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Widows continue to face severe stigma and discrimination

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New Delhi, December 3: – Widows and single women from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka met together with government representatives and international organizations in New Delhi to address current gaps in policies and programmes that prevent them from claiming their rights.

Sania Mirza announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

Sania Mirza announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women ( Seen here is Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women with Sania Mirza).  Photo credit: UN Women/ Dinesh Kumar

Sania Mirza announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women ( Seen here is Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women with Sania Mirza).

Photo credit: UN Women/ Dinesh Kumar

Farhan Akhtar announced as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka meets with newly appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, Farhan Akhtar. He is the first man to take on the role in the organization's history. Photo: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh

UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment, today announced the appointment of actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar as its South Asia Goodwill Ambassador. Farhan is the first man to be chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history.

In India, UN Women Executive Director hears from rural tech gurus

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Shihore, Gujarat — Music, dance and more than 500 rural women greeted UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as she entered the Town Hall of Shihore, a village block in the western state of Gujarat, on her second day in India. An “information fair” bringing together local women and their elected leaders, was the backdrop of the event, where community members shared their experiences of using technology to catalyse change.