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Kenyan media powerhouse commits to new partnership for women's empowerment

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Media Compact seeks to accelerate gender equality by providing a framework for media houses to strengthen gender-sensitive reporting and disrupt harmful stereotypes and biases that the industry often perpetuates. Standard Group reaches millions of Kenyans on a daily basis and as a signatory to the compact, will promote gender equality and support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Second Chance Education Project in Cameroon

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Second Chance Education (SCE) Project leverages partnerships, holistic approach and innovative technology to break current trends, and provide a comprehensive solution for marginalized women and young women. In this Light, SCE Project was launched in Cameroon by UN Women on 27 th of May 2019 and later proceeded with the training and provision of Kits from the 10 th of July 2019 to 1340 women and girls including 500 beneficiaries of farming activity. These beneficiaries (refugees; IDPs and host...

AgriFED: UN Women and the BNP Paribas Group promote the economic empowerment of women through climate resilient agriculture

Friday, October 23, 2020

Since March 8, 2019, UN Women Senegal  has been partnering with BNP Paribas for the implementation of the “Support for Women in Agriculture and Sustainable Development -PAF/AgriFeD” Project. The aim is to provide economic empowerment through climate resilient agriculture in northern Senegal, located in the Sahel, one of the parts of the world most affected by global warming.   The rice that these women farmers grow is an extremely important commodity for...

Malawi Adopts Climate Smart Groundnut Farming to Increase Productivity and Market

Saturday, October 17, 2020

UN Women through the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) with funding from Standard Bank Group is implementing the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) project in Mchinji and Mzimba Districts to increase productivity and provide access to the market through climate-smart agriculture technologies.

Expert's Take: Women Empowerment Principles Contribute to Economic Empowerment

Friday, October 16, 2020

The UN Women Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) seeks to identify best practices by elaborating the gender dimension of corporate responsibility, the UN Global Compact, and the role of businesses in sustainable development.

Women Cooperatives Boost Agriculture and Savings in Rural Ethiopia

Friday, October 16, 2020

In most parts of the Dodola district, 300 kilometres South of Ethiopia’s capital in Addis Ababa, slow-moving oxen plough open stretches of farmland. In one field, a red tractor is seen speedily tilling women’s cooperative owned farmland ahead of the rainy season.

Vulnerable to risks, Vital to recovery: the reason why FAO and UN Women are investing in rural women to achieve sustainable development in Africa

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The social and economic toll of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating effects on rural economies across Africa. It is affecting rural women’s productive, reproductive and income-generating capacities because it tends to reduce their economic opportunities and access to nutritious foods while at the same time increasing their workloads and escalating gender-based violence.

New Joint UN Women and UNFPA partnership to empower women smallholders in Singida and Shinyanga regions of Tanzania

Thursday, October 1, 2020

UN Women and UNFPA have launched a US$ 5 million Joint Programme “Realizing Gender Equality through Empowering Women and Adolescent Girls” with funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

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.

UN Women supporting National Efforts of the Transitional Government in Sudan

Sunday, September 6, 2020

As part of the National Preparatory workshops of the National Economic Conference, through a strategic partnership between the UN Women, UNFPA, women’s group and under the leadership of the gender machinery, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the sponsorship of her Excellency Ms. Lina Elshekh, a two days’ workshop on “Economy and Gender” was launched at the Bureau of Economic and Social Research.

UN Women helps women-led businesses to recover from effects of COVID-19 in Arusha

Friday, September 4, 2020

Saiton Musa from Arusha, could not hide her excitement as she worked on her new sewing machine, she had just received from UN Women to see if it was working properly. This sewing machine was part of UN Women’s support to help young women in tailoring business in the Ngorongoro district to revive their businesses affected by the Coronavirus disease.

UN Women, Barefoot College Project supports women affected by COVID-19

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In Tanzania, UN Women has partnered with the Ministry of Labor, Empowerment, Elders, Women and Children (MLEEWC) in Zanzibar, through the Barefoot College International to invest in women’s economic empowerment in an effort to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on women entrepreneurs.

My Take Your Take: Youth take over

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, 24-year old Vickjune Wutoh, from Liberia discusses about women’s leadership and political participation with veteran activist, Commissioner Tonia Wiles who has been advocating for the rights of women and children from a young age and became more active after attending the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995.

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.

The impact of COVID-19 on women: Nicole GAKOU, Senegalese female entrepreneur

Friday, June 19, 2020

Nicole Gakou is an engineer in information systems and a business manager. She is also the President of the Union of Women Entrepreneurs of Senegal (UFCE). In this interview with UN Women, she sheds light on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses led by women. The UFCE includes 500 women distributed in the regions of Dakar, St Louis, Ziguinchor, and Thiès who are active in all sectors of activity. Today, 46% of these women are in agro-food processing (agriculture, livestock and fish farming), 36% in services, and less than 1% work in laboratories of cosmetic industry. Over 90% of UFCE members are in the formal sector and the rest of the members are accompanied to achieve this.

UN Women and Private Bank in Mozambique join efforts to advance women economic empowerment

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI) and UN Women Mozambique signed a memorandum of understanding in Maputo, to advocate and promote gender and women's empowerment in Mozambique. The agreement was signed by UN Women Mozambique and BCI representatives Marie Laetitia Kayisire and Rogério LAM respectively.

The impact of COVID-19 on women: Lucie Gbakoyoro, Ivorian female entrepreneur

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Lucie Gbakayoro, 61, works in agribusiness in Côte d'Ivoire. She runs a small cassava processing company and is also president of the Amougnan cooperative in the Guémon region (west of Côte d'Ivoire), which brings together around a hundred members, mostly women. She tells UN Women about the impact of Covid-19 on her business and her life.

UN Women thanked for its support to rural women in the DRC

Friday, February 21, 2020

On the 21st of February 2020, women from 12 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo celebrated with enthusiasm the launch of the new National Network of Rural Women, supported from the beginning by UN Women as part of the AGRIFED program and its Buy From Women project.

UN Women supporting women-owned businesses to access opportunities in e-commerce

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Enabling cross-border trade for women in business guided by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

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