Blue Heart Campaign

When the General Assembly designated July 30th of each year, beginning in 2014, as World Day against Trafficking in Persons, it put the spotlight on one of the most heinous crimes. The General Assembly gave as rationale for this new international day “the need for raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
Photo by Paola Paoli, rscj

The life of a displaced woman - finding the strength to carry on

Fuelled by competition for rich minerals, war, violence and instability have ravaged the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly two decades. With the devastation of the economy and infrastructure, impunity has reigned. Sexual and other forms of violence against women, particularly displaced women, are commonplace. Mapendo is just one of the survivors; this is her story.

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One Woman

Launched on March 8, 2013, International Women's Day, the song One Woman is like a theme song for UN Women. Numerous persons from around the world - singers, musicians, ordinary people, men and women - have contributed to this inspiring song and video.

A Call to Action

To watch the video address by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, please click here. To read her statement and other information related to ending violence against women ...

Launch of "UN Women"

The official launch of UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, took place on February 24, 2011. Under the motto “We are UN Women” a festive evening unfolded – it was joyful in atmosphere, feminine in colors, and promise-inspiring because of the energy. It was still the first week of the annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women so hundreds of women, literally from all corners of the world, filled the General Assembly Hall.


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