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Empowering rural women on effective management of cooperatives and development organizations

Friday, September 7, 2018

UN Women has trained over 60 members of the network of Women’s Association in Ayos (REFA’AYO) on the structuring and functioning of grassroots development organizations and the financial management along the value chain. Rural Women association working on their maize farm. Photo: UN Women The capacity building workshop which took place from 28 th to 30 th of August 2018 sought to raise awareness to participants on the merits and functions of associations, capacity... More

Somali Women Call for Inclusion in Humanitarian Response and Post Conflict Reconstruction Process

Monday, August 20, 2018

Somali women call for inclusion in humanitarian response and post conflict reconstruction   Women suffer the highest consequences during armed violence and conflict. In many cases they are on the front line of conflict, yet they have fewer resources to protect themselves and with children they are the most affected and vulnerable.   There is an urgent need to address the specific needs of women and girls and involve them as equal partners in humanitarian response and post conflict... 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

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

Rural women lead the way in addressing food insecurity in Liberia

Thursday, March 22, 2018

49-years old Everlyn Karhenye, a mother of nine children is leader of the Gbawanken Rural Women Community Grain Reserve, an agricultural storage and processing facility established through the UN Women led Joint Programme on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment (JPRWEE) with funding from the Governments of Norway and Sweden. More

Empowering women to build resilience in humanitarian setting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

UN Women Cameroon has again provided another set of equipment, just a few months after the inauguration of the Women Cohesion Space (WCS) in Ngam and donation of economic kits to over 100 identified vulnerable women. 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

We are Ready to Move Mountains for Africa's Transformation

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We are ready to move mountains for Africa's transformation 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

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adão Paía. Photo: UN Women/Ouri Pota My childhood seemed like a punishment. I was sent to live with my grandmother in her farm when I was five years old, along with my sister. My grandmother was abusive. I had to wake up at five in the morning to finish chores before I could go to school. I swept the yard, cleaned the house, washed dishes and did the shopping. When I came back from school, I had to work even more. If I complained, my grandmother would beat me. My sister... More

Rural women in Ethiopia get involved in income generating activities

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mrs.Kebela Gure, is a 30 - year old wife and mother of five from Adamitulu District, Oromia region in Ethiopia.  She dropped out of school in 8 th grade to work and financially support her family. Mrs. Gure’s key priorities are to give her children a good education and improve her family’s livelihood. In Dodola District, still in Oromia region, is a 38-year old Mrs. Teletech Bekelpe. Her husband’s sudden death forced Mrs. Tadelech, who was financially dependent on him,... More

Zimbabwean women farmers on their way to financial freedom

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Reserve Bank in Murehwa, Zimbabwe assured Zimbabwean women farmers (participating in a UN Women Zimbabwe supported initiative to improve women’s incomes) that they will receive financial support to up-scale production and access markets is high on the Central Bank’s agenda. The Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, Dr Charity Dhliwayo, told the women, “The Reserve Bank will soon establish a Women Empowerment Fund to meet the financial needs of lower-income earning women... More

African girls have what it takes to drive technology: Girls in ICT Day 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Over 230 eager, energetic and tech-savvy high-school girls filled the conference room at the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, for the celebration of 2017 Girls in ICT Day More

African women define the pathway to achieve the SDG's

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Any mention of women and development in the same setting generally conjures up metaphors on feminism—which is precisely the image African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) wants to convey. More

Boosting financial and business literacy in Rwanda

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Over 200 executive women from government, private enterprises, and international organizations took part in a two-hour financial planning and business investment seminar dubbed “Finishing Rich”, the first in a series of luncheon-events supported by the Rwanda Development Board, UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)... More

Income empowers Kilimanjaro women to seek justice

Monday, June 1, 2015

Through a programme supported by UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, more than 1,000 women have joined savings and loans groups, started businesses, and sought legal advice to claim their rights. More

Shaping the next generation of STEM leaders, TechWomen visit South Africa

Monday, February 23, 2015

On the way to the 24th Session of the African Union Heads of States’ Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Executive Director took the opportunity to spend time with delegates of TechWomen, who visited South Africa. More

Women living with HIV cultivate leaders and food, in Uganda’s slums

Monday, April 7, 2014

In the Katwe slum in Kampala, a group of women living with HIV are cultivating food, cleaning up the community and raising awareness of the right to sanitation and adequate housing. 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

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