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Mali says STOP to gender-based violence (GBV): the new One Stop Center in Bamako, a link between justice and Malian women survivors of GBV

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whether medical, psychological or legal, women survivors of GBV will now find help and advice in the new One Stop Center in Bamako, inaugurated on April 18, 2018 by the Malian government and the United Nations. More

Climate-smart innovations improves agriculture and livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When Fatou Dembele’s plants started to die, she thought the soil was ruined and worried about her livelihood. “We thought the land was sick,” Dembele says. “We didn’t know that parasites attacked the roots of the plants and killed them.” The growing number of parasites caused by rising temperatures and humidity is just one of several problems in her village caused by climate change. In Mali, a country where half of the population engaged in agriculture are... More

Innovative Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Opportunities to Empower Rural Women in Cameroon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COFEPLANGUI a women’s cooperative in Nguila has improved their agricultural production from 7 to 12 tons of maize per hectare following training on innovative agricultural techniques and use of improved seedlings provided by UN Women. Women of COFEPLANGUI cooperative harvesting their maize in their farm. Photo: UN Women/ Nabonswendé OUEDRAOGO During a visit to monitor the activities of the COFEPLANGUI women farmers’ cooperative of Nguila by UN Women through the... More

Somalia Partnership Forum

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Somalia Partnership Forum - Side Event on Women, Peace and Security   Turning Policies into Reality – Ensuring Women’s Security and Meaningful Participation What Several factors impede women’s participation in decision and peace-making in Somalia including insecurity, patriarchal norms and economic vulnerability. Although the number of female parliamentarians rose to 24 percent in the 2016 Elections, women participation remains sidelined at the local level. To... More

'UN Women has transformed how we conduct business'

Friday, July 6, 2018

Since 2016, UN Women has been implementing a project Access to Markets by Women Vendors a  three-year project aimed at supporting women vendors to transform from being informal small-scale vendors to formal viable and sustainable big entrepreneurs.   It is being implemented in a partnership with the International Institute for Social Transformation (IST) in Gulu Central market and Kalerwe Market. The Women Economic Empowerment Specialist, Enock Mugabi said the project beneficiaries... More

Development partners urged to increase support for gender work in Africa

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Letty Chiwara, UN Women Country Representative in Ethiopia leads a discussion during the meeting. Photo: UN Women Development partners have been urged to support the work of UN Women in Africa by putting gender at the center of African programme funding and development initiatives. Strengthened partnerships for gender will enable the continent to realize the SDGs and Africa Union’s Agenda 2063. However, this requires substantive investment in gender equality and women’s... More

UN Women conducts pilot training for women in humanitarian fields

Monday, July 2, 2018

Research has shown that women are at risk in both private and public spaces, neighborhoods, communities and large cities. There is a myriad of challenges that women are faced with not only in everyday work but also when going to the field, especially when undertaking various assignments at different work environments and offices. More

Understanding the principle of Leaving No One Behind: UN Women meets stakeholders

Friday, June 29, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa together with regional economic groups’ representatives, civil society organizations and United Nations agencies convened a second meeting to discuss progress of the SDGs in Nairobi, Kenya. In her opening remarks, UN Women Kenya Country Representative Zebib Kavuma welcomed and thanked the participants from over 11 countries for their commitment towards realization of the 2030 global goals.  She made reference to the... More

Working with Karamajong Elders for gender equality in Uganda

Friday, June 29, 2018

With funding from the Embassy of Sweden, UN Women in partnership with FIDA (The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers) is implementing a programme on enhancing Access to Justice for women and girls in the Kaabong and Moroto districts More

UN Women conducts first protocol training in West Africa region

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa recently held the first senior drivers’ diplomatic and etiquette course, the first of its kind in the region. More

Group grants changing lives of women in Karamoja

Friday, June 22, 2018

“Life got better when UN Women came into our lives. Each one of us can testify to this,” said Catherine Lupuka, the Chairperson of Umoja group, a peer support group of women living with HIV/ Aids in Moroto. The group has more than 30 members but those benefiting directly from the UN Women project are 12. The group’s objective is to overcome stigma, discrimination and poverty related to living with HIV/Aids. With funding from IRISH Aid, UN Women and its implementing partner,... More

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Widows’ Day, June 23, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

In many countries around the world, a woman who learns that she has lost her husband knows that the years ahead of her will involve two struggles: in addition to overcoming her grief, she has to provide for herself and her family while surmounting enormous social and economic challenges. Rama Shahi from Dharmasthali, Nepal knows this all too well. In 2015, Rama lost her husband in the Nepal earthquake. Following her husband’s death, his family insisted that they inherit his property,... More

From Where I Stand: “We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls”

Monday, June 18, 2018

E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the front-lines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centered response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors. Wilkins Nah, County Attorney of Bong County in Central Liberia. Photo: UN Women/Winston Daryoue “When I took over as County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Bong County, I had no understanding of... More

UN Women conducts training on improving post recovery efforts

Friday, June 15, 2018

Globally, disasters are becoming much more frequent, with 1.5 billion people affected and 1.3 trillion USD in economic losses between 2005 and 2015. Sub-Saharan Africa is particularly vulnerable, with an average of 157 disasters per year in the same period, affecting a total of 180 million people. More

Resilient and empowered, South Sudanese refugee women find new beginnings in Uganda

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pasca Kole is a 42-year-old refugee woman from South Sudan living in the Pagirinya Settlement in northern Uganda. In July 2016, when the war reached her village in Pagere county, South Sudan, Kole escaped, along with her three children aged 14, 7 and 3 years. She was eight months pregnant at the time, expecting her fourth child. It was not an easy journey. More

UN Women Statement for World Refugee Day 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Right now, nearly 66 million people around the world are displaced from their homes due to conflict, persecution and natural disasters. More

Protection through Empowerment of Women and Girls of North East Nigeria

Friday, June 8, 2018

Stakeholders comprised of Government of Nigeria, UN agencies, development partners, civil society organizations and representatives from the project target states. Photo/ UN Women Abuja, Nigeria, 8 June 2018 :  The Federal Government of Nigeria, the Government of Japan and UN Women collaborated to launch on 07 June 2017, a project which seeks to protect, empower and build resilience of women and girls in Borno and Yobe States of Nigeria. The aim of the project is to facilitate... More

Joint op-ed by UN Women, UNFPA and UNDP

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The numbers are shocking: at least one in three women on the planet has suffered physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of a family member or intimate partner. More than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Up to 250 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation. More

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood. Photo: Lt Cdr R F Abbey RN. Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police... More

UN Women Cameroon facilitating intergenerational dialogue to promote citizen engagement of young girls and boys in Cameroon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An intergenerational dialogue ‘gender coffee’ was organized at the National Assembly on Monday, May 14, 2018. This intergenerational dialogue which brought together over 30 youths between the ages of 18 – 32 years drawn from all ten regions of the country, members of national assembly, government representatives and civil society was a forum to debate the obstacles and strategies to promote citizen engagement of Cameroonian youths in prelude of the May 20th National Day celebrations in Cameroon. More

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