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Press Release: Registration opens for Generation Equality Forum in Paris

Monday, May 10, 2021

Registration is now open to participate in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris – a milestone global event to advance action and investment for gender equality.

Generation Equality Take Five: “Girls who believe in themselves become visionary leaders”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

I would like to become a pilot so that I can help to change the current perception that some jobs are for men while others are for women. In my opinion, this creates barriers for girls like me who are interested in working in male-dominated sectors. I would also like to become the first woman pilot in my community and help to inspire other girls to also pursue their dreams.

Press Release - WEPs with Azura Power

Friday, April 30, 2021

Azura Power has adopted the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) as part of its commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. As a power company that develops, finances, acquires and operates independent power plants across Africa, Azura Power provides electricity to millions of people in the continent and invest in communities to have a positive and sustainable social impact.

Placing gender at the center of security sector reforms in Nigeria

Friday, April 30, 2021

Nigeria is signatory to several commitments on women, peace, and security, as well as gender responsive and gender balanced security sector more specifically. UN Security Council Resolution on Women Peace and Security 1325 (2000), domesticated in Nigeria through a National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 is a key one. In response to these commitments, there have been various policy and programmatic initiatives by security institutions and related ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), partners,...

Take five: Young women leaders in Malawi are ready to build back better from COVID-19

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Thelma Kaliu is a young feminist and an active member of the Young Feminist Network of Malawi. She is currently the Project Coordinator of the Spotlight Initiative project under Plan International, Malawi. In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Thelma attended the launch of the Malawi Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and was excited about the growth of a movement that was enthusiastically embracing young African women. Supported by the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the largest effort to eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide, the AWLN network comprises over 500 African women across generations and sectors.

I am Generation Equality: Immaculate Akello, climate change activist and lawyer standing up for rural women in Northern Uganda

Thursday, April 22, 2021

I speak up for women's rights because someone spoke up for me. Someone else fought tooth and nail to ensure that I have spaces that empower me, as a young woman.

I am Generation Equality: Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, economist, gender and youth activist

Friday, April 16, 2021

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo, 33, is an African Economist, a Non-Resident Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Molaya Kgosi Trust, and the former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana. She is also a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, and United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

I am Generation Equality: Martha Clara Nakato, advocate for bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health rights in Uganda

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Most women in rural communities still lack ownership over their bodies and the power to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health needs, partly due to their limited access to essential reproductive health services.

Closing remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In her remarks at the closing of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka calls upon governments, corporations, organizations and activists to make bold and game-changing commitments to gender equality.

Young academics pledge to be Generation Equality and promote women’s leadership during Women's Month in Burundi

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A student takes the floor during the event organized by UN Women and the Université Lumière in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 26 March 2021 to promote women’s leadership among Burundi’s academic community and beyond. Photo: Odette Kwizera/UN Women Burundi    To mark Women's Month, on 26 March 2021 UN Women, in collaboration with the Université Lumière de Bujumbura, brought together in Bujumbura, Burundi 500 students from different...

Building back better, with women in the lead

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The impacts of COVID-19 draw attention to the ways in which we must live if we are to grow out of this experience stronger, more socially just, gender-equal, more resilient, more cooperative, and with more peace.

Africa brings CSW65 home

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The 65th Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, took place 15 to 26 March as an almost entirely virtual session. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders delivered a robust blueprint on strengthening women’s leadership and participation in public life ahead of the Generation Equality Forum kick-off in Mexico (29 - 31 March).

Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico

Monday, March 29, 2021

In her remarks at the opening of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "It is going to be now in Mexico that we start this work; start an era of catalytic action to accelerate change".

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Saturday, March 27, 2021

In her remarks at the closing of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called for the resolution of problems that women and girls have faced over generations

African Women Leaders Network call for increased representation of Women in the COVID-19 response at the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Sunday, March 21, 2021

At a side event during the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) convened women leaders across the continent to discuss the importance of women’s leadership in decision-making and key achievements of the AWLN National Chapters.

Partners of “African Girls Can Code” commit to address the digital gender divide in Africa

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Half of the 3.7 billion people who do not yet have access to internet are women. And while in some parts of the world the digital gender divide has been shrinking in recent years, it is growing in Africa, data shows.

Strengthening women's livelihoods and resilience to disasters and climate change

Friday, March 19, 2021

UN Women and UNCDF (U N Capital Development Fund ) have just signed a partnership agreement within the framework of the project “Digital solutions for rural women's resilience in the face of disasters” (D4RWRD) , thanks to funding from Innovation Norway - a Norwegian government bodies for innovation and development of business and industry. This agreement will allow UN Women and UNCDF to work with the private sector to determine what digital solutions can facilitate rural women's...

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

Condemn racism and discrimination wherever they occur: act to create racial justice and a gender-equal, inclusive world

Ten African Women leaders we admire

Friday, March 19, 2021

Partly drawn from global website article  https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2021/3/compilation-women-leaders-we-admire  d ate d :  Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Women leaders of today are tenacious and diverse. They are mobilizing the global climate movement, pushing for social protections, addressing the COVID-19 crisis, and dismantling systemic racial discrimination. Across the continent, women leaders improve lives and inspire a better future for all. Yet, equality is...

Ugandan women celebrate International Women’s Day calling for expanded social security and leadership

Thursday, March 18, 2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day, on 10 March 2021 representatives of the women’s movement in Uganda held a press conference in Kampala to call on the government to double its efforts to advance the country’s health care system, family planning services, social security system, women’s participation in leadership, family and the economy, and to address violence against women and girls and other barriers that hold women back in the country.

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