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Friday, July 3, 2020
I am a mother of twins aged 1.7 years, and I was breastfeeding yet I had to spend long hours at the Coronavirus Treatment Unit working from 8:00 am till 8:30 – 9:00 pm. Hence, they ended up refusing to breastfeed because I was not breastfeeding regularly. But at least they are eating food which comforted me. With young children, I have to be extremely careful, which is rather difficult considering that when the first case...
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Monica Chiwalo is 82 and mostly dependent on her children. She raised four children on her own after the death of her husband. The COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania has devastated the livelihoods of families that rely on the informal sector and have no safety nets. Elderly women like Chiwalo are especially vulnerable to its health and economic impacts. Their voice and experience must be included in recovery efforts.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
As the sixth-born child to poor parents, there wasn’t enough money for me to pursue any studies after high school. Growing up, my siblings and I often missed school to help our parents harvest vegetables from our land so that we could eat. After graduating, I moved to Nairobi to find work to sustain myself. For the past two years, I’ve been working as an Uber driver in Nairobi. My daughter and I live outside of the city, in Kiambu County. A friend introduced me to the Uber...
Saturday, May 30, 2020
“Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia, one-stop crisis centres and shelters haven’t been able to support survivors because of the lack of isolation rooms for newcomers and insufficient human resources and personal protective equipment. To fill this gap, a transitional shelter was opened to serve as a space where survivors could stay during the quarantine period. Once the survivors are tested for...
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Mphatso Baluwa Jim is the national coordinator of Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA), a voluntary non-Governmental organisation. UN Women is supporting MAGGA to implement the “Voice the Violence” program which focuses on empowering and protecting women and girls from violence. She explains how COVID-19 has affected how her organization is reaching women and girls to ensure no one is left behind.
Monday, May 11, 2020
Young men can also assist with house chores such as cooking, cleaning, helping children to learn, watching educative programs together, playing and praying together to lessen domestic burdens on women. “
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I am a traditional leader from Mara region which is one of the strongholds of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice in Tanzania. In 2016, UN Women and the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) launched the Female Genital Mutilation Elimination project “Tokomeza Ukeketaji”, which aimed to raise awareness on the dangers of female genital mutilation. Following the launch, I decided to take up the fight to help save girls from this harmful practice that has for many...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Fathime Tibu, 26, is the youngest female coach of MTG United, the football league for Moving the Goalposts (MTG), a sport for development organization based in Kilifi, Kenya. She recently spoke to UN Women about her own journey, aspirations, and how sport is a powerful tool to empower girls.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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.
Friday, March 22, 2019
“I have benefited so much from my vegetables revenue; you can never imagine the extent of my happiness because I have earned it myself…” said Amna Abu El Hasan, Vegetable Farmer * one of the women who benefited from the house gardening intervention, “…the revenue of the vegetable production has made me able to buy gas and cook for my family without asking people's support” continued Amna.
Friday, March 15, 2019
FROM WHERE I STAND: “BEING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WILL NOT LIMIT MY ABILITY TO LEARN AND BE PRODUCTIVE, I WILL THINK EQUAL.” Hawa Koroma 50, is a physically challenged widow and mother living in Kenema in the Eastern Part of Sierra Leoneat No 31 Krooma street with her three children, the first daughter Josephine Kajua is 20, Ibrahim Smart is 6, and Kadijatu Koroma is 3. She is a seem stress by profession. She attended the national women’s conference on March 7 2019 to...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Bawa Gana Abba Kaw is a 42-year-old internally displaced person who fled her home in 2015 Bawa Gana Abba Kaw is a 42-year-old internally displaced person who fled her home in 2015 because of the actions of Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) in North East Nigeria. Gana is among the 300 women trained on Improved Parboiling Technology (IPT) with UN Women support. One Monday evening, at around 4pm in 2015, everybody in our community was running away because NSAGs were coming...
Friday, September 21, 2018
Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We...
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Johanitha Katunzi, 43, is a business woman in the Temeke markets in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Raising awareness of women’s rights in the workplace has improved the safety of the market, and increased access to financial services has enabled Katunzi to buy land. Now, she is able to send her three children to school.
Monday, June 18, 2018
E. Wilkins Nah is one of 15 public prosecutors at the front-lines of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in post-conflict Liberia. By combining his legal experience with knowledge on survivor-centered response, he is working to end impunity and ensure justice for survivors. Wilkins Nah, County Attorney of Bong County in Central Liberia. Photo: UN Women/Winston Daryoue “When I took over as County Attorney (Prosecutor) in Bong County, I had no understanding of...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
DR. Josephine Kulea. Photo: UN Women Dr. Josephine Kulea is the Founder and Executive Director of Samburu Girl Foundation and the UN Person of the Year – Kenya COVAW Champion in 2013. Dr. Josephine works to protecting women’s rights and improving women empowerment at the grassroots level. She spoke to UN Women at the forum on what are the top priorities of her foundation. “Women and girls have an infinite potential to change the narrative. In our...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I was born and brought up in what is known as “the hottest places on earth”, the Afar region. I was raised up with a very basic pastoralist community’s life style to endure the harsh climate. For women, the only way of life that we were influenced to believe possible is marriage. I got married when I was only 16 years old and gave birth to my first child after a year. When I gave birth to my fifth child, my husband who used to work as a security guard at a...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Marie Goretti Ndacayisaba. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
I have been engaging women in peacebuilding since the 1990s. We started with just two women, including myself, training other women in peacebuilding, after the crisis of 1993.
We all lost so much in the crisis…I started this work because I wanted my children to live a better life, to overcome my own pain, and be useful for my community.
Peace is for everyone. It is up to...
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
I was 31 when I ran away from my abusive husband’s home and made my way towards the Mererani mines at the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I had heard that a few grams of the famed blue stone—the lucky Tanzanite—sold for thousands of Shillings. When I arrived in Mererani, I was told that women were not allowed to enter the mines. I didn’t know if the law forbid women or the men didn’t think women could do the job. I secretly...
Thursday, December 7, 2017
After escaping the insurgency to Uganda, refugee women continue to experience different forms of violence including domestic violence and child marriage. This is due to extreme poverty in the settlement. As a way of escaping poverty, many refugee families secretly marry off their girls as young as 14 years.