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COVID-19 and the link to Violence Against Women and Girls

Friday, April 10, 2020

Around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting women and men differently. Gender inequalities are typically worsened by crises and the coronavirus context is no different, as women are hit harder by its effects. Women make up 70% of the world’s health sector , bear the responsibility of unpaid care work, and are likely to face increased levels of domestic and sexual violence.

Kinshasa: 800 women receive resilience kits to cope with Covid-19

Thursday, April 9, 2020

In order to fight the spread of Coronavirus, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo enforced several measures from 19 March 2020, such as the closure of public places, including schools and markets, and called on the population to reduce movements. Kinshasa, the capital of DRC and the center of economic activities, is also the epicenter of the epidemic and has been isolated from other provinces.

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.

COVID-19 response: UN Women puts women farmers in Senegal at the heart of the solution

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As part of the program to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households launched by the Government of Senegal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women Senegal Program supports the Ministry of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection (MFFGPE) for the implementation of the program titled "Household basket: women are part of the solution".

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

UN Women donates a consignment of WASH and safety materials to prevent spread of COVID-19

Monday, April 6, 2020

UN Women Liberia Country representative, Marie Goreth Nizigama handed over a consignment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Safety materials to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection at the Ministerial complex in Congo Town, Monrovia on Monday, April 6, 2020.

I am Generation Equality: Tina Musuya, feminist and advocate for ending gender-based violence

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I was drawn to work in the field of preventing violence against women, partly because of life experiences. One of my sisters had suffered repeated physical abuse at her home. In my own life, my ex- partner put pressure on me to stay at home. He believed that he was earning enough money and he also wanted me to have more children.

From where I stand: "Girls in Mara Region Not for Sale!"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I am a traditional leader from Mara region which is one of the strongholds of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice in Tanzania. In 2016, UN Women and the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) launched the Female Genital Mutilation Elimination project “Tokomeza Ukeketaji”, which aimed to raise awareness on the dangers of female genital mutilation.  Following the launch, I decided to take up the fight to help save girls from this harmful practice that has for many...

Sandiso Sibisi: Innovation Specialist and Women's Education and Employment Activist

Friday, March 13, 2020

In my view, equal rights, equal opportunities for both men and women, in practical terms is about; equal opportunity for girls to go to school and get educated, the need for equal participation of women in the economy, the right to quality healthcare and freedom from violence.

Official Launch of the African Women Leader Network in Uganda: Women leaders using their offices to empower other women

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

On February 28, 2020, over 3000 women turned up for the launch of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) Uganda Chapter. The event took place at Sheraton Hotel Kampala and was presided over by the Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, and graced by the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Ms. Bineta Diop. Dignitaries from the United Nations, Ambassadors, government officials, civil society, private sector and academia members, including women leaders across Africa were also in attendance.

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.

Launch of Generation Equality in Cameroon, on the occasion of the 35th edition of the celebration of International Women's Day on March 08, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cameroon, coordinated by UN Women, with the collaboration of Ministry of Woman Empowerment and the Family, officially launched the Generation Equality Campaign in the occasion of the celebration of the 35th edition of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, 2020.

I am Generation Equality: Fatou Warkha Sambe, video-journalist combating gender-based violence

Sunday, March 8, 2020

I have always been a women’s rights advocate. I created various associations in my neighborhood where I gathered the girls to raise awareness and discuss issues of concern to them. In Senegal, when we talk about the suburbs, we think of vulnerability because young people do not always have the opportunity to finish their studies. Since I had the chance to pursue higher education, I never miss an occasion to talk about violence and other gender issues that are relevant to our realities as youth.

Take Five: It is time to look beyond the numbers in women empowerment

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sarah Anyoti (Canada) is the Regional Portfolio Manager at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme East and Southern Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi. She joined the Regional Office from UNV Headquarters, where she held the position of Portfolio Manager/Development Coordinator (Deputy Chief, Development Programming Section).

International Womens Day 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020. Twenty-five years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action—a progressive roadmap for gender equality—it’s time to take stock of progress and bridge the gaps that remain through bold, decisive actions. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) is, “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.

I am Generation Equality: Sandiso Sibisi founder of 'Born to Succeed Women' and Director at COOi Studios South Africa

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I am touched by the hardship that women go through to be afforded a seat at any table whether it be in a boardroom, at their home or in their communities. The norm is for decisions about us, to be made for us and that disturbs me greatly.

I am Generation Equality: Kathy Gitau, tech-violence student activist

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Having witnessed violence first-hand, it made me obsessed with fighting for this conversation [on equality]. I witnessed my mum suffer violence and its always made me feel bad – being discriminated because she is a woman. Growing up didn’t get any simpler - I wanted to become Vice-President of the Student Union in Maseno University.

My Take, Your Take: Fighting for justice and gender equality in Liberia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Gwendolyn Myers, a 29-year-old peace activist from Liberia, talks with a veteran activist, Abla Gadegbeku William, 59, who has fought for the rights of women and children for more than two decades.

Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Change isn’t just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women’s rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

My Take, Your Take: Ushering in a new generation of women leaders in Central African Republic

Monday, February 24, 2020

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marguerite Ramadan, Social Affairs Advisor Prime Minister’s Office in in the Central African Republic and Chairperson of the longest standing women’s organization (the Organisation of Central African Women), talks about women’s leadership with Pamela Audrey Derom, who was recently elected to the National Youth Council.

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