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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

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. 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

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

Women in Mugunga Refugee Camp prepared to transition to life outside the camp

Friday, July 28, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, concluded her visit to the Mugunga Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Goma in the province of North Kivu. The aim of the joint United Nations high-level African mission on July 27, 2017, was to understand the humanitarian situation in Mugunga. The camp was set up in 2008 following internal conflict in the region and currently hosts 3,998 people mostly women and children. During the mission, the UN team met with the camp... More

UN Women statement for International Widows’ Day

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ellen Mlalazi is a widow from rural Zimbabwe. She supports a household of 10, both children and grandchildren, despite the limited economic opportunities in the Binga region that reflect the ongoing crises and prevalent gender inequality. Ellen is just one of millions of widows around the world who struggle to claim their equal human rights after the loss of a husband; an event that can lead to enduring poverty for women and their families. Although accurate information is limited, it has... More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No one chooses to leave their home and their possessions lightly. To become a refugee is to have experienced unbearable circumstances, swapping immediate peril for unquantifiable risk. Women and girls are often the most affected, facing uncertainties of status and rights, and dangers including strong likelihood of sexual violence.  UNFPA  estimates that 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years need humanitarian assistance around the world today. Some... More

UN Women Cameroon inaugurates another Women Cohesion Space

Friday, May 26, 2017

The newly inaugurated WCS will also serve as one of the venues to implement the one- year USD 1.170 million Japanese sponsored project to fight against extremism through adequate support to women and girls and former hostages of Boko Haram and their host communities in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Maroua May 11, 2017: In the middle of the Minawao refugee camp in the Far North Region of Cameroon is a super imposed and solid structure, constructed on a surface area of about 3000... More

PRESS RELEASE - Regional Exchange to Improve Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding 07 -09 June 2016 Dakar-Senegal

Saturday, June 4, 2016

UN Women and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office will bring together over 30 representatives from governments, international and civil society organisations of nine West and Central African countries working on women’s participation in peacebuilding, for a learning and strategy workshop to be held from 07-09 June 2016, in Dakar. More

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

Monday, March 3, 2014

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Malawi on first official country mission

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Executive Director of UN Women will visit Malawi from 6 to 9 October, on her first official country mission. She will reinforce UN Women’s support to Malawi in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaboration with the Government, civil society, private sector and UN system. More

Girls receive a visit from a different man every night, a ‘new husband’: In the words of Saran Keïta Diakité

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saran Keïta Diakité is a lawyer in Mali and President of the Malian branch of the NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (Réseau Paix et Sécurité des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO). As the Donor Conference on Mali starts in Brussels, in her own words she speaks about the atrocities occurring in her country, which has been plagued by political instability and the proliferation of armed groups that have uprooted more than 415,000 people since a military coup d’état in March 2012. She also talks about the work of her NGO, supported by UN Women, to assist survivors of violence, provide access to justice, and to ensure women have a say in peace negotiations. She was one of four female mediators who took part in peace negotiations from 15-17 April 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Saran also recently spoke in April 2013 at the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on conflict-related sexual violence in New York. More

In Tanzania, a caravan of activists visits five regions over eight days on a journey to end violence against women

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we feature the efforts of Tanzanian activists who travelled by bus across the country, giving workshops, performances and urging people to raise awareness around violence against women and harmful traditional practices. More

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. More

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