Ashley Graham, Bridget Moynahan and Noa Tishby at the UNWFPA Annual Awards Luncheon
UN Women for Peace Mission
The UN Women for Peace Association, Inc. was founded in 2008, under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, the wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. We help to advance the goals of academic and charitable organizations that provide opportunities for women to partake in the global peace building process through social, cultural, educational and women empowerment programs.
The UNWFPA is committed to the prevention of violence against women and girls, to the provision of services to those affected by violence, to strengthening the implementation of laws and policies against violence, and to the empowerment of women in countries and societies where they are under-advantaged.
Much of our energy is directed toward raising funds for the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. The UN Trust Fund, established by the General Assembly in 1996 and managed by UN Women, focuses in particular on developing countries, countries in conflict, and post-conflict settings. Our contributions to the Trust Fund directly fund these efforts
The UN Women for Peace Association is dedicated to activities that promote tolerance and respect toward the creation of a peaceful world. We envision a world in which women everywhere have the same opportunities:
- Access to education;
- Opportunities to impact the societies around them in a meaningful and positive capacity;
- Freedom to live in peace, in an environment characterized by tolerance, respect, empowerment, and hope; and
- Protection from violence and freedom from the threat of violence.
Women's rights are human rights. Silence and inaction are unacceptable
A Message from the former UN Secretary General
“I am a firm ally in the cause of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Unfortunately, we are still so very far from turning this understanding into universal practice.
In almost all countries, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making positions. Their work continues to be undervalued, underpaid, or not paid at all. Out of more than 100 million children who are not in school, the majority are girls. Out of more than 800 million adults who cannot read, the majority are women.
In 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution inviting member states to proclaim a united nations day for women’s rights and international peace—international women’s day—in recognition of the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.
It calls on us to work in partnership — governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. It urges us to work for a transformation in relations between women and men, at all levels of society. It compels us to strengthen every means of empowering women and girls — from education to microcredit.
I commend the mission of the UN Women for Peace Association, Inc. for taking the steps to making a difference in women’s lives around the world.
Empowering women is not only a goal in itself. It is a condition for building better lives for everyone on the planet."
A Message from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala:
A Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban Speaks Out For Children's Rights:
“I would tell him that shoot me but first listen to me. And I would tell him that education is my right and education is the right of your daughter and son a well. And I’m speaking up for them. I’m speaking up for peace.”
— what Malala imagined she would say to the Taliban before the confrontation
“There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems, it’s just one and it’s education. You educate all the girls and boys. You give them the opportunity to learn”
“When I look at my goal, my goal is peace. My goal is education for every child.”