UN Women with the support of Unilever creates global framework to increase safety of women in agricultural supply chains

“We are one. Raise your voice,” chant the women in unison, their orange saris a sharp contrast to the rich green tea leaves they help harvest from this Assam tea estate. All of them are proud members of the Jugnoo Club, a women’s group formed by plantation workers to inform managers on ways to improve the estates for the women and girls that make up more than 60% of the workforce. Jugnoo is an apt name for the club. It means ‘firefly’ in Hindi, and the club’s aim is to…

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UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador

During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), UN Women announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre. “UN Women is delighted to welcome Danai Gurira in her new role as Goodwill Ambassador to support our work on gender equality.…

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As global mobilizations soar, UN Women brings survivors of violence and advocates to centre stage on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects one in three women worldwide and that no country is immune to this pandemic, instead of holding perpetrators accountable, women and girls who experience violence are often blamed and their testimonies systematically put in doubt. This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination…

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UN Women’s HeForShe movement concludes tour to colleges and universities across northeastern United States

UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality has concluded its inaugural United States #GetFree University Tour, which brought ideas of gender equality directly to students at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. At each stop, a dynamic conversation among students, faculty, gender experts and thought-leaders explored challenges and opportunities for getting more girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and careers. The Tour also brought a global conversation on gender to students, empowering them to explore their own understanding of gender equality. Building on the…

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Fondation CHANEL and UN Women partner to accelerate women’s economic empowerment and counter climate change

Fondation CHANEL and UN Women have announced a three-year programme to accelerate rural women’s economic empowerment, many facing the brunt of climate change, in South and East Asia by addressing the barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face through business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors. With an investment of USD 3 million, Fondation CHANEL–in line with its mission and commitment to gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—will support UN Women’s programming in China, Nepal and Viet Nam. The initiatives will support a range of…

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