Jordan steps it up
The Jordanian Government pledges to align its national legislation with international commitments and expand economic, social, cultural, political and legal support to women and girls. Learn more
In Focus: Education and training of women
This month we highlight how educating women and girls is a lifeline to a better future for all and the key to empowered societies and flourishing economies. Learn more
UN Women and the People’s Republic of China are co-hosting a “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action”, on 27 September 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York. Held in conjunction with the United Nations Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, Member States’ Heads of State or Government are invited to make concrete commitments to accelerate implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women no later than 2030. More
In the words of...
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, an NGO that provides scholarships to girls from Nigerian schools.
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.
Women of achievement
Asnaini Mirzan chose to create space for women in local politics after watching her father live a life of public service. The first and only female head of the village council in Aceh province, she shows her constituents that women can be leaders, farmers and mothers simultaneously.
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!