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From where I stand: "I now contribute to peace building and decision making in my community"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We... More

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school. More

From Where I Stand: “We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls”

Monday, June 18, 2018

E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the front-lines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centered response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors. Wilkins Nah, County Attorney of Bong County in Central Liberia. Photo: UN Women/Winston Daryoue “When I took over as County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Bong County, I had no understanding of... 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

From where I stand: Trainings, the turning point for my success in diversifying and sustaining my business

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I was born and brought up in what is known as “the hottest places on earth”, the Afar region. I was raised up with a very basic pastoralist community’s life style to endure the harsh climate.  For women, the only way of life that we were influenced to believe possible is marriage. I got married when I was only 16 years old and gave birth to my first child after a year.   When I gave birth to my fifth child, my husband who used to work as a security guard at a... More

From where I stand: “Women need to live a life without violence”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

I have been engaging women in peacebuilding since the 1990s. We started with just two women, including myself, training other women in peacebuilding, after the crisis of 1993.

We all lost so much in the crisis…I started this work because I wanted my children to live a better life, to overcome my own pain, and be useful for my community.

Peace is for everyone. It is up to... More

From where I stand: “I became a man, just to access the mines”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I was 31 when I ran away from my abusive husband’s home and made my way towards the Mererani mines at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had heard that a few grams of the famed blue stone—the lucky Tanzanite—sold for thousands of Shillings. When I arrived in Mererani, I was told that women were not allowed to enter the mines. I didn’t know if the law forbid women or the men didn’t think women could do the job. I secretly... More

From Where I Stand: 'Fighting sexual gender based violence is my calling'

Thursday, December 7, 2017

After escaping the insurgency to Uganda, refugee women continue to experience different forms of violence including domestic violence and child marriage. This is due to extreme poverty in the settlement. As a way of escaping poverty, many refugee families secretly marry off their girls as young as 14 years. More

From where I stand: “I can’t tell men to stop being violent when I am violent”

Thursday, November 23, 2017

“We escaped the war in South Sudan and most of us arrived here in September 2016 with almost nothing. People were very poor. We were given slashers and hoes for clearing the place and tarpaulin to construct temporary shelters. Imagine people who were used to a good life and now had to start over, with nothing. I felt bitter… I started to become violent whenever my wife asked for something that required money. We would spend an entire day without talking to each other. Sometimes if I wanted to annoy her, I would tell our son, “you are as dull as your mother”. More

From where I stand: I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massah Lewally. Photo: UN Women/Cecil Nelson "I was driving to work on Monday morning, around 6.30 a.m., listening to the radio. They were talking about the rainfall. Someone called from the Regent area and said the mountain had just fallen. Another caller said there were over 200 houses under the mud… people had been caught unaware, sleeping in their beds. My father lives in that area. I just visited him on Sunday! By the time I reached the office, reports were... More

From where I stand: “Today, I am living my dream, because I got a second chance”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Today, I am living my dream, because I got a second chance More

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