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Your questions answered: Women in Haiti

Friday, October 15, 2021

UN Women answers some frequently asked questions about the current situation in Haiti and how it impacts women and girls.

Agencias onu lamentan perdida de vidas en movilidad

Friday, October 15, 2021

UN Agencies deeply regret the shipwreck in Acandí, Colombia, on October 11 of a vessel carrying around 30 people headed to Panama. Colombian authorities reported that three people lost their lives in the tragedy and another six, including three children, are missing.

Supporting rural and Indigenous women in Argentina as gender-based violence rises during the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, October 15, 2021

Irene Cari (pictured at left), leader of Foro de Mujeres por la Igualdad de Oportunidades, awarding certificates of completion to the Indigenous women who took part in the trainings sponsored by Spotlight Initiative. Photo courtesy of FOMUPIO/Irene Cari. “Now, women in the communities know people care about them. Their voices can be heard, even if they are too shy to speak up in Spanish, a language that is not fully theirs,” explains Irene Cari, leader of Foro de Mujeres para la...

Valentina Muñoz, an advocate for the SDGs: social and political leadership for adolescents and girls

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Photo: courtesy of Valentina Muñoz On September 17, you were appointed as an advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations Secretary General. How were you selected for this role?  About five months ago, I received a call from the UN Secretary General's office in New York requesting an interview to meet me. I accepted with pleasure and curiosity because I had no idea what it was for. They told me that they had been following my work as an activist for a...

The Care Society as a Horizon for Sustainable Recovery with Gender Equality Will Be the Main Theme of the 15th Regional Conference on Women, which will take place in Argentina in 2022

Friday, October 1, 2021

“The care society: a horizon for sustainable recovery with gender equality” will be the main theme of the Fifteenth Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place in Argentina during the last quarter of 2022, according to the agreements made today by the Ministers and senior authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement who participated in a two-day virtual meeting organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the...

Don't abandon Haiti

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

I recently returned from the areas most affected by the earthquake of August 14 in the southwest of Haiti. Naturally, I found a desolate situation. But I also found a group of rural women who, even having lost everything, have the desire, the need and the interest to transform their reality and their environment. It is for their sake that I make this appeal. Since my first visit, 20 years ago, little has changed in this country where less than 1% of the GDP is dedicated to health or...

Bringing visibility to the link between disability, gender and violence is critical to address gender-based violence faced by women and girls with disabilities

Monday, September 20, 2021

UN Women has prepared the document "Accepting the challenge - Women with disabilities: for a life free of violence. An inclusive and cross-cutting perspective" where some lessons learned in the framework of the joint project The right to equality and non-discrimination of persons with disabilities, implemented in Uruguay for the period 2018 and 2020, are explored. These experiences can guide other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean towards a greater articulation between disability, gender, and violence, making progress in terms of inclusion and equality of women and girls with disabilities.

International Day of Democracy

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Since 2007, every September 15, the International Day of Democracy is commemorated around the world. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, this day is an opportunity to remember that democracy is a process and a goal, which must be people-centered, and constitute the environment for the protection and effective realization of human rights.

UN Women: Being amongst the most affected by the earthquake, women’s and girls’ meaningful participation and leadership are crucial to an effective and successful humanitarian response.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Following the 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14, UN Women Haiti and CARE International, in partnership with the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Women's Rights, the General Directorate of Civil Protection, and the Humanitarian Country Team’s Special Gender Task Force, developed a Rapid Gender Analysis that aims to provide humanitarian actors with recommendations to address the needs of women and girls to ensure their rights and needs are at the...

Statement: Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Ms Pramila Patten, stands in solidarity with Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms

Thursday, September 9, 2021

“Women have a right to peaceful protest and to a life free of violence. In taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban authorities assume a duty to respect and protect these rights,” Pramila Patten said. “I am shocked and outraged by the images of women in Afghanistan being whipped, hit with shock batons and beaten simply for exercising their right to peaceful protest. I stand in solidarity with all Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and...

Statement: Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Ms. Pramila Patten, expresses dismay and regret at the absence of women in the new Afghan governing authority

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

[Nueva York, 7 de septiembre de 2021] - "La participación política de las mujeres es un requisito previo fundamental para la igualdad de género y la verdadera democracia. La participación de las mujeres en todos los ámbitos de la vida es esencial para una sociedad inclusiva, fuerte y próspera en Afganistán, tanto para hacer frente a los numerosos desafíos que el país enfrenta hoy como para tener éxito en el futuro. Por lo...

Haitian and Afghan women, you can count on us!

Friday, September 3, 2021

As I write these lines, international news outlets are filled with dramatic images coming from Haiti and Afghanistan, the product of two different situations, but with equally devastating consequences for the population. Especially for women and girls. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Caribbean country on August 14 has left, according to the latest data available on August 31, more than 800,000 people affected, nearly 130,000 houses destroyed or damaged, more than 2,200 people dead...

Statement: Pramila Patten, Executive Director a.i of UN Women, calls on the Taliban leadership to include women in the upcoming governance entity

Thursday, September 2, 2021

"I take note of the public commitments made by the Taliban’s spokesperson to uphold women’s rights “within the framework of Islam”, including women’s right to work, to pursue higher education and to have an active role in society, as well as the right of girls to attend school. The immediate inclusion of women in the governance structure of the new leadership in Afghanistan will be the ultimate litmus test for the Taliban," stated Ms. Patten. The full and...

UN Women works in Haiti to ensure that the humanitarian response reaches out to women, incorporates their voices and proposals.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

As the country remains in a state of national emergency, UN Women, along with its national partners and the entire UN and international cooperation system, joins the efforts in response to the earthquake. Immediate humanitarian support, protection of rights, food security and early recovery are the priorities for women's organizations and Haitian women.

Declaration of the presiding officers of the regional conference on women in Latin America and the Caribbean on the urgent protection of the human rights of women, adolescents and girls in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Bearing in mind the obligations assumed by States parties through the universal human rights system, under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979) and the Optional Protocol thereto, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the Optional Protocols thereto, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), and other relevant conventions and treaties,...

Statement by UN Women on the situation in Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

In line with the statement by the UN Secretary-General, UN Women remains fully committed to support women and girls in Afghanistan. We will remain operational and engaged with our partners at this critical juncture for the country.

From where I stand: "If we as men are interested in gender equality, everything gets better".

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Photo: UN Women Colombia William Fernando Rosero is 28 years old, and his goal every day is to promote co-responsible masculinity. He is one of the 140 people involved in the project "Facing COVID-19: more responses, zero violence", organized by UN Women and the Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund , which is making progress in Nariño in southern Colombia. Today, on International Youth Day, William tells all young men, "You are a fundamental support to advance gender...

Latin American and Caribbean youth acting for gender equality. Strengthening collective leadership

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

On International Youth Day, it is essential to hear and amplify the voices of young people who lead actions for gender equality in their communities. Today, UN Women dedicates a special recognition to the members of the global youth task force (Task Force Beijing+25), youth leaders of the action coalitions, National Gender Youth Activists (NGYA), as well as grassroots youth activists. Thanks to their leadership and commitment in the framework of the Generation Equality Forum process and...

Andrea Chung: “I hope that my work can bring social issues to the fore, creating dialogue and demand substantial change.”

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Force for Change is the name of the first global exhibition and auction organized by UN Women exclusively featuring works by black artists. The auction benefits black women around the world, as well as the artists themselves. A total of 26 works by prominent artists of African descent highlight the transformative power of Black women's art in social justice movements in support of UN Women's Global Black Women's Program. Included are works by artists Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Tschabalala...

Working together for the vindication of the rights and dignity of Afro-descendant women.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Twenty-nine years ago, black women from 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean decided to visibilize the struggles and resistance of Afro-descendant women and to define advocacy strategies in order to improve their quality of life and eradicate racism and discrimination from a gender perspective. As a result of this historic meeting in the Dominican Republic, the Day of Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women is commemorated every year on July 25.

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