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Call for Applications - UN Women's Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, November 18, 2019

The UN Women Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, launches a call for proposals to renew the regional membership of the Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), an advisory group established at a global, regional and national level to facilitate effective, continuous and structured consultations between civil society and UN Women, with the objective of advising and advocating for the establishment of policies and programs, as well as promoting sustainable alliances to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Ten years on from mandate on sexual violence in conflict, survivors and experts call for promises to be fulfilled

Friday, November 1, 2019

On the margins of the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security in New York, at a side event on 30 October, survivors, leaders and experts came together to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

I am Generation Equality: Demecia Yat continues her search for justice

Friday, November 1, 2019

This interview features Demecia Yat, one of 15 women survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Guatemala. From 2011 – 2016, they fought for justice at a national high court. 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 communities.

Digital Communications Specialist

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Location : Home based Application Deadline : 19-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA) Time left : 9d 4h 5m Type of Contract : Service Contract Post Level : SB-4 Languages Required : English Spanish Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months Background UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of...

End gendered corruption in Latin America and Caribbean with coordinated action

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Today, Transparency International called on national, regional and multilateral actors in Latin America and the Caribbean to prioritise and develop an integrated regional strategy for tackling gendered forms of corruption, including sexual extortion. The Global Corruption Barometer – Latin America and the Caribbean published yesterday by Transparency International found that in the 18 countries surveyed, one in five people experiences sexual extortion when accessing public services, or knows someone who has.

International seminar Promoting innovative financing through smart investment with a gender approach

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Under the Win Win program: Gender equality is a good business, UN Women with the support of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and with the funding of the European Union organize the international seminar to present good practices of innovative investments with a gender perspective in the Latin American and Caribbean region, and in Europe, that will increase the access of entrepreneurs to financing, as well as investment in companies committed to equality or in those that produce goods and services that have a positive impact on women and girls lives.

Announcement: winners of the micro cinema contest: Empowerment in 60’

Monday, September 23, 2019

Within the framework of the multigenerational Generation Equality campaign and through the MEL.yT. (Women, local economy and territories) , UN Women launched the first micro cinema contest "Empowerment in 60 ': Women empowered in dynamic territories" with the purpose of valuing the paths and practices of empowerment of women, where the place plays a key role. Thinking of interventions within the territories allows for the imporvement of the practices that women carry out to transform the...

Call for Regional Participants Beijing+25 Youth Regional Consultation 2019 | 2 – 5, November | Santiago, Chile

Friday, September 13, 2019

In 1995, the Fourth World Conference on Women took place in Beijing, one of the largest gatherings of defenders of gender equality in history and where the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was born. The platform was adopted by 189 governments that committed to taking bold and strategic actions in 12 areas of special concern: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflicts, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and girls.

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

Consultant for elaborating and supporting the implementation of a Knowledge Management Strategy for the “Win-Win: Gender Equality means Good Business” Programme

Monday, August 26, 2019

Workplace: Home-based Area : Economic Empowerment Type of contract : Individual Contract Required languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English Start date: At the signing of the contract Duration of service: 4 months from the start of the contract Application deadline: September 15th (23:59 Brasilia time) 1. Context UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the...

The Generation Equality Forum – Save the date!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the leadership and partnership of civil society. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City, Mexico, on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris, France, on 7-10 July 2020.

Ensuring public services for Venezuelan migrant women

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

In Colombian cities straddling the Venezuelan border, women hawking coffee or sweets at traffic lights while their children line the sidewalks are a common sight. Many of them have migrated from Venezuela, the scene of the largest exodus in Latin America’s recent history. More than 4 million Venezuelans[ 1 ] have fled the country’s dire economic conditions, insecurity, lack of food, medicine and essential services.[ 2 ] “When I work, there are people who are [aggressive]...

From where I stand: “There are things for which life doesn’t prepare you”

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rosarged López González, 31, was a natural sciences teacher in her homeland, Venezuela. With her husband and 8-year-old daughter, she decided to leave the country due to the social and economic situation, migrating to the city of Cartagena, Colombia, in March of 2018.

UN Women launches a self-assessment tool to measure the wage gap in companies

Monday, July 15, 2019

UN Women launches the “Diagnosis of Equal Remuneration” (DIR) , a self-assessment tool so that each organization can measure, independently and without intermediaries, if it is applying the principle of "equal remuneration for work of equal value" or if, on the contrary, a gender pay gap of its workforce exists. The DIR tool, developed by UN Women with the support of the European Union within the framework of the “Win Win: Gender equality means good business” program, was initially piloted with companies in Panama and Costa Rica. Subsequently, the program was presented in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. The initiative also seeks to contribute to the implementation of the commitments of the Regional Champion for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC).

Ask an activist: What is being done to help Venezuelan women migrants?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Zuneyka Dhisnays Gonzalez is a 26-year-old mother and Venezuelan migrant to Barranquilla, Colombia. It’s one of the border cities where UN Women is implementing a project funded by USAID, to improve information services for migrants and to mitigate the risks of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation of migrant women. Dhisnays Gonzalez created a social network-based community dubbed “Venezolanos Unidos en Quilla” (Venezuelans united in Barranquilla), to support and guide fellow migrants. She disseminates relevant information and content via social networks, and by talking to other migrants.

Statement: Placing victims at the centre of investigations spurs justice for survivors of sexual violence in conflict

Thursday, June 13, 2019

In a joint message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Nina Suomalainen, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response, stress the importance of preventing sexual violence by addressing its root causes, including gender inequality.

“Avancemos por la igualdad” (Moving Forward Equality): Mexican Women Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shunaxi Martínez Santiago is a 31-year-old mother from the municipality of Juchitán de Zaragoza in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. During the September 2017 earthquake, she lost her house, which forced her to move to another town together with her two children. Before the earthquake, she had worked at a company for 10 years until she gave birth to her second child, and decided to launch an online business: “It was very difficult to quit my job and dare to do something new,...

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 Executive Board visits programmes in the Caribbean

Thursday, May 30, 2019

During a four-country visit in the Caribbean region from 18 to 23 May, the UN Women Executive Board discussed measures to improve court processes to assist survivors of gender-based violence; observed initiatives at work to identify and mitigate the gendered risks of natural disasters; and emphasized their support towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Women Executive Director visits Mexico to launch EU-UN initiative to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Mexico from 29 to 30 May, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society, women’s groups, as well as private sector and other development partners to build alliances for advancing gender equality.

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