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Take 5: 'Parents please don’t marry off your children, send them to school instead'

Monday, December 10, 2018

Senior Chieftainess Chikumbu assumed the chieftaincy after the death of her mother in 2009 and was officially inaugurated in 2011. A teacher by profession, she taught at several primary schools in South Lunzu and Blantyre, Malawi.  She retired in 2011 to take up the chieftaincy where she oversees 142 chiefs under her jurisdiction. A champion against gender-based violence and early childhood marriages, Chieftainess Chikumbu has rescued over 2000 young girls from child marriage. UN Women...

Women Diplomats give voice to survivors of violent extremism in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Over 10 women diplomats in Cameroon have called on gender-based (GBV) survivors and activists in the Far North Region to stand up for their rights and continue to fight end all forms of violence against women and girls in the region. The call was made during the visit of a delegation of women ambassadors and wives of ambassadors to Maroua to show their support to survivors of violent extremism and GBV.

UN Women in Central African Republic Renews Addressing and Preventing Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bangui, November 30th, 2019 - UN Women in the Central African Republic is holding a number of key events to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism spanning from November 25 through December 10th, 2018.

Programme launched to enhance women’s entrepreneurial capacity in Fisheries and Agribusiness in Red Sea State

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Italy and UN WOMEN has signed today the technical agreement for the two-year project aimed at enhancing women’s entrepreneurial capacity in Fisheries and Agribusiness in Red Sea State, in particular in traditional area of intervention such as Port Sudan, Suakin and Mohammed Gool, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by the UN Agency. 

UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador during Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg

Monday, December 3, 2018

During the UN’s global annual advocacy campaign,  16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence  (25 November – 10 December), UN Women announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador.

Press release: UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador

Sunday, December 2, 2018

During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), UN Women today announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre.

Barbershop Toolbox: Using Safe Spaces to Mobilize Men and Boys for Gender Equality

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barbershop events provide men with tools to address gender inequality and become agents of change. The events also motivate men and encourage active engagement in male-to-male discussions on gender equality in safe environments, while also elevating the voices of women in these spaces

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host Gender Ataya in Dakar

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UN Women is organizing the first edition of "Gender Ataya" on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on the 8th floor of the African Institute of Management (IAM), Dakar. The Gender Ataya is designed to open spaces for young people to contribute to inclusive and equitable development and decision-making processes within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with themselves and decision makers including government, CSOs and...

UN Celebrates 16 days of activism in Mogadishu, Somalia

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

To emphasize the need for gender equality and eradication of violence against women and girls, the UN country team in Somalia held a joint press briefing to launch the 2018 16 days of activism.

Press Release: As global mobilizations soar, UN Women brings survivors of violence and advocates to centre stage on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New York, 19 November 2018  — Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects  one in three  women worldwide and that no country is...

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

Media Advisory: “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The commemoration will bring together survivors and activists under the theme of Orange the World: #HearMeToo, leveraging their voices and work on ending violence against women and girls.

UN Women facilitating reintegration of GBV survivors in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Since the launch of the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) program in April 2018, UN Women and its partners has provided multi-facet support to over 400 survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including women fleeing Boko Haram Insurgency in the Far North Region of Cameroon. ALVF social worker, Titigue Mispaline, attending to a GBV survivor at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Mora. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same When GBV survivors come forward, they first receive...

Gender-Based Violence survivors receive livelihood support from UN Women and partners

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In August 2018, over 200 women and girls’ survivors of gender-based violence in the Far North Region of Cameroon received different economic kits worth 100.000FCFA (175USD) to enable them to setup small businesses in view of their financial independence and economic empowerment. Prior to the distribution of economic kits, a market survey is done, and the survivors receive training on the creation and management of a small business. The Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) humanitarian...

Traditional Leaders meet in Blantyre to address child marriage in Africa

Monday, November 5, 2018

UN Women’s Africa Strategic Plan has prioritized protecting the health and well-being of women and girls of Africa by supporting interventions that end Harmful Social Practices, particularly child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. UN Women has made a strategic choice of placing the leadership and engagement of traditional authorities central to addressing the cultural norms and practices that promote child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

Press release: Statement of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) on the appointment of AWLN Member, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a...

UN Women regional reference groups convene for inaugural meeting

Monday, October 29, 2018

UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) set up Thematic Regional Reference Groups comprised of a diverse team of high-level Technical Experts in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with relevant thematic experience in line with UN Women’s strategic priorities.

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.

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.

“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...

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