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Providing scholarships to improve the enrolment and retention levels of child marriage survivors and girls who have dropped out of school due to early pregnancies in rural Zambia

Monday, November 30, 2020

Child marriage in Zambia is a complex issue that has gained increased attention over recent years. In addressing its high incidence particularly in remote parts of the country, the Government of Zambia has developed some policies and legal instruments, including a national strategy designed in 2016 to reduce child marriages by 40 per cent by 2021.

Hand over the mic to: Aisha, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Aisha*, 12 years old, is now living in a shelter in the coastal region of Kenya, with 34 other children who have experienced gender-based violence. When schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these girls fell victims to sexual abuse within their homes.

Hand over the mic to: Ali Dabaso, Kenya

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

38-year-old, Ali Dabaso is a resident of Isiolo county in the northern part of Kenya and serves as a male champion. Cases of Female genital mutilation and physical violence are common in this region and heavily tied to cultural norms, traditions and beliefs that have disadvantaged women and girls.

What Happened After Covid-19 Hit: Ethiopia

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Alegnta was an integral part of the efforts of our organization, Setaweet in combating gender-based violence. The project aims to address a gap in providing services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse who approach the center in increasing numbers.

Fulfilling our promise to girls in East and Southern Africa will give voice to and secure their equal future

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thirteen-year-old Lydia Mwela from Zambia has observed too many girls in her community becoming pregnant, suffering gender-based violence and testing positive for HIV. She does not wish to end up in a similar situation herself. Through knowledge she is gaining at school, she has become empowered to make her own informed choices and create the future she dreams of for herself. She is learning about healthy relationships, good values, the human rights she is entitled to, and sexual and...

Press Release: As global mobilization against sexual harassment rises, UN Women urges robust action to ensure lives free from violence for women and girls

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), hundreds of events worldwide, led by UN Women and partners, will bolster efforts to end a pandemic that impacts one in three women globally. From marches, flashmobs and concerts, to football and rugby games, events will be organized and iconic buildings lit up in orange to galvanize attention during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December).

Reversing the tide of rising violence against women in Liberia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign opening in Ethiopia. 25 November – 10 December 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

The United Nations in Ethiopia commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence on the 25 th November 2015. The UN Resident Coordinator for Ethiopia, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie opened the kicking-off ceremony of 16 Days of Activism campaign in the country, in parallel to the orange lighting of the permanent headquarters for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with...

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security:

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Saturday, November 21, 2015

In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.

In Tanzania, a caravan of activists visits five regions over eight days on a journey to end violence against women

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we feature the efforts of Tanzanian activists who travelled by bus across the country, giving workshops, performances and urging people to raise awareness around violence against women and harmful traditional practices.

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18.

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