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From where I stand, Catherine Kwanje Micheal: "If more women are trained as peacebuilders, in the next 10 years the world will be more peaceful"

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Catherine Kwanje Micheal aged 43 years is a 2-time refugee. In 1994, she fled into Uganda as a young girl, attended school in Uganda and in 2000 voluntarily returned back to her home town of Yei, in South Sudan hoping to settle down and rebuild her life. Four years ago, Catherine was forced to flee again and return to Uganda after heightened fighting in her community. Catherine now lives in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District, with her 73-year-old mother and 6 nieces and nephews.

From where I stand, Ayoo Janet: "The number of women peace mediators is still limited and this hinders the amplifying of women’s voices in peace building processes"

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In 2019, UN Women with support from the Embassy of Norway began a partnership with Women International Peace Centre to implement a project titled “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda”. Through this project, the capacity of 156 women peace mediators from Kotido, Yumbe and Adjumani refugee and host communities has been strengthened, enabling them to participate more effectively in peacebuilding processes in their communities.

From Where I Stand, Natogola Nana Mnzava: Opinions of women and girls with disabilities must be considered in individual, family and collective decisions

Monday, October 5, 2020

There are many barriers to the leadership of young women with disabilities in Tanzania and Africa as whole. In many countries, this is more visible in the political and governance sphere and male-dominated sectors such as science and technology.

From Where I stand, Meymuna Ahmed: "During COVID-19, schools in Wajir have closed, presenting an increased risk of children being violated"

Monday, September 28, 2020

Meymuna Ahmed, 34, works in her home county of Wajir, North-East Kenya. Graduating in Nutrition and Public Health in 2009, she immediately applied her skills to assist her community, working on humanitarian programmes related to drought. For the past six years, she has been empowering women and girls in her community.

From Where I Stand: As a woman, practicing self-isolation in a home setting is next to impossible

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...

From where I stand: “I want the views of older persons included in the planning of COVID-19 recovery programmes for my community”

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.

From where I stand: “It has become impossible to meet daily needs”

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...

From Where I Stand: "Due to COVID-19 people were not going to the police"

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...

From where I stand: ‘Voice the Violence’ program still providing services during COVID-19

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.

Take five: 'increased domestic violence cases continue to leave me puzzled as to why people fail to live with peacefully with their families'

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. “

From where I stand: "Girls in Mara Region Not for Sale!"

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...

From where I stand: “People said, how are you going to play football, you’re a girl!”

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.

From where I stand: “Girls need to believe in themselves”

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.

From where I stand: “Empowering women to sustain peace”

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.

FROM WHERE I STAND: “BEING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WILL NOT LIMIT MY ABILITY TO LEARN AND BE PRODUCTIVE, I WILL THINK EQUAL.”

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...

From where I stand: I fled my home, now I want to build a business

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...

From where I stand: "I now contribute to peace building and decision making in my community"

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...

From where I stand: “Because I know my rights, I can speak up for myself and for other women”

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.

From Where I Stand: “We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls”

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...

From where I stand: “Women are our solution”

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...

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