This month we look at how women create change as decision-makers – whether in politics, in the private sector or in their personal lives.
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Bursting through the barriers of the male-dominated profession of competitive sport, Nawal El Moutawakel is the first Arab, African, and Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal, which she did for the 400-metre hurdles in 1984. She followed up her win serving as the first Minister of Sports in Morocco. Read more »
Egyptian diplomat and politician Mervat Tallawy spent six years involved in the drafting of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and was one of the 23 experts who monitored its implementation. Today she is President of the National Council for Women - Egypt. Watch her video »
Marta knows what it is like to be the only woman on the team. In 2007, Marta Vieira da Silva played in UNDP’s Match against Poverty in Morocco, where she became the first woman in history to play in an internationally sanctioned men’s football match. As UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador, Marta speaks out about scoring goals for gender equality.
Indian actor and director of numerous films and founder of Men against Rape & Discrimination (MARD), Farhan Akhtar was touched by the struggle to end violence against women when a woman he worked with was sexually assaulted and killed in her own home. Farhan established MARD to advocate for change in the ideas of masculinity, and to campaign for the end of violence against women. He is raising his voice for the #HeForShe campaign.
Nicole Kidman is an Academy Award-winning actress and an advocate for women's rights. As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, her efforts have focused on raising awareness to end violence against women and girls. In her message, Nicole imagines a world where every women and girl has the opportunity to reach her highest dreams. Join her on a journey towards women's empowerment. Read her message »
Michelle Bachelet was sworn-in for a second term as President of Chile in March 2014. Previously, she was the first Executive Director of UN Women, from its inception in 2010 until March 2013.
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Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. Today, she heads Karama, an international organization based in Cairo that is working to end violence against women in the Arab region.
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Georgina Beyer paved a new path when she became the world’s first openly transsexual mayor in 1995, as well as the first openly transsexual Member of Parliament (MP) in 2000. A long-standing human rights advocate, her legacy includes a long and powerful list of legislative reform in New Zealand.
Sanja Juričić-Franić leads a winery in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A successful entrepreneur and enologist, she has had to combat prejudice and stereotypes in a male-dominated profession.
Almost 20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women's rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since, but much more needs to be done and can be done. A world in which gender equality is a reality: Picture it!