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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

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges. More

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion: Building Relations with Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Over 70 women owned businesses (WOB) and senior representatives of companies in Kenya which are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) attended an exciting forum convened by UN Women Kenya Country Office. More

“The Ethiopian story is a miracle - but development of a country doesn’t equate equity, equality and inclusion”, says UN Women Executive Director

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Caption Text On the margins of her engagement with the UN-AU j o i n t m iss i o n to S o u th S u d a n and the subsequent AU Peace and Security Council briefing, the Executive Director of UN Women Dr. P h u mz ile M lam b o - Ng cuka met and had a conversation with the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) in Addis Ababa. The current CSAG formed in 2014, according to the chairwoman appreciated the opportunity and space provided to interact with UN Women and provide strategic... More

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.” Kofi Annan Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international... More

Securing rural women’s access to land in Cameroon

Monday, October 22, 2018

UN Women and the government of Cameroon are facilitating the acquisition of over 80 land titles for rural women and women associations along the Bachenga-Ntui-Yoko highway project area. The land titles which range from 2,000m 2 to 40,000m 2 seek to guarantee land security and facilitate access to credit facilities in view of increasing agricultural investments and economic empowerment of rural women. Members of a rural women cooperative cleaning their cassava farm Photo: UN Women/... More

UN Women at the forefront of Economic Empowerment for Rural Women

Monday, October 22, 2018

Since its launch in 2017, UN Women’s flagship “Gender-Road Project” has contributed in the economic empowerment of over 800 rural women in the Lekie, Mbam and Kim Divisions in the Central Region of Cameroon. This initiative, “Gender-Road Project” seeks to promote gender equality and accelerate the economic empowerment of women along the road project ‘BATCHENGA-NTUI-YOKO-LENA’ which has been facilitating rural women’s access to productive resources... More

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host an Africa Youth Conference in Nairobi

Friday, October 19, 2018

WHAT:  The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ has been a key feature of all the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Towards this end, UN Women, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, will hold an Africa Youth Conference on  Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa - Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda , from 23 – 25 October 2018, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The... More

“The Women of South Sudan are anxious and desperate for Peace Agreement to Hold”

Friday, October 12, 2018

Caption Text During the UN-AU joint briefing held in Addis Ababa on 10 October 2018, the UN Women USG and Executive Director, Dr.  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka presented the requests of the women of South Sudan to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) called upon all concerned parties, to seriously consider the plea of the women, as “they found themselves caught up in a futile man’s war in which they are victims of sexual assaults from all sides, their... More

A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child

Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is a critical time for the girls of our world. It is a time for the protection and assertion of rights, a time to listen hard and speak louder, no matter how difficult; to call out the continuing imbalances of power; to band together and take a stand on the changes that must happen so that girls and women are heard and their experiences are taken seriously. It is a time to act, together with men and boys, on the issues that will determine a lived equality for all, central to which is the... More

Education of women in Citizenship and Politics in Cameroon

Thursday, October 11, 2018

UN Women and RAF’AK – the Network of Women’s associations in Akonolinga Sub-Division has educated over 200 women on the importance of participating in electoral processes during a conference on the theme, "Education of women in Citizenship and politics." The conference which held in September in Akonolinga was aimed at increasing the turnout of women voters in the 2018 presidential elections and women’s participation in subsequent electoral processes and other... More

Coverage: Women’s participation is key for sustaining peace in South Sudan

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Women of South Sudan have called for inclusion in the implementation and monitoring of the recently signed revitalized peace agreement. While the women are happy that the revitalized peace agreement has been signed, they are concerned that the peace is not being felt on the ground and urged for its speedy implementation. More

“We are liberated”: Women-led agricultural Savings and Loans Groups boost empowerment in Benin

Monday, October 1, 2018

ANaF president with Savings and Loans groups in Savalou. Photo: UN Women/ Catherine Wolf Benin is among Africa's most stable democracies and largest cotton producers. Nevertheless, corruption is rife and despite economic growth over the past few years, Benin ranks among the world's poorest countries. Although several recent laws have been adopted to improve women’s rights, implementation comes up against serious social, cultural and economic obstacles. Discriminatory practices... More

Muslim Women in Cameroon call for peace and social cohesion

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Muslim women in Cameroon have made a call for the promotion of peace in Cameroon during a women’s peace conference organized on Saturday 22 September 2018 by the Council of Imams and Muslim Dignitaries (CIDIMUC) in commemoration of the International day of peace celebrated on September 21 st each year. A cross section of participants attending the Women’s Peace conference. Photo:UN Women/ Teclaire Same This mega-conference organized in the run up of the presidential... More

Women Candidates Reinforce Technical Capacity Before Elections

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Ministry of Women, Family and Children, in collaboration with the Director General of Decentralization, with the support of UN Women, organized a meeting with women candidates in municipal and regional elections, as a prelude to the electoral campaign related to the local elections of 13 October 2018. The objective of the meeting was to offer a platform for consultation with women candidates, to reinforce their technical capacities in the conduct of an electoral campaign and to collect the... More

UN Women and IAWRT: Placing women at the heart of Elections

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ahead of the October 7 presidential elections, UN Women and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Cameroon have sensitized over 40 media women to take interest in covering politics and gender sensitive elections coverage and positive portrayals of women during a seminar which took place on Friday, 21 st September 2018. A cross section of participants during the opening statement of Ngoro Joseph, UN Women Programme Specialist. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire... More

Advancing gender equality and improving protection for women and children in conflict

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Women, peace and security programme launched in April 2014 and implemented by UN women in partnership with the Federal, target state ministries of women affairs and social development, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau State held its final engagement with Stakeholders and Government representatives to mark the end of the program in Abuja on 17 th September 2018. Participants, Representatives of the Media, Non-Governmental... More

From where I stand: "I now contribute to peace building and decision making in my community"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We... More

Building social cohesion and empowering GBV survivors in Ngam

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Over 170 vulnerable women and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the Ngam refugee camp have received counselling and livelihood support from the UN Women project implemented by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) which seek to promote social cohesion and empower vulnerable women within the host community and refugee camp in Ngam. Epanga Solange, WSCS Ngam GBV Expert during a capacity building session with GBV survivors in Ngam. Photo:Livelihood Expert/WSCS... More

Malian women call for urgent action to sustain peace and ensure women’s participation

Monday, September 17, 2018

Three years since the signing of the peace agreement, Malian women are impatient to see its provisions at work. “We have discussed enough, it is now time to act,” said one woman at a recently held meeting in Bamako, which convened 40 women leaders from civil society, government and armed groups to find common ground and accelerate efforts to increase Malian women’s participation in the peace process. The multidimensional security and political crisis with interlinked micro... More

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