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Emily Seward (30) is a farmer from Margibi County in central Liberia and a beneficiary of the climate smart agriculture skills training program facilitated by UN Women.
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As the world unites to mark International Women’s Day, we are glad to know that South Sudan is not left behind, it is indeed a real pleasure for us to share this joint message of solidarity as your sisters who are proud of your journey of achieving your well-deserved recognition as important partners for the development of your beloved country.
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On International Women’s Day, we recommit to achieving a world in which every woman and girl can enjoy their full range of rights and reach their full potential.
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Abuja, 6 March 2022 UN Women has keenly followed the work of the National Assembly Constitutional Review Committees constituted in February 2020, to propose amendments to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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This International Women’s Day, 8 March, join UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and call for climate action for women, by women.
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The climate in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) is changing, as prolonged droughts reduce the region’s agriculture and livestock production. Climate smart adaptations to farming are now building women’s resilience to climate shocks in the region, a precursor for protecting food security, water security and livelihoods.
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With less than a decade left to deliver on the SDG 5, the commitment is yet to full translate into action. Over the past few decades, 54 African member States made significant progress in advancing social, economic and political outcomes in their countries. For instance, fewer women are dying in childbirth, millions have risen out of extreme poverty, substantive efforts have been undertaken to increase women’s participation and representation in decision-making. Despite this progress, a significant gender disparity remains. ARFSD presents a unique opportunity to engage stakeholders on accelerating actions towards achieving SDG 5 by 2030. In this vein; UNECA, UNFPA and UN Women are hosting two events on the implementation of SDG 5 in Africa in the context of COVID-19 and building forward better. These events will bring key cross-sectoral partners to forge closer collaboration on the implementation of policies and programmes that enable Africa to realize its commitments.
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The climate crisis is not a “gender neutral” global crisis, women and girls experience the greatest impacts of climate change. Women and girls are essential, effective and powerful leaders and change-makers to address climate adaptation, mitigation and solutions.
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UN Women and UNFPA regional offices in East and Southern Africa are collaborating toward growing a movement for positive masculinity and meaningful engagement of men and boys in advancing gender equality and women’s rights.
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On 3 December every year, the world commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, we spoke with Uzoamaka Anita Asiegbu, Programme and Inclusion Analyst for UN Women, to better understand her role in the Nigeria Country Office.
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A farming equipment and seed distribution organized by the Ministry of Women and CARE International with the support of UN Women in Kismayo, Jubaland celebrated women transforming their lives through the LEAP project, funded by the Government of Japan. Women beneficiaries shared the experiences of how their lives have changed in the drought and conflict-affected state.
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I got into agriculture because it’s so important in Kenya, it’s one of the government’s priorities. I want to help increase food security in Kenya, and I want to help my community fight poverty which follows from food insecurity.
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I now have a system to store water, I have my house partly guttered. I’m hoping this will provide enough for my family and have excess to sell afterwards.
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The United Nations, Development Partners and other stakeholders renewed commitment to support women’s participation in peace and security and other provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325.
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UN Women has been expanding its work in gender statistics in South Sudan. An assessment of the gender statistics system was conducted between August 2021 and January 2022 to identify data and capacity gaps and potential opportunities to strengthen gender statistics systems.
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The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 will take place in a hybrid format. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual.
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Women in pastoralist Northern Tanzania learn skills to adapt to climate change
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One hundred internally displaced persons (IDPs) and marginalized women in Somalia received farming tools and seeds at a high-level event organized by UN Women Somalia in partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family Affairs and Human Rights (MoWFAHR) of South West State of Somalia and CARE International.
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Chido Nuyaruwata is a women’s rights and climate justice activist from Zimbabwe. She is an active member of African Women in Leadership Network, Zimbabwe Chapter, which is supported by UN Women Zimbabwe. In her blog, Chido discusses why women’s leadership in climate action is crucial and why increased participation women’s organizations in the DRR programme design is urgently required.
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This year’s International Women’s Day, UN Women, and UNEP are keen to ensure that the voices of young women and men entrepreneurs working in the green economy in Africa are heard, as we reflect on the theme of “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”. Simultaneously ensuring that innovations and social enterprises run by young women and young men in Africa region are showcased to a wide audience of potential partners and collaborators – to fuel climate action that is also profitable.