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Dorcas Chelain, community mobilizer and activist working towards ending FGM in Uganda. She is one of the 5 per cent of women in Amudat district, Uganda, where 95 per cent of women today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). She managed to escape the procedure because of an awful mining accident that left her disabled. Today she works with UN Women and implementing partners to sensitize communities about the consequences of FGM and works to end this harmful practice.
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Dr. Julian Adyeri is a leading female entrepreneur in Uganda. She is the CEO and Founder of Delight Uganda, a processing and packaging fruit juice company. Dr. Julian started this initiative to provide hands on skills as well as training and mentorship for women in Uganda. This work has been supported by UN Women with support from the Embassies of Sweden and Japan.
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East, Adamawa and Far North from the 14 to the 23 of September 2021. UN Women under the Canopy of Second Chance and Vocational Learning Project (SCE) with financial support from UNHCR up-scaled SCE project activities and equipped Nine Women’s Empowerment Centers to facilitate training of women. Amongst the upscaling activities was the graduation ceremony for 130 beneficiaries who participated in tailoring and ITC training for a period of 10 months. Their graduation ceremony was accompanied with start-up kits (computers and sewing machines) to enable them to start their own businesses, become self-employed and autonomous.
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The African Development Bank approves $4 million to UN Women to support women entrepreneurs in West Africa
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EU, UN advocate for the implementation of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, (2015) by states in Nigeria. 
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UN Women and OHCHR, in partnership with Kenya’s National Police Service (NPS), bring state and non-state actors together to map out key measures needed to prevent violence against women ahead of the 2022 general election cycle.
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The 2021 global campaign for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence came as countries were pursuing ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts while planning responses to the new variants. Across East and Southern Africa, UN Women offices worked with diverse partners to raise the visibility of actions needed for ending violence against women and mobilizing greater support and attention to the shadow pandemic.
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The United Nations Secretary-General appointed Victims’ Rights Advocate (VRA) Jane Connors in 2017 to lead the institution’s efforts to handle sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN personnel. The VRA regularly visits countries with a UN presence to gain first-hand understanding of how sexual exploitation and abuse are addressed. On a recent visit to Kenya, she spoke to UN Women about her role, her visit to Kenya and the challenges confronting victims, their experiences, and putting their needs at the forefront of the UN’s fight against sexual exploitation and abuse.
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Kita, Mali - Under the luscious shea trees in Bladougou village, Boudofo commune, tens of small farmer families came together to celebrate what they are most proud of: a cultivable site, with sustainable access to water and energy, and continued agricultural activities that generate revenue all year round. An important moment to celebrate with the UN Women delegation, their achievements on International Rural Women Day.
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Every morning, Saraya, a mother of 7 wakes up, prepares a meal for the family, gets her daughter ready for school and then sets off to the market. She sells food produce in the market woman and one of the beneficiaries of the Risk Communications and Community Engagement Project (RCCE) in Bauchi State.
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Elizabeth Ezekiel wears many hats. She is a mother, farmer, and small-scale entrepreneur. She is a beneficiary, among the 10,000 reached through the Risk Communications and Community Engagement Project.
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Steven and Patrick are gender champions who have received capacity building through UN Women programmes, supported by the Government of Finland as well as the Multi-Partner Trust Fund. The projects cut across core thematic areas of gender equality including GBV prevention and response, as well as strengthening women’s political participation and leadership.
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The National Launch for Uganda’s 16 Days of Activism campaign took place in Kamdini, Oyam District on26 November 2021. This launch was organized following multiple consultative National Organising Committee (NOC) meetings, led by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD).
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The establishment of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a tremendous milestone in the pursuit of integrated and inclusive economic growth in Africa. It holds a promise to enlarge the playing field for Small and Medium Enterprises especially those that are led by women.
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Part of the Uganda activities for the commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence included a UN Women-held dialogue on 7 December discussing acid attack violence.
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Audan Lokaala is a part time lecturer, PHD student, a mother, and a wife. She is also vying for the parliamentary seat in Kenya’s Turkana Central constituency. Her political ambition is to become the country’s first Nilote president – an ingenious people from the Nile valley region and one of Kenya’s 47 tribes.
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Representatives from AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Civil Society leaders of Africa gathered virtually from 14 – 15 December 2021 for training on the effective use of the African Union Gender Observatory (AUGO) Platform.
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Green Jobs for Women in Africa is a report that points out that women are well positioned to benefit from primary-level jobs that will be created but not higher-paying ones in the renewable energy, infrastructure or transportation sectors. This is in spite of the critical role African women play in the economy and in managing climate change in their communities.
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“The soldiers were shooting us from behind as we ran away in the forest. Some girls were raped and beaten. When we got caught [in a neighbouring country], the police made us sleep next to a toilet. We had to beg them for food,” shares Alem Kifle* about her migration journey. “When you are an illegal immigrant, you are considered less than dogs.”
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Although more than 80 per cent of women in the capital city have witnessed harassment in the form of verbal or other forms of emotional abuse, while using public transport, less than 10 percent report the incidents.