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At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

Monday, May 23, 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas. More

Gender and Zika: What you need to know

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kingston, Jamaica : UN Women and UNFPA, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, hosted a Town Hall dialogue on the Gender Dimensions of the Zika Virus in Kingston, Jamaica. Photos: UN Women/Kristina Godfrey Moderated by Dr. Michael Abrahams, a renowned social commentator and OBGYN, the panel spoke to a diverse range of issues. From detailed discussions on the virus, its consequences and prevention of the its spread, including the reality of sexual transmission of the virus by... More

UN Commission on the Status of Women urges gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030

Friday, March 25, 2016

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing. More

Applying Theatre Arts to address Gender Based Violence

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Highlighting social issues through the performing arts allows performance artists to express problems and negative behaviours in a way that their audiences can feel how these problems touch them personally. More

UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment holds inaugural meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The inaugural meeting of the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment kicked off today during the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Operating under the aegis of the UN Secretary-General, it intends to put women’s economic empowerment at the top of the international agenda, including by defining actions to speed up progress under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A global consultation will take place during the continuation of the meeting on 16 March. More

“CSW60 is the first test of our resolve” — Executive Director

Monday, March 14, 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on 14 March, 2016 More

PowerHERful Women

Monday, March 14, 2016

In a Tribute to PowerHERful Women - #Her Legacy, Women's Empowerment for Change (WE-Change) celebrated the life, work and impact of 16 cross-generational women who “Step It Up for Gender Equality” in their families, communities, organisations, the nation and the wider Caribbean region. More

Implementation of 2030 Agenda to be the focus at single largest forum on women and girls

Thursday, March 10, 2016

UN Commission on the Status of Women to outline robust set of actions for translating ambitious development roadmap into reality for women and girls More

Increasing Women’s Leadership and Voice in Health and National Decision Making

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On this International Women’s Day and one week before the start of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, which will focus on implementation of the SDGs, the SDGs and Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development established the centrality of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and the imperative to ‘leave no one behind’. Women and girls can play a vital leadership role in promoting community participation and must be sought out as active partners in community development and national growth, including in the fight against Zika. More

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on International Women's Day, 8 March 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day is the first within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are confidently asserted in that Agenda as intrinsic to progress. In her 2016 message, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: “Each one of us is needed—in our countries, communities, organizations, governments and in the United Nations—to ensure decisive, visible and measurable actions are taken under the banner: Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” More

Caribbean Gender Advocates

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How can we in our communities transform attitudes and behaviours which perpetuate the root causes of gender-based discrimination that are reinforcing unequal relations of power between women and men? More

"Agenda 2030 is anything but business as usual" – Executive Director

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the UN Women Executive Board First Regular Session of 2016 on 9 February in New York. More

Antigua and Barbuda Consultation on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UN Women and the Directorate of Gender Affairs in Antigua and Barbuda recently supported consultations on CEDAW reporting and implementation for state partners and members of civil society organisations. More

Ahead of CSW, Latin American and Caribbean countries prioritize gender equality goal

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ministers, officials and authorities of national women’s machineries from Latin America and the Caribbean met from 26–28 January in Santiago, Chile, calling for full implementation of the commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women within the Sustainable Development Goals. More

The UNiTE Campaign in 2016: Gearing up for action

Sunday, January 24, 2016

BACKGROUND Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda. A new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by... More

UN announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Eminent experts to highlight the interactions between economic growth and gender to galvanize political will and leadership to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. More

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, More

Film festival wins hearts and minds to end violence against women and girls

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The inaugural Step It Up Film Festival to End Violence Against Women and Girls came to a close at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination as a standing room only audience viewed four films by female filmmakers on issues including domestic violence and parental abuse. More

16 Days of Activism Caribbean Calendar of Events

Friday, November 27, 2015

Orange The World: Step It Up To End Violence Against Women And Girls More

UN launches regional flagship programme to eradicate child marriage

Friday, November 27, 2015

On the occasion of the beginning of the 16 days of activism and the commemoration of November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the regional offices of UN Women, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization, presented a flagship program for the eradication of child marriage. More

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