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“When our confidence grows, we can reach our goals!”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Maah Koudia KEITA is a 30-year-old musician and activist. Maah is the founder of the association ‘Care Albinos’, a Senegalese Association for the cause of the Albino community. The association has existed since 2012 and has been active in spreading awareness on Albinism issues. Maah Keita, co-founder of Care Albinos Association Photo: UN Women/ Alpha Ba What inspired you to create Care Albinos Association? I co-founded the Care Albinos Association together with members of... 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

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

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

Take 5: Time to Change the Narrative

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ms. Valentine Njoroge is a Kenyan journalist and media practitioner. She spoke to UN Women about why it is time to change the narrative of African women in the media. A trustee of the New Faces New Voices program of the Grace Machel Trust, and member of the Women in Media Network's (WIMN) Kenyan Chapter, she conducted a study titled, “Women in Media: what is the narrative?” The launch of the study took place on the margins of the Grace Machel Trust's bi-annual event, Women Advancing Africa (WAA), launched in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in August 2017. More

Uganda’s development will depend on the level of Women Empowerment

Thursday, January 11, 2018

French Ambassador to Uganda, Her Excellence Stephanie Rivoal How do you find the issue of GBV in Uganda? The level of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Uganda is still high especially in areas that have had civil unrest such as Northern Uganda and the Karamoja regions. This is basically because the memories of violent scenes are still fresh in people’s minds. GBV is also linked to poverty, unemployment (idleness) and alcoholism. Poverty brings bitterness. When a man is poor and idle,... More

TAKE 5: Women and Sustainable Development Goals

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dinah Musindarwezo addressing participants at the SDG Conference | Photo credit: FEMNET Dinah Musindarwezo, the Executive Director of FEMNET recently spoke with UN Women about Women and the astounding SDGs. This was after the legendary conference; Safeguarding Our Gains: African Women Collective Action on Defining the Pathway to Achieve 2030 Agenda & Africa Agenda 2063. The conference dedicated space for African women groups and development partners to discuss and foster... More

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