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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

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host an Africa Youth Conference in Nairobi

Friday, October 19, 2018

WHAT:  The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ has been a key feature of all the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Towards this end, UN Women, in collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, will hold an Africa Youth Conference on  Unleashing the Potential of Youth in Africa - Prioritizing Investment in Youth Development in the Post-2015 Agenda , from 23 – 25 October 2018, at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The... 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

UN Women and IAWRT: Placing women at the heart of Elections

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ahead of the October 7 presidential elections, UN Women and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Cameroon have sensitized over 40 media women to take interest in covering politics and gender sensitive elections coverage and positive portrayals of women during a seminar which took place on Friday, 21 st September 2018. A cross section of participants during the opening statement of Ngoro Joseph, UN Women Programme Specialist. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire... More

UN Women and European Union in Nigeria advocate for the inclusion of more women in politics ahead of 2019 elections

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... 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

UN Women Cameroon engages the journalists’ platform “NETCOM GENDER” on gender mainstreaming in sensitization campaigns on HIV and violence against women and girls.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Members of the journalist’s network ‘NETCOM GENDER’ during a workshop organized by UN Women on Friday, April 27, 2018 debated communication strategies and media platforms targeting women and girls during campaigns HIV and violence against women. More

The President Macky Sall launches HeForShe campain in Senegal

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The President of the Republic of Senegal, HE Mr. Macky Sall officially launched the HeForShe movement, at the same time declaring to take on the campaign as a HeForShe Champion. More

Empower Women and Girls in Rural Areas to Achieve the SDGs and Africa’s Agenda 2063

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This year’s CSW62 Priority Theme: “Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” is critical to the attainment of the SDGs Agenda 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063. This is according to the Africa’s pre CSW62 consultations held in Addis Ababa in February 2018. CSW62 theme strengthens the African Union’s Constitutive Act which commit Africa to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls... More

Registration of Female Voters in Cameroons East Region

Monday, March 12, 2018

Registration of Female Voters in Cameroon’s East Region Over 400 women and girls in marginalized and under-represented communities in Bertoua have been registered to vote during a UN Women-led campaign intended to awaken political consciousness in the target population. More

SheDecides Flagship Event marks a year of accelerated global support for women and girls to realise their sexual and reproductive health rights

Monday, March 5, 2018

It has been a year since SheDecides, a global movement to promote, provide, protect and enhance the fundamental rights of every girl and woman was launched. The movement is about getting women and girls to be the ones to make decisions about their bodies, lives, health and futures. More

Gender mainstreaming in agricultural value chain development in Cameroon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UN Women country office will furnish technical expertise to the project, in alignment with its on-going Women Economic Empowerment Flagship program, intended to enable rural women to produce better, sell more, and make more money from farm produce. More

Climate-smart agriculture improves livelihoods of rural women in Mali

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

When Fatou Dembele’s plants first started dying, she thought the plot of land was ruined, and her livelihood was at risk. More

Cote d’Ivoire launches its chapter of the African Women Leaders Network

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Cote d'Ivoire becomes the second country to launch the African Women Leaders Network to galvanize a movement of women leaders to play an important role in Africa's transformation, through the Africa Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. More

Statement by UN Women on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Monday, February 5, 2018

While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up. A 2016 report of the UN Secretary-General shows the single largest factor influencing the continuation of female genital mutilation to be the desire for social acceptance and avoidance... More

Supporting improved gender responsive planning in Liberia

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Supporting improved gender responsive planning in Liberia (Monrovia)– Twenty-five staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning of Liberia have gained new skills in gender-responsive planning, following a recent two-day training supported by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The participants trained in the areas of: gender mainstreaming in the context of planning; institutional transformation and gender; gender and... More

Announcer: International Women's Day 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. 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

Press Release: Are you #HeForShe?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New York, NY (December 20, 2017) –  In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women’s HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment. While stories of power imbalance and sexual harassment dominate the headlines, most of men have abstained from the current conversation. HeForShe invites men to break the silence by recording a short video... More

UN Women launches African Women Leaders Network of Congo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Galvanizing a movement of women leaders across Africa to play an important role in transforming Africa, through the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More

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