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COVID-19 jeopardises progress made towards protecting women and girls from violence and harmful practices

Monday, June 15, 2020

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls. However, these gains made over the years are in jeopardy in the age of COVID-19. In Malawi because of cases brought to court, child marriages were annulled, and girls had the opportunity to return to school. F ewer adolescents experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) compared with older generations. In Ethiopia, for instance, 47 per...

The Government of Japan to Fund UN Women Programs to Address the Impact of COVID-19 on Women and girls in Africa

Friday, June 12, 2020

Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19, as more women work in low-paying, insecure and informal jobs, while carrying the bulk of burden on unpaid care work at home. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more domestic violence helplines and shelters across the world are reporting rising calls for help. Confinement is fostering the tension and strain created by security, health, and money worries. In addition, it is increasing isolation...

Increasing resilience of vulnerable women to the socio-economic impact of COVID19 crisis in Rwanda

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Ishimwe Fabiola is among hundreds of women tailors across Rwanda who are navigating this time of economic uncertainty by producing re-usable protective cloth masks for the public, while also strengthening their income-generating skills hence reducing their vulnerability to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Celebrating The National Women's Month in Rwanda

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This year’s International Women’s Day celebrations marked the 25 th  anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Under the international theme of  ‘‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’ ’  ,  the International Women’s Day celebrations brought together change makers, men and women of all age groups, to advocate for, and tackle the unfinished business of empowering women and girls.

Op-Ed: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On this special day, I wish to acknowledge and pay tribute to all women and girls who have carried the torch of gender equality and women’s empowerment and to all men and boys who fought alongside them. In this Decade of action to accelerate the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and on the 25th anniversary since the adoption of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25), widely considered the blueprint for the achievement of gender equality, I call on the society and in particular on all the men and boys to support this worthy and transformative cause.

UN Women Calls for Financing for Gender Equality in the HIV and AIDS Response

Friday, December 6, 2019

Kigali, Rwanda: As the world gathered in Kigali, Rwanda for the 20 th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), UN Women rallied governments, development partners, private sector, civil society organizations and all stakeholders on the need of prioritizing and financing for gender related interventions in the context of HIV/AIDS responses. In a satellite session on financing for gender equality in the HIV/AIDS response, co-convened by UN Women and...

New Report calls for deliberate and bold measures to enhance gender responsive procurement in Rwanda

Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday, 15 November 2019 - Kigali, Rwanda: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) and New Faces New Voices Rwanda today launched the Women in Procurement Report: A study on Gender-Responsive Public Procurement in Rwanda. The study, which was commissioned to analyze the procurement policies applied, understand the capacities and constraints of women-owned enterprises and propose concrete measures for Gender-Responsive public procurement in Rwanda, noted that despite a range...

Celebrating the International Women`s Month in Rwanda

Friday, March 29, 2019

“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day calls for creative action and more innovative approaches to address gender disparities. In Rwanda, the month of March is an occasion to celebrate women, take stock of gender equality achievements, and raise awareness on the remaining gender issues through engaging wide and various audiences. The Women’s Month kicked off with the National Celebrations of the...

Rwanda Calls for Unity against Gender Based Violence

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The UN Resident Coordinator joined the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, various Government Officials, Development Partners and hundreds of youth in a 3-kilometre march to raise awareness against gender-based violence and especially child defilement.

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,...

Advancing involvement of women in male dominated sports fields

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Among the strategic approaches that UN women has embarked on in efforts to realize the SDGs -through empowering women in communities- is sports. Increased participation of women and girls in sporting activities is an innovative platform that has been tapped into to address societal inequalities. UNW Regional Director Izeduwa Derex-Briggs leading a panel of discussion during the Advancing Leadership for Africa Forum held in Kigali,Rwanda Over the years,  unequal power relations...

From where I stand: “We thought gender was only for educated people”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Modesta Mujawariya talking to her community \Photo: UN Women, Franz Benjamin Stapelberg I have been a farmer for as long as I can remember. Now, a widow with two married daughters, farming is my only source of income. I work on my farm for at least eight hours a day, starting early in the morning. I don’t have much time to rest. I helped found the (Coopcuma) cooperative, and have 12 plots registered under my name. I didn’t know the exact size of my land until I joined...

Coverage: Executive Director in Rwanda

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Executive Director in Rwanda

UN Women Executive Director to call for bridging the gender digital divide at Transform Africa Summit

Monday, May 8, 2017

UN Women Executive Director to call for bridging the gender digital divide at Transform Africa Summit

UN Women launches the "Buy From Women" Innovative Platform in Rwanda

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thanks to this new platform introduced by UN Women, we will know the exact size of our land and this will help us to forecast our level of production and negotiate better with the buyers and financial institutions and secure loans that reflect our production potentials

Rwanda officially launches its HeForShe Campaign and flags off the IMPACT 10x10x10 Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Following the global launch of the HeForShe campaign in September 2014, the launch of the IMPACT 10x10x10 in January 2015 and the announcement of H.E. President Paul Kagame in June this year that he has joined UN Women’s HeForShe solidarity movement as an IMPACT 10x10x10 champion, Rwanda has officially launched its HeForShe campaign and flagged off the implementation of its IMPACT 10x10x10 Program.

Boosting financial and business literacy in Rwanda

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Over 200 executive women from government, private enterprises, and international organizations took part in a two-hour financial planning and business investment seminar dubbed “Finishing Rich”, the first in a series of luncheon-events supported by the Rwanda Development Board, UN Women and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)...

Kigali sings for a Safe City for women and girls

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The two finalists of a song competition performed before a crowd of 3,000 dignitaries and agents of change on 25 November, as Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation announced new funding to support a transformative arts-for-change project in Kigali schools.

“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – rural Rwandan farmer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 Rwandan farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings.

In Rwanda, Executive Director gains insight into greenhouse agriculture Kinazi, Rwanda

Friday, May 30, 2014

UN Women partners with Terimbere Mutegarugori, a cooperative bringing together 93 women from various backgrounds to enable them to financially support themselves and their families. This group is just one of 11 cooperatives that are supported through the Imali Project, meaning “wealth.” Currently, the groups are being given seed money and training in income-generating activities, particularly the increase of tomato and mushroom production.

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