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Take Five: It is time to look beyond the numbers in women empowerment

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sarah Anyoti (Canada) is the Regional Portfolio Manager at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme East and Southern Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi. She joined the Regional Office from UNV Headquarters, where she held the position of Portfolio Manager/Development Coordinator (Deputy Chief, Development Programming Section).

Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Change isn’t just about big headline moments, legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk, think, and act every day can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. As we usher in the new decade and take stock of global progress on women’s rights, join us, as Generation Equality, in getting to gender equality through these simple everyday actions.

Take Five: From awareness-raising to action, how trained paralegals in Uganda are stopping FGM

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Christine Awori is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Legal Aid and Pro-bono Services for the Uganda Law Society (ULS), which established a satellite clinic in Amudat District in northeastern Uganda in 2019, with support from UN Women under the EU-UN Spotlight initiative. Going forward, the organization plans to continue its awareness raising, legal and referral services, and also secure partnerships with local radio stations for media campaigns.

South Africa launches 365 days of activism against gender-based violence and femicide on Human Rights Day

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana- Mashabane, officially launched the 365 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) on 10 December 2019 in partnership with UN Women and 1st for Women Insurance.

Generation Equality action pack, November 2019: Generation Equality Stands against Rape

Monday, November 25, 2019

In Focus: Generation Equality Stands against Rape Top stories  |  Video  |  News  |  Social media  |  Facts and figures  |  Infographic End rape—an intolerable cost to society In her message for International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says: "If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape".  Read the full message► Rape, a...

Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future

Friday, November 22, 2019

Main  |  About  |  Forum  |  Action packs  |  Toolkit  |  News  |  Social media Imagine a world where all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women and girls are not afraid of walking home late at night, and men and boys are not trapped in oppressive masculinities. In this world, gender equality is the norm. Men and women get paid equally for work of equal value and share the care work at home. Imagine equality in...

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Gender equality is a right. Fulfilling this right is the best chance we have in meeting some of the most pressing challenges of our time—from economic crisis and lack of health care, to climate change, violence against women and escalating conflicts. Women are not only more affected by these problems, but also possess ideas and leadership to solve them. The gender discrimination still holding too many women back, holds our world back too.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...

Working with boxers to champion positive masculinity

Friday, July 26, 2019

UN Women, UNAIDS have signed a partnership worth $30,000 with the Uganda Boxing Federation to promote positive masculinity for women empowerment and ending violence against women and girls

Knowledge Seminar on the Role of Student Leadership in Ending Technology Assisted Violence Against Women and Girls (TVAW) in Universities and the Academia

Thursday, July 25, 2019

over 70 student leaders from 30 universities from across Kenya convened to dialogue on their role in ending technology assisted violence against women and girls in Kenya and Africa.

Building livelihoods and changing lives in South Sudan

Monday, July 1, 2019

Through the UN Women support Anika has also managed to buy land which the group will use for beekeeping and honey production. The group has also increased the bee hives from 15 before the support to 30 currently. With this, they are anticipating to increase honey production by 50%.

BREAKING INTO NEW TERRITORIES: ETHIOPIAN PRIVATE SECTOR COMMITS TO WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES (WEPs)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Five companies in Ethiopia have committed to become signatories and promote women empowerment principles (WEPs). This has been a monumental breakthrough for UN Women, as in Ethiopia, the private sector has been very skeptical about affirmative action and promoting gender equality in the work place. The commitment presents motivation for many others who will soon see that promoting women’s empowerment in the work place increases profit margins in business.

Peace Lab at the 3rd Capital Meeting of Women, Peace and Security Focal Points, tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security

Monday, April 15, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with participants at the Youth Peace lab, one of the working groups at the 3 rd Capital Level Meeting of the Women Peace and Security Global Focal Points Network. Photo: UN Women/Otae Mkandawire  Multi-coloured pieces of paper are strewn across tables along with bright markers, glue and note paper as youth activists from across the world, intensely discuss challenges and solutions to ensuring that young people and young women, are...

Celebrating the International Women`s Month in Rwanda

Friday, March 29, 2019

“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day calls for creative action and more innovative approaches to address gender disparities. In Rwanda, the month of March is an occasion to celebrate women, take stock of gender equality achievements, and raise awareness on the remaining gender issues through engaging wide and various audiences. The Women’s Month kicked off with the National Celebrations of the...

Report on Child Marriage Study launched in Tanzania

Monday, March 25, 2019

The study noted that despite a decline in the prevalence of child marriage, it remains a persistent problem in the focused countries. In Tanzania, incidents include arranged marriage, marriage of convenience, intergenerational polygamy and forced marriage.

Womens Day celebrations champion changing mindsets in Tanzania

Monday, March 25, 2019

Minister Ummy Mwalimu, the UN Women Rep, Hodan Addou and the Swedish Ambassador, Anders Sjoberg share a lighter moment with some of the women manufacturing handbags displayed at one of the booths at an exhibition in Mwanza. UN Women/ Tsitsi Matope. This year Tanzania added a new flavor to the International Women’s Day commemorations. For the East African country, it was a whole eight-days of celebrating women across all regions with a local theme: Change Mindset to Achieve...

IWD Celebrations in Burundi: Women at the center of innovative social protection programmes

Monday, March 11, 2019

Caption Text On March 08, 2019, Burundi celebrated the International Women's Day.  The ceremonies took place in the province of Gitega, political capital under the high pa of H.E. Denise NKURUNZIZA, the First Lady of the Country.  In her special address, the First Lady thanked the Government of Burundi for the programs already initiated to ensure the social protection of the population including free health care for pregnant women and children under five years of age and school...

In the words of Nawal Allaoui: 'My innovation entails turning fish waste into luxury leather'

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Her innovation focuses on recycling fish waste into leather products by using sustainable and environmentally friendly processes, hence reducing up to 95% of the quantities of water used in the leather industry. Producing about 1000 fish skin pieces per month, she has consequently created a niche for herself, as her 100 % natural-based using plants like henna.

UN Women and UWOPA leadership push for enactment of the pending gender sensitive Bills

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) Executive members visited UN Women to discuss on how the two organization can work together and also strategize on how to advocate for the enactment and passing of the pending gender sensitive bills. The Bills include, the Sexual Offences Bill 2015, Succession Amendment Bill 2018, Marriage and Divorce Bill, and Employment Amendment Bill.

UN Women Regional Director Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs visit to Malawi

Thursday, September 13, 2018

During a week-long mission to Malawi from 2 – 8 September, UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, visited Malawi with the aim of observing UN Women’s operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country’s national development priorities and plans. During the mission, the Regional Director had an audience with the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare,...

Take Five: 'Thousands of people leave their homes, families and, often, countries in order to help humanity as UN Volunteers'

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How do you see the partnership between UN Women and UN Volunteers and why is this important? Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is a basic human right. It is also vital to accelerate sustainable development. It has been proven that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps increase economic growth and development across the board. That is why, to contribute to equality for all genders, UNV has mobilized and continuous to mobilize hundreds of highly...

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