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Monday, July 8, 2019
UN Women welcomes the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 July 2019 for crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002 and 2003. The former rebel leader was found guilty on 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, sexual slavery, displacement of civilians, and enlisting and conscripting child soldiers under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The national dialogue for the consolidation of democratic governance for Sierra Leone’s peace and national cohesion was held from May 23 to 25 2019 at Bintumani International Conference Center in Freetown. The conference referred to as Bintumani III aimed at uniting the country which has been divided along political and ethnical lines following the general elections which took place in 2018.
Monday, May 27, 2019
Ms Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General charged Nigerian women to ensure active contribution in the peacebuilding process, transformation and stability of Nigeria. Ms. Mohammed made the call in Abuja via a video message during the inauguration of the steering committee of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), Nigeria Chapter, on 2 May 2019 at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja Nigeria.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCAR), in partnership with the Senegalese National Commission for Border Management (CNGF/NCBM), held a two-day capacity-building workshop for border communities in Senegal and Mali on an “integrated border management approach to promoting and sustaining peace and human security for social and economic development”.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Sella Esther Sowa 42, is a mother of four with three girls and a boy. She has been married for 15 years to Foday Sowa. She try’s to support her parents who lives in Kenema and also 3 of her sister’s children with the profit she makes from selling food stuffs and vegetables.
Monday, October 29, 2018
UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) set up Thematic Regional Reference Groups comprised of a diverse team of high-level Technical Experts in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with relevant thematic experience in line with UN Women’s strategic priorities.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Muslim women in Cameroon have made a call for the promotion of peace in Cameroon during a women’s peace conference organized on Saturday 22 September 2018 by the Council of Imams and Muslim Dignitaries (CIDIMUC) in commemoration of the International day of peace celebrated on September 21 st each year. A cross section of participants attending the Women’s Peace conference. Photo:UN Women/ Teclaire Same This mega-conference organized in the run up of the presidential...
Monday, September 24, 2018
The Women, peace and security programme launched in April 2014 and implemented by UN women in partnership with the Federal, target state ministries of women affairs and social development, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau State held its final engagement with Stakeholders and Government representatives to mark the end of the program in Abuja on 17 th September 2018. Participants, Representatives of the Media, Non-Governmental...
Friday, September 21, 2018
Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We...
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...
Sunday, August 12, 2018
The high-level delegation comprised members of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Platform and was carried out in cooperation with the African Union FemWise- Africa network, the ICGLR’s Women Forum and UN-Women
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
WHAT: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board members of the Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region WHEN: 9–12 August 2018 WHERE: Bujumbura, Burundi CONTEXT The signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013 and the adoption of...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Major Cleo Bigwood. Photo: Lt Cdr R F Abbey RN. Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...
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...
Friday, May 4, 2018
Beriks Patricia carrying out a security follow up at UN Women Regional Office Photo: UN Women/ Patterson Siema Berkis Patricia Pérez has been working in safety and security for almost two decades. She started her career in the Dominican Republic, where she reached the rank of Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. She joined UN Women in September 2017, as Regional Security Specialist for Africa, where she supports two Regional Offices and 1 Multi Country Office representing 42 UN Women offices. Since her time in Law School, Patricia had always wanted to join the UN to be the voice of the voiceless. After working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in multiple locations, Berkis came to the realization that women had specific security needs. It was a dream come true for Berkis when UN Women selected her for this role.
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...
Friday, April 6, 2018
The UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was a groundbreaking addition to the global peace and security infrastructure. The resolution served as the first global affirmation that women both disproportionately suffer from conflict and have an integral role to play in conflict resolution, peace negotiation, peacebuilding, and humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts. As such, the four pillars of 1325 – Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Relief and Recovery – reflect on the need to incorporate gender perspectives in peace and security efforts at all levels.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Distinguished Guests Colleagues Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to address you and speak on behalf of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mr. Said Djinnit, who wished he could have been here at the opening of this Symposium, but could not, due to prior commitments with a parallel event that is taking place with the UN Youth Special Envoy. I would like on his behalf, to take this opportunity to commend UN WOMEN for convening this...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Since 2017, Mouna Awata is the President of the Women’s Peace Hut in Gao – where local women from different ethnic communities come together to discuss their matters and raise their voices for a peaceful coexistence. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2018, she describes her daily tasks as a female leader and her wishes for sustainable peace in Mali.