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UN Women is the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.



New Global Initiative to Make Cities Safer for Women

UN Women has launched its innovative Safe Cities programme in five cities around the world. Each will test new strategies to stop epidemic rates of violence against women and girls in urban areas. The programme is the first cross-regional initiative dedicated to making cities safer for them, while improving the quality of life for all city dwellers.  read more      


A Boost for Women in Local Politics

A  new programme launched by the Government of India and the United Nations will empower elected women representatives in India and south Asia.

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Asia-Pacific UNiTE – Launch of the regional component of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women

The Asia Pacific Regional Component of the United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women was launched in Bangkok on 25th November 2010.

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Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009 - Who Answers to Women? Gender & Accountability

Enhancing Gender Justice and Ending Discrimination against Women Critical to Achieving the MDGs

UN Women releases an excerpt from the forthcoming 2010–2011 edition of its flagship publication, Progress of the World’s Women, in time for the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. The analytical brief spotlights how many women and girls, particularly in rural areas, continue to live in exclusion and poverty, and calls for urgent action in four areas that are critical to gender justice and the MDGs.

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Watch webcast (Channel 2)
See also:
Thematic Paper on MDG3
Gender Equality Now
Special edition of IPS TerraViva [ PDF ]


GoI-UN Women MoU on safety of women migrants signed


CEO of the Indian Council of Overseas Employment, Government of India, Mr. G. Gurucharan, and Ms. Anne F. Stenhammer, Regional Programme Director of UN Women share copies of signed MoU on empowerment of women migrants

The Government of India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Women on protecting and empowering women migrant workers who are exposed to vulnerabilities as a result of migration...Read more


Making Delhi safer for women with the help of DTC staff

A training was organized for Delhi Transport Corporation instructors who would orient bus drivers and conductors to the need to intervene when women are harassed in buses

NEW DELHI: An initiative by UN Women, in partnership with the Delhi Government and Jagori, an NGO, is making an effort to put an end to this unpleasant experience faced by thousands of women everyday. The initiative has been aptly titled, “Safe Delhi for Women”… Read more


‘Bell bajao’ campaign PSA wins award at Cannes

A still from a PSA developed as part of the Bell Bajao campaign against domestic violence in India



India’s women panchayat leaders face many challenges

Panelists at the dais during the Women’s Empowerment Day celebrations (from left to right) UN Women SARO Regional programme Director Anne Stenhammer; Ms. Gursharan Kaur; Rajasthan Minister for Panchayati Raj, Bharat Singh, and Mohini Giri from the Guild of Service


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Final Evaluation Report of the Phase II of the Regional Programme on Empowering Women Migrant Workers in Asia

Asia, characterized by acute poverty amidst fast growing economies, is a primary source of migrant labour within and beyond the region. As dynamic flows emerge, the growing involvement of women in migration deserves policy and programme attention due to its increasing socio-economic significance and the vulnerability that migrant women workers continue to experience.

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List of High-Level Government Supporters of the Campaign