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UN Women offers mentorship for aspiring young women leaders

Sunday, November 5, 2017

UN Women under the Young Women and Leadership Project (YWLP) implemented in partnership with FOWODE. From the training, she got to understand issues of gender equality and the equal roles men and women have to play towards achieving peace and development. More

Zimbabwe’s Annual Manufacturing Survey features a Gender Analysis component

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

UN Women Zimbabwe and the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries agreed in early 2017 to partner on the Annual Manufacturing Sector Survey, which included the country office’s participation in the design of the research instrument, in the field research, and in the development of the gender analysis of the findings. More

Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, in Senegal

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mr. Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, visited Senegal from 1 to 4 October 2017. The overall purpose of this high-level visit was to reaffirm the commitment of UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment to work closely with the Government of Senegal and all stakeholders to promote women it is in line with the SDG agenda. More

Evidence-based interventions and accountability to end violence against women

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Civil Society leaders, gender activists, feminist leaders, donors, and representatives from international organisations including UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka called for evidence-based interventions and accountability to end gender based violence on 2 nd October at the Five Days of Violence Prevention experts conference hosted by Sonke Gender Justice in Johannesburg. Opening the conference, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Co-Founder of Sonke Gender Justice, Mr... More

Efforts to localize the SDGs and build peace in Sudan

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Sudanese Women Parliamentary Caucus in partnership with UN Women Sudan organized a celebration of the National Day of Women Parliamentarians on 31 July 2017. The event was held in Khartoum under the auspices of Professor Ibrahim Ahmed Omer, President of the National Legislative Council and Speaker of Parliament and Mr. Omer Suliman, Head of the Council of States. The event was intended to coincide with the African Woman’s Day and the 10 th Anniversary of the creation of the SWPC. ... More

ECOWAS Commission accredits UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(Abuja, 11 September)—UN Women Nigeria Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey, was on 11 September 2017 accredited as UN Women’s Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Ms. Lamptey’s credentials were received by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, at a brief ceremony at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. She was accompanied by Njeri Karuru, UN Women Programme Manager for Peace and Security and Aijaz Qureshi, UN... More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Monday, September 11, 2017

Members of the Angwan Rogo peace network with Hadiza Adam (center). Photo: UN Women/Ladi Eguche   “We need peace. We are tired of conflicts. So many innocent people have died and we have... More

Mainstreaming Gender in Development and humanitarian response in Somalia

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

UN Women  Somalia Office convened the gender theme group, a think tank on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The team developed a strategy for the UN Somalia to ensure that gender mainstreaming is an integral part of the UN’s operation in Somalia. The overall objective of the Gender Theme Group is to institute a coordinated and coherent approach in delivering high quality gender results through the work of the UN in Somalia. The Deputy Special Representative of the... More

Changing the Narrative of African Women Media Training in Tanzania

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Graca Machel speaking at the conference |Photo: UN Women, Deepika Nath    UN Women hosted an Africa wide media training in Dar es Salaam as part of the UN Women project African Women Changing the Narrative project. The project aims at highlighting the contribution by African women to development through their leadership capacities and their central role in the design of innovative approaches to development.  Participant receiving certificate of participation... More

Speech by the Executive Director: The new Strategic Plan—time for bold changes

Thursday, August 31, 2017

[As delivered]   Madame President,  Members of the Executive Board,  Distinguished delegates,  Colleagues and friends, Thank you so much, Madame President, for a very inspiring and encouraging presentation. It is hard to believe that this is the last Executive Board session presided over by yourself. It has been an intense but very fast year. Thank you so much for all your support and your dedication as President of the Executive Board; for your constructive and open... More

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adão Paía. Photo: UN Women/Ouri Pota My childhood seemed like a punishment. I was sent to live with my grandmother in her farm when I was five years old, along with my sister. My grandmother was abusive. I had to wake up at five in the morning to finish chores before I could go to school. I swept the yard, cleaned the house, washed dishes and did the shopping. When I came back from school, I had to work even more. If I complained, my grandmother would beat me. My sister... More

Advancing involvement of women in male dominated sports fields

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Among the strategic approaches that UN women has embarked on in efforts to realize the SDGs -through empowering women in communities- is sports. Increased participation of women and girls in sporting activities is an innovative platform that has been tapped into to address societal inequalities. UNW Regional Director Izeduwa Derex-Briggs leading a panel of discussion during the Advancing Leadership for Africa Forum held in Kigali,Rwanda Over the years,  unequal power relations... More

Strengthening humanitarian assistance for women and girls in South Sudan

Monday, August 28, 2017

L to R: Ms. Dolly Anek, Hon. Gatwech Peter Kulang, Ms. Rukaya Mohammed, Mr. Takanobu Nakahara, Mr. Lansana Wonneh and Ms. Elizabeth Awate |Photo: UN Women, Rogers Musyoki   On 23rd August 2017, UN Women with funding from the Government of Japan carried out capacity strengthening workshop for 30 practitioners from leading Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations partners working with UN Women in South Sudan. Since April 2015 UN Women has been implementing a Humanitarian... More

From where I stand: I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massah Lewally. Photo: UN Women/Cecil Nelson "I was driving to work on Monday morning, around 6.30 a.m., listening to the radio. They were talking about the rainfall. Someone called from the Regent area and said the mountain had just fallen. Another caller said there were over 200 houses under the mud… people had been caught unaware, sleeping in their beds. My father lives in that area. I just visited him on Sunday! By the time I reached the office, reports were... More

HeforShe Campaign officially endorsed in Uganda

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Alur King, Ubima Rauni III at the HeforShe launch |Photo:UN Women, Uganda Alur King, Ubimu Philip Olarker Rauni III has vowed to fight all the injustices against women in his Kingdom. Olarker pledged to champion the HeForShe Campaign with a call to all men and boys in his kingdom to rally behind him in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. “Promoting women and girls’ rights is something I have personally decided to champion. I therefore, issue a... More

In Sierra Leone UN Women is building resilience placing women at the center of humanitarian response

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sierra Leone and its people are known for resilience. Eleven years of violent civil war that claimed more than 50,000 lives and displaced one million people was followed by the Ebola Virus Disease that claimed another 4000 lives by the end of the epidemic in November 2016. No sooner had the country started to emerge from the Ebola crisis, than torrential rains which led to a deadly mudslide on 14 August, 2017 hit the country.  The recent crisis has claimed the lives of more than 400 people... More

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Women receiving humanitarian assistance from UN Women in the aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone. Photo: UN Women Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid is expected to rise as rain and floods continue. Women and girls are often disproportionately impacted during times of crises. They have unique health... More

Ambassador of Japan visits Côte d’Ivoire for project evaluation

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire hosted a high-level field mission of the Ambassador of Japan in Côte d’Ivoire, accompanied by a delegate from the UN Women Country Office, the Minister of Woman, Child Protection, and Solidarity, the Ministry of Defence, and representatives of the NGO Caritas on June 22 nd to June 25 th 2017. After three months since the closure of the one-year Japan funded project: Anticipating and preventing women and young girls vulnerability to... More

Young Muslim girls receive support in development and security challenges

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Resident Representative of UN Women Cameroon, Adama Moussa has pledged to support young Muslim girls in meeting the challenges of modernity and development . Participants at the workshop in Yaounde: Photo credit: UN Women, Fajong Joseph   Adama Moussa was speaking on 24 July 2017 in Yaounde during a two-day workshop under the theme “ Muslim young girls: meeting the challenges of modernity, development and security ” . The workshop was supported by UN... More

Gender Café encourages women in Cameroon to be politically engaged

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Women from all walks of life and those occupying top political and leadership positions in Cameroon have taken the firm commitment to work in synergy and scale up the participation of more women in politics and leadership positions in future elections. They also unanimously agreed that an aggressive sensitization campaign with the media and the economic empowerment of women and young girls at grass root levels can go a long way to increase the low rate of women in political participation and... More

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