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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

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 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

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

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

Press Release: As global mobilizations soar, UN Women brings survivors of violence and advocates to centre stage on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New York, 19 November 2018  — Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects  one in three  women worldwide and that no country is... More

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka More

Media Advisory: “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The commemoration will bring together survivors and activists under the theme of Orange the World: #HearMeToo, leveraging their voices and work on ending violence against women and girls. More

Gender-Based Violence survivors receive livelihood support from UN Women and partners

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In August 2018, over 200 women and girls’ survivors of gender-based violence in the Far North Region of Cameroon received different economic kits worth 100.000FCFA (175USD) to enable them to setup small businesses in view of their financial independence and economic empowerment. Prior to the distribution of economic kits, a market survey is done, and the survivors receive training on the creation and management of a small business. The Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) humanitarian... More

UN Women facilitating reintegration of GBV survivors in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Since the launch of the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) program in April 2018, UN Women and its partners has provided multi-facet support to over 400 survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including women fleeing Boko Haram Insurgency in the Far North Region of Cameroon. ALVF social worker, Titigue Mispaline, attending to a GBV survivor at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Mora. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same When GBV survivors come forward, they first receive... More

Press release: Statement of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) on the appointment of AWLN Member, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a... More

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion: Building Relations with Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Over 70 women owned businesses (WOB) and senior representatives of companies in Kenya which are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) attended an exciting forum convened by UN Women Kenya Country Office. More

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges. More

“The Ethiopian story is a miracle - but development of a country doesn’t equate equity, equality and inclusion”, says UN Women Executive Director

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Caption Text On the margins of her engagement with the UN-AU j o i n t m iss i o n to S o u th S u d a n and the subsequent AU Peace and Security Council briefing, the Executive Director of UN Women Dr. P h u mz ile M lam b o - Ng cuka met and had a conversation with the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) in Addis Ababa. The current CSAG formed in 2014, according to the chairwoman appreciated the opportunity and space provided to interact with UN Women and provide strategic... More

Kenya Hosts High Level Review Meeting on the Implementation of UN Resolution on Peace and Security

Thursday, October 25, 2018

During the discussion and deliberation on the high-level peer review on peace and security. The following were the key highlights of the discussion;That women participation in peace and security process remains instrumental and has transformed the security sector in Kenya. More

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.” Kofi Annan Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international... More

Securing rural women’s access to land in Cameroon

Monday, October 22, 2018

UN Women and the government of Cameroon are facilitating the acquisition of over 80 land titles for rural women and women associations along the Bachenga-Ntui-Yoko highway project area. The land titles which range from 2,000m 2 to 40,000m 2 seek to guarantee land security and facilitate access to credit facilities in view of increasing agricultural investments and economic empowerment of rural women. Members of a rural women cooperative cleaning their cassava farm Photo: UN Women/... More

UN Women at the forefront of Economic Empowerment for Rural Women

Monday, October 22, 2018

Since its launch in 2017, UN Women’s flagship “Gender-Road Project” has contributed in the economic empowerment of over 800 rural women in the Lekie, Mbam and Kim Divisions in the Central Region of Cameroon. This initiative, “Gender-Road Project” seeks to promote gender equality and accelerate the economic empowerment of women along the road project ‘BATCHENGA-NTUI-YOKO-LENA’ which has been facilitating rural women’s access to productive resources... More

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host an Africa Youth Conference in Nairobi

Friday, October 19, 2018

WHAT:  The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ has been a key feature of all the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Towards this end, UN Women, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, will hold an Africa Youth Conference on  Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa - Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda , from 23 – 25 October 2018, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The... More

“The Women of South Sudan are anxious and desperate for Peace Agreement to Hold”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Caption Text During the UN-AU joint briefing held in Addis Ababa on 10 October 2018, the UN Women USG and Executive Director, Dr.  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the requests of the women of South Sudan to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) called upon all concerned parties, to seriously consider the plea of the women, as “they found themselves caught up in a futile man’s war in which they are victims of sexual assaults from all sides, their... More

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