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Women building a sustainable future

UN News highlights the contribution of women and girls who are leading the charge on gender equality and sustainable development to build better future for all. Get inspired by energy pioneers in India, irrigation in Niger and preserving a biosphere reserve in Mexico.

Inspiring women from around the world

Fighting back the desert, amid Niger’s refugee and climate crises

India’s rural energy pioneers

The Mexican violinist who saved the Sierra Gorda

The Kenyan engineer fighting for equality

Norah Magero, a Mechanical Engineer and Renewable Energy Expert from Kenya, is helping communities adapt to the changing climate, in the face of gender discrimination.

Learn more about her youth-led social enterprise developing practical and affordable energy solutions

First Person: Helping Afghan women to heal

First Person: Helping Afghan women to heal

Najiba*, a mother, counsellor, and former university lecturer, helps women heal from trauma in Afghanistan. Despite threats and restrictions on her freedom to move, she continues to enable women to learn and heal….

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Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

Learn more about the day from UN Women

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Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

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