• UN Women wrote a new blog post: Chanda Kochhar – “The sky’s the limit”   2 days, 21 hours ago · View

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    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. She is widely recognized for her role in shaping the retail [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Trinidadian women gain ground at the ballot box   5 days, 21 hours ago · View

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    Gloria Calliste, candidate for Councillor, local government, walking in her constituency. Photo: The Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

    With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, the Network of NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago is training women to be more effective in running for election. They seek to learn the rules, use the rules and [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women During the FIFA World Cup, one million stickers that read “ O valente não é violento ” (“The brave are not violent”) are being distributed throughout Brazil. Each includes one of ten different soccer-related puns in Portuguese, which aim to educate soccer fans about the responsibility men should take to end violence against women and [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Maha Almuneef – Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals   1 week ago · View

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    Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical degree and established the National Family Safety Program (NFSP), the first specialized institution to address the [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: A brave crusader, opening many doors   1 week, 1 day ago · View

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    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. A long-standing human rights [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Liv Arnesen – Trekking across the globe for environmental change   1 week, 2 days ago · View

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    On her first trip to the South Pole, she started at Hercules Inlet at the southern end of the Weddell Sea, and arrived in the South Pole in just 50 days, a journey of 1,200 km. She says it is perseverance, patience and stubbornness that made the hazardous, yet dream, trek a reality. [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Once we make this dream a reality…   1 week, 5 days ago · View

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    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 [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Sanja Juričić-Franić – Raising a glass to gender equality   1 week, 6 days ago · View

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    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. Sanja holds a Masters’ [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Picture it: The day the Beijing Declaration becomes irrelevant   1 week, 6 days ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Nive Sharat Chandran is a 23-year-old From New Zealand who has served as the Vice-President and on the Board of Directors of the YWCA in Auckland. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence among OECD countries.

    Photo courtesy of Nive Sharat Chandran

    On average women earn 13 per cent less [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Towards Beijing+20: The time is now   1 week, 6 days ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women 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 and is a partner of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. Ms. Osman is also a [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: “It is not a dream, it is a duty”   2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Fatou Lo attended the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing as a teenaged youth delegate. Today, she is the Deputy Representative of UN Women in Sudan. If I needed a reminder that time is passing by quickly, this year and next would serve that purpose. It is hard to believe that [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: “Fulfil the promises that we made to our daughters”   2 weeks, 1 day ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women When I look back at the Beijing Conference, I remember the feeling of celebration. I think of the women’s chain that we organized in Beijing by holding hands in a circular formation around the venue of the conference. I can still feel the courage, strength and resolve of my Rwandan sisters. Rwanda now [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Fighting the spirits, to defend and protect   2 weeks, 2 days ago · View

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    Accusations of sorcery are widespread in the communities of the highlands in Papua New Guinea. Often for deaths or illness, for theft or accident, the cause is believed to be sorcery, with the villain more often than not being allegedly a woman. Protecting many such wrongly accused women is [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Relevant yesterday relevant today   2 weeks, 3 days ago · View

    ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Mtisunge Kachingwe is a 23-year-old young woman from Malawi working as a doctor at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. I work for the YWCA of Malawi and in one of our Branches, a 12-year-old girl, called Chikumbutso approached the counsellors late one afternoon to share her predicament. Her mother was forcing her to [...]

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    Fijian solar engineer Reapi Waitaleca with her trainee, Kadavu, 2013. Photo: UN Women/Laura Cleary

    Reapi Waitaleca is a grandmother in the village of Nabouwalu on the Fijian island of Kadavu. She is also a trained solar engineer who has installed solar panels for all the households in her village and established a solar workshop. [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Women can lead the transition to a cleaner, sustainable environment   2 weeks, 5 days ago · View

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    Dr. Pachauri is the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading body for the assessment of climate change, and is the CEO of the New Delhi-based TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), an organization that researches and develops solutions to climate change issues. When it [...]

  • ThumbnailCross-posted from UN Women Scott Taylor is a Policy Analyst and Graduate Research Fellow at the Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership in New York, where he is pursuing an MA/PhD in International Relations. The 31-year-old California native is also currently interning within UN Women’s Programme Division for Africa. This is a picture of my grandmother, [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: Beijing What?!   1 month ago · View

    ThumbnailYiping Cai attended the NGO Forum of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing as a young journalist and youth participant. Today at the age of 43, she lives in Beijing, China, and is an Executive Committee member of the international feminist network DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era) as well [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: She builds bridges, schools and delivers results   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailMother of three children and a home-maker for more than a decade, few in her sleepy village would have imagined that she would be planning bridges and schools today.  But that is Vandana Bahadur Maida’s life in Khankhandvi, in the populous state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Despite family opposition and cultural norms that define a woman’s [...]

  • UN Women wrote a new blog post: She gets a kick out of helping people   1 month, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailEvery time she heard someone saying that she should be doing something else, Caroline Amasis Maher’s determination grew and she trained even harder. She ignored the naysayers and the cultural barriers by not only playing a male-dominated sport but also excelling in it. Recently she became the first Arab-African female to be inducted into the Taekwondo [...]

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