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Gender-Based Violence survivors receive livelihood support from UN Women and partners

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In August 2018, over 200 women and girls’ survivors of gender-based violence in the Far North Region of Cameroon received different economic kits worth 100.000FCFA (175USD) to enable them to setup small businesses in view of their financial independence and economic empowerment. Prior to the distribution of economic kits, a market survey is done, and the survivors receive training on the creation and management of a small business. The Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) humanitarian... More

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion: Building Relations with Women Owned Businesses

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Over 70 women owned businesses (WOB) and senior representatives of companies in Kenya which are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) attended an exciting forum convened by UN Women Kenya Country Office. More

Securing rural women’s access to land in Cameroon

Monday, October 22, 2018

UN Women and the government of Cameroon are facilitating the acquisition of over 80 land titles for rural women and women associations along the Bachenga-Ntui-Yoko highway project area. The land titles which range from 2,000m 2 to 40,000m 2 seek to guarantee land security and facilitate access to credit facilities in view of increasing agricultural investments and economic empowerment of rural women. Members of a rural women cooperative cleaning their cassava farm Photo: UN Women/... More

UN Women at the forefront of Economic Empowerment for Rural Women

Monday, October 22, 2018

Since its launch in 2017, UN Women’s flagship “Gender-Road Project” has contributed in the economic empowerment of over 800 rural women in the Lekie, Mbam and Kim Divisions in the Central Region of Cameroon. This initiative, “Gender-Road Project” seeks to promote gender equality and accelerate the economic empowerment of women along the road project ‘BATCHENGA-NTUI-YOKO-LENA’ which has been facilitating rural women’s access to productive resources... More

“We are liberated”: Women-led agricultural Savings and Loans Groups boost empowerment in Benin

Monday, October 1, 2018

ANaF president with Savings and Loans groups in Savalou. Photo: UN Women/ Catherine Wolf Benin is among Africa's most stable democracies and largest cotton producers. Nevertheless, corruption is rife and despite economic growth over the past few years, Benin ranks among the world's poorest countries. Although several recent laws have been adopted to improve women’s rights, implementation comes up against serious social, cultural and economic obstacles. Discriminatory practices... More

Building social cohesion and empowering GBV survivors in Ngam

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Over 170 vulnerable women and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the Ngam refugee camp have received counselling and livelihood support from the UN Women project implemented by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) which seek to promote social cohesion and empower vulnerable women within the host community and refugee camp in Ngam. Epanga Solange, WSCS Ngam GBV Expert during a capacity building session with GBV survivors in Ngam. Photo:Livelihood Expert/WSCS... More

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

Women of Exception: "Have the idea and start.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Awa Caba, is an engineer in computer science from Senegal. As soon as she finished her University studies, she started her own startup called Sooretul which stands for ‘ it is not so far ’ which strives to connect women producers with consumers that live in an urban area. What made you want to become an entrepreneur? When I was young, I liked going to the field with my parents. I would spend every weekend in the field with my father who works in the agronomy sector. After my... More

DE BEERS GROUP AND UN WOMEN ANNOUNCE CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT 500 WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Monday, September 3, 2018

De Beers Group and United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) South Africa are pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building programme to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the communities of Blouberg and Musina, near De Beers’ Venetia Mine in Limpopo.   The key objective of the programme is to equip women micro-entrepreneurs with business management and life skills to build their confidence and capacity to operate and grow... More

Business leaders taking action on gender equality and women empowerment

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The event was held to recognize and inspire business corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, promote inclusive economic prosperity in realizing the 2030 Agenda. More

“Agriculture is purely Feminine!”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mboyo Sow is 23-year-old young entrepreneur from Louga. Sow is currently working with ‘BAY-TECH Africa’, an application that helps farmers to better choose their crops depending on the type of soil, quality of the water, as well as other environmental factors and resources. Mboyo Sow, an entrepreneur working with BAY-TECH Africa Photo: UN Women/ Alpha Ba What inspired you to be an entrepreneur? I have always wanted to work for myself! I prefer to take my own direction and... 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

Empowering women in Industry

Thursday, August 16, 2018

UN Women in partnership with Classic Mouldings, a leading interior design and construction services organized a first ever industry on site-visit for women and young adults as well as representatives of corporates that are signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). More

Media Advisory : UN Women Executive Director visits Senegal to put women in agriculture at the heart of the gender equality agenda

Monday, July 23, 2018

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka begins today an official visit to Senegal, with the purpose of highlighting the importance women’s economic empowerment in agricultural sector in Senegal, to encourage closing the gap in discriminatory laws and to promote women leadership and political participation. More

Innovative Agriculture and Entrepreneurship Opportunities to Empower Rural Women in Cameroon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COFEPLANGUI a women’s cooperative in Nguila has improved their agricultural production from 7 to 12 tons of maize per hectare following training on innovative agricultural techniques and use of improved seedlings provided by UN Women. Women of COFEPLANGUI cooperative harvesting their maize in their farm. Photo: UN Women/ Nabonswendé OUEDRAOGO During a visit to monitor the activities of the COFEPLANGUI women farmers’ cooperative of Nguila by UN Women through the... More

Climate-smart innovations improves agriculture and livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

When Fatou Dembele’s plants started to die, she thought the soil was ruined and worried about her livelihood. “We thought the land was sick,” Dembele says. “We didn’t know that parasites attacked the roots of the plants and killed them.” The growing number of parasites caused by rising temperatures and humidity is just one of several problems in her village caused by climate change. In Mali, a country where half of the population engaged in agriculture are... More

'UN Women has transformed how we conduct business'

Friday, July 6, 2018

Since 2016, UN Women has been implementing a project Access to Markets by Women Vendors a  three-year project aimed at supporting women vendors to transform from being informal small-scale vendors to formal viable and sustainable big entrepreneurs.   It is being implemented in a partnership with the International Institute for Social Transformation (IST) in Gulu Central market and Kalerwe Market. The Women Economic Empowerment Specialist, Enock Mugabi said the project beneficiaries... More

Agricultural shift: UN Women Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit with partners

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The panel discussion highlighted that the gender gap in agricultural productivity is large, reducing it may reduce poverty and improve nutrition. Resultantly, there is need to reduce the gap by focusing on the constraints bringing to attention that environment, gender and agriculture are inter-linked factors in poverty reduction paradigm More

Senegal: A fruit and vegetable processing unit renovated in Ndame Lo

Thursday, May 17, 2018

After four months of hard work and with the support of UN Women, the women of the Ndam Lo Women's Promotion Group (GPF) finally have their fruit and vegetable processing unit renovated. Hence, they are motivated to increase their production to meet the marketing standards and demand. More

Women living in Refugee Settlements call for more Psycho-social support in Humanitarian Interventions

Monday, May 14, 2018

Members from the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, and WFP were in Uganda from 30 th April to 4 th May 2018 and visited West Nile in Uganda. This mission was to assess the UN Women’s work in supporting the country’s development efforts. Some of the Board members from UN Women were Mr Jyrki Juhana Terva, Ms Christine Kalamwina, H.E. Ms Ivana Pajevic, Ms. Desirée del Carmen Cedeño Rengifo, and Mr Jean-Luc Bories. The team visited UN... More

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