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Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,... More

Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Monday, November 27, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities. More

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adão Paía. Photo: UN Women/Ouri Pota My childhood seemed like a punishment. I was sent to live with my grandmother in her farm when I was five years old, along with my sister. My grandmother was abusive. I had to wake up at five in the morning to finish chores before I could go to school. I swept the yard, cleaned the house, washed dishes and did the shopping. When I came back from school, I had to work even more. If I complained, my grandmother would beat me. My sister... More

UN Women Executive Director visits Mozambique on African Women's Day

Friday, July 28, 2017

Coinciding with African Women’s Day, the Executive Director of UN Women will visit Mozambique from 31 July – 1 August, reaffirming UN Women’s commitment to support the efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country and the region. During the visit, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with government officials, parliamentarians, academics, donors, civil society organizations and feminist advocates. In addition to her meetings with high-level... More

UN Women promotes debate on Women, Peace and Security in meeting with the Community of Portuguese Language Countries

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gender, Peace, and Security were the keywords for the political and diplomatic seminar ““Content analysis of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325/2000 on Women, Peace and Security”, which involved representatives from the Defense sector of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries). More

Photo essay: Could a girl like me become SG?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This photo essay tracks the visit on 12 August, International Youth Day, of Mozambican girl Raquelina Langa, who met and shadowed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the day and met with senior management at UN Women headquarters, including Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. More

Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

An innovative programme is increasing men’s participation in domestic activities to promote gender equality and address violence against women and girls. At least 1600 men have taken part in the course, which is supported by UN Women, and complemented by a series of awareness-raising activities. More

Q&A with health and communications expert, Carol Underwood, on reducing the risk of HIV infection among women and girls

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dr. Underwood speaks about her work with southern African communities, and the links between economic empowerment and HIV prevention in young girls. More

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