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In Focus: International Women's Day 2022
This International Women’s Day, 8 March, join UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and call for climate action for women, by women. Learn more
CSW 66 (2022)
The climate crisis is not a “gender neutral” global crisis, women and girls experience the greatest impacts of climate change. Learn more
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 !”  Learn more
UN Commission on the Status of Women reaffirms women's and girls’ leadership as key to address climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction for all
The 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW66)closed its two-week-long session by acknowledging the important role of women and girls as agents of change for sustainable development Learn more
Believe Survivors. Act Now. Goretti’s Story, Kenya
Through this special editorial series for the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women showcases the voices of survivors, and the transformative programmes that make real differences. Learn more
Traditional leaders have a critical role in shifting the deep-rooted cultural beliefs that justify the perpetuation of harmful practices
Senator Nkatazo Siatabwa, Chief Siansali has actively worked with local leaders to keep girls in school and engage with parents so that girls are not left behind or face early marriages. Learn more
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International Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, 8 March, join UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and call for climate action for women, by women.

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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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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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Generation Equality Forum
The Generation Equality Forum

Get ready for the Generation Equality Forum, the most important global convening for gender equality actions and investment in a quarter-century. The Forum will kick-off in Mexico City in March and culminate in Paris this year.

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two women healthcare workers in Barcelona put on protective gear. Photo: Hospital Clínic/Francisco Àvia
COVID-19: emerging gender data

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold human suffering and is likely to heighten gender-based inequalities around the world. UN Women is working with partners to bridge the gender data gap and deliver a more accurate picture of the gender dimension to the response so that it can be more effective for women and girls. For gender-related data on COVID-19 visit this page.

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Joint message from Ms Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women and Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February
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Women in Science

In a joint statement for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay call to put the principle of equality into action so that science works for women. Read more ➤