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Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host Gender Ataya in Dakar

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UN Women is organizing the first edition of "Gender Ataya" on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on the 8th floor of the African Institute of Management (IAM), Dakar. The Gender Ataya is designed to open spaces for young people to contribute to inclusive and equitable development and decision-making processes within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with themselves and decision makers including government, CSOs and... More

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international community’s ambitious response to today’s most pressing global development challenges. More

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.” Kofi Annan Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international... 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

“Agriculture is purely Feminine!”

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mboyo Sow is 23-year-old young entrepreneur from Louga. Sow is currently working with ‘BAY-TECH Africa’, an application that helps farmers to better choose their crops depending on the type of soil, quality of the water, as well as other environmental factors and resources. Mboyo Sow, an entrepreneur working with BAY-TECH Africa Photo: UN Women/ Alpha Ba What inspired you to be an entrepreneur? I have always wanted to work for myself! I prefer to take my own direction and... 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

Call for Art Competition Applications

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UN Women Ethiopia is calling out all artists and creatives to make submissions on the Comic and Cartoon Competition guided by the theme ‘women as leaders and decision makers.’ S how us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women as leaders and decision makers. The competition urges artists to unleash their creativity by illustrating the relationship between women and leadership and decision making, and the positive changes that they want to see. Do you (or someone you know)... More

Take Five: 'Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers'

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How do you see the partnership between UN Women and UN Volunteers and why is this important? Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is a basic human right. It is also vital to accelerate sustainable development. It has been proven that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps increase economic growth and development across the board. That is why, to contribute to equality for all genders, UNV has mobilized and continuous to mobilize hundreds of highly... More

UN Women offers mentorship for aspiring young women leaders

Sunday, November 5, 2017

UN Women under the Young Women and Leadership Project (YWLP) implemented in partnership with FOWODE. From the training, she got to understand issues of gender equality and the equal roles men and women have to play towards achieving peace and development. More

Youth tasked with creating innovative solutions to prevent gender based violence on campus at heaids conference

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Youth tasked with creating innovative solutions to prevent gender based violence on campus at heaids conference More

African girls have what it takes to drive technology: Girls in ICT Day 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Over 230 eager, energetic and tech-savvy high-school girls filled the conference room at the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, for the celebration of 2017 Girls in ICT Day More

UN Women’s Executive Director calls for hastening of achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment

Monday, August 17, 2015

The ED at the Africa Regional Conference of the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Johannesburg, South Africa - The Under Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has called for the hastening of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the world. During her recent visit to South Africa to mark the Women’s month in South Africa, the ED said that although a review on the progress made since the... 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

Photo essay: Could a girl like me become SG?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This photo essay tracks the visit on 12 August, International Youth Day, of Mozambican girl Raquelina Langa, who met and shadowed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the day and met with senior management at UN Women headquarters, including Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri. More

Men in the kitchen: cooking up change in Mozambique

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

An innovative programme is increasing men’s participation in domestic activities to promote gender equality and address violence against women and girls. At least 1600 men have taken part in the course, which is supported by UN Women, and complemented by a series of awareness-raising activities. More

In Tanzania, a caravan of activists visits five regions over eight days on a journey to end violence against women

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we feature the efforts of Tanzanian activists who travelled by bus across the country, giving workshops, performances and urging people to raise awareness around violence against women and harmful traditional practices. More

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. More

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