United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)


In focus: CSW61

Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work will be the focus of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61) from 13-24 March. Global leaders, civil society and government representatives, private sector and activists will meet to mobilize and strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

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    In focus: Invest and mobilize to end violence against women

    This year, for the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women’s call for action is themed ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’, to amplify and address the funding shortfall. Download the action toolkit. More

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    International Women's Day

    The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. More

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    Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them More

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    Progress of the World s Women 2015-2016

    Chock-full of new data and pointed analysis, UN Women’s flagship report unveils a far-reaching alternative policy agenda to transform economies and make gender equality a reality. More

  • Noko Maganye, participant in UN Women’s Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs programme, funded by The Coca-Cola Company’s “5 BY 20” initiative. Photo courtesy of the Coca-Cola Company

    “All the skills that I learned helped me to nearly double my profit” – South African small business owner

    For many in the room this may have been similar to other business breakfasts – an early start for a room full of professionals at a 5-star hotel in Cape Town. But for one person it was anything but typical. More

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The Scoop 120 with Dr. Izeduwa Derex-Briggs

Dr. Izeduwa (Zed) is the UN Women’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa charged with the responsibility of championing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the region.

She has a wealth of experience in gender programming, humanitarian, public health and development work. She recently served in South Sudan and Liberia as the UN Women Country Representative.

Prior to joining UN Women, she served with UNFPA as Gender Adviser in Ethiopia and HIV Programme Specialist in Malawi. She worked with Actionaid International as Regional HIV Coordinator, based in Nairobi and as a Policy Officer/ International HIV Campaigns Coordinator in Brussels. She had her first UN experience with the former-UNIFEM in her home country of Nigeria after several years of work for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as a Medical Officer.

A national of Nigeria, Zed holds Master’s degree in Public health from the University of London and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She received her MB ChB from the University of Jos in Nigeria.