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Media leaders and journalists speak on women and the media

04 May 2015

As part of a #Beijing20 social media campaign that runs throughout May 2015, inspiring journalists tell us what changes they want to see for women and the media. More

Pioneering the way for women in defense and security

20 April 2015

The first female Minister of Defense in Spain, she began her career as a law lecturer. At the age of 27, she was elected the vice-mayor of Esplugues de Llobregat in Barcelona, and then worked assiduously towards women’s equal rights in the rule of law for several years as a parliamentarian. A working mother of one, Carme Chacón became the Vice-President of Congress, the Minister of Housing, and finally, was appointed as the first female Minister of Defense of Spain. More

“You aren’t defined by anyone else’s limitations on you”

13 April 2015

Dr. Erna Takazawa is the first and only optometrist in Samoa, and is also one of the first winners of the Queen’s Young Leader Award for her transformative work in eye health. Practicing optometry at the National Hospital Service, she also works in partnership with an NGO to provide sight to children with disabilities. As Clinical Director for Samoa’s Special Olympics Opening Eyes Programme, she has screened over 200 athletes with disabilities and trains teachers to detect eye issues early in their students. More

Saving lives through scientific research

01 April 2015

Asel Sartbaeva is one of the first internationally recognized female scientists from Central Asia. Her research aims to discover a substance to aid in transport and storage of vaccines without refrigeration, a major issue in disease prevention globally. She was short listed for the L’OREAL-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship for her work in vaccine preservation and is one of the 175 Faces of Chemistry, a prestigious professional organization in the UK. Successfully navigating the male dominated fields of chemistry and physics, she is currently a Royal Research Fellow at the University of Bath in the UK. More

Creating history, building a rights culture

01 April 2015

Experiencing a harrowing train accident that robbed her of an arm and a leg at 19, Şafak Pavey, chose to overcome her challenges by immersing herself in the dual causes of gender equality and the environment. As the first Turkish woman parliamentarian with disabilities, she is a role model for many. She has also worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in conflict zones, produced three books, and now contributes to law-making for her country. Her mission is promoting equal rights for people of all races, creeds and religions. Winner of the International Woman of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State, she is a force to be reckoned with. More

Women’s Health is Everyone’s Health

01 April 2015

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the Foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the Foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. They make many public appearances to advocate for the Foundation’s issues. More

Charting a new path for women in medicine and health care

01 April 2015

A true pioneer in the field of medicine, throughout her childhood she attended all boys’ schools to study science. Dr. Josephine Namboze is East and Central Africa’s first female medical doctor, and the first woman in Africa to head an institute of public health. As the first ever Representative for the World Health Organization in Botswana, she also wrote extensively about how race is not a determining factor in infectious and non-infectious disease. Also the first woman professor of medicine in East Africa, she didn’t just break the glass ceiling, but shattered it becoming a role model for many. More

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

04 March 2015

In this op-ed for International Women’s Day, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka looks at the mixed progress since the 1995 Beijing Conference. She urges for recommitment and an end point to achieving gender equality with substantial action now, and full equality before 2030. More

“Take intense measures” to accelerate women’s full and equal participation in politics, leaders say in Chile

27 February 2015

More than 300 global leaders gathered today in Santiago, Chile, to take part in a high-level conference on women in power and decision-making as part of UN Women’s global Beijing+20 campaign. It aims to galvanize political support to achieve gender equality and honour commitments made by 189 governments to uphold the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. More

During Brazil’s Carnival, parade-goers promote respect for women

26 February 2015

Using an explosion of colour and audacious costumes to tell the story of brave women everywhere, the traditional samba school of Mangueira paid tribute to the women who fight every day to overcome gender inequalities in their parade. It is one of several national events for UN Women’s global Beijing+20 "Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" campaign. More

Leading scientific innovations, making history

23 February 2015

Raised by engineers, Radia Perlman loved puzzles and problem solving from a young age. A high-level math and science student, she credits her parents for their encouragement and support. Going on to study mathematics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States of America, she was one of very few women at the university, with even fewer women in the Mathematics Department. After her first year of studies, she rarely saw women in either her dormitory or... More

Beijing+20 and Mobile Learning Week 2015

20 February 2015

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will open the week-long gathering in Paris, which will focus on how mobile technology can be leveraged to empower and improve education for women and girls everywhere. More

Beijing+20 event in Ireland: A woman’s place is in the world!

19 February 2015

At a conference organized by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the National Women’s Council of Ireland on 20 February, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will deliver a keynote speech highlighting Beijing+20 as a game-changer for women’s empowerment and underscoring the need for big, bold changes. More

“We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women” says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review

05 February 2015

Cairo – At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and agreed to actively ensure justice and equality for women in the Middle East. More

UN Women Executive Director speaks at the last of the Beijing+20 regional reviews, in Cairo

02 February 2015

Address by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Beijing+20 review and Ministerial Event, Cairo, 2 February 2015. More

Education needs to be reassessed, refocused and redefined

02 February 2015

Nicola Grinstead is Chair of the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a global movement of 10 million girls and young women in 146 countries, dedicated to supporting girls and young women to reach their full potential. In this op-ed, she emphasizes the importance of life-long learning, non-formal and self-directed education and engaging girls and boys to eradicate gender-based violence.... More

Leading the way for women and girls with disabilities

02 February 2015

She is often called the shining hope for people with disabilities.  Abia Akram, age 30, is an educated woman, and proud of the two Master’s degrees she holds. She personifies the cause she champions: that education can be the catalyst in a world where those with disabilities are not always taken seriously. The first female with disabilities from Pakistan to win the much sought after U.K. Government’s Chevening scholarship, Akram has continued to push for change,... More

Girls central to Beijing+20 campaign in Mali

07 January 2015

“A development mechanism which ignores input from youth is like a car without gas, as it ignores one of its sources of energy,” said Fatouma Seid, the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Mali at the public launch of the Beijing+20 campaign. In November, the international community in Mali built momentum towards the 20 year anniversary of the Beijing Conference by launching the campaign as a public event in the capital city of Bamako. The public launch... More

Scaling new horizons with daring dives

05 January 2015

Archana Sardana, a 40-year old adventure enthusiast is India’s first woman civilian BASE jumper, often jumping from a bridge of over 3,600 metres (12,000 feet). Raised in India, a country where’s women’s participation in sports remains uneven, Sardana did not grow up as an adventure sports enthusiast. A mother of two boys, she graduated with a diploma in interior design, and says she never took an interest in outdoor activities. But just 20 days after her... More

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