UN Women

First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar

One of the far-reaching effects of the global lockdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the return of migrant workers to their home countries.  The UN is assisting the authorities in Myanmar in facilitating this homeward migration, with a focus on providing for the needs of women. 

Mobile Film Festival tackles universal goal of women’s empowerment

Documenting women’s empowerment globally is the theme of this year’s Mobile Film Festival, co-organized by UN Women, the UN agency that promotes gender equality.

Cristina Silveiro spoke to founder Bruno Smadja who explained why the focus is on a “very important revolution” that ultimately will benefit all humanity.   

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UN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’

UN chief António Guterres is calling for measures to address a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” directed towards women and girls, linked to lockdowns imposed by governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News in Brief 4 March 2020

- Progress aside, world still a violent place for girls and women: UN report

- Iraq religious leaders working to prevent COVID-19 spread

- Countdown to end of Ebola underway in DR Congo 

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Despite progress, companies face gender equality ‘backlash’: UN business body

Although the drive to reach gender equality has picked up speed, and diversity initiatives have been put into place in companies and organizations, a significant level of resistance and backlash remains, according to a leading UN business group.

Without ‘transformative shifts,’ women will wait two centuries for gender equality

“I think it's almost a joke that it will take the world so long to create women empowerment, particularly as we know that there’s an economic upside in empowering women in the range of $28 trillion.”

Me Too movement a ‘positive catalyst for change’ in gender equality

Anna Falth,from the Women’s Empowerment Principles, thinks 2019 be a tipping point for improving gender equality in the workplace.

She told UN News that the head of steam that has built up around the Me Too movement is driving change, and making a positive impact on corporate culture.

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UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’

The record number of women who stood as candidates in the United States Congressional elections this week marks an “unprecedented” advance “critical for the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development,” the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, said in a statement on Thursday.

A long way still to go for gender equality: UN Women report

UN Women released a report on Wednesday that underscores the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

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Looking forward to feminism’s future: “Step it Up” to Planet 50/50

2017 was a watershed year for women and women’s rights around the world.

From the Global Women’s March last January, to the #MeToo movement, women around the world stood up and demanded their right to be heard.

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