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Female owned tailoring businesses get a boost

Friday, July 10, 2020

As part of its continuous effort to support the Government of Liberia to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UN Women on Friday 26 June 2020 signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP) to empower women-owned tailoring businesses affiliated to the Liberia National Tailoring Union to produce 10,000 masks that will be distributed to women, girls and children in Montserrado and Margibi counties in Liberia.

National Rural Women Structure of Liberia raises awareness on COVID-19

Friday, July 10, 2020

With support from UN Women, the National Rural Women Structure of Liberia is sensitizing women in rural Liberia on measures to prevent themselves and their families from COVID-19. During a recent awareness raising campaign, Mrs. Kebeh Monger, National President of the Rural Women Structure of Liberia, encouraged women to observe health protocols put in place by the Government of Liberia to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Young Generation Equality Champions urge stakeholders to place women and girls at centre of COVID-19 response

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The UN Women has partnered with Plan International, Msichana Initiative and the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN) in a virtual Roundtable Dialogue that sparked the need to keep the momentum of the UN Women Global Campaign: The Generation Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future during the COVID-19 emergency.

The impact of COVID-19 on women: Nicole GAKOU, Senegalese female entrepreneur

Friday, June 19, 2020

Nicole Gakou is an engineer in information systems and a business manager. She is also the President of the Union of Women Entrepreneurs of Senegal (UFCE). In this interview with UN Women, she sheds light on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses led by women. The UFCE includes 500 women distributed in the regions of Dakar, St Louis, Ziguinchor, and Thiès who are active in all sectors of activity. Today, 46% of these women are in agro-food processing (agriculture, livestock and fish farming), 36% in services, and less than 1% work in laboratories of cosmetic industry. Over 90% of UFCE members are in the formal sector and the rest of the members are accompanied to achieve this.

COVID-19 response : UN Women Builds Economic Resilience of Women Living in Refugee Camps in Uganda

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UN Women has been working with CARE International since October 2018 to implement the Leadership, Empowerment Access and Protection (LEAP) program in the South Sudanese emergency response

UN Women and Private Bank in Mozambique join efforts to advance women economic empowerment

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI) and UN Women Mozambique signed a memorandum of understanding in Maputo, to advocate and promote gender and women's empowerment in Mozambique. The agreement was signed by UN Women Mozambique and BCI representatives Marie Laetitia Kayisire and Rogério LAM respectively.

UN Women Mozambique supports young women partner organization to demand social protection for women and girls during COVID19

Monday, May 25, 2020

Associação Socio Cultural Horizonte Azul (ASCHA) a Maputo based civil society organization and UN Women partner in activities by youth and for youth particularly on the right of girls and young women, issued a statement addressing government authorities to demand extension of social protection programs for women and girls and other vulnerable groups as long COVID19 impact last.

Female-Headed households in South Sudan bear the brunt of Covid-19 as livelihoods shrink

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Margret Raman, 38, a single mother of five, two boys and three girls, is one of the several women in Yambio, South Sudan who is bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Since the announcement of Covid-19, our lives have never been the same. Since we received business and financial management skills from UN Women, our businesses have been growing only to be disturbed by Covid-19."

Improving livelihoods, remaining resilient in the face of Covid-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Everywhere in South Sudan, Covid-19 has become a new song, challenging not only the health system, but also threatening livelihoods of the already vulnerable populations. As the economy is crumbling, women groups are failing to save and invest. Anika Women group is one groups that is trying some innovative ways to improve livelihoods of its members, and to remain resilient in the face of the Covid-19 risks.

Government of Liberia and the Spotlight Initiative launch community engagement campaign to prevent violence against women and girls

Friday, May 15, 2020

As part of its continuous efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls in Liberia, the Spotlight Initiative is supporting the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Council of Chiefs and Elders to launch a campaign for monitoring the implementation of the Ganta Declaration which calls for a one-year suspension of all Sande society activities; and to raise awareness among communities on measures to prevent the spread of corona virus and respond to sexual and gender based violence

UN Women in Mozambique and protection authorities monitor gender-based violence amid COVID-19 confinement measures

Friday, May 8, 2020

UN Women in Mozambique proposed for protection authorities to set up a multi-sectoral mechanism to monitor GBV (gender-based violence) in the context of COVID19. The agency suggested the capitalization of the Integrated Assistance Mechanism, which is a combination of services provided by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice, to include Civil Society Organizations and UN technical support during COVID19 pandemic.

Increasing resilience of vulnerable women to the socio-economic impact of COVID19 crisis in Rwanda

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Ishimwe Fabiola is among hundreds of women tailors across Rwanda who are navigating this time of economic uncertainty by producing re-usable protective cloth masks for the public, while also strengthening their income-generating skills hence reducing their vulnerability to the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Unpaid Care Work Burden in the COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Corona Virus Disease -19 (COVID-19) has increased the demand for unpaid care and domestic work with calls by various actors in Tanzania for families to equally share home responsibility.

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.

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.

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