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Take Five: Engaging grassroots women enhances the localization process of UNSCR 1325

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Robinah Rubimbwa, is the Executive Director of Coalition for Action on 1325 (CoACT), an implementing partner of UN Women in Uganda. For over a decade, Robinah has developed training tools and manuals on localization and engaging young women in community-level peacebuilding, among others. Robinah is a member of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC), a network hosted by Conciliation Resources which connects women with a broad range of mediation knowledge and experience.

From where I stand, Catherine Kwanje Micheal: "If more women are trained as peacebuilders, in the next 10 years the world will be more peaceful"

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Catherine Kwanje Micheal aged 43 years is a 2-time refugee. In 1994, she fled into Uganda as a young girl, attended school in Uganda and in 2000 voluntarily returned back to her home town of Yei, in South Sudan hoping to settle down and rebuild her life. Four years ago, Catherine was forced to flee again and return to Uganda after heightened fighting in her community. Catherine now lives in Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe District, with her 73-year-old mother and 6 nieces and nephews.

From where I stand, Ayoo Janet: "The number of women peace mediators is still limited and this hinders the amplifying of women’s voices in peace building processes"

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In 2019, UN Women with support from the Embassy of Norway began a partnership with Women International Peace Centre to implement a project titled “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda”. Through this project, the capacity of 156 women peace mediators from Kotido, Yumbe and Adjumani refugee and host communities has been strengthened, enabling them to participate more effectively in peacebuilding processes in their communities.

My Take, Your Take: Fighting for justice and gender equality in Liberia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

In this intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Gwendolyn Myers, a 29-year-old peace activist from Liberia, talks with a veteran activist, Abla Gadegbeku William, 59, who has fought for the rights of women and children for more than two decades.

WILPF Cameroon and FIRE Consortium present their gender conflict analysis project to UN Women and other international stakeholders

Friday, September 27, 2019

On 27 September 2019 the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Cameroon organized a briefing meeting with 22 participants from UN agencies and other experts on women, peace and security issues to present their recently launched gender conflict analysis project and discuss their objectives on the dialogue process launched by the Government of Cameroon. The meeting, which took place in the UN Women Yaoundé office, sought to present the activities of the FIRE Consortium to analyze the dynamics of the Cameroon conflicts from a gender perspective and gather input from the international actors on sustainable solutions to the various crises underway in Cameroon.

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court

Monday, July 8, 2019

UN Women welcomes the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 8 July 2019 for crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002 and 2003. The former rebel leader was found guilty on 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, sexual slavery, displacement of civilians, and enlisting and conscripting child soldiers under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities.

Over 117 girls trained on Mediation, Peace Building and Social Cohesion in Nkongsamba, Ebolowa and Ngaoundere

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

UN Women organized a set of tree capacity building trainings to build capacities of over 117 youths most of them young girls, on "Mediation, peace education and social cohesion" during from 18th April to the 21st June in Nkongsamba, Ebolowa and Ngaoundere respectively).

Gender Mainstreaming Critical for effective Humanitarian Action

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Recognizing that crises affect both men and women differently, with women bearing the brunt of disasters in the region, UN Women conducted a five-day training of trainers (TOT) on ‘Gender in Humanitarian Action’. The regional training was convened to equip humanitarian programme advisors and specialists, with the tools and knowledge to strengthen their roles in humanitarian action including disaster preparedness, response and recovery- with issues of women and girls at the center

Namibia Launches its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Friday, June 28, 2019

the Namibian government launched the country’s first-generation National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. The five-year plan will guide Namibia’s implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Based on the four pillars of participation, prevention, protection, and relief and recovery, the Women, Peace and Security Agenda is critical to advance the role of women in conflict prevention, negotiation and peace-building.

Women of Sierra Leone present a unified position for the National Peace and Social Cohesion Dialogue Conference (BINTUMANI III)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The national dialogue for the consolidation of democratic governance for Sierra Leone’s peace and national cohesion was held from May 23 to 25 2019 at Bintumani International Conference Center in Freetown. The conference referred to as Bintumani III aimed at uniting the country which has been divided along political and ethnical lines following the general elections which took place in 2018.

UN Deputy Secretary General tasks African Women on Peace Building

Monday, May 27, 2019

Ms Amina Mohammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General charged Nigerian women to ensure active contribution in the peacebuilding process, transformation and stability of Nigeria. Ms. Mohammed made the call in Abuja via a video message during the inauguration of the steering committee of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), Nigeria Chapter, on 2 May 2019 at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja Nigeria.

Building peace and human security for sustainable and inclusive development with local border communities in Mali and Senegal

Saturday, January 12, 2019

UN Women Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCAR), in partnership with the Senegalese National Commission for Border Management (CNGF/NCBM), held a two-day capacity-building workshop for border communities in Senegal and Mali on an “integrated border management approach to promoting and sustaining peace and human security for social and economic development”.

I am proud to be a peace ambassador

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sella Esther Sowa 42, is a mother of four with three girls and a boy. She has been married for 15 years to Foday Sowa. She try’s to support her parents who lives in Kenema and also 3 of her sister’s children with the profit she makes from selling food stuffs and vegetables.

UN Women regional reference groups convene for inaugural meeting

Monday, October 29, 2018

UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) set up Thematic Regional Reference Groups comprised of a diverse team of high-level Technical Experts in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment with relevant thematic experience in line with UN Women’s strategic priorities.

Muslim Women in Cameroon call for peace and social cohesion

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Muslim women in Cameroon have made a call for the promotion of peace in Cameroon during a women’s peace conference organized on Saturday 22 September 2018 by the Council of Imams and Muslim Dignitaries (CIDIMUC) in commemoration of the International day of peace celebrated on September 21 st each year. A cross section of participants attending the Women’s Peace conference. Photo:UN Women/ Teclaire Same This mega-conference organized in the run up of the presidential...

Advancing gender equality and improving protection for women and children in conflict

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Women, peace and security programme launched in April 2014 and implemented by UN women in partnership with the Federal, target state ministries of women affairs and social development, United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau State held its final engagement with Stakeholders and Government representatives to mark the end of the program in Abuja on 17 th September 2018. Participants, Representatives of the Media, Non-Governmental...

From where I stand: "I now contribute to peace building and decision making in my community"

Friday, September 21, 2018

Rabi D. Haruna, women mentor trained by UN Women in Gombe State Photo: UN Women "I am a Community Mentor and Women Development officer in Kaltungo Local Government area of Gombe State Nigeria. I also double as a Local Government official but my main role in our community is to mediate and resolve conflict and train women on skills like beading, sewing, knitting and others as a personal business. We had problems of rape, drugs and violence against women in Kaltungo Local Government. We...

UN Women and European Union in Nigeria advocate for the inclusion of more women in politics ahead of 2019 elections

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Female aspirants from different political parties in Nigeria converged at a breakfast meeting in Abuja organized by UN Women and the European Union Delegation to Nigeria on 09 August 2018, to strategize on how to enhance support for women in politics, prior to the upcoming political party primaries and General Elections in 2019. Participants at the Breakfast Meeting Photo: UN Women In his opening remarks, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation, Mr. Richard Young, noted that the...

Delegation urges more women's representation in joint solidarity mission to Burundi

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The high-level delegation comprised members of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Platform and was carried out in cooperation with the African Union FemWise- Africa network, the ICGLR’s Women Forum and UN-Women

United Nations, African Union and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in partnership for a joint solidarity mission for women in the region

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The...

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