The Elsie Initiative Fund launched to increase uniformed women in UN peacekeeping

Today, a little more than five per cent of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping forces are women. At an event in New York on 28 March, UN Women, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the office of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Department of Peace Operations, and the UN Development Programme’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, launched the Elsie Initiative Fund for uniformed women in Peace operations (Elsie Initiative) to increase meaningful participation of uniformed women in UN peacekeeping operations. Speaking at the event, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka…

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Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving significant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women. Launched in September 2016, UN Women’s Making Every Woman and Girl Count programme seeks to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted at the global, regional and country level. Working across three broad areas, the programme promotes a supportive policy environment to prioritize gender data; supports efforts to improve…

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SDGs and Her Initiative announces the winners of 2019 global competition

The global SDGs and Her Competition announced the winners of the 2019 global competition. The contest– co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, UNDP, UN Women, and the Wharton School’s Zicklin Center– showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The winning entries are Taxshe, owned by Vandana Suri from India, and Green Business Innovation, owned by Saida Yusupova from Uzbekistan.   TaxShe is an exclusive, all-women, driver-on-demand service that provides transportation services to school children and women workers, making day-time and late-night travel safe. Based in Bangalore, TaxShe selects drivers from marginalized…

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Support from Alibaba Foundation empowers UN Women flagship programmes

Two major initiatives of UN Women—“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” and “Buy from Women” are receiving significant support from Alibaba Foundation as part of the 5-year, USD 5 million commitment the Foundation made to UN Women. Launched in September 2016, UN Women’s Making Every Woman and Girl Count programme seeks to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted at the global, regional and country level. Working across three broad areas, the programme promotes a supportive policy environment to prioritize gender data; supports efforts to improve…

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UN Women and partners launch new initiative to repeal discriminatory laws worldwide

Over 2.5 billion women and girls around the world are affected by discriminatory laws—laws that impede gender equality and hold women and girls back. In too many countries, there are unequal standards for women and men, whether it’s for applying for a passport or in the choice of employment, receiving inheritance and deciding when and whom to marry. A high-level event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on 20 March, launched the “Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030:…

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