Women and girls “far more vulnerable” in humanitarian crises

In a world beset by crises and disasters, women and girls are far more vulnerable than their male counterparts; that’s according to UN Women’s Humanitarian Coordinator and Deputy Director of Programmes, Daniel Seymour.

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Corporate chief executives endorse UN-led gender equality initiative

Nearly 40 chief executive officers representing companies from across the world today became the first group of business leaders to endorse a United Nations-led initiative to empower women by promoting gender equality in corporate workplaces, markets and communities.

Women hold UN events to chart progress on female participation in peacebuilding

Women in countries affected by past or ongoing conflict today concluded a week of events organized by the United Nations to explore ways of strengthening women’s participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Actress Nicole Kidman helps raise funds for UN work in support of women in China

The Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman, who serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), today raised more than $175,000 for projects to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in China.

UN launches campaign harnessing support to end violence against women

The United Nations kicked off a campaign today mobilizing people around the world to take part in a drive to stop the pandemic of violence suffered by women at the hands of men.

Accountability key to meeting national gender equality goals, says UN report

Strengthening accountability for commitments made by governments will be vital to achieving gender equality and women’s rights, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Violence against women remains widespread and largely unpunished – UN officials

Violence against women is the least punished crime in the world, United Nations officials said today, urging governments to end the widespread impunity and to take measures to ensure that the laws and policies that aim to protect women and girls are enforced.

Millions join UN in urgent call to step up and eliminate violence against women

More than five million individuals around the world have sent a clear and unequivocal message to their governments to take decisive action in stopping the relentless cycle of violence against women, at the conclusion of an Internet-based United Nations campaign today.

UN fund to end violence against women makes largest grants ever

A United Nations fund that seeks to end violence against women is awarding more money this year than the sum of all its grants since its inception in 1996, earmarking $19 million to 23 projects in 29 countries.

UN agency joins forces with United States retailer to end violence against women

The United States retailer Marshalls has signed on to a United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) campaign to bring an end to violence against women.