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I am Generation Equality: Christie Banda, youth activist fighting gender-based violence in Malawi

Monday, March 1, 2021

Christie Banda, a 28-year-old activist against gender-based violence, heads the Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment organization (FOCESE), a key ally of the global Spotlight Initiative (the EU-UN partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030) in Malawi. As part of Spotlight, UN Women Malawi works with partners like FOCESE to build powerful alliances at the community level and change attitudes and behaviors related to gender-based violence and harmful practices.

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.

I am Generation Equality: Munnira Katongole, youth activist for social change and climate justice

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Munnira Katongole is a 17-year-old South African activist fighting for social change and climate justice. She is part of the South African Institute of International Affairs’ Youth Policy Committee on climate.

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.

She Is Leadership: Virtual Series on Young Women’s Leadership

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dr. Nothabo Ncube. Photo: UN Women/ Itayi Usaiwevhu This year’s International Youth Day is commemorated under the theme  Youth Engagement for Global Action” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.   AWLN Zimbabwe Youth Caucus launched its first episode of the virtual series event on young women’s leadership on August...

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.

Call for Participants - Generation Equality Ideathon

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Photo: UN Women /  Itayi Usaiwevhu UN Women Zimbabwe is looking for innovative solutions to persistent societal and economic challenges that are disrupting participation of women in decisions that affects their lives . As such UN Women Zimbabwe aims to support an ideathon that is expected to result in viable and workable web-based platform that facilitates access to information as well as the engagement of women and girls with both elected officials as well as decision-making...

I am Generation Equality: Fatma Ahmed a Generation Equality Champion and Founder of the Girls’ Inclusion in Sports Campaign based in Zanzibar.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

As a young woman living on the Island of Zanzibar, gender equality is an issue of interest in my lifetime. It’s about making sure that the views and contributions by women and girls are valued and used to further develop our social and cultural fabric; alongside the economic and political growth of Zanzibar.

I am Generation Equality: Tina Musuya, feminist and advocate for ending gender-based violence

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I was drawn to work in the field of preventing violence against women, partly because of life experiences. One of my sisters had suffered repeated physical abuse at her home. In my own life, my ex- partner put pressure on me to stay at home. He believed that he was earning enough money and he also wanted me to have more children.

Launch of Generation Equality in Cameroon, on the occasion of the 35th edition of the celebration of International Women's Day on March 08, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cameroon, coordinated by UN Women, with the collaboration of Ministry of Woman Empowerment and the Family, officially launched the Generation Equality Campaign in the occasion of the celebration of the 35th edition of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, 2020.

Take Five: It is time to look beyond the numbers in women empowerment

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sarah Anyoti (Canada) is the Regional Portfolio Manager at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme East and Southern Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi. She joined the Regional Office from UNV Headquarters, where she held the position of Portfolio Manager/Development Coordinator (Deputy Chief, Development Programming Section).

I am Generation Equality: Sandiso Sibisi founder of 'Born to Succeed Women' and Director at COOi Studios South Africa

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I am touched by the hardship that women go through to be afforded a seat at any table whether it be in a boardroom, at their home or in their communities. The norm is for decisions about us, to be made for us and that disturbs me greatly.

I am Generation Equality: Kathy Gitau, tech-violence student activist

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Having witnessed violence first-hand, it made me obsessed with fighting for this conversation [on equality]. I witnessed my mum suffer violence and its always made me feel bad – being discriminated because she is a woman. Growing up didn’t get any simpler - I wanted to become Vice-President of the Student Union in Maseno University.

My Take, Your Take: Ushering in a new generation of women leaders in Central African Republic

Monday, February 24, 2020

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marguerite Ramadan, Social Affairs Advisor Prime Minister’s Office in in the Central African Republic and Chairperson of the longest standing women’s organization (the Organisation of Central African Women), talks about women’s leadership with Pamela Audrey Derom, who was recently elected to the National Youth Council.

I am Generation Equality: Kiara Nirghin, scientist and advocate

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Kiara Nirghin, 19, is a student, scientist, and advocate for women and girls in STEM. In 2016, she won the Google Science Fair for her work on a method to increase food security in drought-affected areas.

Tanzania scores big in efforts to end child marriage

Monday, November 18, 2019

UN Women engaged more than 500 civil society organisations that attended the Civil Society Week in Dodoma in November 2019, to foster partnerships in the implementation of the Generation Equality Campaign in Tanzania. The awareness raising initiative coincided with the ongoing celebrations over Tanzania’s ruling to raise the age of marriage to 18 years by the Court of Appeal in October.

October 11, 2019 International Girls' Day: The Gombe's Sacred Heart High School hosts the celebration.

Friday, October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Family in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (UN Women) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child at the Public School “Sacré Coeur” in Gombé, Kinshasa.

UN Women distributes economic kits to 400 young girls’ beneficiaries of the Second Chance Education Flagship Program

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

400 young girls, beneficiaries of UN women’s Second Chance Education flagship program have received over 1230 economic kits for the establishment of economic activities in four sectors; petty trading, tailoring, agriculture and livestock. The distribution which took place from the 3 to 12 of September 2019 in all five project locations (Ngam, Bertoua, Mokolo, Mora and Minawao) in the Adamawa, East and Far North Regions was in view of providing economic empowerment to the girls.

UN Women supports the establishment of birth certificates for 300 children of Ntui and Yoko council areas

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

UN Women has facilitated the establishment of 300 birth certificates for 193 girls and 107 boys aged 0 – 16 in the Ntui and Yoko council areas. On the 23thof August 2019, these birth certificates were handed over to the mayors of both municipal councils by the Divisional Officer of Mbam-et-Kim and the representative of the Development Bank of the Central African States (BDEAC) in the presence of the National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), the President of the Court and nearly 100 actors during an official ceremony organized by UN Women at ‘Hotel de Chute’ in Ntui.

Coverage: Young Women’s Regional Consultation on Beijing +25

Monday, August 26, 2019

As the world takes stock of progress made in advancing women’s rights and gender equality, by marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) in 2020, the African youth are making their voices heard on their generation’s stand on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls across the continent. In this regard, young people across Africa, and those in the diaspora - especially women and men between the ages of...

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