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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.

UN Women supporting National Efforts of the Transitional Government in Sudan

Sunday, September 6, 2020

As part of the National Preparatory workshops of the National Economic Conference, through a strategic partnership between the UN Women, UNFPA, women’s group and under the leadership of the gender machinery, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the sponsorship of her Excellency Ms. Lina Elshekh, a two days’ workshop on “Economy and Gender” was launched at the Bureau of Economic and Social Research.

In the Words of Tricia Njobvuyalema: ‘It was like a light bulb had been switched on because I saw an opportunity to welcome a new product in my tailoring portfolio’

Sunday, September 6, 2020

“ With the onset of COVID-19, my life changed. I sew and sell garments from my veranda at home but gradually customers stopped coming. Radios would air messages urging people to stay home, this was very bad for my business. I went from receiving ten to fifteen requests to make or repair clothes to only two orders a week.  This worried me because I have two small children who rely on proceeds from tailoring for food and other basic needs.  In early June (2020), my former...

UN Women helps women-led businesses to recover from effects of COVID-19 in Arusha

Friday, September 4, 2020

Saiton Musa from Arusha, could not hide her excitement as she worked on her new sewing machine, she had just received from UN Women to see if it was working properly. This sewing machine was part of UN Women’s support to help young women in tailoring business in the Ngorongoro district to revive their businesses affected by the Coronavirus disease.

UN Women, Barefoot College Project supports women affected by COVID-19

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In Tanzania, UN Women has partnered with the Ministry of Labor, Empowerment, Elders, Women and Children (MLEEWC) in Zanzibar, through the Barefoot College International to invest in women’s economic empowerment in an effort to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women entrepreneurs.

DRC takes a step towards zero tolerance against gender-based violence

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo are still the first victims of conflicts and socio-cultural practices that relegate them to second class citizen. In 2018, more than 35,000 cases of sexual violence were still recorded, the majority of them in the East. During the COVID-19 epidemic, violence increased by 99% in North Kivu Province. To respond the situation, the Deputy Minister of Planning and the Minister of State for Gender, Family and Child launched the new revision of the National Strategy for Combating Gender-based Violence (SNVGB) on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Kinshasa.

Engaging traditional leaders to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices in Africa

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Council of Traditional and Cultural leaders of Africa, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA have kickstarted a webinar series which will be held between August and December 2020 as a component of COTLA’s advocacy and actions to advance gender equality in Africa and end sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices.

UN Women Cameroon supports religious leaders in the development of their action plans to respond to HIV and GBV in COVID-19 context

Sunday, August 30, 2020

From 19 to 21 August 2020 in Ebolowa, UN Women in partnership with the National AIDS Control Committee (CNLS) organized a workshop to develop the performance framework of HIV action plan on religious communities and to sensitize key religious leaders on quality messages to prevent HIV and GBV during in the context of COVID-19. The objective of this workshop was to finalize national HIV action plans of religious denominations in the context of COVID-19and to build the capacity of religious leaders in sensitization and community mobilization messages for the HIV response.

The Cameroon Inter-Ministerial Committee on Gender Statistics organized its first session of the year

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The 2020 first session of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Gender Statistics in Cameroon was organized at Hôtel Azur in Yaoundé, on July 30th 2020, to update its members on the implementation of the Making Every Woman and Girl Count Project during the year 2020. The Meeting was chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family and Co-Chaired by the Director General of the National Institute of Statistics. The Inter-ministerial Committee provides its members with strategic orientations to improve the production and use of gender statistics for a better monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Gender Policy.

High-Level Consultation on the Actions of Mediation of Women Leaders of Mali for the exit from the socio-political crisis

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

At the call of the women of Mali who have expressed the desire to be supported in their initiatives to end the crisis facing the country, a high-level consultation was held by videoconference between 59 women leaders from Mali, representing different socio-political backgrounds and the representatives of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations, with the participation of Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF, Former President of the Republic of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize and President of honor of African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and Mrs. Amina J. MOHAMMED, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

In the Words of Liliane: “Thanks to the support of the Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE), as part of its program with UN Women, I was able to receive the necessary care for our survival.”

Monday, August 24, 2020

Amid political instability and the pain of sequestrations in Burundi, Liliane, her husband and her four children settled in Sange, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015. In 2019, Liliane gets pregnant. Living under the shock of trauma, emotions and in a difficult economic situation, Liliane wondered under what conditions her baby would come into the world. Rescued by the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund of UN Women, she tells us how the organization saved her family's life.

UN Women supports the implementation of Zebra Model in Mozambique

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Civil Society organizations, provincial and local governments represented by female mayors and governors and the country´s executive through the ministry of State Administration held a 3-day Conference in Maputo the capital of Mozambique for an exchange of experience on the implementation of recommendations of 39th summit of Southern Africa Development Community, SADC heads of States held in 2019.

She Is Leadership: Virtual Series on Young Women’s Leadership

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dr. Nothabo Ncube. Photo: UN Women/ Itayi Usaiwevhu This year’s International Youth Day is commemorated under the theme  Youth Engagement for Global Action” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.   AWLN Zimbabwe Youth Caucus launched its first episode of the virtual series event on young women’s leadership on August...

Stronger partnerships and investment needed to support women’s recovery from COVID-19 in the Global South

Friday, August 14, 2020

A virtual ministerial roundtable meeting organized by UN Women on 5 August 2020 brought to the forefront the need to safeguard women’s rights and put in place deliberate measures to advance gender equality, as part of COVID-19 response and recovery interventions.

Launch of Comprehensive Poverty Report, Women Empowerment Report, 47 County Poverty and Budget Briefs

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, 10th August 2020 – As Kenya marks 10 years since the devolution of responsibility for various public services to county governments, a series of reports are being launched today namely: i) Comprehensive Poverty Report- utilized data from the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) 2015-16 covering national, rural, urban and county levels. ii) 47 County Poverty Briefs – a summary of the Comprehensive poverty report, based on 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS). iii) Women Empowerment Report- based on 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey and covered national, urban and rural levels. iv) 47 County Budget Briefs – analyzed social sectors’ budgets for the period 2014/15-2017/18 focusing on health, education, child protection, youth and women services, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

New Women’s Empowerment Index for Kenyan Women and Girls

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – 04 August 2020 – A recent study using a first-of-its-kind measure of women’s empowerment, the Kenya Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI), shows that only 29 percent of Kenyan women can participate equally and effectively in political, economic, and cultural life — and that their involvement is largely dependent on household circumstances.

My Take Your Take: Youth take over

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, 24-year old Vickjune Wutoh, from Liberia discusses about women’s leadership and political participation with veteran activist, Commissioner Tonia Wiles who has been advocating for the rights of women and children from a young age and became more active after attending the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995.

Take Five with Ambassador Liberata Mulamula: Placing women at the front and center of Africa’s peace and security agenda

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula is a Visiting Scholar/Associate Director at the Institute for African Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. She possesses extensive experience working in diplomacy and on issues of women’s peace and security in Africa.

A Two-Year Exhibition to Praise Women's Political Leadership in Africa

Monday, August 3, 2020

The UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) in partnership with the Musée des civilisations noires in Dakar, Senegal, inaugurated in March 2020 a two-year exhibition that showcases women political leaders in Africa and highlights women's political participation across the continent. The exhibition will remain open until March 2022 and it is part of the Regional Women’s Leadership programme funded by the Government of Canada.

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