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Highlights
  • International Women's Day 2021. Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.

    International Women's Day 2021

    The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. More

  • Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

    Generation Equality

    Join UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign to accelerate gender equality actions and mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere. The campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to all forms of violence against women and girls, women’s leadership and access to health. More

  • 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. More

  • 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. More

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Photo: Kea Taylor. 

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: violence against women and girls. More

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UN Women COVID-19 Response - Cameroon

As part of the COIVID-19 Response UN Women supports Religious Leaders, Women and Youth Groups - Cameroon

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Women on the frontlines of COVID-19

During crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, women make essential contributions as leaders and frontline responders. Millions of women in the health and social sector work tirelessly every day to care for all of us. Today, we thank you.