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International Day of Rural Women: Rural women confront the global cost-of-living crisis
Rural women play a critical role in ensuring food security across the world.  Learn more
Bridging the Gender Digital Divide in Africa: UN Women Rwanda connects youth with policy influencers, private sector, and government to discuss gender biases and more involvement in STEM fields
The UN Women’s Connekted Girls Hub inspired hope in thousands of young women and girls that convened at the just concluded YouthConnekt Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Learn more
In South Africa, girls join forces to overcome adversity and drive change
The sounds of laughter, singing and clapping emanate from a small event space deep in Mamelodi township on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. Learn more
UN Women Executive Director visits Tanzania, calls for investment in women and girls
UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous conducted a four-day mission in Tanzania.  Learn more
Uganda's Commemoration Of Women’s Month Casts Spotlight on The Heroes Who Paved the Way for Women Empowerment in Africa
UN Women joined the South African High Commission in Uganda to recognize the heroes who paved the way for women empowerment. Learn more
National Symposium on Gender Based Violence Shelters Prompts Discussion on Sustainability of Lifesaving Services in Uganda
On 11 August 2022, UN Women Uganda, Action Aid and the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development (MGLSD) convened the National Symposium on the Impact and Sustainability of Gender Based Violence Shelters in Uganda. Learn more
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In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

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Photo: UN Women/Michael Goima
International Day of Rural Women: Rural women confront the global cost-of-living crisis

Rural women play a critical role in ensuring food security across the world. In Africa, they carry a heavy responsibility as primary caregivers while still contributing to the financial stability of their homes through small-scale trade, farming, and small businesses.

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World Humanitarian Day 2022

With record-high humanitarian needs around the world, this year’s World Humanitarian Day (WHD) builds on this metaphor of collective endeavour to grow global appreciation of humanitarian work.

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Illustration: UN Women/Poompat Watanasirikul
In Focus: International Youth Day 2022

This year’s International Youth Day theme, Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, aims to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the SDGs and leave no one behind. Visit this page to find out more about this year's campaign

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Assistant Secretary General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Asa Regner, UN Women Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Oulimata Sarr and UN Women Liberia Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey at a meeting with Government officials in Liberia.
Assistant Secretary General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Asa Regner visits Liberia

On her first official visit to Liberia, from 26 to 29 June 2022, the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Deputy Executive Director

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Margaret Thiongo working at the climate change Mitigation Lab at ICRAF headquarters in Nairobi. Photo: ICRAF/Judith Olang
In focus: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Taking on the greatest challenges currently facing the global community will mean harnessing all talent. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the critically important climate crisis, the full and equal participation and leadership of women and girls in the science and technology communities is more important than ever. Now is the time to recognize women’s contributions in research and innovation, smash stereotypes and defeat discrimination against women and girls in science.

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Act For Equal
Act for Equal

#ActforEqual is a new campaign to drive attention, excitement and action towards the upcoming Generation Equality Forum. Through the campaign you can show your support, take action for gender equality and help propel major commitments to the Action Coalition Goals. We can’t wait any longer for gender equality. It’s time to #ActforEqual. 

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Statement: In solidarity, we honour the global humanitarian community
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UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous. Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Statement by Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2022 Read more ➤

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16 days of activism 2022
In focus: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2022

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Led by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation around the world. Already heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, its prevalence is now being further increased by the intersecting crises of climate change, global conflict and economic instability.