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Joint op-ed by UN Women, UNFPA and UNDP

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The numbers are shocking: at least one in three women on the planet has suffered physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of a family member or intimate partner. More than 700 million women alive today were married as children. Up to 250 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation. More

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood. Photo: Lt Cdr R F Abbey RN. Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police... 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

Africa Strategy Rolled up

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The meeting deliberations steered towards promotion of women to leadership and political processes, policies and enactment of laws, cultural practices, gender norms and stereotypes that can help promote women and girls to reach their potential. More

UN Women Cameroon facilitating intergenerational dialogue to promote citizen engagement of young girls and boys in Cameroon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An intergenerational dialogue ‘gender coffee’ was organized at the National Assembly on Monday, May 14, 2018. This intergenerational dialogue which brought together over 30 youths between the ages of 18 – 32 years drawn from all ten regions of the country, members of national assembly, government representatives and civil society was a forum to debate the obstacles and strategies to promote citizen engagement of Cameroonian youths in prelude of the May 20th National Day celebrations in Cameroon. More

Senegal: A fruit and vegetable processing unit renovated in Ndame Lo

Thursday, May 17, 2018

After four months of hard work and with the support of UN Women, the women of the Ndam Lo Women's Promotion Group (GPF) finally have their fruit and vegetable processing unit renovated. Hence, they are motivated to increase their production to meet the marketing standards and demand. More

UN Women meets the Speaker of Parliament over the pending Bills

Thursday, May 17, 2018

14 th May 2018 Kampala, Uganda- UN Women met with the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga to discuss the way forward regarding the pending Marriage and Divorce and the Sexual offences Bills. More

Women living in Refugee Settlements call for more Psycho-social support in Humanitarian Interventions

Monday, May 14, 2018

Members from the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, and WFP were in Uganda from 30 th April to 4 th May 2018 and visited West Nile in Uganda. This mission was to assess the UN Women’s work in supporting the country’s development efforts. Some of the Board members from UN Women were Mr Jyrki Juhana Terva, Ms Christine Kalamwina, H.E. Ms Ivana Pajevic, Ms. Desirée del Carmen Cedeño Rengifo, and Mr Jean-Luc Bories. The team visited UN... More

Business women become Mobile Money agents

Friday, May 11, 2018

With smiles beaming on her face, 45-year-old Catherine Sackie excitedly shared her story of how her life and her business have changed at a ceremony to mark the inauguration of Mobile Money Kiosks set up through partnership with UN Women Liberia, the telecommunications company Orange, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA). More

UN Women Executive Board visit to Malawi

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On 5 th May 2018, The UN-Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time. Mandated by the Decision 2017/8, the UN-Women Executive Board organizes an annual field visit in a selected country.  The delegation to Malawi consisted of President of the Board, Ms. Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations, and six other board members representing Zambia, Finland, Republic of Korea, Panama, Norway and United Kingdom. The purpose of... More

What the candidate needs to know – In the run-up to the elections, women and girls candidates inquire about the electoral process

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

As the Independent National Electoral Commission – CENI prepares to open the Reception and Processing Offices (BRTC) of applications, 450 potential women candidates met to examine the procedures related to the various innovations of the electoral law and to get informed about the process of building up their files in order to understand the electoral system and develop effective strategies to appear on electoral lists. More

Take Five: 'Unless women feel safe in their homes, places of work and other environs, they will not reach their full potential'

Friday, May 4, 2018

Beriks Patricia carrying out a security follow up at UN Women Regional Office Photo: UN Women/ Patterson Siema Berkis Patricia Pérez has been working in safety and security for almost two decades. She started her career in the Dominican Republic, where she reached the rank of Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. She joined UN Women in September 2017, as Regional Security Specialist for Africa, where she supports two Regional Offices and 1 Multi Country Office representing 42 UN Women offices. Since her time in Law School, Patricia had always wanted to join the UN to be the voice of the voiceless. After working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in multiple locations, Berkis came to the realization that women had specific security needs. It was a dream come true for Berkis when UN Women selected her for this role. More

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the African Women Leaders Network: Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation

Thursday, May 3, 2018

[As delivered] Excellencies, Distinguished members of the panel, Ladies and gentlemen, We are here to mark the start of this African Women Leaders Network. This Network has a vital mission: to have African women take their vital place in transforming Africa and the world. It is committed to making sure that we support and align with the African Union and AU leaders in their mission to champion the implementation of regional and international commitments to peace, security, development... More

Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: African Women Leaders Network convene for a second forum

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The launch of the African Women Leaders Network on 2 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), an initiative that creates space for African Women to share their leadership experiences and lessons learned, kicked off its Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 th to 26 th April. The African Union, in partnership with the United Nations and support from Government of... More

Time is now for the Africa we want

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Diana Ofwona has picked up a wealth of information from diverse fields including government, private sector and the academia all of which play an instrumental role in her current position as Regional Director for UN Women Central and Western Africa where she leads a dedicated team of colleagues committed to empowering women and girls on the continent. Narrating the early years of her career with UNIFEM, Diana recounts how the support of her supervisors laid the foundation for her to... 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

UN Women Cameroon engages the journalists’ platform “NETCOM GENDER” on gender mainstreaming in sensitization campaigns on HIV and violence against women and girls.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Members of the journalist’s network ‘NETCOM GENDER’ during a workshop organized by UN Women on Friday, April 27, 2018 debated communication strategies and media platforms targeting women and girls during campaigns HIV and violence against women. More

Elections stakeholders debate strategies to eliminate violence against women during elections and increase participation of women in the 2018 electoral processes.

Monday, April 30, 2018

On Thursday April 26, 2018, UN women organized a seminar to raise awareness of leaders of political parties and elections stakeholders on mechanisms to eliminate violence against women during elections and increase the participation of women in the 2018 electoral process. More

UN Women advocating for the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms

Monday, April 30, 2018

Senior level government officials and leaders of civil society organizations have been sensitized on the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms during a workshop organized by UN Women in Yaoundé on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. More

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