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Young, and restless, to bring lasting change

28 July 2014

It all started with a visit to a rural Indian village. Sanchaita Gajapati Raju draws inspiration from her mother, who from a very young age instilled in her a deep civic sense and encouraged her to help those less fortunate. On a visit to an impoverished village, Sanchaita noted the lack of facilities and clean drinking water. Through her interactions with the communities there, she got a better understanding of their predicament and how technology could improve peoples’ lives by not only enhancing public health, but also through creating services that would allow people, primarily women, to spend less time collecting fresh water. Thus her organization SANA was born. More

The fearless seafarer

24 July 2014

She was brought up by a single mother in rural Jamaica, in a family of modest means. Today she is the Commanding Officer of Jamaica’s Coast Guard, the first woman to attain the prestigious position in the island state, as well as the entire Caribbean region. Commander Antonette Wemyss-Gorman learned early in life never to accept ‘no’ for an answer. Her mantra: “I can do that!” More

UN system editorial material on women in power and decision-making

21 July 2014

UN Women ‘Ready for the lists’, say Uruguayan women  ( en español ) (UN Women, 2014)  For more information, check out the In Focus editorial package on Women in Power and Decision-making . More

Nawal El Moutawakel - Hurdles only strengthen her track

14 July 2014

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. More

A brave crusader, opening many doors

08 July 2014

A true force of nature: this is how she is popularly known. Braving criticism and challenging discrimination and stereotypes, 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. More

Press Release: Calling on global citizens, UN Women unveils Beijing+20 campaign in New York City

27 June 2014

At the historic Apollo Theatre in New York, UN Women yesterday launched a year-long campaign 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. More

Once we make this dream a reality…

27 June 2014

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. A longstanding women’s rights advocate, she has promoted gender equality and empowerment of women throughout her distinguished political career, including as her country’s first female President, between 2006 and 2010. In this editorial, she says nearly 20 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, we must recognize significant progress, but challenges remain in terms of gender equality and equity. More

Chanda Kochhar – “The sky’s the limit”

27 June 2014

In 2014, Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India's largest private sector bank and the second-largest bank in the country, was named among Fortune's 50 most powerful women in business for the fourth consecutive year. More

Trekking across the globe for environmental change

27 June 2014

She is the first woman to ever ski alone, without the assistance of a guide or supplies, from the outside world to the South Pole. She climbed Mount Everest, getting to within 1,900 metres of the summit before having to turn back due to altitude sickness. She sailed and skied across Antarctica’s landmass, and lead the first group of women over the Greenland Ice Cap unsupported. And she is also the author of several books and educational curricula including Nice Girls Do Not Ski to the South Pole and Can I Do It? From Dream to Reality. More

Sanja Juričić-Franić - Raising a glass to gender equality

26 June 2014

At a winery at the end of a town in rural Herzegovina, a 32-year-old woman stands amid barrels of wine, staring across the vineyards. Her name is Sanja Juričić-Franić. Together with two more women, her sister and her mother, she leads the “Gangaš” winery in Čitluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A wife, mother and successful entrepreneur, she is an enologist who has had to combat prejudice and stereotypes in this male-dominated profession. More

Maha Almuneef - Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals

26 June 2014

Maha Almuneef is a 53-year-old mother of three and a Board-certified physician living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia who established the National Family Safety Programme (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the issue of domestic violence in the country. More

UN Women launches global campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing at the Apollo Theatre

23 June 2014

The launch event of UN Women's global campaign “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing, will take place on Thursday, 26 June 2014, from 5–7 p.m. at the Apollo Theater in New York. More

Major global event for Beijing+20 campaign in Sweden

12 June 2014

On Saturday 14 June 2014, UN Women will host the first in a series of global events as part of the Beijing+20 Campaign, which commemorates the 20-year anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the visionary Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Focused on ensuring the human rights of women, the event will be held in collaboration with the Government of Sweden and the Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden. More

UN system editorial material on Women and the Environment

04 June 2014

Additional UN system editorial material on Women and the Environment More

Women Breaking Barriers to Clean Energy

04 June 2014

Fashion icon Gisele Bündchen @giseleofficial is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme. She has been dubbed the world’s ‘greenest’ celebrity. More

The Gender Bias of Global Warming

04 June 2014

Parker Liautaud is a polar explorer and climate change campaigner. He has undertaken three expeditions to the North Pole and one to the South Pole. In 2013, he completed the fastest human-powered trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. He studies Geology & Geophysics at Yale University and is a Fellow at the Yale Climate & Energy Institute. More

Beijing+20: Empowering women, Empowering humanity. Picture it!

22 May 2014

Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary roadmap for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Some 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists pictured a world where women and girls had equal rights, freedom and opportunity in every sphere of life. More

The unstoppable police officer of Timor-Leste

21 May 2014

Winner of the prestigious 2014 Gender Equality Advocate Award of the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality, in November 2013 Amelia a police officer with the Vulnerable Person’s Unit of the National Police of Timor-Leste is a powerful voice and a role model. In a country where women make up less than 20 per cent of the national police force, Amelia, who is a mother of two young children, is one of the longest-serving members of the Vulnerable Persons Unit, which has a particularly challenging mandate, dealing with crimes that are often accepted culturally within society and where survivors face various barriers in accessing justice. More

UN Women calls on global citizens to bring gender equality into focus

21 May 2014

UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity. More

The Good Doctor

20 May 2014

Dr. Krisana Kraisintu, Thailand, Gypsy Pharmacist, affordable health care, HIV/AIDS, malaria, sick, Asia, Africa, medicine, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Public Service, top woman executive, pharmaceutical industry, UN Women, Women of Achievement, Beijing+20 More

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