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UN Women advocating for the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms

Monday, April 30, 2018

Senior level government officials and leaders of civil society organizations have been sensitized on the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms during a workshop organized by UN Women in Yaoundé on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. More

Statistics on menstrual hygiene in Senegal, Niger and Cameroon are now available; product of action-research in the joint WSSCC-UN Women program

Monday, February 19, 2018

WSSCC, in collaboration with UN Women, implemented a joint program on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in three countries in West Africa; Senegal, Niger, Cameroon More

Pioneering Senegal Menstrual Hygiene Study focuses on Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A study has recently been conducted by the WSSCC-UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation. In four regions of the country (Kédougou, Kolda, Matam and Sédhiou), a research team attempted to cast light on the links between Female Genital Mutilation (sometimes called female circumcision) and the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Friday, December 1, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek. More

Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A dim ray of sunlight shines through the window of the Post-Partum Room at Bodowhea Clinic in Liberia’s River Cess County. In the small space, which is also used as a storeroom for drugs and other medical supplies, midwife Lorina Karway, 41, attends to a mother and her new born baby. Due to the lack of electricity the night before, Karway and her colleagues had struggled to care for the pregnant woman who had been rushed to the clinic for an emergency delivery. This time, they were... More

UN Women, WSSCC Promote Menstrual Hygiene Management in Cameroon

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kribi-Cameroon, June 4, 2016: Over 45 participants drawn from the government, UN agencies, International organizations and the civil society in Cameroon and Senegal have received end of course certificates on Menstrua Hygiene Management (MHM). They received the end of course attestations following a five-day workshop which was jointly organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Cameroon and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from May 30 to June 4, 2016 in Kribi, Cameroon. 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

Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ahead of the ICASA, UN Women together with partners, organized a women’s pre-conference under the theme “Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women in the post-2015 development framework. More

Executive Director to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marking her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her mission on 1 December. During the four-day trip, she will partake in both high-level advocacy and grass-roots efforts to advance gender equality in the country and around the world. 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

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

UN Women Executive Director calls on stakeholders to “Step It Up” for gender equality to achieve “Planet 50:50 by 2030” in Ghana

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Accra, Ghana- UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka paid an official visit to Ghana from 24-26 March, to engage with key stakeholders and participate in the international programme by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the theme “Ebola: What next?”. She met with key stakeholders in the capital, Accra, including a high-level meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, on 25 March. More

Restoring confidence in the health facilities in Sierra Leone

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease. More

“Ebola – What next?”: UN Women Executive Director to visit Ghana and take part in BBC live debate

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On her first official visit to Ghana as the Executive Director of UN Women from 24-26 March, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with President H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection Ministry, Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, to discuss the strengthening of collaboration around the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

UN Women Executive Director on high-level mission to Sierra Leone in solidarity over the impact of Ebola

Monday, March 23, 2015

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Sierra Leone to meet with President H. E. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government of Sierra Leone and other stakeholders to discuss the gender dimensions of the Ebola virus. More

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages. More

In Liberia, mobile banking to help Ebola-affected women traders

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hard-hit by closed markets and travel restrictions, some 2,500 women cross-border traders will receive cash transfers via mobile technology from the Central Bank of Liberia with a grant from UN Women to help them save and expand their businesses. More

At the frontlines, Liberian women adopt new strategies in Ebola response

Friday, October 10, 2014

Through radio programmes, psychosocial support and training women’s networks, UN Women is supporting efforts to address the gender dimension of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. However, considering the devastating emotional and psychological effects of the Ebola. More

Women living with HIV cultivate leaders and food, in Uganda’s slums

Monday, April 7, 2014

In the Katwe slum in Kampala, a group of women living with HIV are cultivating food, cleaning up the community and raising awareness of the right to sanitation and adequate housing. More

Q&A with health and communications expert, Carol Underwood, on reducing the risk of HIV infection among women and girls

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dr. Underwood speaks about her work with southern African communities, and the links between economic empowerment and HIV prevention in young girls. More

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