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UN Women provides psychological support to women refugees in Uganda: “Had it not been the psychosocial support I received; I would have died of stress than COVID-19”

Sunday, June 28, 2020

UN Women in partnership with its local implementing partner, TPO have been carrying out Psychosocial support in the quarantine centres as well as the refugee settlement. So far since the COVID-19 period, a total of 2107 refugee and hosts (1560 F and 547 M) have been reached with Psychological first aid, psychoeducation, basic counseling, specialized counseling, recovery follow up and messaging on prevention of SGBV and COVID-19.

COVID-19: UN Women Supports Kenya's National Helpline for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Monday, June 22, 2020

Health Assistance Kenya 1195 (HAK) is a free-to-call helpline for survivors of all forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) – and its saving lives. The Nairobi-based service is set up to give immediate assistance to the public in the event of SGBV. It operates 24-7 and is taking more calls than ever.

COVID-19 Response in Kenya: UN Women Partners with the Government of Japan to Promote a Gendered Approach to Empower Refugee Communities

Monday, June 22, 2020

Since 2018, UN Women Kenya in partnership with the Government of Japan has been using a multi-sectoral approach to bring gender equality to Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement and Dadaab Refugee Camp. The “Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response” targets four interconnected areas that develop livelihoods of women and girls; educate men and boys; and contributes to sustainable peace in communities.

UN Women Supports Maasai Women-led Enterprises to Respond to COVID-19 in Tanzania

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Ngorongoro district in Arusha region is a land of craters, sacred forests and mountains, wild animals and the unique Maasai people. It is striking how this noble community has learnt to co-exist with nature, sharing land, wild food, herbs and water with the wild animals that roam freely in this beautiful paradise. This remarkable way of life has endured for many years and attracted thousands of tourists from around the world to Tanzania’s tourism hub, creating business opportunities for the Maasai people.

UN Women Promotes Women's Participation as key Actors on the Front lines of COVID-19 Prevention in Refugee Settlements in Uganda

Friday, June 19, 2020

By 9:00 a.m., the morning sun already feels hot in the Bidibidi settlement for refugees and displaced persons, located in the Yumbe District of Uganda. A steady file of women gathers around a borehole to collect water. They will repeat this chore again in the evening.

UN Women Partners with Private Sector to Improve Hygiene at Safe Markets

Friday, June 19, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions in movement, the local vegetable markets provide multiple roles. While they offer convenience in accessing fresh produce, sustain women vendors as their source of livelihoods, they are also a potential source of contamination and spread of the coronavirus.

Zambia hosts the first steering committee meeting of the IBSA fund on ending child marriage

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Malawi and Zambia have a high prevalence of child marriage. Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world with 31% of women aged 20-24 years married by the age of 18.  In Malawi, approximately 1 in 2 girls married by the age of 18 . One of the main challenges in ending child marriage is traditional and ingrained attitudes that makes the practice accepted across the society, while poverty is another major contributor behind child marriage.

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...

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