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Fight against FGM takes centre stage in Tanzania

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Thanks to the Female Genital Mutilation Elimination (FGM) project (Tokomeza Ukeketaji) supported through the Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (managed by UN Women), a total of 96 traditional elders and six cutters in Serengeti abandoned the practice in 2018 More

International Women’s Day 2019: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, which will take place on 8 March, is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. More

Working with male champions in ending violence against women in Tanzania

Friday, December 28, 2018

In Tanzania fighting to end violence against women and girls has become a way of life not only for the police and the courts of law but also for the men in communities such as those found in Kigoma. Kigoma is situated in the north western Tanzania, an area close to the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.   According to Yassin Ally, the executive director of Kivulini Women’s Rights in Kigoma, violence against women and girls is slowly becoming old... More

I am proud to be a peace ambassador

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sella Esther Sowa 42, is a mother of four with three girls and a boy. She has been married for 15 years to Foday Sowa. She try’s to support her parents who lives in Kenema and also 3 of her sister’s children with the profit she makes from selling food stuffs and vegetables. More

Leading by example in addressing sexual harassment and abuse at the work place

Monday, December 24, 2018

Caption Text As the world commemorated the global campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, the UN family in Nairobi, under the leadership of UN Women Kenya and Resident Coordinator’s Office, organized a joint town hall meeting on addressing sexual harassment and abuse at the workplace. The meeting brought together UN Leadership from the UN Office in Nairobi, UN Habitat, UN Environment, UN Women Kenya, UN Resident Coordinator, members of the UN Country Team... More

Women micro-entrepreneurs training programme launches in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa

Saturday, December 22, 2018

UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office and De Beers Group, the world’s leading diamond company, are engaged in a global partnership to support the growth of women-owned micro-enterprises in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana . The three-year partnership (2017-2020) at a total cost of $750,000, aims to train 1,500 women owned micro-enterprises across the three countries. More

Yobe State urges men and boys to stand for gender equality

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

On 12 December 2018, the Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Gaidam led the state launch of the HeForShe campaign in Damaturu and pledged to step up for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Yobe state. More

UN Women and State Secretary of Defense (SED) partnered to eliminate GBV and improve gender mainstreaming in peace and security operations in Cameroon.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Newly trained gendarmerie officers proudly branding their attestations at the end of the 5 days training of trainers’ seminar organized from 26 to 30 November 2018. Photo credit: Joseph Lindjeck, HeForShe volunteer. Over 30 trainers of the national gendarmerie core have been trained on gender mainstreaming in peace and security operations during a 3 days training of trainers’ workshop co-organized by UN Women, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) and the... More

Government of Cameroon launch 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The government of Cameroon and the UN System officially launched the 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls with a call to all actors to pay attention to the sufferings of survivors. The launch event with brought together over 400 participants from the university, women associations, CSO’s, UN Agencies and government officials was organized on Tuesday 27 November 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé. More

Rwanda Calls for Unity against Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The UN Resident Coordinator joined the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, various Government Officials, Development Partners and hundreds of youth in a 3-kilometre march to raise awareness against gender-based violence and especially child defilement. More

Statement: Speaking out and speaking up for fundamental rights and freedoms

Monday, December 10, 2018

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It guaranteed fundamental rights and freedoms for all people, “without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” In the 70 years since, despite differences in culture, language, religion and politics, together we have striven to uphold a global order based... More

Take 5: 'Parents please don’t marry off your children, send them to school instead'

Monday, December 10, 2018

Senior Chieftainess Chikumbu assumed the chieftaincy after the death of her mother in 2009 and was officially inaugurated in 2011. A teacher by profession, she taught at several primary schools in South Lunzu and Blantyre, Malawi.  She retired in 2011 to take up the chieftaincy where she oversees 142 chiefs under her jurisdiction. A champion against gender-based violence and early childhood marriages, Chieftainess Chikumbu has rescued over 2000 young girls from child marriage. UN Women... More

Traditional and Cultural Leaders in West and Central Africa commit to End Child Marriage and FGM/C

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Dialogue was part of an initiative undertaken by UN Women to galvanise and amplify the efforts and strategies carried out by Traditional and Cultural Leaders and Institutions to end child marriage, FGM/C and other harmful practices in Africa by 2030. More

Women Diplomats give voice to survivors of violent extremism in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Over 10 women diplomats in Cameroon have called on gender-based (GBV) survivors and activists in the Far North Region to stand up for their rights and continue to fight end all forms of violence against women and girls in the region. The call was made during the visit of a delegation of women ambassadors and wives of ambassadors to Maroua to show their support to survivors of violent extremism and GBV. More

UN Women in Central African Republic Renews Addressing and Preventing Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bangui, November 30th, 2019 - UN Women in the Central African Republic is holding a number of key events to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism spanning from November 25 through December 10th, 2018. More

Programme launched to enhance women’s entrepreneurial capacity in Fisheries and Agribusiness in Red Sea State

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Caption Text   Italy and UN WOMEN has signed today the technical agreement for the two-year project aimed at enhancing women’s entrepreneurial capacity in Fisheries and Agribusiness in Red Sea State, in particular in traditional area of intervention such as Port Sudan, Suakin and Mohammed Gool, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by the UN Agency.  The initiative wants to contribute to women’s economic empowerment and to... More

UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador during Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg

Monday, December 3, 2018

During the UN’s global annual advocacy campaign,  16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence  (25 November – 10 December), UN Women announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. More

Press release: UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador

Sunday, December 2, 2018

During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), UN Women today announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre. More

Barbershop Toolbox: Using Safe Spaces to Mobilize Men and Boys for Gender Equality

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barbershop events provide men with tools to address gender inequality and become agents of change. The events also motivate men and encourage active engagement in male-to-male discussions on gender equality in safe environments, while also elevating the voices of women in these spaces More

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host Gender Ataya in Dakar

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UN Women is organizing the first edition of "Gender Ataya" on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on the 8th floor of the African Institute of Management (IAM), Dakar. The Gender Ataya is designed to open spaces for young people to contribute to inclusive and equitable development and decision-making processes within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with themselves and decision makers including government, CSOs and... More

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