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Enat bank, also known as Women’s bank, a private commercial bank established by Ethiopian women, confirmed its commitment to advance Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment by becoming a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles(WEPs) over a year ago. The bank envisions to maximize and promote female capability in economic inclusion since its establishment over sixteen years ago. According to the bank’s managers, partnering with UN Women and being a signatory have contributed to advance the bank’s performance than ever before. These include from tripling its number of branches country wide with gender departments to becoming the pioneer trusted gender focused financial institution supporting women to access gender-responsive financial and non-financial services as well as to technically support other banks, private sectors and non-governmental organizations engaged in socio-economic empowerment of women at country and regional levels.
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Norwegian ambassador in Uganda visits LEAP project beneficiaries in Yumbe district.
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In July 2023, Peluce Tuhaise, a District Councillor representing the women of Kyegegwa Town Council in Kyegegwa District. Peluce, who is serving her second five-year term as a District Woman Councillor, participated in trainings organised by UN Women Responsible Partner, Coalition for Action on 1325 (CoACT) on peace building, conflict prevention and countering violent extremism.
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Winnie Hachi, 38, is the head of programs at Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) which is implementing the Women, Peace and Security project supported by the Embassy of Finland through UN Women Kenya. Winnie works closely with the women of Kwale county on Women in Political Leadership with a specific focus on Preventing Violent Extremism and localization of the Kwale County Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security
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With funding and programme support from the Embassy of Finland in Kenya, UN Women Kenya works with Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) on Women in Political Leadership with a specific focus on Preventing Violent Extremism and localization of the Kwale County Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security.
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Halima Hassan serves as Assistant County Commissioner of Matuga sub-county in Kwale County, Kenya. She works towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 in close partnership with various levels of the county's peace infrastructure. The goal is to promote women's role in peace and security as well as implement the county action plan on UNSCR 1325. UN Women Kenya, through partner organization Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), is undertaking a project within the county on Advancing Women in Political Leadership. The project focuses on Preventing Violent Extremism and localizing the Kwale County Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security. These efforts are supported by the Embassy of Finland in Kenya.
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The Government of Japan has contributed US$1,000,589 to UN WOMEN Sudan to respond to the urgent lifesaving needs of hundreds of thousands of IDP women and girls affected by the ongoing Sudan crisis.
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In the arid lands of Somalia, where recurring droughts, famines, and floods afflict the population, women and girls in particular bear the brunt of climate-induced crises. Yet, despite Somalia's dual challenges of climate crises and armed conflict, a transformative initiative is reshaping lives, offering alternative livelihood opportunities, and bolstering resilience among the most vulnerable. The Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access, and Protection of Women and Girls in Crisis (LEAP) Programme, generously supported by the Government of Japan, offers a beacon of hope in a context where women and girls face acute vulnerabilities.
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Joint Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell, OHCHR High Commissioner Volker Türk, UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
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Umutoni Gisele`s life significantly transformed when she became a part of the UN Women four-year programme entitled “Fostering women and girls’ dignified lives through GBV prevention, response and women’s economic autonomy in Rwanda”, which is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
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UN Women Somalia in collaboration with other Humanitarian Country Team partners, including UNFPA, OCHA and the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA) held a 3-day training for civil society organizations engaged in the humanitarian response in Somalia.
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On 06 February 2024, Liberia will join the global community to observe the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), under the theme: ‘Her voice. Her future. Investing in Survivor-Led Movements to End Female Genital Mutilation.’ The theme calls for increasing survivors’ space for voicing out against the practice to protect girls at risk of being subjected to FGM.
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In Tanzania’s bustling commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, one woman’s determination is setting an example for many others living in the Bunju ward of Kinondoni, which houses almost 100,000 residents, 52 per cent of whom are women. Sophia Chove, a small-scale snack manufacturer, caterer and event decorator has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and is now seeking to add local government leadership to her list of achievements.
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On January 30, 2024, UN Women Uganda, in collaboration with the Ugandan government and 12 United Nations entities, officially introduced the Joint Programme for Data and Statistics (JPDS) in Uganda, a US$41,898,295 initiative anchored on strategic national and international frameworks.
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Uganda boasts a considerable agricultural workforce, with approximately 3.9 million women contributing to the sector across 7 million agricultural households. However, a significant gender disparity exists, as many of these women are primarily engaged in on-farm production activities, with limited involvement in crucial agribusiness facets such as processing, warehousing, distribution, packaging, branding, and marketing.
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UN Women Ethiopia in partnership with the Ethiopian Statistical Service (ESS) provided a three-day training on Gender-Responsive Migration Data and Statistics Governance targeting staff of ESS and members of the Migration Data Management and Statistics Technical Working Group from 21-23 December 2023 in Adama town of the Oromia Region.
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Ms. Dureti Tadesse is Director of the Women, Children and Social Affairs Directorate in the Ethiopian Media Authority, a government entity tasked with regulating the media and advertising sector with the mission of promoting a pluralistic and responsible media and advertising sector through enabling regulation, capacity building and Partnership. UN Women Ethiopia has been working with the authority in a bid to promote participation of women in leadership and decision-making positions in public life through positive portrayal of women by the media.
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Deborah Julio,36, is the Chair of Women’s Movement in Mangochi District, Malawi and Secretary of the District Peace and Unity Committee (DPUC). She is one of the women currently involved in peace and conflict mediation in the borderland communities between Malawi (Mangochi) and Mozambique from support from UN Women Malawi. 
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UN Women Ethiopia, through the project “Enhancing the Role of Media in Promoting Gender Equality and Women in Leadership” under its Women in Leadership and Governance programme (WiLG) has been working with the Ethiopian Media Authority and Media Associations and partners to create a gender aware media workforce and gender sensitive media in Ethiopia. During the project implementation, 464 editors, journalists, advertisement professionals, Ethiopia Media Authority staff were reached through capacity building based on tailored training modules. This project was made possible by generous support from the governments of Denmark and Sweden.
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In a powerful initiative fueled by UN Women Malawi, change agents gathered at the Makawa area in Mangochi, spearheading an awareness campaign focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and HIV prevention. This effort has ignited insightful discussions at an intergenerational community dialogue, championed by UN Women under the HeForShe banner.