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UN Secretary-General Champions Women's Rights for Prosperity

10 March 2017

The UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres joined Kenyans to celebrate the International Women’s Day during which he emphasized the need to protect women’s rights as human rights and empower women and girls. More

Sierra Leone Steps It Up for Gender Equality

06 March 2017

The Government and people of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 28 February, 2017 joined the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in the official launch of the Heforshe Campaign at the State Hall of the House of Parliament of Sierra Leone. More

Female refugees receive an improved Cohesion Space in Cameroon

24 February 2017

Over 30.000 female refugees at the Minawao refugee camp in the Far North Region of Cameroon have expressed profound gratitude to UN Women for putting at their disposal yet another modern structure aimed to support and protect women and girls in humanitarian situations. More

Japan Ambassador Participates in Graduation Ceremony in Nimule

20 February 2017

The Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, H.E. Kiya Masahiko, participated in a graduation ceremony in Nimule, Pageri County More

Africa to speak in one voice on key issues to boost women’s economic empowerment at CSW61

04 February 2017

Africa to speak in one voice on key issues to boost women’s economic empowerment at CSW61 More

Coverage: Executive Director visits Ethiopia

31 January 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Commission Ministerial Gender Pre-Summit, and the Africa Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting on the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which was held at the margins of the 29th Ordinary Sessions of the AU Heads of State and Government. The 2017 theme for the African Union Summit is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the... More

Speech: Ensuring that the world of work works better for the women of Africa

30 January 2017

[As delivered] Thank you very much, Madame Regional Director, and previous speakers. I do want to thank Ethiopia for hosting us so graciously, ECA for accommodating us so warmly, and the African Union for the support, and for the remarks of the Chairperson. Excellencies, Ministers, I think it is appropriate as Africans that we welcome our guests, Mrs. Karen Ellemann, the Honourable Minister for Equal Opportunities from Denmark, and Mr Sven Mikser, the Minister for Foreign Affairs from... More

Speech: “As Africa, we need to be a leading positive catalyst”—Executive Director

30 January 2017

[As delivered] Let me thank all of you for the fruitful discussion we have had on the important topics covering the opportunities and challenges that are presented by Africa’s demographic profile. I thank you too for our pre-CSW 61 discussions, and the plans we are engaged in that aim at building one strong African voice for CSW 61. It is a voice that will make sure that African concerns are well-considered in the Agreed Conclusions; a voice that will make sure that Africa&rsquo... More

Speech: “We have opportunities as much as we have challenges”—Executive Director

26 January 2017

Date:  26 January 2017 [As delivered] Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Honourable Ministers, Representatives of civil society and the private sector, our dynamic young leaders, our colleagues from the United Nations system, our partners in the countries that are supporting this event, ladies and gentlemen, let me start by congratulating all of you for the successful hosting of this 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit. Congratulations... More

UN Women Executive Director engages AU Members States for Promotion of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa

19 January 2017

UN Women Executive Director Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Ethiopia to attend the 9th Africa Union Gender Pre-Summit and the pre-CSW61 Africa Regional Consultations jointly organized by the Africa Union Commission, UN Women and UNECA More

Cameroon commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

07 December 2016

The United Nations System (UNS) in collaboration with the government of Cameroon and the civil society organization on Friday 25 November 2016 in Yaounde commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of violence against women and also launch the 16 days of activism against gender based violence More

UN Women and MasterCard launch the Identity Registration Project for Women in Nigeria

07 December 2016

UN Women in partnership with MasterCard, the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), and Zamani Foundation, on the 9th of November, 2016, officially launched the commencement of Biometric Electronic Identity (eID) registration of 500,000 women in Nigeria under the UN Women-MasterCard project. The launch which was held in Kaduna State was chaired by the representative of the Governor of Kaduna State on behalf of the Government of Nigeria. 5,000 women will be registered during the first phase of 10 days starting from the 9th of November, 2016. At the launch of the pilot project in Kaduna, the UN Women Representative, Ms. Adjaratou Ndiaye, described the campaign as a critical phase to help women who sometimes were among the most vulnerable enjoy their rights More

Capacity Building Workshop for female journalists on Gender-Sensitive Reporting in Nigeria

07 December 2016

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), under the Northern Nigeria Women, Peace and Security Programme funded by the European Union, organized a four-day capacity building workshop on gender sensitive reporting for female journalists in Northern Nigeria. This took place on the 8th and 9th of November, and on the 15th and 16th of November, 2016 at HBC Resort, Plateau State and Hometel Derivatives and Suites, Adamawa State respectively. A total of 120 participants and stakeholders of the programme were in attendance at the workshops. These include members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), representative of the Federal and State Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP), UN Women Media Network, staff of UN Women and the media More

UN Women Cameroon moderates high level conference on Women sports and Tourism

07 December 2016

Within the framework of the ongoing 2016 Female African Nations cup in Cameroon, the World Tourism Organisation in partnership with the government of Cameroon and the African Football Federation have organised a high level conference under the theme “Women, sports, tourism: female sports events and the promotion of tourism destination in Africa.” More

UN Women Executive Director and Canadian Prime Minister to Visit Liberia

22 November 2016

Ahead of the launch of the ’16 Days of Activism’ to end violence against women and girls, the UN Women Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Liberia on a mission to re-echo commitments to supporting the country in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. More

UN Women and the African Union Commission launch a Network of Reporters on Women, Peace and Security in Africa

16 November 2016

UN Women Ethiopia Country Office and the Office of the Special Envoy of the AUC Chairperson on Women, Peace and Security, launched a network of reporters on women, peace and security, following a two-day capacity building workshop on Gender-Responsive Reporting in Conflict, Post-Conflict and Fragile settings in Africa from 18-19 October 2016. More

Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC

14 November 2016

How are women in the DRC affected differently or disproportionately by climate change? The Democratic Republic of Congo’s economy is based on farming and forestry. Women constitute 52 per cent of the Congolese population and a large proportion of them are involved in agriculture—in some countries, women make up to 80 per cent of all farmers. Climate change has led to consistently higher temperatures, heavier floods and drought, impacting crops. As majority of farmers and small... More

Statement by Media practitioners at the Open Session of the African Union Peace and Secuiry Council on “Role of the media in enhancing accountability on women, peace and security commitments in Africa”

07 November 2016

Statement by Media practitioners at the Open Session of the African Union Peace and Secuiry Council on “Role of the media in enhancing accountability on women, peace and security commitments in Africa” More

The State of Israel and UN Women Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa Strengthen Commitment for Gender Empowerment in Africa

03 November 2016

The State of Israel and UN Women Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa Strengthen Commitment for Gender Empowerment in Africa More

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