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UN Women supports LNP to conduct awareness campaigns on COVID19 and SGBV in Liberia

Monday, May 4, 2020

In an effort to combat sexual and gender based violence and implications of the corona virus pandemic, UN Women supported the Liberia National Police to conduct awareness campaigns in four counties in Liberia to inform and educate the public on how to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence including domestic violence.

Gender Equality Matters in COVID – 19 Response!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

COVID-19 is affecting everyone, especially women. African governments have restricted mobility and are enforcing social distancing. These steps, along with good hygiene, are vital to containing and preventing the further spread of the virus. But these steps are not equally available to all people and will have different impacts for many whose livelihoods are being disrupted

Zambia hosts the first steering committee meeting of the IBSA fund on ending child marriage

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Malawi and Zambia have a high prevalence of child marriage. Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18.  In Malawi, approximately 1 in 2 girls married by the age of 18 . One of the main challenges in ending child marriage is traditional and ingrained attitudes that makes the practice accepted across the society, while poverty is another major contributor behind child marriage.

Expert’s Take: ‘...isolation that is one consequence of social distancing is likely to contribute to heightened risk of Gender-based violence (GBV)’.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sadiq Syed, Regional Program Manager for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW/G) with the UN Women East and Southern Africa. He brings 25 years’ experience working on EVAW and specializes in developing VAW prevention and response, specifically in establishing 24x7 hotlines, one stop centres, shelters and multi-sectoral responses.   Importance of Access to 24x7 Hotlines, Chat, SMS and online Counselling Services in the wake of COVID 19 With the onset of Covid-19...

The impact of COVID-19 on women: Lucie Gbakoyoro, Ivorian female entrepreneur

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Lucie Gbakayoro, 61, works in agribusiness in Côte d'Ivoire. She runs a small cassava processing company and is also president of the Amougnan cooperative in the Guémon region (west of Côte d'Ivoire), which brings together around a hundred members, mostly women. She tells UN Women about the impact of Covid-19 on her business and her life.

HeForShe launches #HeForSheAtHome campaign

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In providing useful tools and tips, the #HeForSheAtHome campaign seeks to inspire men to help balance the burden in their households. Whether its learning to use that new vacuum cleaner, or the game you play when washing the dishes, we want to hear your stories. In sharing these stories of positive male role models from all over the world, we hope to inspire many more to do their fair share.

UN Women Cameroon supports the voter’s registration campaign and the distribution of COVID 19 prevention kits to women voters

Friday, April 17, 2020

The voter registration campaign kicked off in Yaounde and Douala in the context of the COVID 19 global health crisis, 15-16-17 April 2020. As part of the cooperation between Election Cameroon (ELECAM) and UN WOMEN Cameroon, a massive campaign to promote women registration on the electoral lists was launched on April 15th, 2020 in Yaounde and continued in Douala on 16 and 17 April 2020.

Putting Central African women at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19

Friday, April 10, 2020

On 14 March, the Central African Republic announced its first case of COVID-19 and as of 8 April, there were 11 cases of contamination with COVID-19 including 45% women and 55% men. The coronavirus pandemic in the Central African Republic, as elsewhere in the world, is undermining already weakened social, health, economic and political systems.

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.

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