Partner Updates

March 15, 2019
Proportion of women ministers all-time high, IPU/UN Women map shows
UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The proportion of women ministers is at an all-time high at 20.7 percent, 2.4 percentage points higher than that in 2017, according to data in the 2019 edition of the biennial IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union)-UN Women map released Tuesday. "Women's representation...
March 15, 2019
'Snail's pace' progress of women in politics calls for tougher measures, leaders say
By Ellen Wulfhorst, UNITED NATIONS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of women in the top echelons of world politics has crawled to an all-time high, but progress is so slow that more quotas and incentives are called for, female leaders said at the United Nations on Tuesday. Countries with...
March 8, 2019
Statement of UN Women's Executive Director for International Women’s Day 2019
Statement for International Women’s Day by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact...
February 20, 2019
Afghan women 'too emotional' for leadership and have enough rights, domestic survey claims
Afghan men strongly oppose giving women more freedom — two in three think they have too much already — and young men are even more reluctant than their elders, according to a new survey released this week. Key points: Out of 2,000 respondents, two-thirds of men thought women had too many rights...
February 15, 2019
The rising voices of women in Pakistan
SHAHDARA, Pakistan – Bushra Khaliq stood in the middle of a village home, chin up and shoulders back, holding the attention of fifty women around her. Old and young, they wore Pakistani tunics and scarves; some cradled and fed babies, others shushed children who tugged at their sleeves. Sun from...
February 14, 2019
Women politicians in Africa face huge odds but can make a real difference
Women are gaining ground in politics around the world. Last year, the so-called “pink wave” saw a record number of women elected to Congressin the US’s mid-term elections. There are signs of progress in Africa, too. Last October, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was praised for his “...
February 7, 2019
From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”
The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the upcoming elections for the House of Representatives and...
February 7, 2019
It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?
Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament. Pauline Tallen began her political career as one of the first female...
February 1, 2019
Women Radio call on Nigerians to shun violence against women to increase women participation in 2019 elections
Women Radio 91.7 has embarked on advocacy visits to stakeholders of democracy in a bid to ensure 2019 general elections is peaceful and non-violent to increase women’s participation. Toun Okewale Sonaiya MD Women Radio during a visit to INEC headquarters in Magbon, Abeokuta Ogun State said INEC has...