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“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

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

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 and European Union in Nigeria advocate for the inclusion of more women in politics ahead of 2019 elections

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Female aspirants from different political parties in Nigeria converged at a breakfast meeting in Abuja organized by UN Women and the European Union Delegation to Nigeria on 09 August 2018, to strategize on how to enhance support for women in politics, prior to the upcoming political party primaries and General Elections in 2019. Participants at the Breakfast Meeting Photo: UN Women In his opening remarks, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Mr. Richard Young, noted that the... More

"Do not be afraid, we are doing this for Africa!"

Monday, August 13, 2018

Dicko SOW is an agronomist specialized in plant production, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the startup Dictaf Corporation specializing in crop production, extension services and agricultural solutions. Dicko Sow,  co-founder of the startup Dictaf Corporation Photo: UN Women/ Alpha What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Being an entrepreneur was above all, a way to flourish in my field, and to feel more useful in the Senegalese community and in Africa. Working in... More

Delegation urges more women's representation in joint solidarity mission to Burundi

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The high-level delegation comprised members of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Platform and was carried out in cooperation with the African Union FemWise- Africa network, the ICGLR’s Women Forum and UN-Women More

United Nations, African Union and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in partnership for a joint solidarity mission for women in the region

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The... More

Media Advisory: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board of the PSC Framework Women’s Platform, ICGLR, AU, Femwise-Africa and UN Women

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WHAT: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board members of the Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region WHEN: 9–12 August 2018 WHERE: Bujumbura, Burundi   CONTEXT The signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013 and the adoption of... More

Cameroonian Journalists Pledge to Promote Gender Sensitive Elections Coverage in Cameroon

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Over 140 Cameroonian journalists have pledged to promote nonsexist and gender sensitive elections coverage during a series of four capacity building workshops organized by the United Nations to promote gender sensitive media coverage of elections and promotion of peaceful elections by journalists in prelude of the 2018 presidential elections in Cameroon. Practical exercises on non-sexist interviewing techniques organized to strengthen journalists skills. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same ... More

Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in Senegal

Thursday, July 26, 2018

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka started her first official visit to Senegal on 23 July. In her meetings with the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall, and key government representatives, civil society partners and international development actors, the Executive Director stressed upon accelerating women’s access to resources, skills and the formal employment sector, as well as their right to equal participation in decision-making. UN Women Executive... More

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