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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A Night at the Apollo: UN Women Celebrates Beijing+20 Campaign Launch
At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York, UN Women launched a year-long campaign on 26 June to spark global dialogue and actions on women's rights and gender equality. The Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it! campaign commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which set a path-breaking agenda on women's rights in 1995. Watch video »
Our Champions are women and men who have made gender equality and women’s empowerment their cause and mission. Hear from them about why and what you can do to join them!
One of the world's most renowned human rights activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated much of her life to bringing democracy, dignity and human rights to Myanmar's citizens. Watch her video »
Feđa Mehmedović is a national trainer, peer educator and the winner of a competition promoting gender equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stories of Real Men. He has trained more than 10,000 young people as part of his Young Men as Allies programme in preventing violence against women. Feđa Mehmedović is a #HeForShe advocate.
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 »
Raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Agba gained popularity when she went on the widely watched television show America’s Next Top Model. Nnenna is supporting the education of her four sisters in Nigeria, and is the face of Kechie’s Project, a NGO that provides scholarships to girls from Nigerian schools.
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Christina is a 17-year-old girl living in New York City who is about to graduate from high school. She has been a Girl Advocate for The Working Group on Girls NGO for the past three years and works on the Girls Participation Task Force and Steering Committee.
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Sanchaita Gajapati Raju is a success by any standard. At the young age of 30, she established an organization that won the coveted Google Global Impact Challenge in 2013, a distinguished honour for the award is based on votes, and given to the one that the public finds most promising.
Every time she heard someone say that she should be doing something else, Caroline Amasis Maher’s determination grew and she trained even harder. Recently she became the first Arab-African female to be inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame – the highest and most prestigious award in the sport.
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!