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Heads of Missions and Agencies in Liberia to attend high-level meeting on the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security

Monday, November 9, 2020

The high-level meeting will be held as part of the activities organized by the Government of Liberia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, a landmark resolution that was adopted on 31 October 2000 to affirm the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. In 2009, Liberia became one of the first countries to implement the UN SCR 1325 by developing the...

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...

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.

Women take a lead to fight GBV during COVID-19 in Tanzania

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A community-based network of women in Mufindi, has teamed-up with UN Women in Tanzania, Unilever Tea Tanzania and the Local Government Authority in a campaign that is fighting to end violence against women and girls in the district.

DRC takes a step towards zero tolerance against gender-based violence

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo are still the first victims of conflicts and socio-cultural practices that relegate them to second class citizen. In 2018, more than 35,000 cases of sexual violence were still recorded, the majority of them in the East. During the COVID-19 epidemic, violence increased by 99% in North Kivu Province. To respond the situation, the Deputy Minister of Planning and the Minister of State for Gender, Family and Child launched the new revision of the National Strategy for Combating Gender-based Violence (SNVGB) on Thursday, August 27, 2020 in Kinshasa.

Engaging traditional leaders to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices in Africa

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Council of Traditional and Cultural leaders of Africa, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA have kickstarted a webinar series which will be held between August and December 2020 as a component of COTLA’s advocacy and actions to advance gender equality in Africa and end sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices.

UN Women Cameroon supports religious leaders in the development of their action plans to respond to HIV and GBV in COVID-19 context

Sunday, August 30, 2020

From 19 to 21 August 2020 in Ebolowa, UN Women in partnership with the National AIDS Control Committee (CNLS) organized a workshop to develop the performance framework of HIV action plan on religious communities and to sensitize key religious leaders on quality messages to prevent HIV and GBV during in the context of COVID-19. The objective of this workshop was to finalize national HIV action plans of religious denominations in the context of COVID-19and to build the capacity of religious leaders in sensitization and community mobilization messages for the HIV response.

Giving girls a second chance at education in Zambia

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Violet is a child marriage survivor in Chama district of Muchinga Province and a beneficiary of “Reducing Child Marriage in Malawi and Zambia,” programme, which is funded by the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation through the UN South-South Cooperation (UNSSC).

COVID-19: UN Women Supports Kenya's National Helpline for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Monday, June 22, 2020

Health Assistance Kenya 1195 (HAK) is a free-to-call helpline for survivors of all forms of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) – and its saving lives. The Nairobi-based service is set up to give immediate assistance to the public in the event of SGBV. It operates 24-7 and is taking more calls than ever.

From Where I Stand: "Due to COVID-19 people were not going to the police"

Saturday, May 30, 2020

“Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia, one-stop crisis centres and shelters haven’t been able to support survivors because of the lack of isolation rooms for newcomers and insufficient human resources and personal protective equipment. To fill this gap, a transitional shelter was opened to serve as a space where survivors could stay during the quarantine period. Once the survivors are tested for...

UN Women and Private Bank in Mozambique join efforts to advance women economic empowerment

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Commercial and Investment Bank (BCI) and UN Women Mozambique signed a memorandum of understanding in Maputo, to advocate and promote gender and women's empowerment in Mozambique. The agreement was signed by UN Women Mozambique and BCI representatives Marie Laetitia Kayisire and Rogério LAM respectively.

UN Women Mozambique supports young women partner organization to demand social protection for women and girls during COVID19

Monday, May 25, 2020

Associação Socio Cultural Horizonte Azul (ASCHA) a Maputo based civil society organization and UN Women partner in activities by youth and for youth particularly on the right of girls and young women, issued a statement addressing government authorities to demand extension of social protection programs for women and girls and other vulnerable groups as long COVID19 impact last.

UN Women supports LNP to conduct awareness campaigns on COVID19 and SGBV in Liberia

Monday, May 4, 2020

In an effort to combat sexual and gender based violence and implications of the corona virus pandemic, UN Women supported the Liberia National Police to conduct awareness campaigns in four counties in Liberia to inform and educate the public on how to prevent and respond to sexual and gender based violence including domestic violence.

Expert’s Take: ‘...isolation that is one consequence of social distancing is likely to contribute to heightened risk of Gender-based violence (GBV)’.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sadiq Syed, Regional Program Manager for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAW/G) with the UN Women East and Southern Africa. He brings 25 years’ experience working on EVAW and specializes in developing VAW prevention and response, specifically in establishing 24x7 hotlines, one stop centres, shelters and multi-sectoral responses.   Importance of Access to 24x7 Hotlines, Chat, SMS and online Counselling Services in the wake of COVID 19 With the onset of Covid-19...

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.

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.

From where I stand: "Girls in Mara Region Not for Sale!"

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I am a traditional leader from Mara region which is one of the strongholds of the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice in Tanzania. In 2016, UN Women and the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) launched the Female Genital Mutilation Elimination project “Tokomeza Ukeketaji”, which aimed to raise awareness on the dangers of female genital mutilation.  Following the launch, I decided to take up the fight to help save girls from this harmful practice that has for many...

Take Five: From awareness-raising to action, how trained paralegals in Uganda are stopping FGM

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Christine Awori is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Legal Aid and Pro-bono Services for the Uganda Law Society (ULS), which established a satellite clinic in Amudat District in northeastern Uganda in 2019, with support from UN Women under the EU-UN Spotlight initiative. Going forward, the organization plans to continue its awareness raising, legal and referral services, and also secure partnerships with local radio stations for media campaigns.

Niger, the European Union and the United Nations join forces to eliminate violence against women and girls.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

NIAMEY (Niger), December 3rd 2019 - His Excellency Mr. Brigi RAFINI, Prime Minister and Head of Government launched the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in the presence of the members of the Government, the Delegation of the European Union in Niger, the United Nations System in Niger, diplomatic representations and missions, traditional leaders, customary and religious leaders, civil society organizations and women's and youth associations.

The 13th edition of the 16 days of activism campaign Against gender-based violence kicks off in Cameroon under the theme “Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, the Government of Cameroon and the UN System officially launched the 16 days of activism campaign against gender based violence with a call to all actors to pay attention to the issue of consent, identified as one of the key challenges in prevention and eradication of rape and sexual violence against women and girls. The launch event which brought together over 300 stakeholders from women associations, CSO’s, academia, government and UN Agencies was organized under the theme “Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”. The ceremony was co-chaired by Allegra Baiocchi, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Cameroon, and ABENA Ondoa Marie-Thérèse Obama, Minister of Women empowerment and the family (MINPROFF).

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