Marcella Samba Sesay: Effective political participation needed in run-up to Sierra Leone Elections

Marcella Samba Sesay, Head of Programmes of the Campaign for Good Governance, Head of Programmes, spoke with UN Women in Sierra Leone on 18 June 2012 about the national elections scheduled for November 2012. She cautions that growing levels of violence in Sierra Leone do not augur well for the election and post-election periods and says efforts to prevent that violence and to increase effective political participation are necessary. Because young girls and their concerns often get lost in…

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Building Sustainable Resilience in Uganda: Second Chance Education

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023

UN Women, with the financial support of the Government of Japan, was able to equip 293 refugee women and girls with vocational skills after completing second chance education. The provision of startup capital has enabled all the 293 women to be productive and start practicing their trade in the various vocational skills gained.

Building Sustainable Resilience in Uganda: Climate Smart Agriculture

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023

UN Women, with funding from the Government of Japan, partnered with the Yumbe District Local Government to support farmers in the refugee and host communities to improve their farming practices. Through this support, 1,000 farmers in Yumbe and Adjumani districts gained new skills in farming and received higher yielding crop varieties.

Engaging Traditional and Religious Leaders to End Child Marriage and FGM

Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020

UN Women works with traditional and religious leaders across Africa to eliminate harmful practices and bring about change. Together with the Council of Traditional Leaders in Africa (COTLA/CONATA), we are building momentum for a continent-wide commitment to end child marriage and female genital mutilation.…

The Shea Butter Value Chain in Ivory Coast

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A look at the partnership between UN Women and the Ministry of Gender to train and economically empower rural shea farmers.

Women’s economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean Rim region (IORA)

Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019

Healthy oceans are important sources of livelihoods for billions around the world, including women. However, women have often been excluded from employment in traditionally male-dominated fisheries and fishing industries due to discriminatory social norms and unfair employment policies. But progress has been made in some coastal countries, such as the Seychelles, which has seen increase of women in the fisheries sector where there was once a dearth of women on the boats and in the labs.…

African Voices - End Child Marriage

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2015

In Moroccan oases, women watch plants and incomes grow

Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A group of women living in Moroccan oases have found a unique way to earn an income and mitigate the effects of climate change on their environment by cultivating medicinal and aromatic plants, using renewable energy. Women like Atiqa Jorfi, Vice-President of the Aftawik association based in the rural community of Ghriss Essoufli, in Errachidia, have been empowered through the production and commercialization of these crops in oases, which constitute a natural barrier against desertification…

Autonomisation économique des femmes rurales du Mali

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2015

ONU Femmes appuie plus de 500 femmes maliennes dans 13 communes rurales à travers une transformation du paysage économique et social pour soutenir leur résilience dans un contexte de changement climatique. Dans des zones sans électricité, les femmes reçoivent de l’équipement alimenté par l’énergie solaire ou à gaz qui leur permet de commercialiser des produits locaux.

Africa's Year of Women's Empowerment 2015

Date: Thursday, 9 July 2015

2015 is a milestone year for Africa. The African Union has declared 2015 as the “Year of Women Empowerment Towards Africa Agenda 2063,” which embodies Africa’s vision for a continent that is integrated, peaceful, prosperous, people-centered, and a dynamic force in the global arena. It is in this context that 2015 creates a unique opportunity for the acceleration and realization of the commitments made to African women’s rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and inclusive development.…

UN Women Ebola Response

Date: Saturday, 28 February 2015

Michelle Bachelet: Lorsque l'équité sera un fait et non un désir

Date: Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Michelle Bachelet a prêté serment pour un deuxième mandat en tant que Présidente du Chili en mars 2014. Auparavant, elle fut la première Directrice exécutive d'ONU Femmes, depuis sa création en 2010 jusqu'à mars 2013. Défenseuse de longue date des droits de la femme, Mme Bachelet s'est battue tout au long de sa carrière politique en faveur de l'égalité des sexes et de l'autonomisation des femmes, y compris en tant que première femme présidente de son pays, entre 2006…

Ride On Speak Out

Date: Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Ride on Speak out was a partnership between Harley Davidson Johannesburg, UN Women, the Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women and 30 other sponsors to raise awareness on the need to end violence against women and girls in Southern Africa and all over the world. The epic motorcycle ride by 19 men was part of the 16 Days of Activism after 25 November 2012, International Day to end Violence against Women. The ride went through nine countries: South Africa, Botswana,…

Autonomisation des femmes - autonomisation de l'humanité: imaginez !

Date: Thursday, 5 June 2014

Il est temps de remplir la vision énoncée à la Conférence des femmes de Beijing en 1995. Rejoignez-nous. Imaginez – un monde où aucune femme n’est réduite au silence, objectivée ou abusée parce qu'elle est née femme – un monde où les filles et les garçons, les femmes et les hommes sont égaux. Suivez #Beijing20 et parlez ! See more at:

Mallika Sarabhai: Beijing+20 Championne pour l'égalité des sexes

Date: Thursday, 5 June 2014

Mallika Sarabhai, danseuse de stature internationale, chorégraphe, auteure, actrice et militante, se définit comme une « communicante ». À travers ses activités artistiques et ses actions militantes, et dans son message pour #Beijing20, elle souligne qu'il est grand temps de briser le silence sur les violences faites aux femmes et d'apprendre aux hommes que la douceur et la vulnérabilité sont aussi des traits masculins. - See more at:…

Autonomisation des femmes - autonomisation de l'humanité : Imaginez !

Date: Thursday, 5 June 2014

Il y a près de 20 ans, 189 pays ont adopté la Déclaration et le Programme d'action de Beijing, une feuille de route visionnaire pour les droits et l'autonomisation des femmes. Alors que de nombreux progrès ont été réalisés, il reste encore beaucoup à faire. Imaginez un monde dans lequel l'égalité des sexes est une réalité !

Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!

Date: Thursday, 5 June 2014

Empowering women empowers humanity. It's time to fulfill the vision laid out at the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995. Join us. Picture it - a world where no woman is silenced, objectified or abused because she was born female. A world where girls and boys and women and men are equal.Follow #Beijing20.Speak up!For more information, please visit:

A Hand Up: UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa Partner to Economically Empower Women

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Record keeping, marketing and costing make or break a small-business entrepreneur. Fifty-one-year-old restauranteur Ayda Ramatsiba Maphefo and 36-year-old food vendor Moetsana Sehtlabo improved their sales and business strategies through a mentoring programme that was delivered by Hand in Hand Southern Africa through the recent partnership between UN Women and Coca-Cola South Africa. To date, 4,478 enterprise owners have received training in business development skills, and the programme…

Dream Big: Angelique Kidjo on her hopes for all girls

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2013

On 8 March 2013 - International Women's Day 2013 - UN Women will release the song "One Woman." Two years in the making, the song was first performed in the United Nations General Assembly Hall when the agency was launched in 2011. The track features 25 singers and musicians recording in over 20 countries. Here, Angelique Kidjo speaks about her hopes for the next generation and the importance of perseverance. For more information, please visit

Inspiring Aspiring Women in Agriculture

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Early 2013, 100 women entrepreneurs and members of Joyful Women's Organization (JoyWo), a local NGO in Eldoret, Kenya were brought together with UN Women's support to expand their business and finance skills. The women, who are mostly poultry farmers in rural Kenya, plan to put their newfound knowledge to grow their own businesses and to share with other women. "I want to tell women that they can start small and grow," says Irene Rotich, one of the women poultry farmers…

UN Women in South Sudan

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2013

South Sudan became the world's newest country on 9 July 2011 after decades of civil war and conflict. Women played a strong role in the popular referendum that resulted in the nation's independence from Sudan. Yet, the consequences of war -- which disproportionately affected South Sudan's women, leaving many of them illiterate, impoverished and widowed -- linger now, even though peace has come. "UN Women in South Sudan" provides a snapshot of the women we are…