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Strengthening women's livelihoods and resilience to disasters and climate change

Friday, March 19, 2021

UN Women and UNCDF (U N Capital Development Fund ) have just signed a partnership agreement within the framework of the project “Digital solutions for rural women's resilience in the face of disasters” (D4RWRD) , thanks to funding from Innovation Norway - a Norwegian government bodies for innovation and development of business and industry. This agreement will allow UN Women and UNCDF to work with the private sector to determine what digital solutions can facilitate rural women's...

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, on International Women’s Day 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

In her statement for International Women's Day, UN Women Executive Directory Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all."

In the words of Asseny Muro: “Generation Equality shows us that every generation of women has its own story to tell”

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ms. Asseny Muro, 72, is one of the pioneers of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and spent more than half her life championing the rights of women in Tanzania. In 1993, Muro was one of the founders of the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), a leading women’s rights and feminist organization where she is currently the Chairperson of the Board. She is also a Champion of the Generation Equality Campaign by UN Women, and a Steering Committee Member of the Tanzania Chapter of the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN). A firm believer that the aspirations of the Beijing Platform for Action are relevant today, Muro calls on young women and girls to demonstrate their capacity and interest to take over the baton from previous generations.

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: 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: 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.

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.

Fulfilling our promise to girls in East and Southern Africa will give voice to and secure their equal future

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Lydia Mwela from Zambia has observed too many girls in her community becoming pregnant, suffering gender-based violence and testing positive for HIV. She does not wish to end up in a similar situation herself. Through knowledge she is gaining at school, she has become empowered to make her own informed choices and create the future she dreams of for herself. She is learning about healthy relationships, good values, the human rights she is entitled to, and sexual and...

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.

Menstrual hygiene during pandemics: access to dignified menstruation in COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Kenya

Monday, September 28, 2020

For women around the globe, access to safe and dignified menstruation is a fundamental need. However, during pandemics like the current COVID-19, access is limited, and it is even worse in quarantine facilities leaving women and girls struggling with both the pandemic and the challenges of access to this commodity. The pandemic has shone a light on the challenges including menstruation that women and girls face in the quarantine facilities.

Women take a lead to fight GBV during COVID-19 in Tanzania

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A community-based network of women in Mufindi, has teamed-up with UN Women in Tanzania, Unilever Tea Tanzania and the Local Government Authority in a campaign that is fighting to end violence against women and girls in the district.

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...

DRC takes a step towards zero tolerance against gender-based violence

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo are still the first victims of conflicts and socio-cultural practices that relegate them to second class citizen. In 2018, more than 35,000 cases of sexual violence were still recorded, the majority of them in the East. During the COVID-19 epidemic, violence increased by 99% in North Kivu Province. To respond the situation, the Deputy Minister of Planning and the Minister of State for Gender, Family and Child launched the new revision of the National Strategy for Combating Gender-based Violence (SNVGB) on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Kinshasa.

UN Women Cameroon supports religious leaders in the development of their action plans to respond to HIV and GBV in COVID-19 context

Sunday, August 30, 2020

From 19 to 21 August 2020 in Ebolowa, UN Women in partnership with the National AIDS Control Committee (CNLS) organized a workshop to develop the performance framework of HIV action plan on religious communities and to sensitize key religious leaders on quality messages to prevent HIV and GBV during in the context of COVID-19. The objective of this workshop was to finalize national HIV action plans of religious denominations in the context of COVID-19and to build the capacity of religious leaders in sensitization and community mobilization messages for the HIV response.

In the words of Christine Sadia: “Women must be given tools and training, so they fully comprehend what the risks are”

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Christine Sadia is a gender and public health expert with over 30 years’ experience advising governments on health and gender issues, such as psychosocial needs of women in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and HIV programming during the Indonesia tsunami. UN Women is supporting Dr. Sadia in her current role as a Gender and Public Health Advisor for Kenya’s State Department for Gender Affairs, to advise on the country’s national emergency response for COVID-19.

Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa, ImpactHER and UN Women Policy Brief exposes disadvantages to women entrepreneurs in post COVID-19 era

Monday, July 20, 2020

Women-led businesses are more vulnerable to closure than those led by men in the era of the novel coronavirus, due to women’s limited access to finance, shifts in consumer behavior, and the increase in women’s household care responsibilities as a result of extended lockdowns. All across the continent, the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking economic havoc and hitting women the hardest, with women-led Small and Medium-sized Enterprises(SMEs) at greater risk of closure as they tend to be smaller and on average, operate in lower profit margin, service-based industries.

UN Women and UNDP support vulnerable women in South West and North West Regions of Cameroon

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In Bamenda, on July 16 2020, 21 participants took part in the official launch of the project: “Support for women's socio-economic activities around the value chains induced by COVID-19 in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon”, initiated jointly by UN Women and UNDP, in the conference room of the Regional Research Delegation of the North-West region in Bamenda.

Liberian Female owned tailoring businesses get a boost

Friday, July 10, 2020

As part of its continuous effort to support the Government of Liberia to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UN Women on Friday 26 June 2020 signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection (MGCSP) to empower women-owned tailoring businesses affiliated to the Liberia National Tailoring Union to produce 10,000 masks that will be distributed to women, girls and children in Montserrado and Margibi counties in Liberia.

UN Women, African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA), and ImpactHER policy briefing webinar

Friday, July 10, 2020

UN Women, the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative of the African Development Bank and ImpactHER will host a virtual high-level panel discussion on empowering women entrepreneurs in the fight against COVID-19.

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