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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.

End of 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Monday, December 14, 2020

On 18 November 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese Minister of Health declared the end of the 11 th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), nearly six months after the first cases were reported in Equateur Province, a north-western region at the border with Republic of Congo. The outbreak took place in communities scattered across dense rain forests as well as crowded urban areas, creating logistical challenges. The response to the 11 th Ebola outbreak...

Joint UN Health Programme Counters Maternal and Infant Mortality in Kenya

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A newly published evaluation of the UN H6 Joint Programme on Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) found the number of women who utilised antenatal care services increased by over 32% in six of Kenya’s counties with the highest burden of maternal and infant deaths.

From Where I stand, Meymuna Ahmed: "During COVID-19, schools in Wajir have closed, presenting an increased risk of children being violated"

Monday, September 28, 2020

Meymuna Ahmed, 34, works in her home county of Wajir, North-East Kenya. Graduating in Nutrition and Public Health in 2009, she immediately applied her skills to assist her community, working on humanitarian programmes related to drought. For the past six years, she has been empowering women and girls in her community.

In the words of Christine Sadia: “Women must be given tools and training, so they fully comprehend what the risks are”

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Dr. Christine Sadia is a gender and public health expert with over 30 years’ experience advising governments on health and gender issues, such as psychosocial needs of women in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and HIV programming during the Indonesia tsunami. UN Women is supporting Dr. Sadia in her current role as a Gender and Public Health Advisor for Kenya’s State Department for Gender Affairs, to advise on the country’s national emergency response for COVID-19.

HeForShe launches #HeForSheAtHome campaign

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In providing useful tools and tips, the #HeForSheAtHome campaign seeks to inspire men to help balance the burden in their households. Whether its learning to use that new vacuum cleaner, or the game you play when washing the dishes, we want to hear your stories. In sharing these stories of positive male role models from all over the world, we hope to inspire many more to do their fair share.

COVID-19 and the link to Violence Against Women and Girls

Friday, April 10, 2020

Around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting women and men differently. Gender inequalities are typically worsened by crises and the coronavirus context is no different, as women are hit harder by its effects. Women make up 70% of the world’s health sector , bear the responsibility of unpaid care work, and are likely to face increased levels of domestic and sexual violence.

Kinshasa: 800 women receive resilience kits to cope with Covid-19

Thursday, April 9, 2020

In order to fight the spread of Coronavirus, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo enforced several measures from 19 March 2020, such as the closure of public places, including schools and markets, and called on the population to reduce movements. Kinshasa, the capital of DRC and the center of economic activities, is also the epicenter of the epidemic and has been isolated from other provinces.

COVID-19 response: UN Women puts women farmers in Senegal at the heart of the solution

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As part of the program to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households launched by the Government of Senegal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Women Senegal Program supports the Ministry of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection (MFFGPE) for the implementation of the program titled "Household basket: women are part of the solution".

UN Women donates a consignment of WASH and safety materials to prevent spread of COVID-19

Monday, April 6, 2020

UN Women Liberia Country representative, Marie Goreth Nizigama handed over a consignment of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Safety materials to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection at the Ministerial complex in Congo Town, Monrovia on Monday, April 6, 2020.

113 community Health workers in Cameroon acquired skills to improve retention of women living with HIV and GBV prevention

Friday, July 19, 2019

113 district and community health workers in Bertuoa and Bafia have been trained on the active research of women living with HIV and the prevention of gender-based violence during two capacity building workshops organized by the National Aids Control Committee (CNLS) and UN Women. The main objective of the workshops organized in July 2019 in Bertuoa and Bafia respectively was to improve the retention of women living with HIV without exposing their children in order to reduces mother-to-child transmission of HIV in health districts.

UN Women advocating for the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms

Monday, April 30, 2018

Senior level government officials and leaders of civil society organizations have been sensitized on the integration of menstrual hygiene management needs of women and gender sensitive policy reforms during a workshop organized by UN Women in Yaoundé on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Statistics on menstrual hygiene in Senegal, Niger and Cameroon are now available; product of action-research in the joint WSSCC-UN Women program

Monday, February 19, 2018

WSSCC, in collaboration with UN Women, implemented a joint program on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in three countries in West Africa; Senegal, Niger, Cameroon

Pioneering Senegal Menstrual Hygiene Study focuses on Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A study has recently been conducted by the WSSCC-UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation. In four regions of the country (Kédougou, Kolda, Matam and Sédhiou), a research team attempted to cast light on the links between Female Genital Mutilation (sometimes called female circumcision) and the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

Statement by UN Women Executive Director: Leaving no one out from health

Friday, December 1, 2017

Every four minutes, three young women become infected with HIV (UNAIDS Right to Health report, 2017). They are clearly not enjoying their right to health, nor will they, until we are able to reverse the inequalities and discrimination that fuel HIV spread. Those whose health and future are currently least prioritized must become our focus, if we are to achieve the changes we seek.

Maternal health gets a new boost in Liberia

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A dim ray of sunlight shines through the window of the Post-Partum Room at Bodowhea Clinic in Liberia’s River Cess County. In the small space, which is also used as a storeroom for drugs and other medical supplies, midwife Lorina Karway, 41, attends to a mother and her new born baby. Due to the lack of electricity the night before, Karway and her colleagues had struggled to care for the pregnant woman who had been rushed to the clinic for an emergency delivery. This time, they were...

UN Women, WSSCC Promote Menstrual Hygiene Management in Cameroon

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kribi-Cameroon, June 4, 2016: Over 45 participants drawn from the government, UN agencies, International organizations and the civil society in Cameroon and Senegal have received end of course certificates on Menstrua Hygiene Management (MHM). They received the end of course attestations following a five-day workshop which was jointly organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Cameroon and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from May 30 to June 4, 2016 in Kribi, Cameroon.

PRESS RELEASE - Regional Exchange to Improve Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding 07 -09 June 2016 Dakar-Senegal

Saturday, June 4, 2016

UN Women and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office will bring together over 30 representatives from governments, international and civil society organisations of nine West and Central African countries working on women’s participation in peacebuilding, for a learning and strategy workshop to be held from 07-09 June 2016, in Dakar.

Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ahead of the ICASA, UN Women together with partners, organized a women’s pre-conference under the theme “Fast-tracking the end of the AIDS epidemic for women in the post-2015 development framework.

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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