roles as first responders and leaders when humanitarian crisis occurs. They change and save lives in the hardest to reach places. Yet, their work is consistently under-funded and often unrecognized. As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities, the need to support women and women’s organizations in humanitarian action has become urgent. Through participatory videos, women in Bangladesh, Colombia, Jordan and Uganda share their perspectives.

From where I stand: “Together, we are building peace and equal rights in our territories”

Monday, August 17, 2020

Johana, a trans woman, is the founder of the Johana Maturana Foundation, an organization that promotes LGBTI people’s rights in the Chocó Department of Colombia. She stresses the need for financial resources to reach local communities and that communities must shape humanitarian action.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for World Humanitarian Day 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020

In a statement for World Humanitarian Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joins the global community in advocating for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and for the survival, well-being and dignity of women, men, girls and boys affected by crises.

Youth voices for change: Are you listening?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

We asked some youth activists about their hopes for the future and what building back better means for them.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Youth Day, 2020: “Youth Engagement for Global Action”

Monday, August 10, 2020

In a statement for International Youth Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the immense value of young people who are at the forefront of global action for change, both in responding to the pandemic and in working to address the systemic inequalities it has unearthed.

From where I stand: “Women become migrants because they cannot find a job in their countries, so governments should think about their economic reintegration.”

Friday, August 7, 2020

Alejandra Mónica Quijua Tintaya is a 34-year-old Bolivian national who packaged fruits in Santiago de Chile. She, along with other migrant workers, lost her job as cases of COVID-19 surged in Latin America. Her journey back to Bolivia illustrates the increased hardships that migrant workers are facing during the global pandemic, but also the importance women-led groups to protect their rights.

Enlaces initiative with anchor women's enterprises launched in Central America for the innovation in rural women's entrepreneurship

Friday, August 7, 2020

Within the framework of the Enlaces initiative of the Women, Local Economy and Territories Program (MELYT), the Enlaces initiative seeks to create opportunities to work together to promote shared prosperity that is profitable, socially responsible and beneficial to communities and the business sector.

UN Women and Minister of Equality of Spain, Irene Montero debate on Agenda 2030 and the care economy

Friday, August 7, 2020

UN Women participates in a course at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) with a presentation that highlights the importance of care work and care systems as strategies for transforming public policies with a gender lens

Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s pandemic heroines

Monday, August 3, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the world, Mexico is among the countries hardest hit. Despite the myriad ways this global crisis is devastating women and girls, it has also served as a powerful reminder of the essential contributions of women. The women featured in this article represent just some of Mexico’s many pandemic heroines.

The Panama Canal commits to the economic empowerment of women

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Panama Canal has formalized its commitment to gender equality and women's economic empowerment by signing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The Panama Canal joins the 23 Panamanian companies that work together with UN Women and Sumarse - Global Compact Panama, in the economic empowerment of women, under the slogan, "equality means business”. María Noel Vaeza, UN Women’s Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, indicated that "the...

UN Women, ILO and the European Union train 282 Latin American and Caribbean businesswomen and entrepreneurs

Friday, July 24, 2020

The "Win-Win: Equality means Business" Programme, implemented by UN Women, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the European Union -main financier through its Partnership Tool-, closed the Virtual Training for Women Entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbea

Building back better: the future of sports for women and girls in times of COVID-19

Friday, July 10, 2020

Exactly one year after the final of the Women's World Cup in France - a time when women's sports was gaining unprecedented prominence - UN Women held a webinar and asked 10 women leaders in different areas of the sports ecosystem the following question: How can we best rebuild the future of sports for women and girls in times of COVID-19?

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