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From where I stand, Catherine Kwanje Micheal: "If more women are trained as peacebuilders, in the next 10 years the world will be more peaceful"

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Catherine Kwanje Micheal aged 43 years is a 2-time refugee. In 1994, she fled into Uganda as a young girl, attended school in Uganda and in 2000 voluntarily returned back to her home town of Yei, in South Sudan hoping to settle down and rebuild her life. Four years ago, Catherine was forced to flee again and return to Uganda after heightened fighting in her community. Catherine now lives in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District, with her 73-year-old mother and 6 nieces and nephews.

From where I stand, Ayoo Janet: "The number of women peace mediators is still limited and this hinders the amplifying of women’s voices in peace building processes"

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In 2019, UN Women with support from the Embassy of Norway began a partnership with Women International Peace Centre to implement a project titled “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda”. Through this project, the capacity of 156 women peace mediators from Kotido, Yumbe and Adjumani refugee and host communities has been strengthened, enabling them to participate more effectively in peacebuilding processes in their communities.

Building Governance and Leadership Capacity for Women Living With HIV in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The National Steering Committee of the Zimbabwe Women Living with HIV National Forum, (ZWLWHNF) held a three-day induction and capacity building workshop on governance and leadership from September 30th to October 2nd, 2020 at Holiday Inn, Harare.

In the words of Zlatan Milisic: “I urge all young men and boys to become strong drivers for transformative change”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Zlatan Milisic, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania is a HeForShe Champion who advocates for educating men and boys on the importance of achieving gender equality and contribute to strengthening partnerships with various actors to confront all barriers standing against women’s participation in leadership across all sectors.

Fulfilling our promise to girls in East and Southern Africa will give voice to and secure their equal future

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Lydia Mwela from Zambia has observed too many girls in her community becoming pregnant, suffering gender-based violence and testing positive for HIV. She does not wish to end up in a similar situation herself. Through knowledge she is gaining at school, she has become empowered to make her own informed choices and create the future she dreams of for herself. She is learning about healthy relationships, good values, the human rights she is entitled to, and sexual and...

Malawi Adopts Climate Smart Groundnut Farming to Increase Productivity and Market

Saturday, October 17, 2020

UN Women through the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) with funding from Standard Bank Group is implementing the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) project in Mchinji and Mzimba Districts to increase productivity and provide access to the market through climate-smart agriculture technologies.

The Role of Rural Women in South Sudan to Economic Recovery in the face of Covid-19

Friday, October 16, 2020

Everywhere in South Sudan, Covid-19 has become a new song, challenging not only the health system but also threatening livelihoods of the already vulnerable populations. The people of South Sudan endured six years of a terrible war, which killed more than 300,000 people and leftover 1.5 million internally displaced, most of who live in overcrowded places like the United Nations Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites across the country.

Expert's Take: Women Empowerment Principles Contribute to Economic Empowerment

Friday, October 16, 2020

The UN Women Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) seeks to identify best practices by elaborating the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and the role of businesses in sustainable development.

Women Cooperatives Boost Agriculture and Savings in Rural Ethiopia

Friday, October 16, 2020

In most parts of the Dodola district, 300 kilometres South of Ethiopia’s capital in Addis Ababa, slow-moving oxen plough open stretches of farmland. In one field, a red tractor is seen speedily tilling women’s cooperative owned farmland ahead of the rainy season.

Why Nutrition is Key to Women Economic Empowerment in Burundi

Thursday, October 15, 2020

In Burundi, just like many low-income countries in Arica, women play an important role in food production and nutrition within the household but on the other hand women and children are the most vulnerable groups when it comes to malnutrition. Hence there is a need to empower women and combat malnutrition.

Vulnerable to risks, Vital to recovery: the reason why FAO and UN Women are investing in rural women to achieve sustainable development in Africa

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The social and economic toll of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating effects on rural economies across Africa. It is affecting rural women’s productive, reproductive and income-generating capacities because it tends to reduce their economic opportunities and access to nutritious foods while at the same time increasing their workloads and escalating gender-based violence.

Somalia : Promoting Women in Legal Profession and Judiciary

Thursday, October 15, 2020

UN Women partnered with the Ministry of Justice to organize a 3-day training for women lawyers in Puntland on 16, 17 and 18 September 2020 which brought together 40 women lawyers from the Puntland women lawyers association and representatives from Women associations in Puntland.

Journalistes, musiciens et médecins engagés pour une communication visant le changement de comportement en faveur de la masculinité positive, soutenant l’égalité de genre au Burundi

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Avec l’appui d’ONU Femmes Burundi, l’Association Burundaise des Radio Diffuseurs, en consortium avec l’Association des Femmes Médecins du Burundi et l’Amicale des Musiciens du Burundi, a réuni journalistes, musiciens et médecins pour une session de formation organisée en vue de les habiliter à élaborer et valider des messages sur la communication pour le changement de comportement en faveur de la masculinité positive, soutenant l’égalité de genre.

In The Words of ... Shamira Mshangama : “We need to level the playfield to increase young women’s leadership and participation in politics”

Monday, October 5, 2020

Shamira Mshangama, 26, is the Founder and Executive Director of Mwanamke na Uongozi, Tanzania, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Dar es Salaam. It empowers and inspires girls and women in both rural and urban areas to participate in leadership and decision-making positions in all spheres of life.

From Where I Stand, Natogola Nana Mnzava: Opinions of women and girls with disabilities must be considered in individual, family and collective decisions

Monday, October 5, 2020

There are many barriers to the leadership of young women with disabilities in Tanzania and Africa as whole. In many countries, this is more visible in the political and governance sphere and male-dominated sectors such as science and technology.

New Joint UN Women and UNFPA partnership to empower women smallholders in Singida and Shinyanga regions of Tanzania

Thursday, October 1, 2020

UN Women and UNFPA have launched a US$ 5 million Joint Programme “Realizing Gender Equality through Empowering Women and Adolescent Girls” with funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Menstrual hygiene during pandemics: access to dignified menstruation in COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Kenya

Monday, September 28, 2020

For women around the globe, access to safe and dignified menstruation is a fundamental need. However, during pandemics like the current COVID-19, access is limited, and it is even worse in quarantine facilities leaving women and girls struggling with both the pandemic and the challenges of access to this commodity. The pandemic has shone a light on the challenges including menstruation that women and girls face in the quarantine facilities.

From Where I stand, Meymuna Ahmed: "During COVID-19, schools in Wajir have closed, presenting an increased risk of children being violated"

Monday, September 28, 2020

Meymuna Ahmed, 34, works in her home county of Wajir, North-East Kenya. Graduating in Nutrition and Public Health in 2009, she immediately applied her skills to assist her community, working on humanitarian programmes related to drought. For the past six years, she has been empowering women and girls in her community.

UN Women to hold a policy dialogue to assess progress on gender equality and women's empowerment

Monday, September 14, 2020

UN Women is conducting a 2-day virtual Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment through Women's Full and Effective Participation in Decision-Making at National and Local Government Levels and the Elimination of Violence in Electoral Processes.

Women take a lead to fight GBV during COVID-19 in Tanzania

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A community-based network of women in Mufindi, has teamed-up with UN Women in Tanzania, Unilever Tea Tanzania and the Local Government Authority in a campaign that is fighting to end violence against women and girls in the district.

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