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"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

From where I stand: “Women are our solution”

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DR. Josephine Kulea. Photo: UN Women Dr. Josephine Kulea is the Founder and Executive Director of Samburu Girl Foundation and the UN Person of the Year – Kenya COVAW Champion in 2013. Dr. Josephine works to protecting women’s rights and improving women empowerment at the grassroots level. She spoke to UN Women at the forum on what are the top priorities of her foundation. “Women and girls have an infinite potential to change the narrative. In our... 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

How I firmly said NO to an early and forced marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In the words of Martha Ntoipo, a 33-year-old Maasai activist from Tanzania. She works for the Pastoralist Information and Development Organization (PIDO), a community development organization which she founded in 2010, which works in the fields of health, women economic empowerment, gender equality and human rights, environmental conservation and research. More

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

Monday, March 3, 2014

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. 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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