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From where I stand: "I now contribute to peace building and decision making in my community"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We... More

Building social cohesion and empowering GBV survivors in Ngam

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Over 170 vulnerable women and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the Ngam refugee camp have received counselling and livelihood support from the UN Women project implemented by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) which seek to promote social cohesion and empower vulnerable women within the host community and refugee camp in Ngam. Epanga Solange, WSCS Ngam GBV Expert during a capacity building session with GBV survivors in Ngam. Photo:Livelihood Expert/WSCS... More

Malian women call for urgent action to sustain peace and ensure women’s participation

Monday, September 17, 2018

Three years since the signing of the peace agreement, Malian women are impatient to see its provisions at work. “We have discussed enough, it is now time to act,” said one woman at a recently held meeting in Bamako, which convened 40 women leaders from civil society, government and armed groups to find common ground and accelerate efforts to increase Malian women’s participation in the peace process. The multidimensional security and political crisis with interlinked micro... More

Investing in women for peace and security

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Democratic Republic of Congo has adopted its 2nd Generation Plan to improve interventions around the theme Women, Peace and Security after a 2-day workshop aimed at contributing to the writing of a new generation of the National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325. The plan was adopted on 7 September 2018. It covers 4 pillars namely women's participation, prevention, protection and recovery. It also addresses the coordination aspects of interventions in these areas. UN... More

UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa visits Malawi

Thursday, September 13, 2018

During a week-long mission to Malawi from 2 – 8 September, UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, visited Malawi with the aim of observing UN Women’s operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country’s national priorities and plans. More

Empowering rural women on effective management of cooperatives and development organizations

Friday, September 7, 2018

UN Women has trained over 60 members of the network of Women’s Association in Ayos (REFA’AYO) on the structuring and functioning of grassroots development organizations and the financial management along the value chain. Rural Women association working on their maize farm. Photo: UN Women The capacity building workshop which took place from 28 th to 30 th of August 2018 sought to raise awareness to participants on the merits and functions of associations, capacity... More

Women of Exception: "Have the idea and start.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Awa Caba, is an engineer in computer science from Senegal. As soon as she finished her University studies, she started her own startup called Sooretul which stands for ‘ it is not so far ’ which strives to connect women producers with consumers that live in an urban area. What made you want to become an entrepreneur? When I was young, I liked going to the field with my parents. I would spend every weekend in the field with my father who works in the agronomy sector. After my... More

DE BEERS GROUP AND UN WOMEN ANNOUNCE CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT 500 WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Monday, September 3, 2018

De Beers Group and United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) South Africa are pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building programme to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the communities of Blouberg and Musina, near De Beers’ Venetia Mine in Limpopo.   The key objective of the programme is to equip women micro-entrepreneurs with business management and life skills to build their confidence and capacity to operate and grow... More

“Agriculture is purely Feminine!”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mboyo Sow is 23-year-old young entrepreneur from Louga. Sow is currently working with ‘BAY-TECH Africa’, an application that helps farmers to better choose their crops depending on the type of soil, quality of the water, as well as other environmental factors and resources. Mboyo Sow, an entrepreneur working with BAY-TECH Africa Photo: UN Women/ Alpha Ba What inspired you to be an entrepreneur? I have always wanted to work for myself! I prefer to take my own direction and... More

Business leaders taking action on gender equality and women empowerment

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The event was held to recognize and inspire business corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, promote inclusive economic prosperity in realizing the 2030 Agenda. More

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FOR AFRICAN GIRLS CAN CODE INITIATIVE 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

24 August 2018: Addis Ababa. The African Union Commission (AUC), UN Women Ethiopia, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched the African Girls Can CODE Initiative (AGCCI). The project will run from 2018-2022, and has benefited from the generous financial support from the government of Denmark for its first year of implementation. Download here More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Tanzania

Thursday, August 23, 2018

During her three-day visit to Tanzania, UN Women Executive Director visited women market vendors, met with government officials and dignitaries, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, women parliamentarians, women’s rights organizations and youth groups, among others. She also attended the Gender and Media Summit organized by UN Women in Dar es Salaam from 22 to 24 August. More

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school. More

Ethiopia hosts the first coding camp for African girls

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The world is becoming digital and African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) seeks to tap into this global trend to create opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for its youth and particularly girls. On 20 th August 2018, more than 80 girls from across the continent came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for 12 days of training on coding, mentorship and life skills. More

UN Women promotes the generation and use of gender statistics in Cameroon

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

UN Women has launched its flagship program ‘Making Every Woman and Girl Count’ (MEWGC) in Cameroon which aims to bring about a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, created and promoted. The programme seeks to address the urgent need to increase the availability of accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights to inform policy and decision-making. UN Women has organized several workshops and working sessions to mobilize and build capacity of... More

“When our confidence grows, we can reach our goals!”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Maah Koudia KEITA is a 30-year-old musician and activist. Maah is the founder of the association ‘Care Albinos’, a Senegalese Association for the cause of the Albino community. The association has existed since 2012 and has been active in spreading awareness on Albinism issues. Maah Keita, co-founder of Care Albinos Association Photo: UN Women/ Alpha Ba What inspired you to create Care Albinos Association? I co-founded the Care Albinos Association together with members of... More

Somali Women Call for Inclusion in Humanitarian Response and Post Conflict Reconstruction Process

Monday, August 20, 2018

Somali women call for inclusion in humanitarian response and post conflict reconstruction   Women suffer the highest consequences during armed violence and conflict. In many cases they are on the front line of conflict, yet they have fewer resources to protect themselves and with children they are the most affected and vulnerable.   There is an urgent need to address the specific needs of women and girls and involve them as equal partners in humanitarian response and post conflict... More

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us

Sunday, August 19, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. The anguish seen in the faces of those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed is also likely to reflect losses and wounds that are less visible, equally devastating, and insufficiently acknowledged.One in... More

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. More

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa

Friday, August 17, 2018

A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development. The event, called “Supporting social movements and civil society activism to Leave No One Behind for peace, prosperity and sustainable development,” was organized by UN Women and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in partnership with Amnesty International, the Nelson... More

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