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UN Women and State Secretary of Defense (SED) partnered to eliminate GBV and improve gender mainstreaming in peace and security operations in Cameroon.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Newly trained gendarmerie officers proudly branding their attestations at the end of the 5 days training of trainers’ seminar organized from 26 to 30 November 2018. Photo credit: Joseph Lindjeck, HeForShe volunteer. Over 30 trainers of the national gendarmerie core have been trained on gender mainstreaming in peace and security operations during a 3 days training of trainers’ workshop co-organized by UN Women, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) and the... More

Government of Cameroon launch 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and girls

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The government of Cameroon and the UN System officially launched the 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women and girls with a call to all actors to pay attention to the sufferings of survivors. The launch event with brought together over 400 participants from the university, women associations, CSO’s, UN Agencies and government officials was organized on Tuesday 27 November 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé. More

Women Diplomats give voice to survivors of violent extremism in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Over 10 women diplomats in Cameroon have called on gender-based (GBV) survivors and activists in the Far North Region to stand up for their rights and continue to fight end all forms of violence against women and girls in the region. The call was made during the visit of a delegation of women ambassadors and wives of ambassadors to Maroua to show their support to survivors of violent extremism and GBV. More

UN Women in Central African Republic Renews Addressing and Preventing Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bangui, November 30th, 2019 - UN Women in the Central African Republic is holding a number of key events to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism spanning from November 25 through December 10th, 2018. More

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

Message from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. It aims to honour and further amplify voices, whether a housewife at home, a schoolgirl abused by her teacher, an office secretary, a sportswoman, or a boy who is an intern in a business, bringing them together across locations and sectors in a global movement of solidarity. It is a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response." - UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka More

Media Advisory: “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The official commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) will take place on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The commemoration will bring together survivors and activists under the theme of Orange the World: #HearMeToo, leveraging their voices and work on ending violence against women and girls. More

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

Coverage: Women’s participation is key for sustaining peace in South Sudan

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Women of South Sudan have called for inclusion in the implementation and monitoring of the recently signed revitalized peace agreement. While the women are happy that the revitalized peace agreement has been signed, they are concerned that the peace is not being felt on the ground and urged for its speedy implementation. More

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school. More

Media Advisory: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board of the PSC Framework Women’s Platform, ICGLR, AU, Femwise-Africa and UN Women

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WHAT: Joint Solidarity Mission of the Advisory Board members of the Women’s Platform for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region WHEN: 9–12 August 2018 WHERE: Bujumbura, Burundi   CONTEXT The signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013 and the adoption of... More

Mali says STOP to gender-based violence (GBV): the new One Stop Center in Bamako, a link between justice and Malian women survivors of GBV

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Whether medical, psychological or legal, women survivors of GBV will now find help and advice in the new One Stop Center in Bamako, inaugurated on April 18, 2018 by the Malian government and the United Nations. More

From Where I Stand: “We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls”

Monday, June 18, 2018

E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the front-lines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centered response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors. Wilkins Nah, County Attorney of Bong County in Central Liberia. Photo: UN Women/Winston Daryoue “When I took over as County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Bong County, I had no understanding of... More

Resilient and empowered, South Sudanese refugee women find new beginnings in Uganda

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pasca Kole is a 42-year-old refugee woman from South Sudan living in the Pagirinya Settlement in northern Uganda. In July 2016, when the war reached her village in Pagere county, South Sudan, Kole escaped, along with her three children aged 14, 7 and 3 years. She was eight months pregnant at the time, expecting her fourth child. It was not an easy journey. More

Women living in Refugee Settlements call for more Psycho-social support in Humanitarian Interventions

Monday, May 14, 2018

Members from the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, and WFP were in Uganda from 30 th April to 4 th May 2018 and visited West Nile in Uganda. This mission was to assess the UN Women’s work in supporting the country’s development efforts. Some of the Board members from UN Women were Mr Jyrki Juhana Terva, Ms Christine Kalamwina, H.E. Ms Ivana Pajevic, Ms. Desirée del Carmen Cedeño Rengifo, and Mr Jean-Luc Bories. The team visited UN... 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

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

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

Meet Jaha Dukureh: Africa's Regional Good will Ambassador for UN Women

Monday, February 5, 2018

Jaha was born in Gambia in 1989 and became a US citizen in 2015. She is married with children from her second marriage. Her first, arranged marriage took place at age 15 to a much older man. She became the founder and CEO of non-profit organization Safe Hands for Girls in 2013. In 2014, she contributed through a successful Change.org petition to the Obama administration investigating the profile of FGM in the US and the subsequent the Summit to End FGM on December 2, 2016 at the United... More

UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) tomorrow, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth. More

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