UN Women raises awareness of the shadow pandemic of violence against women during COVID-19

UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, they have launched the Shadow Pandemic public awareness campaign, focusing on the global increase in domestic violence amid the COVID-19 health crisis. The Shadow Pandemic public service announcement is a sixty-second film narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Kate Winslet, who has championed many humanitarian causes. The video highlights the alarming upsurge in domestic violence during COVID-19 and delivers a vital message urging people to act to support women if they know or suspect someone is…

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Gender equality experts recommend key actions for COVID-19 response and recovery for G7 leaders

As the pandemic is moving beyond a global health crisis and morphing into a labour market, social and economic crisis, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and European Commission Head of Service for Foreign Policy Instruments Hilde Hardeman, and International Labour Organization (ILO) Deputy Director-General for Policy Deborah Greenfield today convened Ministers, CEOs, and business associations, trade unions, civil society and academia representatives at the High-Level Roundtable, “The G7’s role in ensuring women’s economic empowerment and security in the post-COVID future”. The COVID-19 pandemic poses a serious threat to women’s…

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UN Women delivers lifeline support to women’s and grassroots organizations for COVID-19 response

In addition to the dramatic health crisis, the COVID-19 global pandemic has presented grave new threats to the critical work and very existence of local civil society organizations working on the front lines of crises, making the need to mobilize support for their efforts more urgent than ever before. Women’s organizations and activists are already on the front lines of COVID-19 response and should be an integral part of COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Recognizing the imperative that these organizations are appropriately funded, UN Women announced its support to the…

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International Olympic Committee takes leadership role in UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative

A few days after having made landmark decisions demonstrating that gender equality is a reality at the olympic games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken a leadership role in the UN Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative, which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The initiative was launched today by UN Women in partnership with the IOC. The sports movement is invited to join the Initiative to accelerate progress on a set of common principles and aligned objectives that…

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Netflix and UN Women launch special collection curated by 55 groundbreaking women in entertainment

Netflix and UN Women have launched “Because She Watched”, a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera — including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay.  “This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the…

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