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Women in leadership: Beatriz Argimón, "I will not allow the naysayers or those who want us to regress in our rights to advance.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

I was 17 years old when the military dictatorship removed my father from public office. At home, of course, they talked about politics, and I decided that since there were already movements of young people who tried to get together as best they could, to interact in order to accompany everything that meant the reestablishment of democracy, that's when I started to get involved and that went in crescendo.

Women in leadeship : Andrea Muñoz Sánchez, the Chilean Supreme Court Minister who promoted the gender office in the judiciary.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Andrea Muñoz Sánchez is a lawyer, she is 61 years old and was born in Valdivia, Chile. Since 2016 she has held the reins of the Chilean judiciary's gender office, ensuring equal treatment of both female officials and female users.

Women in leadership: Dalia Bolaños, indigenous governor who fights for women's rights in Nariño, Colombia.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Dalia Bolaños Pascal is part of the Indigenous Unity of the Awá People. At 21 years of age, she is the alternate Governor of the El Verde estate of the Gran Sábalo reservation in Nariño. A position that has historically been occupied by men.

Women in leadership: Juana Facundo, breaking language barriers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in indigenous peoples

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Facundo is one of the five translators working with UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls programme in Mexico and the University of Guadalajara to break down language barriers in the dissemination of COVID-19 health information and to prevent violence against indigenous women.

Women in Leadership: Drivers of Transformative Change for Human Rights and Gender Equality

Monday, March 15, 2021

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, whose priority theme is women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, in order to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, will be held from March 15 to 26.

Claiming women’s space in leadership

Monday, March 1, 2021

Across all sectors, communities and societies, women have key contributions to make to leadership. From politics and corporations to sports and STEM, diverse leadership benefits everyone. Leaders need to represent the people they serve to best understand their wants and needs.

Achieving democratic parity is a fundamental asset for societies

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

This year in Latin America and the Caribbean, eight countries have the challenge of conducting their elections under COVID-19 contexts, among them: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Take Five: “I truly believe it takes a revolutionary process to achieve equality”

Monday, March 11, 2019

Adriana Salvatierra, a role model to many, became the fourth woman to be elected as the President of the Senate Chambers in the history of Bolivia this year. The 29-year-old is also the youngest to hold this position in the country, and in Latin America. Politically active since her adolescence, Salvatierra drew inspiration from her parents, who were politically involved and introduced her to political debates. In the October 2014 general elections, Salvatierra, 25 at the time, experienced her first win, as the deputy senator of the Department of Santa Cruz. She hasn’t looked back since. In the last decade many young women, as Salvaterra had the opportunity to enter into formal politics, since there were laws that guarantied women political equal participation. UN Women contribute to this positive change by providing technical and financial support, in order to promote the compliance of international recommendations.

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.

Everything you need to know about gender equality at the United Nations General Assembly

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A guide to the global gender equality agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), who will be there and what’s at stake

In the words of: “People voted for me because they wanted to see change”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Irlanda Pop is the Mayor of Lanquín, a municipality in the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala. She is the only indigenous Mayor and one of ten women Mayors in the country. Elected in 2015 for a term of four years, Pop has survived serious political attacks and continues to fight discrimination on account of her gender and indigenous identity. UN Women supported Pop to participate in the IV Ibero-American Summit of Local Gender Agendas that took place in Cuenca, Ecuador, in May 2018. There, she led an exchange between women leaders of different indigenous communities of the region about political participation of indigenous women and how to address violence against women in politics. UN Women supports the leadership of women in politics and peacebuilding in Guatemala through several initiatives, including through Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership flagship programme.

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...

In the words of Sandra Moran: “Being the first openly lesbian Congresswoman in Guatemala has been a big responsibility”

Friday, April 27, 2018

Sandra Moran is Guatemala’s first openly lesbian member of the Congress. She organized the country’s first lesbian group in 1995, and was elected in 2015. She is well-known for her vocal support for women’s rights, indigenous women’s rights and LGBT rights in Guatemala.

Take Five: It’s a matter of justice—50/50 gender parity in political parties

Monday, November 6, 2017

Congresswoman Gloria Reyes is a strong advocate for increasing women’s political participation and recently backed a law against child marriage in the Dominican Republic. She participated in a regional forum organized by UN Women from 9 to 11 of October, focusing on abolishing child marriage in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Earlier this year, a number of Central American and Caribbean countries including Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, and Guatemala abolished discriminatory legislation which allowed child marriage.

In Colombia, training ushers more women into politics

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

To address the low percentage of women mayoral candidates in Nariño, Colombia, in 2015, UN Women, with the support of Spanish Cooperation, set up a project to boost the political participation of women in the Department, and increase their representation in local and regional political parties and movements.

Calming tensions and spurring women to vote in Haiti

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nadege Beauvil reflects on her work with local grass-roots women's organization on projects to spur women to vote in Haiti.

Press release: UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality awards USD 7.3 million for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality has expanded it's global grant-making portfolio to 80 Countries in six years,

XVI International Meeting on Gender Statistics in Aguascalientes

Friday, September 11, 2015

This Wednesday 9 September, the "XVI International Meeting on Gender Statistics" opens at the Headquarters of National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) in Aguascalientes to meet a range of important challenges. The goal of the Meeting is to revitalize efforts to achieve the advancement of women and gender equality, both of which were promoted by the Beijing Platform for Action and covered by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UN Women promotes political participation in Guatemala

Friday, August 7, 2015

In the context of the upcoming 2015 electoral process in Guatemala, and to promote the participation of women, UN Women – in coordination with The Netherlands Institute for Multi-parity Democracy, USAID, AECID, the Guatemalan Federation of Radio Schools, and the Political Organization of Mayan Women MOLOJ – launched the awareness campaign “Register, Vote and Participate”.

UN Secretary General says MOU signed by the Government of Barbados and UN Women is a step towards improved access to justice for women victims of gender based violence

Friday, July 3, 2015

UN Women today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the Attorney General of the Government of Barbados to support strengthening of the resources of the police and Courts to effectively respond to cases of violence against women.

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