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UN Women Cameroon steps up efforts to get more female voters on electoral registers

Monday, February 19, 2018

482 women and girls in the South Region of Cameroon have been registered to vote in upcoming local and national elections announced for 2018, following a campaign by UN Women, in collaboration with Elections Cameroon and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment. More

Statistics on menstrual hygiene in Senegal, Niger and Cameroon are now available; product of action-research in the joint WSSCC-UN Women program

Monday, February 19, 2018

WSSCC, in collaboration with UN Women, implemented a joint program on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in three countries in West Africa; Senegal, Niger, Cameroon More

Climate-smart agriculture improves livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

When Fatou Dembele’s plants first started dying, she thought the plot of land was ruined, and her livelihood was at risk. More

Gender mainstreaming in agricultural value chain development in Cameroon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UN Women country office will furnish technical expertise to the project, in alignment with its on-going Women Economic Empowerment Flagship program, intended to enable rural women to produce better, sell more, and make more money from farm produce. More

Cote d’Ivoire launches its chapter of the African Women Leaders Network

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cote d'Ivoire becomes the second country to launch the African Women Leaders Network to galvanize a movement of women leaders to play an important role in Africa's transformation, through the Africa Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. More

Pioneering Senegal Menstrual Hygiene Study focuses on Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A study has recently been conducted by the WSSCC-UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation. In four regions of the country (Kédougou, Kolda, Matam and Sédhiou), a research team attempted to cast light on the links between Female Genital Mutilation (sometimes called female circumcision) and the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). More

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Monday, February 5, 2018

While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. A 2016 report of the UN Secretary-General shows the single largest factor influencing the continuation of female genital mutilation to be the desire for social acceptance and avoidance... More

UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) tomorrow, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth. More

Meet Jaha Dukureh: Africa's Regional Good will Ambassador for UN Women

Monday, February 5, 2018

Jaha was born in Gambia in 1989 and became a US citizen in 2015. She is married with children from her second marriage. Her first, arranged marriage took place at age 15 to a much older man. She became the founder and CEO of non-profit organization Safe Hands for Girls in 2013. In 2014, she contributed through a successful petition to the Obama administration investigating the profile of FGM in the US and the subsequent the Summit to End FGM on December 2, 2016 at the United... More

Supporting improved gender responsive planning in Liberia

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Supporting improved gender responsive planning in Liberia (Monrovia)– Twenty-five staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of Liberia have gained new skills in gender-responsive planning, following a recent two-day training supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The participants trained in the areas of: gender mainstreaming in the context of planning; institutional transformation and gender; gender and... More

UN Women and Government of Uganda launch Gender and Equity Budgeting reference tools

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On 25 th January 2018, UN Women in partnership with Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) of Uganda launched Gender and Equity Budgeting reference tools for sector Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The tools were launched by the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Janat Mukwaya at Hotel Africana in Kampala.   More

Announcer: International Women's Day 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. More

UN Women Country Representative meets Canadian Ambassador-designate; signs Letter of Agreement with Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Liberia Country office in an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia Photo: UN Women As part of its efforts to support elected women representatives to effectively discharge their responsibilities UN Women in alignment with its global Flagship Programmes Initiative (FPI) yesterday signed an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia. The agreement signed yesterday, 18th January 2018 with the Women’s Legislative Caucus’s... More

Take 5: Time to Change the Narrative

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ms. Valentine Njoroge is a Kenyan journalist and media practitioner. She spoke to UN Women about why it is time to change the narrative of African women in the media. A trustee of the New Faces New Voices program of the Grace Machel Trust, and member of the Women in Media Network's (WIMN) Kenyan Chapter, she conducted a study titled, “Women in Media: what is the narrative?” The launch of the study took place on the margins of the Grace Machel Trust's bi-annual event, Women Advancing Africa (WAA), launched in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in August 2017. More

From where I stand: “Women need to live a life without violence”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

I have been engaging women in peacebuilding since the 1990s. We started with just two women, including myself, training other women in peacebuilding, after the crisis of 1993.

We all lost so much in the crisis…I started this work because I wanted my children to live a better life, to overcome my own pain, and be useful for my community.

Peace is for everyone. It is up to... More

Uganda’s development will depend on the level of Women Empowerment

Thursday, January 11, 2018

French Ambassador to Uganda, Her Excellence Stephanie Rivoal How do you find the issue of GBV in Uganda? The level of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Uganda is still high especially in areas that have had civil unrest such as Northern Uganda and the Karamoja regions. This is basically because the memories of violent scenes are still fresh in people’s minds. GBV is also linked to poverty, unemployment (idleness) and alcoholism. Poverty brings bitterness. When a man is poor and idle,... More

Empowering women to build resilience in humanitarian setting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

UN Women Cameroon has again provided another set of equipment, just a few months after the inauguration of the Women Cohesion Space (WCS) in Ngam and donation of economic kits to over 100 identified vulnerable women. More

From where I stand: “I became a man, just to access the mines”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I was 31 when I ran away from my abusive husband’s home and made my way towards the Mererani mines at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had heard that a few grams of the famed blue stone—the lucky Tanzanite—sold for thousands of Shillings. When I arrived in Mererani, I was told that women were not allowed to enter the mines. I didn’t know if the law forbid women or the men didn’t think women could do the job. I secretly... More

Press Release: Are you #HeForShe?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New York, NY (December 20, 2017) –  In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women’s HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment. While stories of power imbalance and sexual harassment dominate the headlines, most of men have abstained from the current conversation. HeForShe invites men to break the silence by recording a short video... More

We are Ready to Move Mountains for Africa's Transformation

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We are ready to move mountains for Africa's transformation More

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