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In the words of Asseny Muro: “Generation Equality shows us that every generation of women has its own story to tell”

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ms. Asseny Muro, 72, is one of the pioneers of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and spent more than half her life championing the rights of women in Tanzania. In 1993, Muro was one of the founders of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), a leading women’s rights and feminist organization where she is currently the Chairperson of the Board. She is also a Champion of the Generation Equality Campaign by UN Women, and a Steering Committee Member of the Tanzania Chapter of the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN). A firm believer that the aspirations of the Beijing Platform for Action are relevant today, Muro calls on young women and girls to demonstrate their capacity and interest to take over the baton from previous generations.

Traditional practitioners embark on alternative economic livelihood programs in Liberia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mother to five children and seven grandchildren, Ms. Dahn is one of 300 traditional practitioners who have benefitted from the alternative economic livelihood programme that was launched in December 2019 by UN Women in collaboration with Plan International under the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative. The program is aimed at providing traditional practitioners with new skills and sources of income to replace that earned through FGM in five counties targeted by the Spotlight Initiative. Providing alternative economic activities for traditional practitioners is intended to persuade them to abandon harmful practices, such as FGM, and instead engage in activities that will empower them and build and sustain positive cultural heritage.

UN Women advocates for more gender statistics in Cameroon

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

UN Women and the Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (ISSEA) held a training seminar on gender statistics on 16–18 February 2021 in Yaoundé for future officers of the National Statistical System. Seventy young statisticians were introduced to the process of incorporating a gender perspective into statistics processes, including collection, analysis, dissemination, and use.

Innovation and technology at the service of women farmers from Northern Senegal

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Last November, women farmers from REFAN (Network of Women Farmers of the North) as well as representatives from SAED (National Society for the Development and Exploitation of the Lands of the Senegal River Delta and the Senegal River and Falémé Valleys) have benefited from drone piloting training which will greatly facilitate the inspection of their field schools and thus improve yields. In fact, in recent years, there has been a growing use of aircraft in the agricultural sector...

I am Generation Equality: Lydia Charles, champion, motivator and advocate for girls and young women in Tanzania

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Solutions to ending gender-based violence and ensure girls and young women realize their dream lie with all of us

Turning tables to empower women small-holder farmers in Tanzania

Monday, February 22, 2021

Kicked off in September 2020, a new Joint Programme implemented by UN Women and UNFPA is targeting vulnerable small-holder farmers in the regions of Shinyanga and Singida, Tanzania. It is set to boost their incomes for economic resilience and agency at the household and community level. Mariamu Rasidi speaks to UN Women on why this intervention is important for the empowerment of women in her community.

Empowering vulnerable women from East Cameroon through income-generating skills amid COVID-19

Monday, February 15, 2021

From 19 to 22 January 2021, UN Women held a training session for 20 women from vulnerable communities to amplify their voices through income-generating opportunities seeking.

CSW65 in Africa

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the United Nations’ largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights and is the single largest forum for UN Member States, civil society organizations, and other international actors to build consensus and commitment on policy actions on this issue.   The sixty-fifth session of the  Commission on the Status of Women  will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation,...

Womens Peace and Humanitarian Fund Call for Proposal

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

About the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) Composed of representatives from donors, United Nations entities, and civil society organizations, the WPHF is a global pooled funding mechanism which aims to re-energize action and stimulate a significant increase in financing for women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment in peace and security processes and humanitarian response. The WPHF is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism. It supports quality...

Unlocking Opportunities for African Young Women Entrepreneurs in the AfCFTA

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How can the Africa Continental Free Trade Area deliver for young African women entrepreneurs?

Incredible HeForShe walked 315 miles to End Rape in Sierra Leone

Friday, February 5, 2021

The 27th of January 2021 was a special day as it culminated the end of a strenuous 315 mile (494.28km) walk from Kailahun to Freetown to make a statement against rape culture in Sierra Leone. Hindolo Pokawa and Dustyn Montgomery, two friends from Minnesota, USA traveled to Sierra Leone because they felt they needed to stand up, speak out and lend their voice and effort to stop rape in the country. Hindolo felt the pain of the rape and murder of the 5 year-old Kadijah Saccoh and felt the...

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Robi Tingo, community mobilizer for ending FGM

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Natalie Robi Tingo, 28, is the Founder and Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community-based organization in rural Kenya that has since 2015 worked to end female genital mutilation (FGM) by tackling its root causes and empowering women and girls.

Grassroots women’s organization makes a powerful impact with its project in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Actions pour la Réinsertion Sociale de la Femme (ARSF) is an organization, based in South Kivu, focused on community development and women’s participation in decision-making. Its project, entitled “Socio-economic reinsertion of women in Mushinga to consolidate peace in the Walungu Territory (South Kivu Province)“ is funded through the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund and receives technical support from UN Women. Small group brainstorming session during the...

UN Women Cameroon Builds capacities of protection actors to prevent GBV

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Douala, December 21-24, 2020. As part of the Project: “ Prevention and response to the spread of COVID-19 among women and girls in the South-West region of Cameroon ”, UN Women and Association de Lutte Contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes  (ALVF) organized December 21-24, 2020 a training of protection actors, targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and host communities living in the Wouri Division.   This capacity building workshop, which brought together...

Empowering women and girls affected by Boko Haram conflict in Cameroon

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Yaounde, December 16 th , 2020. UN Women Cameroon, have been granted support from the Catalunya Agency of Cooperation and Development, to implement the project " Protecting and empowering women and girls affected by Boko Haram conflict in Cameroon ". An official launching ceremony was organized on December 16 th , 2020 with the presence of the representatives of the Spainish Ambassador in Cameroon, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, the Ministry of Justice, the State Secretary...

Participatory visual methods trainings in Cameroon

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Second Chance Education Project (SCE) five project sites (Ngam Refugee Camp, Minawao Refugee Camp, Mora, Mokolo and Bertoua) 16-25 November 2020 . Online learning portal through blended and independent learning opportunities is one of the two modalities through which Second Chance Education Project (SCE) is delivered to develop a global blueprint for providing women who dropped out of school with pathways into livelihoods, employment and leadership positions. SCE Online learning portal...

UN Women and UNDP support health workers in acquiring new skills on the human rights-based approach to responding to HIV and AIDS control

Monday, December 21, 2020

40 participants, 23 women and 17 men, zone chiefs, community health workers and civil society organizations took part from 08 to 10 December 2020 in the capacity building workshop on the human-based approach to service delivery in the response to HIV/AIDS, that was held at the PESSI Hotel in Bafoussam. It was organized by Cameroon youths Students Forum for Peace with the technical and financial support of UN Women and UNDP. The main objective was to improve knowledge on the set of health...

Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Project in Cameroon

Monday, December 14, 2020

Minawao Refugee camp, Photo credit UN Women Cameroon Since 2018, UN Women’s  Second Chance Education Project Program   has been leveraging partnerships, holistic approaches and innovative technology to break current trends, and provide a comprehensive solution for marginalized young women in conflict affected areas in Cameroon. In this light, a total number of 1000 women and girls (refugees, IDPs and host population) who are school dropout were identified together with...

Congolese NGOs continue to commit to the protection of women and humanitarian action

Monday, December 14, 2020

In the regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo most affected by humanitarian crises, eleven local NGOs and consortia of organizations have recently launched projects which have been financed by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Action Fund (WPHF), including seven projects which have received funding through the WPHF and Spotlight Initiative partnership. The projects, selected following the Fund's second call for proposals, will receive a total of $1,660,309.91 USD between them, and...

Official Launch of the 16 days campaign in Cameroon

Monday, December 14, 2020

Yaounde, November 25th, 2020, Hotel de ville  :  Organized by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family in partnership with UN Women Cameroon with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany , more than 400 people, including local authorities, development partners, civil Society, organizations and young people, attended the official launch of the 14th edition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence on Women and Girls campaign. This campaign, which contributes...

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