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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.

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.

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.

UN Women Partners with BNP Paribas to Promote Women's Economic Empowerment through Climate Smart Agriculture in Senegal

Monday, March 25, 2019

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, and the BNP Paribas Group announced the launch of the Project “Supporting Women in Agriculture and Sustainable Development in Senegal (PAF/AgriFed).

Over 35 Officials from CEMAC trained on gender sensitive budgeting and planning

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

From the 11th till the 15th of March 2019, 38 senior officials from the ministries of finance and women empowerment from all the states members of AFRITAC centre, were trained gender sensitive budgeting during the 8th edition of Budget ‘senior Officials’ Forum organized by the regional Technical Assistance Center of the International Monetary Fund for Central Africa (AFRITAC Centre) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on the theme: “Gender responsive budgeting: Reducing Gender Inequalities to accelerate development”. During the four days training, UN Women Cameroon drilled the thirty-eight participants on the techniques needed for the adoption of gender-responsive budgeting as a tool for institutionalizing gender accountability mechanisms and translating them into sectoral public policies.

International Women’s Day Celebration in Rural Ethiopia

Monday, March 18, 2019

UN Women Ethiopia under the Joint Programme Rural Women Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE) commemorated the IWD 2019 with women and men from rural area in Ziway town, Oromia region on 14 th March.   As one of the IWD celebrations by the country office, the event was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs, UN Agencies, development partners, Civil Service Organizations, local government, and women.   The first of its kind to be celebrated in the...

Unlocking opportunities for women-owned businesses

Monday, March 18, 2019

The UN Women South Africa Multi-Country (SAMCO) commemorated International Women’s Day 2019 with Intsika Women Business Association in Kwa Zulu Natal province, South Africa. The event forms part of SAMCO’s Flagship Programme Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs.

Uganda celebrates International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Caption Text This year, International Women’s Day was celebrated under the global theme: “ Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change”. This theme focuses on creating a paradigm shift for transforming mind sets to the goal of gender equality as well as identifying new ways of advancing the women’s agenda at all levels. In Uganda the national commemoration events were held in Bungangabu district and presided over by H.E. the President of the Republic of...

Inspire girls and women to take up leadership positions

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dr. Maxime Houinato, UN Women Country Representative (Blue suit), having a discussion with PSFU Executive Director, Mr. Gideon Badagawa, Ms. Anna Mutavati from UN Women and Mr. Riccardo Ridolfi of Equatorial power. Photo:UN Women/Aidah Nanyonjo “We have to inspire young girls and women to take up their positions in terms of how they harness their potential for economic empowerment,” Mr. Gideon Badagawa, the Executive Director for the Private Sector Foundation Uganda said...

Improving livelihoods of women in North East Nigeria

Monday, February 18, 2019

Starter kit for IPT The excitement in the room could be felt miles away, as 300 women gathered in Maiduguri to receive Improved Parboiling Technology (IPT) kits to enhance the quality and quantity of rice that is been locally produced by women. Bintu Bani, 40, an internally displaced woman who now  lives in Old Maiduguri with her 10 children, left her home Dikwa four years ago due to the Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) insurgency. She is among those who have benefitted from a...

Take five with Tchonko Becky Bessong: “With my voice, I can impact the masses”

Friday, February 15, 2019

Tchonko Becky Bessong is a popular radio presenter with CRTV, Cameroon’s public radio and television broadcasting company. Over 20,000 Cameroonians tune in to her weeklyprogramme ‘Calling the women’. UN Women works with journalists throughout the country, as part of its efforts to train media professionals in gender-sensitive reporting, funded by the Government of Sweden(SEED Fund).

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