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Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Malawi

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

In Malawi, thirty-one-year-old Alepher Matemba Banda is a nurse responding to a hotline at Chipatala cha pa foni, a national health helpline. Banda was among 40 helpline nurses and technicians who received training in gender-based violence and health, through a UN Women initiative funded by the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office.

Hand over the mic to: Ali Dabaso, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

38-year-old, Ali Dabaso is a resident of Isiolo county in the northern part of Kenya and serves as a male champion. Cases of Female genital mutilation and physical violence are common in this region and heavily tied to cultural norms, traditions and beliefs that have disadvantaged women and girls.

What Happened After Covid-19 Hit: Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Alegnta was an integral part of the efforts of our organization, Setaweet in combating gender-based violence. The project aims to address a gap in providing services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse who approach the center in increasing numbers.

What Happened After Covid-19 hit: Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

As a forensic scientist at the Forensic Science division of the government chemist, I am in charge of analyzing evidential materials from crime scenes in the cases of Gender-Based Violence. My role is important as it is this evidence that will link perpetrators or exonerate the wrongfully accused in the dispensation of justice.

In the words of Gladys Koech: “It is not uncommon for husbands to leave their wives because the child has a disability.”

Monday, November 2, 2020

Gladys Koech has been working as an occupational therapist for persons with disabilities in Kenya’s coastal region for more than 10 years. Through the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), she also works with communities to strengthen their understanding of disabilities and combat widespread stigma.

In the words of Zlatan Milisic: “I urge all young men and boys to become strong drivers for transformative change”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Zlatan Milisic, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania is a HeForShe Champion who advocates for educating men and boys on the importance of achieving gender equality and contribute to strengthening partnerships with various actors to confront all barriers standing against women’s participation in leadership across all sectors.

In The Words of ... Shamira Mshangama : “We need to level the playfield to increase young women’s leadership and participation in politics”

Monday, October 5, 2020

Shamira Mshangama, 26, is the Founder and Executive Director of Mwanamke na Uongozi, Tanzania, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Dar es Salaam. It empowers and inspires girls and women in both rural and urban areas to participate in leadership and decision-making positions in all spheres of life.

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...

In The Words Of Zahra Namuli..." My family is at a risk of COVID -19"

Monday, May 25, 2020

People are at home and many of them are glued to their Televisions yearning for information about COVID-19. They cannot easily access such information if there is no journalist to pass it on or to break it down in a simplified manner.

In The Words Of Sylvia Karungi: "...Social distancing has been there for people with disabilities."

Monday, May 4, 2020

I have limited access to information related to COVID-19. Information regarding COVID19 has not been put into braille form. Most information materials on the preventive measures of COVID are printed and published in newspapers.  With my condition, I cannot read posters or newspapers. I only listen to radio and television stations for information.

In the words of Topister Juma: “... I do not follow people into their homes – they come to me for help and I become the target.”

Monday, November 25, 2019

Topister Juma has been fearlessly defending human rights for over 12 years in the coastal region of Kenya. As a field officer for Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), Topister specializes in cases of gender-based violence (GBV) and women affected by violent extremism. As she deals with painfully sensitive cases of abuse her own safety is threatened, becoming a target simply for seeking justice.

In the Words of Dorcas Amakobe:“We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River County in the coastal region, where youth, including young women, are vulnerable to the spread of violent extremism. Using football as a tool for empowering girls and young women, Moving the Goalposts is helping girls and women stand on their own feet and make their mark, both on and off the field.

Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC

Monday, November 14, 2016

How are women in the DRC affected differently or disproportionately by climate change? The Democratic Republic of Congo’s economy is based on farming and forestry. Women constitute 52 per cent of the Congolese population and a large proportion of them are involved in agriculture—in some countries, women make up to 80 per cent of all farmers. Climate change has led to consistently higher temperatures, heavier floods and drought, impacting crops. As majority of farmers and small...

In the words of Edith Chukwu: I want to see a world free of violence against women and girls

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edith Chukwu, a 29-year-old Girl Guide and peer educator from Nigeria, is among a team of lead trainers in Zambia for a workshop to roll out a unique non-formal education curriculum to prevent violence. She shares her story, in her own words…

In the words of Evelyn Amony: “I was forced to become one of his 27 'wives' ”

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Evelyn Amony was abducted by the Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when she was only 12 years old. For nearly three decades, this rebel group has committed a range of atrocities including the abduction of children, rape, killing, maiming and sexual slavery. Today Evelyn is Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Network, comprised of over 400 formerly abducted and war-affected women, many of whom are speaking out and effectively advocating for gender justice in Uganda. In her own words, she tells her story…

How I firmly said NO to an early and forced marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In the words of Martha Ntoipo, a 33-year-old Maasai activist from Tanzania. She works for the Pastoralist Information and Development Organization (PIDO), a community development organization which she founded in 2010, which works in the fields of health, women economic empowerment, gender equality and human rights, environmental conservation and research.

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

Monday, March 3, 2014

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls.

All We Ask for Is Peace: Voices of Women from South Sudan

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A blog post on LinkedIn by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on the situation women and girls are facing in South Sudan.

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