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In the Words of Liliane: “Thanks to the support of the Association of Women for the Promotion and Endogenous Development (AFPDE), as part of its program with UN Women, I was able to receive the necessary care for our survival.”

Monday, August 24, 2020

Amid political instability and the pain of sequestrations in Burundi, Liliane, her husband and her four children settled in Sange, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015. In 2019, Liliane gets pregnant. Living under the shock of trauma, emotions and in a difficult economic situation, Liliane wondered under what conditions her baby would come into the world. Rescued by the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund of UN Women, she tells us how the organization saved her family's life.

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 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.

COVID-19 response : UN Women Builds Economic Resilience of Women Living in Refugee Camps in Uganda

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

UN Women has been working with CARE International since October 2018 to implement the Leadership, Empowerment Access and Protection (LEAP) program in the South Sudanese emergency response

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020

With 90 countries in lockdown and four billion people sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights another deadly danger growing in the shadows: Violence against women.

140 GENDARMES STRENGTHEN THEIR TECHNICAL CAPACITIES ON THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN HUMANITARIAN CONFLICT SITUATIONS

Sunday, December 1, 2019

From 21 to 23 November 2019, in Yaoundé, and from the 28 to 30 November 2019 in Bafoussam, UN Women strengthened capacities of 130 gendarmes on strategies for the protection of women and girls in humanitarian contexts. The objective of these two sessions, part of the project "Improving the protection of women and girls affected by the conflict in the south west and North West region of Cameroon", implemented with the support of the Italy Cooperation, is to provide a holistic response to the prevention and management of cases of gender-based violence in these two regions.

35 Humanitarian actors trained on gender-sensitive humanitarian programming

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Over 35 humanitarian actors in Cameroon have been trained on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming during a training of trainer’s seminar organized by UN Women from 8 to 9 of august 2019. The objective was to strengthen the capacities of the trainees on existing tools and mechanisms effective gender mainstreaming in humanitarian programming. The overall goal is for gender issues are effectively integrated into the process of developing the Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan (HNO/HRP) 2020.

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...

Somali Women Call for Inclusion in Humanitarian Response and Post Conflict Reconstruction Process

Monday, August 20, 2018

Somali women call for inclusion in humanitarian response and post conflict reconstruction   Women suffer the highest consequences during armed violence and conflict. In many cases they are on the front line of conflict, yet they have fewer resources to protect themselves and with children they are the most affected and vulnerable.   There is an urgent need to address the specific needs of women and girls and involve them as equal partners in humanitarian response and post conflict...

Statement: The invisible wounds to women and girls damage all of us

Sunday, August 19, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster. The anguish seen in the faces of those whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed is also likely to reflect losses and wounds that are less visible, equally devastating, and insufficiently acknowledged.One in...

Joint statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director and Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Saturday, August 18, 2018

As the world marks World Humanitarian Day under the theme #NotATarget, to bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict globally, we call for special attention to the extensive gender-based violence taking place during situations of conflict and disaster.

In the words of Major Cleo Bigwood: “Many of us are working tirelessly to make things better for you.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Major Cleo Bigwood. Photo: Lt Cdr R F Abbey RN. Major Cleo Bigwood is the Force Gender and Child Protection Officer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). She participated at a UN Women training on ‘Mainstreaming gender in UN Peacekeeping to End Conflict Related Sexual Violence’, which took place in New Delhi in February 2018, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. The course trained 41 military and police...

Empowering women to build resilience in humanitarian setting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

UN Women Cameroon has again provided another set of equipment, just a few months after the inauguration of the Women Cohesion Space (WCS) in Ngam and donation of economic kits to over 100 identified vulnerable women.

From where I stand: I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massah Lewally. Photo: UN Women/Cecil Nelson "I was driving to work on Monday morning, around 6.30 a.m., listening to the radio. They were talking about the rainfall. Someone called from the Regent area and said the mountain had just fallen. Another caller said there were over 200 houses under the mud… people had been caught unaware, sleeping in their beds. My father lives in that area. I just visited him on Sunday! By the time I reached the office, reports were...

In Sierra Leone UN Women is building resilience placing women at the center of humanitarian response

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sierra Leone and its people are known for resilience. Eleven years of violent civil war that claimed more than 50,000 lives and displaced one million people was followed by the Ebola Virus Disease that claimed another 4000 lives by the end of the epidemic in November 2016. No sooner had the country started to emerge from the Ebola crisis, than torrential rains which led to a deadly mudslide on 14 August, 2017 hit the country.  The recent crisis has claimed the lives of more than 400 people...

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Women receiving humanitarian assistance from UN Women in the aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone. Photo: UN Women Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid is expected to rise as rain and floods continue. Women and girls are often disproportionately impacted during times of crises. They have unique health...

Women in Mugunga Refugee Camp prepared to transition to life outside the camp

Friday, July 28, 2017

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, concluded her visit to the Mugunga Refugee Camp in the suburbs of Goma in the province of North Kivu. The aim of the joint United Nations high-level African mission on July 27, 2017, was to understand the humanitarian situation in Mugunga. The camp was set up in 2008 following internal conflict in the region and currently hosts 3,998 people mostly women and children. During the mission, the UN team met with the camp...

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In Turkana county, women have to walk long distances in search of water |Photo credit: UN Women, Kennedy Okoth In the Turkana county of northern Kenya, walking miles and queuing at the water points has become a daily chore for many women. “This is my routine three times a day,” says Paulina Epung’u, a resident of Lotureirei. “I have to fetch water for our use and for the goats and sheep too, as they are too weak to walk.” Epung’u, 58...

Statement: We must bring women’s voices, knowledge and leadership to the heart of humanitarian action

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No one chooses to leave their home and their possessions lightly. To become a refugee is to have experienced unbearable circumstances, swapping immediate peril for unquantifiable risk. Women and girls are often the most affected, facing uncertainties of status and rights, and dangers including strong likelihood of sexual violence.  UNFPA  estimates that 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years need humanitarian assistance around the world today. Some...

UN Women awarded for its support to women and girls affected by Boko Haram

Friday, May 12, 2017

On 25 April 2017 in Yaoundé, 12,000 beneficiaries who were mainly vulnerable women and girls received impeccable support from the Government of Japan.

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