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In the Words of Dorcas Amakobe:“We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River County in the coastal region, where youth, including young women, are vulnerable to the spread of violent extremism. Using football as a tool for empowering girls and young women, Moving the Goalposts is helping girls and women stand on their own feet and make their mark, both on and off the field.

From where I stand: “People said, how are you going to play football, you’re a girl!”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.

From where I stand: “Girls need to believe in themselves”

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Using football as a tool for empowering girls and young women, Moving the Goalposts is helping girls and women stand on their own feet and make their mark, both on and off the field.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court

Monday, July 8, 2019

UN Women welcomes the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 July 2019 for crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002 and 2003. The former rebel leader was found guilty on 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, sexual slavery, displacement of civilians, and enlisting and conscripting child soldiers under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities.

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage in an event in Senegal

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, represented the United Nations at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18. The summit aims to translate the commitment of governments, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders into action on the ground that eliminates these harmful practices.

UN Women Executive Director to attend the 1st African Summit on FGM and Child Marriage in Senegal

Friday, June 14, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will represent the United Nations at the 1st African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM), taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18.

Women of Sierra Leone present a unified position for the National Peace and Social Cohesion Dialogue Conference (BINTUMANI III)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The national dialogue for the consolidation of democratic governance for Sierra Leone’s peace and national cohesion was held from May 23 to 25 2019 at Bintumani International Conference Center in Freetown. The conference referred to as Bintumani III aimed at uniting the country which has been divided along political and ethnical lines following the general elections which took place in 2018.

His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio joins world leaders as a HeForShe Champion with bold and groundbreaking commitments to achieve Gender Equality

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On 21 May, 2019 His Excellency Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, the President of Republic of Sierra Leone joined the world leaders as HeForShe Champion. With pulpable; deep sincerity, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio reiterated his unwavering commitment to speak out, take action and eliminate impunity in particular, rape of girls and women while addressing all forms of violence against women and girls.

UN Deputy Secretary General tasks African Women on Peace Building

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ms Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General charged Nigerian women to ensure active contribution in the peacebuilding process, transformation and stability of Nigeria. Ms. Mohammed made the call in Abuja via a video message during the inauguration of the steering committee of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), Nigeria Chapter, on 2 May 2019 at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja Nigeria.

Unelected women candidates gather to build on their experiences

Monday, May 27, 2019

Over 3000 women from Kinshasa and the provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo have joined forces to launch, with the support of UN Women, UNDP and Canada, the National Dynamics of Women Candidate – DYNAFEC in order to capitalize and build on the experiences of unelected women candidates from the December 2018 elections.

UN Women, UNODC and OHCHR strive to improve women's access to legal aid in Senegal

Monday, May 13, 2019

On May 9th, 2019, UN Women Senegal Program hosted a workshop on the "Improving Access to Legal Aid for Women" project. The objective was to plan the activities to be carried out jointly with UNODC and OHCHR and to determine the implementation, coordination and monitoring methods of the project.

Cameroon Government and UN Women hosts Side Event on CSW63

Friday, April 19, 2019

On March 14th, 2019 the Government of Cameroon with the technical and financial support of UN Women organized a Side Event under the theme "Partnership for the empowerment of women in rural areas: Promoting the empowerment of women living in rural areas in Cameroon through access to sustainable infrastructure " with the objective of showcasing the actions of the government of Cameroon towards achieving SDG 5, by facilitating rural women's access to sustainable infrastructure and Climate Resilient Agricultural techniques.

OFAD and partners brainstorm on pathways to promote women's entrepreneurship in Cameroon

Thursday, April 18, 2019

From 27 to 28 March 2019 the organization of African Women and the Diaspora (OFAD) organized its 5th edition of Economic and entrepreneurial Forum of African Women and of the Diaspora. The conference which took place at the Yaoundé Congress Centre saw the participation of over 500 visitors was an opportunity for stakeholders to debate and propose solutions to improve female entrepreneurship in Cameroon.

UN Women train over 30 Cameroonian youths on GBV prevention and Menstrual Hygiene Management

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Nearly 30 young women and men of the Cameroon National Youth Council and the association Peace of Heart have been trained on mainstreaming the specific needs of women and girls in the fight against HIV / AIDS, to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and to better handle Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). The three days training which took place from 9 – 11 April 2019 was organized by UN Women to build capacity of community facilitators to plan and organize capacity building and sensitizing sessions of local community.

Peace Lab at the 3rd Capital Meeting of Women, Peace and Security Focal Points, tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security

Monday, April 15, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with participants at the Youth Peace lab, one of the working groups at the 3 rd Capital Level Meeting of the Women Peace and Security Global Focal Points Network. Photo: UN Women/Otae Mkandawire  Multi-coloured pieces of paper are strewn across tables along with bright markers, glue and note paper as youth activists from across the world, intensely discuss challenges and solutions to ensuring that young people and young women, are...

Improving women’s access to formal and informal judicial systems to End Gender Based Violence in North East Nigeria

Monday, April 15, 2019

“Life in the camps can be challenging, especially when you do not know when the Non-State Armed group (NSAG) will strike next”. These are the words of Rabbi Mamman, a 42-year-old mother of five, who lives in Bade in Yobe State, North East Nigeria.” I have children and am constantly worried about them”.

UN Women facilitates access education and vocational training for women and girls affected by humanitarian crisis in Cameroon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In February 2019, UN Women Cameroon conducted a series of needs assessment, labour market and consultation activities in the East and Far North Regions to determine local needs, types of training and existing institutions and infrastructures to host beneficiaries of launched the second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme.

UNV supports the efforts of UN Women towards gender equality and women empowerment in Africa

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Since its creation in 2010, the partnership between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has engaged hundreds of talented men and women from diverse backgrounds to serve as volunteers advocates for women's rights in Africa and the world. In 2018, UN Volunteers have been an important component of UN Women’s capacity on the ground and have been at the forefront of promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Press Release: Denmark signs a cooperation agreement with UNDP and UN Women in Ethiopia

Friday, March 29, 2019

28 March 2019, Addis Ababa - Danish Minister for Development Cooperation H.E. Ulla Tornaes has signed a cooperation agreement with UNDP and UN Women to release a total of US$ 4.5 million for the two UN agencies in support of their work in Ethiopia in the areas of governance and gender. Minister Tornaes noted As I reflect upon the last three days that I have spent here in Ethiopia, what strikes me most, is the potential and willpower of the women I have met. Significant progress has already...

Celebrating the International Women`s Month in Rwanda

Friday, March 29, 2019

“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day calls for creative action and more innovative approaches to address gender disparities. In Rwanda, the month of March is an occasion to celebrate women, take stock of gender equality achievements, and raise awareness on the remaining gender issues through engaging wide and various audiences. The Women’s Month kicked off with the National Celebrations of the...

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