IIX and UN Women partner to empower millions of women through innovative finance

UN Women—the UN organization dedicated to gender equality—has partnered with Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)—a global organization dedicated to changing financial systems and creating innovate solutions to women’s empowerment—to mobilize large-scale capital to empower underserved women through innovative finance. With the shared goals to close the funding gap for advancing gender equality and the dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, IIX and UN Women will collaborate on a series of activities including the development of financial instruments that leverage public funding to unlock greater private capital for women; the engagement of…

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FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention, a few hours before the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™. “This is a significant moment for FIFA as we combine forces with UN Women to realise gender equality for women both on and off the pitch.” said Infantino. “Together, we will raise awareness…

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UN Women announces global intergenerational campaign to bring women’s rights and empowerment to the forefront

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the blueprint on women’s rights and empowerment, UN Women today announced its new multigenerational campaign, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”. In 2020, it will be 25 years since world leaders adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which set out how to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or in private. Developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing,…

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UN Women Executive Director visits Mexico to launch EU-UN initiative to end violence against women and girls

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Mexico from 29 to 30 May, where she will take part in a series of high-level events and meet will key government officials, civil society, women’s groups, as well as private sector and other development partners to build alliances for advancing gender equality. Her participation in the launch of the Spotlight Initiative, a EU-UN global efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, will be a highlight of the visit. In Mexico, the Spotlight Initiative is geared to tackle femicide,…

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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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