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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

Media Advisory : UN Women Executive Director visits Senegal to put women in agriculture at the heart of the gender equality agenda

Monday, July 23, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins today an official visit to Senegal, with the purpose of highlighting the importance women’s economic empowerment in agricultural sector in Senegal, to encourage closing the gap in discriminatory laws and to promote women leadership and political participation. More

UN Women Cameroon and FEICOM partnering towards the attainment of SDG 5 in Cameroon

Friday, July 20, 2018

UN Women Cameroon and FEICOM (special council support fund for mutual assistance) have signed a three-year partnership agreement (2018 – 2020) in view of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly SDG 5 relative to gender equality and women empowerment at local levels in Cameroon. The cooperation agreement which was signed in Yaoundé on Wednesday July 18, 2018, cover three key areas: technical support to FEICOM towards the strengthening of gender... More

Innovative Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Opportunities to Empower Rural Women in Cameroon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COFEPLANGUI a women’s cooperative in Nguila has improved their agricultural production from 7 to 12 tons of maize per hectare following training on innovative agricultural techniques and use of improved seedlings provided by UN Women. Women of COFEPLANGUI cooperative harvesting their maize in their farm. Photo: UN Women/ Nabonswendé OUEDRAOGO During a visit to monitor the activities of the COFEPLANGUI women farmers’ cooperative of Nguila by UN Women through the... More

Climate-smart innovations improves agriculture and livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When Fatou Dembele’s plants started to die, she thought the soil was ruined and worried about her livelihood. “We thought the land was sick,” Dembele says. “We didn’t know that parasites attacked the roots of the plants and killed them.” The growing number of parasites caused by rising temperatures and humidity is just one of several problems in her village caused by climate change. In Mali, a country where half of the population engaged in agriculture are... More

Mali says STOP to gender-based violence (GBV): the new One Stop Center in Bamako, a link between justice and Malian women survivors of GBV

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whether medical, psychological or legal, women survivors of GBV will now find help and advice in the new One Stop Center in Bamako, inaugurated on April 18, 2018 by the Malian government and the United Nations. More

UN Women Cameroon and the National Communication Council Advocate for Gender Sensitive Media Coverage during Elections

Monday, July 16, 2018

Participants who attended the workshop to sensitize journalists on gender sensitive elections coverage. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same In the run up of the 2018 elections, UN Women and National Communication Council Organized a workshop to promote gender sensitive media coverage of elections. The workshop which brought together over 30 journalists from public and private media houses was organized on Wednesday June 13, 2018 in the conference room of UN Women Cameroon. Adama Moussa,... More

Somalia Partnership Forum

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Somalia Partnership Forum - Side Event on Women, Peace and Security   Turning Policies into Reality – Ensuring Women’s Security and Meaningful Participation What Several factors impede women’s participation in decision and peace-making in Somalia including insecurity, patriarchal norms and economic vulnerability. Although the number of female parliamentarians rose to 24 percent in the 2016 Elections, women participation remains sidelined at the local level. To... More

'UN Women has transformed how we conduct business'

Friday, July 6, 2018

Since 2016, UN Women has been implementing a project Access to Markets by Women Vendors a  three-year project aimed at supporting women vendors to transform from being informal small-scale vendors to formal viable and sustainable big entrepreneurs.   It is being implemented in a partnership with the International Institute for Social Transformation (IST) in Gulu Central market and Kalerwe Market. The Women Economic Empowerment Specialist, Enock Mugabi said the project beneficiaries... More

Development partners urged to increase support for gender work in Africa

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Letty Chiwara, UN Women Country Representative in Ethiopia leads a discussion during the meeting. Photo: UN Women Development partners have been urged to support the work of UN Women in Africa by putting gender at the center of African programme funding and development initiatives. Strengthened partnerships for gender will enable the continent to realize the SDGs and Africa Union’s Agenda 2063. However, this requires substantive investment in gender equality and women’s... More

UN Women conducts pilot training for women in humanitarian fields

Monday, July 2, 2018

Research has shown that women are at risk in both private and public spaces, neighborhoods, communities and large cities. There is a myriad of challenges that women are faced with not only in everyday work but also when going to the field, especially when undertaking various assignments at different work environments and offices. More

Understanding the principle of Leaving No One Behind: UN Women meets stakeholders

Friday, June 29, 2018

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) features the stand-alone Goal 5 to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (GEWE)” with 54 gender-specific targets, out of the 169 targets. It is important to note that all SDGs are relevant to the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and that women’s substantive and effective contributions are critical to achieving this agenda. More

Working with Karamajong Elders for gender equality in Uganda

Friday, June 29, 2018

With funding from the Embassy of Sweden, UN Women in partnership with FIDA (The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers) is implementing a programme on enhancing Access to Justice for women and girls in the Kaabong and Moroto districts More

UN Women conducts first protocol training in West Africa region

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa recently held the first senior drivers’ diplomatic and etiquette course, the first of its kind in the region. More

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