Take 5: 'Parents please don’t marry off your children, send them to school instead'
So far, we have saved 2,002 girls from child marriages. Out of the rescued girls, 800 girls have gone back to school and I am happy about it. Learn more
Ethiopia hosts the first coding camp for African girls
More than 80 girls from across the continent came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for training in coding. The project is being implemented by UN Women and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) sponsored by the Danish government. Learn more
African Traditional Leaders united against child marriage and FGM
Traditional Leaders from 17 African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Sierra Leone Swaziland, and Sudan converged in Nairobi Learn more
Empowering women in Industry
UN Women in partnership with Classic Mouldings, a leading interior design and construction services organized a first ever industry on site-visit for women and young adults as well as representatives of corporates that are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). Learn more
Meet Jaha: UN Women's Ambassador for Africa
Jaha Dukureh, UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa, is an outspoken activist leading the movement to end FGM and child marriage. Her story starts when she was one week old and went through FGM. At the age of 15, she was forced to get married. Learn more
From where I stand: 'My life has changed for the better'
“Since 1998 when I started selling used clothes, I have done a lot of different businesses just to survive but none was good enough to take care of the needs of my family and me. I have sold curtains, beddings, and cooked food but I was not understanding what I was really doing..." Learn more
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. The theme will focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. More
This year, for the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women’s call for action is themed ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’, to amplify and address the funding shortfall. Download the action toolkit. More
With the new global 2030 roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by UN Member States, we take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 proposed goals, as well as how women and girls can – and will – be key to achieving them More
- In the Words of Dorcas Amakobe:“We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”
- From where I stand: “People said, how are you going to play football, you’re a girl!”
- From where I stand: “Girls need to believe in themselves”
- Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court
- UN Women Executive Director calls for action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage in an event in Senegal
The African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched the African Girls Can CODE Initiative (AGCCI). The project is designed to expose and equip young girls with digital literacy, coding and personal development skills. The four-year programme will train young girls to become programmers, creators and designers, placing them on track to take up educations and careers in ICT and coding.
In order for FGM and harmful cultural practices to be eliminated, there needs to be a joint and multi-faceted approach with the various stakeholders and cultural leaders. Watch the full conversation between UN Women Africa and Prince Adeleke Adeleye of the Oka-Okoko Kingdom, Nigeria.