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Press release: Statement of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) on the appointment of AWLN Member, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a... More

Kenya Hosts High Level Review Meeting on the Implementation of UN Resolution on Peace and Security

Thursday, October 25, 2018

During the discussion and deliberation on the high-level peer review on peace and security. The following were the key highlights of the discussion;That women participation in peace and security process remains instrumental and has transformed the security sector in Kenya. More

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host an Africa Youth Conference in Nairobi

Friday, October 19, 2018

WHAT:  The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ has been a key feature of all the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Towards this end, UN Women, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, will hold an Africa Youth Conference on  Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa - Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda , from 23 – 25 October 2018, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The... More

Education of women in Citizenship and Politics in Cameroon

Thursday, October 11, 2018

UN Women and RAF’AK – the Network of Women’s associations in Akonolinga Sub-Division has educated over 200 women on the importance of participating in electoral processes during a conference on the theme, "Education of women in Citizenship and politics." The conference which held in September in Akonolinga was aimed at increasing the turnout of women voters in the 2018 presidential elections and women’s participation in subsequent electoral processes and other... More

Women Candidates Reinforce Technical Capacity Before Elections

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Ministry of Women, Family and Children, in collaboration with the Director General of Decentralization, with the support of UN Women, organized a meeting with women candidates in municipal and regional elections, as a prelude to the electoral campaign related to the local elections of 13 October 2018. The objective of the meeting was to offer a platform for consultation with women candidates, to reinforce their technical capacities in the conduct of an electoral campaign and to collect the... More

UN Women and European Union in Nigeria advocate for the inclusion of more women in politics ahead of 2019 elections

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Female aspirants from different political parties in Nigeria converged at a breakfast meeting in Abuja organized by UN Women and the European Union Delegation to Nigeria on 09 August 2018, to strategize on how to enhance support for women in politics, prior to the upcoming political party primaries and General Elections in 2019. Participants at the Breakfast Meeting Photo: UN Women In his opening remarks, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Mr. Richard Young, noted that the... 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

UN Women Cameroon facilitating intergenerational dialogue to promote citizen engagement of young girls and boys in Cameroon.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

An intergenerational dialogue ‘gender coffee’ was organized at the National Assembly on Monday, May 14, 2018. This intergenerational dialogue which brought together over 30 youths between the ages of 18 – 32 years drawn from all ten regions of the country, members of national assembly, government representatives and civil society was a forum to debate the obstacles and strategies to promote citizen engagement of Cameroonian youths in prelude of the May 20th National Day celebrations in Cameroon. More

What the candidate needs to know – In the run-up to the elections, women and girls candidates inquire about the electoral process

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

As the Independent National Electoral Commission – CENI prepares to open the Reception and Processing Offices (BRTC) of applications, 450 potential women candidates met to examine the procedures related to the various innovations of the electoral law and to get informed about the process of building up their files in order to understand the electoral system and develop effective strategies to appear on electoral lists. More

Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: African Women Leaders Network convene for a second forum

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The launch of the African Women Leaders Network on 2 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), an initiative that creates space for African Women to share their leadership experiences and lessons learned, kicked off its Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 th to 26 th April. The African Union, in partnership with the United Nations and support from Government of... 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

Elections stakeholders debate strategies to eliminate violence against women during elections and increase participation of women in the 2018 electoral processes.

Monday, April 30, 2018

On Thursday April 26, 2018, UN women organized a seminar to raise awareness of leaders of political parties and elections stakeholders on mechanisms to eliminate violence against women during elections and increase the participation of women in the 2018 electoral process. More

Traditional authorities and rural women poised to improve women’s participation in the electoral processes in Cameroon

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A sensitization workshop to raise awareness of women traditional leaders and rural women for the active participation of women in the electoral process in 2018 was organised in Ebebda from the 16 – 17 of March, by DYDESCA (Dynamique de Developpement Economique et Social des Femmes Chef Traditionnels et Reines-Mere du Cameroun) with the technical support of UN Women organised. More

Registration of Female Voters in Cameroons East Region

Monday, March 12, 2018

Registration of Female Voters in Cameroon’s East Region Over 400 women and girls in marginalized and under-represented communities in Bertoua have been registered to vote during a UN Women-led campaign intended to awaken political consciousness in the target population. More

Voter Registration on International Women’s Day launch in Cameroon

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

164 more females have been registered in the electoral roll at the launching ceremony of the 33rd International Women’s Day in Yaounde, as UN Women and partners intensify efforts to ensure that women and girls are not left behind in this year’s elections More

UN Women Cameroon steps up efforts to get more female voters in electoral registers

Monday, February 19, 2018

482 women and girls in the South Region of Cameroon have been registered to vote in upcoming local and national elections announced for 2018, following a campaign by UN Women, in collaboration with Elections Cameroon and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment. More

UN Women Country Representative meets Canadian Ambassador-designate; signs Letter of Agreement with Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Liberia Country office in an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia Photo: UN Women As part of its efforts to support elected women representatives to effectively discharge their responsibilities UN Women in alignment with its global Flagship Programmes Initiative (FPI) yesterday signed an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia. The agreement signed yesterday, 18th January 2018 with the Women’s Legislative Caucus’s... More

UN Women launches African Women Leaders Network of Congo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Galvanizing a movement of women leaders across Africa to play an important role in transforming Africa, through the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More

Nation leadership forum: The gender dilemma

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gender is a fundamental issue of discussion when it comes to matters of development. In 2017, society continues to carry on conversation as women still face obstacles in realizing their full potential and achieving gender equality. More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Monday, September 11, 2017

Members of the Angwan Rogo peace network with Hadiza Adam (center). Photo: UN Women/Ladi Eguche   “We need peace. We are tired of conflicts. So many innocent people have died and we have... More

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