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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

African Traditional Leaders united against child marriage and FGM

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Traditional Leaders from 17 African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Sierra Leone Swaziland, and Sudan converged in Nairobi from 12 to 16 August 2018. The meeting was hosted and facilitated by UN Women in collaboration with the Queen Mother Best Foundation (Uganda) and the Institute of African Royalty to develop a road map for the process of building a coordinated and sustainable... More

Empowering women in Industry

Thursday, August 16, 2018

UN Women in partnership with Classic Mouldings, a leading interior design and construction services organized a first ever industry on site-visit for women and young adults as well as representatives of corporates that are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). More

UN Women conducts pilot training for women in humanitarian fields

Monday, July 2, 2018

Research has shown that women are at risk in both private and public spaces, neighborhoods, communities and large cities. There is a myriad of challenges that women are faced with not only in everyday work but also when going to the field, especially when undertaking various assignments at different work environments and offices. More

Understanding the principle of Leaving No One Behind: UN Women meets stakeholders

Friday, June 29, 2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) features the stand-alone Goal 5 to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (GEWE)” with 54 gender-specific targets, out of the 169 targets. It is important to note that all SDGs are relevant to the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and that women’s substantive and effective contributions are critical to achieving this agenda. More

Agricultural shift: UN Women Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit with partners

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The panel discussion highlighted that the gender gap in agricultural productivity is large, reducing it may reduce poverty and improve nutrition. Resultantly, there is need to reduce the gap by focusing on the constraints bringing to attention that environment, gender and agriculture are inter-linked factors in poverty reduction paradigm More

From where I stand: “Women are our solution”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DR. Josephine Kulea. Photo: UN Women Dr. Josephine Kulea is the Founder and Executive Director of Samburu Girl Foundation and the UN Person of the Year – Kenya COVAW Champion in 2013. Dr. Josephine works to protecting women’s rights and improving women empowerment at the grassroots level. She spoke to UN Women at the forum on what are the top priorities of her foundation. “Women and girls have an infinite potential to change the narrative. In our... More

Women hold key to sustainable Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region

Friday, April 6, 2018

The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was a groundbreaking addition to the global peace and security infrastructure. The resolution served as the first global affirmation that women both disproportionately suffer from conflict and have an integral role to play in conflict resolution, peace negotiation, peacebuilding, and humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts. As such, the four pillars of 1325 – Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Relief and Recovery – reflect on the need to incorporate gender perspectives in peace and security efforts at all levels. More

Stepping up the HeForShe Campaign at the University

Monday, March 12, 2018

Participants discussing the meaning of consent at the USIU IWD event Photo: UN Women/ Ken Okoth USIU Africa is one of the leading private universities in Kenya and has adopted safe spaces for women and girls on the campus. The university through the office of the Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Zaleza has embraced the HeForShe movement which is now actively promoted on the campus. This is aimed at addressing gender parity and sexual harassment at the university. Through the HeForShe club... More

International Gender Champions strive towards Gender Balance

Monday, March 12, 2018

On 7 th March 2018, ahead of the International Women’s day, the United Nations agencies operating in Nairobi launched the Nairobi chapter of the UN International Gender Champions. This is a leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. The launch was attended by UN staff members, the diplomatic community among other dignitaries. Senior UN offers present... More

International Women's Day celebrations emphasize gender parity at all levels of society

Friday, March 9, 2018

The meeting emphasized the need to do everything possible to ensure gender parity within our work as the UN and within the UN and its affiliated agencies which have not yet met the gender parity especially in senior positions. More

To realize the SDGs, we must focus on gender equality

Monday, March 5, 2018

UN Women on Wednesday, 28 th February 2018 launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The Africa launch of the report was held at the 3 rd annual Aid & International Development Forum in Nairobi. The report unveiling preceded similar launches in New York and Berlin. The report demonstrates the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable... More

Mango farmers in Kenya get access to new technology to counter post-harvest losses

Friday, March 2, 2018

Mango farmers in Kenya get access to new technology to counter post-harvest losses More

Take Five: 'Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers'

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How do you see the partnership between UN Women and UN Volunteers and why is this important? Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is a basic human right. It is also vital to accelerate sustainable development. It has been proven that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps increase economic growth and development across the board. That is why, to contribute to equality for all genders, UNV has mobilized and continuous to mobilize hundreds of highly... More

Press Release: Turning promises into action

Friday, February 23, 2018

UN Women will on 28th February 2018 launch its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 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

Nation leadership forum: The gender dilemma

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gender is a fundamental issue of discussion when it comes to matters of development. In 2017, society continues to carry on conversation as women still face obstacles in realizing their full potential and achieving gender equality. More

16 days of Activism: Women IN Entrepreneurship Event held at Metta Nairobi

Monday, December 11, 2017

Despite the rise of the female entrepreneur, women remain greatly underrepresented in the ranks of entrepreneurs even in the most developed markets around the world.  As part of UN Women’s activities for the 16 days of Activism, UN Women regional office together with Metta Nairobi, an entrepreneur’s innovation hub, organized the Women IN Enterprise event, in collaboration with Google’s Women Will initiative. The event was held on 7 th December 2017 to assist women in... More

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

In Kenya women gear up for County elections

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Abdia Gole, 33, is a recent graduate of Business Management from one of the leading universities in Kenya, and a candidate for the upcoming County Assembly elections for Gorbo Ward, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya. “I am going door to door, campaigning to urge women and youth to vote for me. Our time is now or never,” says Gole. Maimuna Mudao (left) with Wanjiku Kabira (center) during the UN Women Kenya supported capacity strengthening platform for women running for... More

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