Winners of the comic and cartoon competition, “Generation Equality: Picture It!”

UN Women—together with the European Commission, Belgium, France, Mexico, as well as in partnership with Cartooning for Peace—organized a global comic and cartoon competition to mark the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More than 1200 young artists between 18 and 28 years old, from more than 120 countries, participated in the contest and submitted their cartoons to share their vision of #GenerationEquality. Finalists were selected by a jury composed of professional comic artists, high-level representatives and gender equality experts, and a youth activist. This competition…

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Celebrities and world leaders from government, business and academia convene at UN Women’s global HeForShe Summit to release pioneering solutions for gender equality

In the context of COVID-19 where gender inequalities have been exacerbated through a disproportional negative impact on millions of women and girls, HeForShe Champions convened at the virtual HeForShe Summit to release their tried and tested methods that aim to accelerate positive progress. “I am delighted that each of the HeForShe Champions is sharing what they have learned by launching their Proven Solutions” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. “After today, with our partners providing almost 40 solutions, no one can say they do not know…

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How women in Ecuador are restoring a fragile ecosystem in the face of climate crisis

Women in Ecuador have stayed in the páramo, an ecosystem in the Andes, despite the threats that desertification, overgrazing and other human activities pose to their sustenance. With funding from the Municipality of Madrid, UN Women is working with the Azuay provincial government to improve the resilience of communities in Azuay province through a comprehensive intervention that includes women-led sustainable agricultural production. The project is also dismantling gender stereotypes and empowering women to contribute to decision-making processes in their communities. Many threats loom over Ecuador’s páramo ecosystem in the Andes:…

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Women’s absence from COVID-19 task forces will perpetuate gender divide, says UNDP, UN Women

Men outnumber women three to one across COVID-19 government task forces around the world. Such disproportionate representation will hamper women’s recovery from the pandemic, according to new data released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Gender Inequality Research Lab (GIRL) at the University of Pittsburgh. As the world marks one year of the pandemic, women, on average, still make up only 24 per cent of members among 225 COVID-19 task forces examined across 137 countries, as shown by the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker tool…

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ASEAN, Canada and UN Women jointly launch a 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a 5-year programme to expand and strengthen women’s leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia. The CAD 8.5 million (USD 6.36 million) programme, “Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN”, is funded by Global Affairs Canada with the support of UN Women as a lead UN partner. “Canada is proud to launch this flagship initiative that uses the women, peace and security approach to promote…

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