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Audan Lokaala is a part time lecturer, PHD student, a mother, and a wife. She is also vying for the parliamentary seat in Kenya’s Turkana Central constituency. Her political ambition is to become the country’s first Nilote president – an indigenous people from the Nile valley region and one of Kenya’s 47 tribes.
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Senator Nkatazo Siatabwa, Chief Siansali, is a traditional leader from Zimbabwe who has been working with UN Women to break the gender gap and bridge the disparity between women and men and girls and boys. He has actively worked with local leaders in his area to keep girls in school and engage with parents so that girls are not left behind or face early marriages.
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UN Women, in collaboration with the Tanzania Women Judges Association (TAWJA), has produced the country’s first Gender Bench Book on women’s rights. Launched on 28 October by the President of Tanzania, HE Samia Suluhu Hassan, the Gender Bench Book aims to provide an accessible, user-friendly reference guide for judicial officers in protecting the rights of women and girls.
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UN Women’s Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the ECA are collaborating on an initiative aimed at supporting women and youth-led Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the AfCFTA. This support will be initiated at the Intra-Africa Trade Fair (IATF), that will take place from 15-21 November in Durban, South Africa.
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UN Women Rwanda and the Local Development Authority (LODA) signed a new partnership agreement worth 300,000$ of unconditional cash transfers in support of the livelihood recovery of 1,700 women-headed households who fell into extreme poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) officially opened its emergency shelter in Semera town in the northeast of the country on 23 September 2021.
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Kenya’s peace and security agenda has been strengthened by the formation of the National Women’s Peace Committee Network. The network brings together women, including young women in leadership in the country’s county peace structures – civilian led organisations installed across the country to resolve pressing security issues.
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UN Women and the Canada High Commission will embark on a three-year initiative to increase women’s participation and representation in political leadership and decision-making in Kenya. The Government of Canada has pledged over USD 5m to address the barriers responsible for excluding women from political leadership and decision-making processes.
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Traditional, religious and civil society leaders of Africa gathered today in Addis Ababa to confirm their commitment in joining hands with the African Union Commission, the United Nations and the Spotlight Initiative and taking bold action to end child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices.
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Mariamu Rasidi Tungu is one of the many women farmers in rural Tanzania. Together, UN Women and UNFPA are jointly supporting them to increase their production, and train them in new skills to boost their incomes, economic resilience and agency.
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Post-harvest handling remains the number one problem for farmers in Nyarunyinya due to old fashioned methods and the use of rudimentary tools. In this rural area of Rwanda, farmers lose up to 40 per cent of their agricultural products during post-harvest production as much is wasted at every stage from the start of harvesting to the marketplace.
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As we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, we hear from some of the participants of the African Girls Can Code Initiative as they share what they learned on this journey, and how they are using their newfound skills to benefit their communities.
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A new global analysis of progress on gender equality and women’s rights shows women and girls remain disproportionately affected by the socioeconomic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, struggling with disproportionately high job and livelihood losses, education disruptions and increased burdens of unpaid care work. Women’s health services, poorly funded even before the pandemic, faced major disruptions, undermining women’s sexual and reproductive health. And despite women’s central role in responding to COVID-19, including as front-line health workers, they are still largely bypassed for leadership positions they deserve. We’re breaking down some of the findings from the report, and calling for the action needed to accelerate progress.
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The UN Women office in Burundi, in collaboration with the Ministry of East African Community Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, on September 21 to 23, hosted more than 60 girls and boys, members of the Ruyigi cooperative groups, to an information and exchange session on digital management.
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As Kenya adopted containment measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, many small business operations were hit hard.
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Traditional leaders of Africa confirm their commitment in joining hands with UN Women and taking bold action to end child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices. They aim to reach new members and communities to join the movement as champions for gender equality and positive masculinity.
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Smallholder agriculture is characterized by labor-intensive tasks and limited use of improved technologies, which together compromises the productivity of the sector. At the household level, reducing and redistributing the time spent by women on unpaid care and domestic work is key to improving their opportunities to participate in productive activities.
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Georgina Eunice Gama, 39, is one of 10,100 Malawian women farmers who has adopted climate-smart modern farming technology with support from UN Women.
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Rosemary Cheptai, 50, lives in the Mount Elgon region of Kenya’s Rift Valley. She has been a member of her district’s local peace committee (LPC) for 11 years. As a proponent of peace, Rosemary has successfully navigated conflicts in the community by raising awareness of land rights in a region experiencing decades-long conflict over land.
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Esther Kangogo is 65 years old and lives in Uasin Gishu County of Kenya’s Rift Valley. She is a senior figure in her community with over twenty years of experience in community conflict management. Her family’s property was destroyed during the post-election violence of 2007/08 and has used the experience to advocate louder than ever for peace.