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ECOWAS Commission accredits UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

(Abuja, 11 September)—UN Women Nigeria Country Representative, Comfort Lamptey, was on 11 September 2017 accredited as UN Women’s Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Ms. Lamptey’s credentials were received by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, at a brief ceremony at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. She was accompanied by Njeri Karuru, UN Women Programme Manager for Peace and Security and Aijaz Qureshi, UN... More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Monday, September 11, 2017

Members of the Angwan Rogo peace network with Hadiza Adam (center). Photo: UN Women/Ladi Eguche   “We need peace. We are tired of conflicts. So many innocent people have died and we have... More

Women and girls heartened to establish sustainable social and economic re-integration interventions

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A  joint high-level meeting with the UN and African Union delegation was led by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, with the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, and the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Ms. Bineta Diop, held a meeting with women leaders and... More

High level mission to Nigeria calls for women’s participation and leadership in Peace, Security and Development

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, joined by the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, and the African Union (AU) Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Ms Bineta Diop, arrived in Abuja, Nigeria this week for a joint high-level mission themed: ‘Revitalising Women’s... More

Nigerian Minister calls for leaders to support efforts in breaking the glass ceiling for women

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nigerian Minister calls for leaders to support efforts in breaking the glass ceiling for women More

Nigeria's acting president. H.E Yemi Osinbajo, launches the HeForShe advocacy campaign

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Nigeria's acting president. H.E Yemi Osinbajo, launches the HeForShe advocacy campaign More

UN Women calls for “Every man, Every individual wherever they are” to join the cause for Gender Equality during Inaugural Launch of the “HeForShe” in Nigeria

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development launched the HeForShe global solidarity campaign in Abuja, Nigeria on 23 May 2017, with  the support of UN Women. and with funding from the Government of Japan and the European Union. The event took place at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, and was officiated by Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Approximately 500  guests were in attendance, including dignitaries and government officials,... More

UN Women and development partners in Nigeria make a case for women in the work place

Thursday, March 9, 2017

UN Women and development partners in Nigeria make a case for women in the work place More

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

Wednesday, December 7, 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

Wednesday, December 7, 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 launches Baseline Survey Report on the engagement of women in Peace and Security Processes in Northern Nigeria

Monday, October 17, 2016

Abuja, 14th October, 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, launched a Baseline Survey Report at Rockview Hotel, Abuja on the 13th of October, 2016. A total of 90 partners and stakeholders of the Programme were in attendance. These include staff of UN Women, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), UFUK Dialogue, Federal and State Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP), UN Women Media Network, UN Women Peace Mentors, traditional rulers, academia, security agencies and the media. More

Capacity building workshop on Gender, Peace and other related issues conducted in Gombe State, Nigeria

Monday, September 12, 2016

Capacity building workshop on Gender, Peace and other related issues conducted in Gombe State, Nigeria More

UN Women Nigeria visits Kano Emirate Council

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The important and strategic positioning of the role of women in any family or society – be it political, social or economic – is tied to development. Yet women are the most victimized in times of conflict … Our traditional institutions, cultures and religions in any part of the country respect and protect the integrity of women More

Women's Situation Rooms boost peaceful voting in Africa

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

Friday, October 2, 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

Command Post Exercise – CPX Africa UNiTE II for African Security Organs to end Violence Against Women and Girls

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rwanda hosted from 17 to 19 August 2015 an all Africa security organs Command Post exercise (CPX) themed: “African Security Organs’ Synergy to End Violence against Women and Girls”. This was organized by Rwanda security organs and the ONE UN Rwanda, under the auspices of the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) Secretariat custodianship and the current KICD chair; following a decision made during the 4th KICD Annual General Meeting to conduct an exercise play to enhance capacities of Africa security organs in dealing with violence against women and girls. More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence. More

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages. More

On solidarity mission, UN Women Executive Director visits girls school in Nigeria

Monday, May 19, 2014

In the wake of the horrific abduction of more than 200 school girls, which has ignited global outrage, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka joined a delegation that visited the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) in the town of Abaji, Nigeria, from 17-18 May. The FGGC Abaji is one of the Federal Government’s all-girls colleges similar to the FGGC Chibok, where more than 200 students were kidnapped on 14 April, in Chibok, Nigeria. More

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