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In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Saturday, November 21, 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. More

Statement by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Boko Haram

Friday, October 2, 2015

In light of this ongoing and deepening insecurity, UN Women welcomes the release of the report this week by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on violations committed by Boko Haram. We underline the call to affected States and the international community to place gender equality at the heart of interventions. This is the only sustainable, systemic way to prevent and respond to the spread of violent extremism. Empowered women and empowered communities are the best defense against radicalization and further violence. We must engender counter-terrorism. More

Hope is restored in Ziguinchor for women and girls who had been subjected to violence

Friday, July 3, 2015

Deputy Governor in charge for Development officially opens the Kullimaaro centre. Left to right: President of PFPC, Marie Pierre Raky Chaupin – Coordinator of the UN Women Senegal Programme, Deputy Governor in charge for Development, Mayor of Ziguinchor (Photo Credit: Women/ L. Sanka) After heavy rains, a blue sky was enjoyed by state representatives and citizen, who had arrived at large numbers to support the launch of the new shelter for women and girls survivors of violence. The... More

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words… More

Statement of the Executive Director of UN Women on the one-year anniversary of the Chibok kidnappings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In a statement on the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says their imprisonment is a stark reminder of the ongoing impunity that accompanies this type of violence. She urges the global community to work together to adopt a coordinated response that addresses the drivers of extremist violence. More

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

Friday, October 24, 2014

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. More

From Kigali to Quito, a journey towards safer cities

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In the first south-south exchange under UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Programme, the Deputy Mayor of Kigali, Rwanda, recently visited Quito, Ecuador to share experiences and discuss challenges. More

Healing unseen wounds in Mogadishu

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A project to train community leaders to heal conflict-related trauma in Mogadishu, Somalia, is helping women and girls move beyond their violent experiences. 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

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