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Traditional practitioners embark on alternative economic livelihood programs in Liberia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mother to five children and seven grandchildren, Ms. Dahn is one of 300 traditional practitioners who have benefitted from the alternative economic livelihood programme that was launched in December 2019 by UN Women in collaboration with Plan International under the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative. The program is aimed at providing traditional practitioners with new skills and sources of income to replace that earned through FGM in five counties targeted by the Spotlight Initiative. Providing alternative economic activities for traditional practitioners is intended to persuade them to abandon harmful practices, such as FGM, and instead engage in activities that will empower them and build and sustain positive cultural heritage.

35 staff from the coordination and decentralized units of the PDCVA project trained on the development, collection and use of gender-sensitive indicators.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

UN Women has trained 35 staff from the coordination and decentralized units of the Value Chain Development Project (PD_CVA) and from partners structures, have acquired skills on gender mainstreaming in the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of the project. The workshop which took place from 17th to 19th July 2019 at Hostelry La Sanaga of Edea sought to develop and inform a sensitive gender performance monitoring framework, according to the principles of Results Based Monitoring approach and to collect and analyze data disaggregated by sex.

In the Words of Dorcas Amakobe:“We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River County in the coastal region, where youth, including young women, are vulnerable to the spread of violent extremism. 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.

UN Women facilitates the training of political parties for the adoption of gender-sensitive internal documents

Friday, June 28, 2019

On June 28th 2019 Elections Cameroon with UN Women support organized at Yaounde Azur hôtel, a workshop under the theme “2019 legislative and municipal elections: building the capacities of political parties for adopting gender-sensitive internal”.

UN Women Executive Director to attend the 1st African Summit on FGM and Child Marriage in Senegal

Friday, June 14, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will represent the United Nations at the 1st African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM), taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18.

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...

UN Women facilitating reintegration of GBV survivors in the Far North Region of Cameroon

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Since the launch of the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) program in April 2018, UN Women and its partners has provided multi-facet support to over 400 survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) including women fleeing Boko Haram Insurgency in the Far North Region of Cameroon. ALVF social worker, Titigue Mispaline, attending to a GBV survivor at the Women’s Empowerment Center in Mora. Photo: UN Women/ Teclaire Same When GBV survivors come forward, they first receive...

African Traditional Leaders united against child marriage and FGM

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Traditional Leaders from 17 African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Sierra Leone Swaziland, and Sudan converged in Nairobi from 12 to 16 August 2018. The meeting was hosted and facilitated by UN Women in collaboration with the Queen Mother Best Foundation (Uganda) and the Institute of African Royalty to develop a road map for the process of building a coordinated and sustainable...

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...

Women living in Refugee Settlements call for more Psycho-social support in Humanitarian Interventions

Monday, May 14, 2018

Members from the Executive Boards of UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS, UNICEF, and WFP were in Uganda from 30 th April to 4 th May 2018 and visited West Nile in Uganda. This mission was to assess the UN Women’s work in supporting the country’s development efforts. Some of the Board members from UN Women were Mr Jyrki Juhana Terva, Ms Christine Kalamwina, H.E. Ms Ivana Pajevic, Ms. Desirée del Carmen Cedeño Rengifo, and Mr Jean-Luc Bories. The team visited UN...

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...

Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Monday, November 27, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities.

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adão Paía. Photo: UN Women/Ouri Pota My childhood seemed like a punishment. I was sent to live with my grandmother in her farm when I was five years old, along with my sister. My grandmother was abusive. I had to wake up at five in the morning to finish chores before I could go to school. I swept the yard, cleaned the house, washed dishes and did the shopping. When I came back from school, I had to work even more. If I complained, my grandmother would beat me. My sister...

African girls have what it takes to drive technology: Girls in ICT Day 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Over 230 eager, energetic and tech-savvy high-school girls filled the conference room at the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, for the celebration of 2017 Girls in ICT Day

Côte d’Ivoire launches its Civil Society Advisory Group

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Following the call of the Global Civil Society Advisory Group working under the leadership of UN Women Executive Director, Côte d’Ivoire launched in 2015 the process to establish its first Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), composer of 10 members representing various social groups of the population and civil society.

UN Women staff at WCARO updates its knowledge on HIV in the workplace

Monday, July 4, 2016

On June 2nd, the EVAW Section at the UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa organized a 4 hours-UNCARES training facilitated by the UNCARES Regional Coordinator Mr. Kilembe Duvert Kimok and Ms. Elisabeth Gueye, Regional Program Specialist and UNCARES focal point at UN Women WCARO. This highly interactive session was an opportunity to review the basics and the latest developments in HIV / AIDS and the response in the workplace.

Designing their Way to a Bright Orange Future: South African Women Celebrate their Achievements

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 25th, 2016 - Johannesburg. As people from Cape Town to Cairo celebrated Africa Day, the commemoration of the formation of the African Union in 1963, UN Women South Africa MUlti-Country Office (SAMCO), in partnership with retail giant EDCon, the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GPDSD) and the South African Fashion Council (SAFC) turned Turbine Hall in downtown Johannesburg orange as they celebrated the achievements of 44 African women at an award ceremony.

Gender Forum-Pushing to Parity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Kenya National Theatre

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya: Despite Kenya’s significant progress in achieving gender parity in education, women remain significantly underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Educational constraints, cultural norms and gender prejudices/stereotyping influence opportunities and choices, severely reducing the number of women who enroll, complete studies and are employed in their field of expertise in STEM.

UN Women Engages Inter-Religious Council on Women's New Proposed Recommendations to CRC.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Inter-Religious Council in Sierra Leone has promised the women of Sierra Leone its fullest support in order to ensure that their new proposed recommendations to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) is achieved. They made this promise during a one day consultative session organized by the UN Women Country Office at Aberdeen Road in Freetown on Tuesday 5 April 2016. The Country Representative of the UN Women Dr. Mary Okumu told the representatives of the Inter-Religious Council that the purpose of the meeting was to get input from them on the recommendations and also to help strategize on how to achieve the recommendations.

Executive Director to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Marking her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her mission on 1 December. During the four-day trip, she will partake in both high-level advocacy and grass-roots efforts to advance gender equality in the country and around the world.

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