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OFAD and partners brainstorm on pathways to promote women's entrepreneurship in Cameroon

Thursday, April 18, 2019

From 27 to 28 March 2019 the organization of African Women and the Diaspora (OFAD) organized its 5th edition of Economic and entrepreneurial Forum of African Women and of the Diaspora. The conference which took place at the Yaoundé Congress Centre saw the participation of over 500 visitors was an opportunity for stakeholders to debate and propose solutions to improve female entrepreneurship in Cameroon.

UN Women facilitates access education and vocational training for women and girls affected by humanitarian crisis in Cameroon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In February 2019, UN Women Cameroon conducted a series of needs assessment, labour market and consultation activities in the East and Far North Regions to determine local needs, types of training and existing institutions and infrastructures to host beneficiaries of launched the second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme.

UNV supports the efforts of UN Women towards gender equality and women empowerment in Africa

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Since its creation in 2010, the partnership between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has engaged hundreds of talented men and women from diverse backgrounds to serve as volunteers advocates for women's rights in Africa and the world. In 2018, UN Volunteers have been an important component of UN Women’s capacity on the ground and have been at the forefront of promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

UN Women Partners with BNP Paribas to Promote Women's Economic Empowerment through Climate Smart Agriculture in Senegal

Monday, March 25, 2019

UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, and the BNP Paribas Group announced the launch of the Project “Supporting Women in Agriculture and Sustainable Development in Senegal (PAF/AgriFed).

From where I stand: “Empowering women to sustain peace”

Friday, March 22, 2019

“I have benefited so much from my vegetables revenue; you can never imagine the extent of my happiness because I have earned it myself…” said Amna Abu El Hasan, Vegetable Farmer * one of the women who benefited  from the house gardening intervention, “…the revenue of the vegetable production has made me able to buy gas and cook for my family without asking people's support” continued Amna.

Over 35 Officials from CEMAC trained on gender sensitive budgeting and planning

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

From the 11th till the 15th of March 2019, 38 senior officials from the ministries of finance and women empowerment from all the states members of AFRITAC centre, were trained gender sensitive budgeting during the 8th edition of Budget ‘senior Officials’ Forum organized by the regional Technical Assistance Center of the International Monetary Fund for Central Africa (AFRITAC Centre) in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on the theme: “Gender responsive budgeting: Reducing Gender Inequalities to accelerate development”. During the four days training, UN Women Cameroon drilled the thirty-eight participants on the techniques needed for the adoption of gender-responsive budgeting as a tool for institutionalizing gender accountability mechanisms and translating them into sectoral public policies.

Unlocking opportunities for women-owned businesses

Monday, March 18, 2019

The UN Women South Africa Multi-Country (SAMCO) commemorated International Women’s Day 2019 with Intsika Women Business Association in Kwa Zulu Natal province, South Africa. The event forms part of SAMCO’s Flagship Programme Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs.

FROM WHERE I STAND: “BEING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WILL NOT LIMIT MY ABILITY TO LEARN AND BE PRODUCTIVE, I WILL THINK EQUAL.”

Friday, March 15, 2019

FROM WHERE I STAND: “BEING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WILL NOT LIMIT MY ABILITY TO LEARN AND BE PRODUCTIVE, I WILL THINK EQUAL.” Hawa Koroma 50, is a physically challenged widow and mother living in Kenema  in the Eastern Part of Sierra Leoneat No 31 Krooma street with her three children, the first daughter Josephine Kajua is 20, Ibrahim Smart is 6, and Kadijatu Koroma is 3. She is a seem stress by profession. She attended the national women’s conference on March 7 2019 to...

From where I stand: I fled my home, now I want to build a business

Monday, February 18, 2019

Bawa Gana Abba Kaw is a 42-year-old internally displaced person who fled her home in 2015 Bawa Gana Abba Kaw is a 42-year-old internally displaced person who fled her home in 2015 because of the actions of Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) in  North East Nigeria. Gana is among the 300 women trained on Improved Parboiling Technology (IPT) with UN Women support.  One Monday evening, at around 4pm in 2015,  everybody in our community was running away because NSAGs were coming...

Improving livelihoods of women in North East Nigeria

Monday, February 18, 2019

Starter kit for IPT The excitement in the room could be felt miles away, as 300 women gathered in Maiduguri to receive Improved Parboiling Technology (IPT) kits to enhance the quality and quantity of rice that is been locally produced by women. Bintu Bani, 40, an internally displaced woman who now  lives in Old Maiduguri with her 10 children, left her home Dikwa four years ago due to the Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) insurgency. She is among those who have benefitted from a...

Tanzania wants women’s access to justice improved to strengthen protection

Friday, February 8, 2019

“There is need to ensure that for every Tanzania woman and girl, justice is acceptable, affordable and delivered on time. If you look at the situation in most rural areas in general, you will realise that many women and girls are not aware of the steps they can take, especially when the perpetrator of violence is a loved one.”

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...

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.

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/...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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