UN Women statement women’s rights in Iran

In recent days Iran has seen deep public unrest, with demonstrations and protests taking place in some 80 cities, triggered by the tragic death of …

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UN Women statement on the death of Mahsa Amini

UN Women is deeply concerned and saddened by the death of Mahsa Amini, in Iran, at the age of 22.  We convey our heartfelt sympathies …

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development Goal 5

Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls The Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by UN Member States in 2015, set a 2030 deadline for the …

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Press Release: Achieving full gender equality is still centuries away, warns the United Nations in a new report

Multiple global crises and backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights worsen gender disparities. New York — At the current rate of progress, it …

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UN Women puts women and girls at the heart of flood response in Pakistan

When the recent floods hit Fatimah Gul’s house, everything happened so quickly that she was unable to bring any belongings or food supplies. The elderly …

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In Uganda, refugee women’s leadership drives inclusive humanitarian action

19 August is World Humanitarian Day, an opportunity to honour the humanitarian community and the life-saving work they perform every day. This year’s theme, “it takes …

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Women in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban takeover

One year ago, on 15 August 2021, the Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul and took control of the country. Over the past 12 months, human …

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Statement: ‘Meticulously constructed policies of inequality’ – Afghanistan one year on

Statement on Afghanistan by Ms. Sima Bahous, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, 15 August 2022 In the year that has passed since the …

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In the words of Mahbouba Seraj: “We are the hope, we are the power keeping Afghanistan together”.

My name is Mahbouba Seraj. I am 74 years old. I am an activist and women’s rights defender and I live in Afghanistan. A historian …

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In the words of Najiba*: “Women need women to support each other”.

Najiba*, 45, is a mother, former university lecturer and counsellor who helps women heal from trauma in Afghanistan. Despite threats and restrictions on her freedom …

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In the words of Zarina*: “I am heartbroken, but hopeful”.

Zarina*, 28, is a young Afghan woman entrepreneur. Her drive for innovating and passion for baking made her one of Afghanistan’s youngest entrepreneurs. Her business …

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In the words of Nasima*: “I realised Afghan women were still fighting. And I chose to be one of them”.

Nasima*, 36, is a peacebuilder and a women’s rights activists. She has been living in Afghanistan all her life. After 15 August 2021, she continued …

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Statement: Indigenous women play a vital role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge

UN Women statement on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2022 The preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge …

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I am Generation Equality: Cally Silberbauer, South African athlete and gender equality activist

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilise, and take big …

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Press briefing: The situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

Statement by Ms. Alison Davidian, Country Representative a.i. for UN Women in Afghanistan, on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, during the daily …

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Creating safe workspaces for Women Market Vendors in Vanuatu

A safer work environment for women market vendors in Luganville and Port Vila is the result of newly installed video surveillance cameras at the two …

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