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UN Women facilitating reintegration of GBV survivors in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Since the launch of the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) program in April 2018, UN Women and its partners has provided multi-facet support to over 400 survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including women fleeing Boko Haram Insurgency in the Far North Region of Cameroon. ALVF social worker, Titigue Mispaline, attending to a GBV survivor at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Mora. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same When GBV survivors come forward, they first receive... More

Somali Women Call for Inclusion in Humanitarian Response and Post Conflict Reconstruction Process

Monday, August 20, 2018

Somali women call for inclusion in humanitarian response and post conflict reconstruction   Women suffer the highest consequences during armed violence and conflict. In many cases they are on the front line of conflict, yet they have fewer resources to protect themselves and with children they are the most affected and vulnerable.   There is an urgent need to address the specific needs of women and girls and involve them as equal partners in humanitarian response and post conflict... More

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us

Sunday, August 19, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. The anguish seen in the faces of those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed is also likely to reflect losses and wounds that are less visible, equally devastating, and insufficiently acknowledged.One in... More

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. More

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

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... More

Empowering women to build resilience in humanitarian setting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

UN Women Cameroon has again provided another set of equipment, just a few months after the inauguration of the Women Cohesion Space (WCS) in Ngam and donation of economic kits to over 100 identified vulnerable women. More

From where I stand: I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massah Lewally. Photo: UN Women/Cecil Nelson "I was driving to work on Monday morning, around 6.30 a.m., listening to the radio. They were talking about the rainfall. Someone called from the Regent area and said the mountain had just fallen. Another caller said there were over 200 houses under the mud… people had been caught unaware, sleeping in their beds. My father lives in that area. I just visited him on Sunday! By the time I reached the office, reports were... More

In Sierra Leone UN Women is building resilience placing women at the center of humanitarian response

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sierra Leone and its people are known for resilience. Eleven years of violent civil war that claimed more than 50,000 lives and displaced one million people was followed by the Ebola Virus Disease that claimed another 4000 lives by the end of the epidemic in November 2016. No sooner had the country started to emerge from the Ebola crisis, than torrential rains which led to a deadly mudslide on 14 August, 2017 hit the country.  The recent crisis has claimed the lives of more than 400 people... More

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Women receiving humanitarian assistance from UN Women in the aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone. Photo: UN Women Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid is expected to rise as rain and floods continue. Women and girls are often disproportionately impacted during times of crises. They have unique health... More

Women in Mugunga Refugee Camp prepared to transition to life outside the camp

Friday, July 28, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, concluded her visit to the Mugunga Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Goma in the province of North Kivu. The aim of the joint United Nations high-level African mission on July 27, 2017, was to understand the humanitarian situation in Mugunga. The camp was set up in 2008 following internal conflict in the region and currently hosts 3,998 people mostly women and children. During the mission, the UN team met with the camp... More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In Turkana county, women have to walk long distances in search of water |Photo credit: UN Women, Kennedy Okoth In the Turkana county of northern Kenya, walking miles and queuing at the water points has become a daily chore for many women. “This is my routine three times a day,” says Paulina Epung’u, a resident of Lotureirei. “I have to fetch water for our use and for the goats and sheep too, as they are too weak to walk.” Epung’u, 58... More

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No one chooses to leave their home and their possessions lightly. To become a refugee is to have experienced unbearable circumstances, swapping immediate peril for unquantifiable risk. Women and girls are often the most affected, facing uncertainties of status and rights, and dangers including strong likelihood of sexual violence.  UNFPA  estimates that 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years need humanitarian assistance around the world today. Some... More

UN Women awarded for its support to women and girls affected by Boko Haram

Friday, May 12, 2017

On 25 April 2017 in Yaoundé, 12,000 beneficiaries who were mainly vulnerable women and girls received impeccable support from the Government of Japan. More

PRESS RELEASE - Regional Exchange to Improve Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding 07 -09 June 2016 Dakar-Senegal

Saturday, June 4, 2016

UN Women and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office will bring together over 30 representatives from governments, international and civil society organisations of nine West and Central African countries working on women’s participation in peacebuilding, for a learning and strategy workshop to be held from 07-09 June 2016, in Dakar. More

Jimmy Henry NYINGCHO, UN Volunteer with UN Women in Maroua-Cameroon

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maroua-Cameroon April 2016: It is a Thursday afternoon at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua (hosting close to 60000 refugees from Nigeria) with an outside temperature of 45°C. Jimmy Henry N. 31 year old, married and a father of one is assisting refugee’s women in income generating activities. He is a United Nations national volunteer (UNV) with UN Women Cameroon as the Gender and women empowerment and social cohesion expert. More

UN Women Makes Public its Humanitarian Achievements in Cameroon

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bertoua-Cameroon April 1, 2016: The setting up of 8 Social Cohesion Spaces within the refugees sites, through which some 341000 refugees were sensitized on social cohesion, 882 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) identified and assisted in the East and Adamawa regions and the establishment of three Gender Desks (specialized units in police stations to assist victims of GBV) following the training of some 150 Police officers on how to protect women and children in crises situations are some of the key results recorded by UN Women Cameroon since 2014. More

Building Resilience for South Sudanese Women through Humanitarian Assistance

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Following a successful pilot in 2014, UN Women in South Sudan has scaled up the provision of humanitarian assistance to reach 6,000 vulnerable women and girls and 1500 men and boys in displaced settlements in Nimule, Eastern Equatorial State, Mingkaman in Lakes State and Juba in Central Equatoria State. More

UN Women Cameroon drills Police force on protecting women, children in Humanitarian situations.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bertoua-Cameroon 18 December 2015: Some 50 law enforcement officers, drawn from the Police corps across the East Region of Cameroon are poised to protect women and children in humanitarian situations-armed and non-armed conflict areas. They have also taken the commitment to respect the rights of refugees and pay particular attention to the plights... More

High-level Review on Women, Peace and Security: 15 years of Security Council resolution 1325

Monday, October 12, 2015

Since the adoption of resolution 1325, women’s participation in peace and security decision-making has been key to preventing conflict and securing peace. To assess progress and accelerate action, the 2015 High-level Review will take place along with the launch of the Global Study on the implementation of resolution 1325, from 12-14 October. More

The new yellow in Sierra Leone: Getting Ebola to Zero

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A year on from the Ebola outbreak, a new campaign with journalists, students and teachers is injecting fresh energy into the drive to kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone. More

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