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UN Women and technology leaders launch Global Innovation Coalition for Change

Thursday, September 14, 2017

On 14 September, UN Women will launch the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC) in New York City. This unique alliance with 22 partners from private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions will work over a two-year period to drive industry-wide action to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls. The Coalition has the support of a diverse set of global industry leaders, such as BHP Billiton, CISCO, Citi, Dell, Ericsson, Facebook, General... 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

Malian artists take a stand to end violence against women

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sira Kouyate and other young artists perform during a Moussoya ye Koba Ye’ concert. Photo: UN Women/Gaoussou Haidara   “We are women from here; women of Africa; strong women, proud women, loved women; and we say no to violence against women,” sang Pamela Badjogo on 7 April, 2017, in a packed concert in Mali, as part of the Moussoya ye Koba Ye’ programme, supported by UN Women. Launched in April 2017 by a group of young women artists from different parts of... More

UN Women Executive Director visits Mozambique on African Women's Day

Friday, July 28, 2017

Coinciding with African Women’s Day, the Executive Director of UN Women will visit Mozambique from 31 July – 1 August, reaffirming UN Women’s commitment to support the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country and the region. During the visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with government officials, parliamentarians, academics, donors, civil society organizations and feminist advocates. In addition to her meetings with high-level... More

Women in Mugunga Refugee Camp prepared to transition to life outside the camp

Friday, July 28, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, concluded her visit to the Mugunga Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Goma in the province of North Kivu. The aim of the joint United Nations high-level African mission on July 27, 2017, was to understand the humanitarian situation in Mugunga. The camp was set up in 2008 following internal conflict in the region and currently hosts 3,998 people mostly women and children. During the mission, the UN team met with the camp... More

In Kenya women gear up for County elections

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Abdia Gole, 33, is a recent graduate of Business Management from one of the leading universities in Kenya, and a candidate for the upcoming County Assembly elections for Gorbo Ward, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya. “I am going door to door, campaigning to urge women and youth to vote for me. Our time is now or never,” says Gole. Maimuna Mudao (left) with Wanjiku Kabira (center) during the UN Women Kenya supported capacity strengthening platform for women running for... More

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