Americas and the Caribbean
Cathy Eatock is an aboriginal woman and survivor of child sexual assault who pressed charges against her assailant despite resistance from her own community. She has since worked tirelessly on policies to protect women and children from abuse and defend the rights of indigenous peoples. She is now Senior Policy Officer for the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs of the Government of Australia.
“I work with the people who go to the Central American trade fairs and I am so proud that our pieces of pottery are bought in other countries,” says Francis Gutiérrez Cano, a Nicaraguan woman originally from San Juan de Oriente.
Lourdes Figueroa is a woman like any other: she has plans, hopes and aspirations. At 36, she likes to live life to the fullest, but like all of us, sometimes finds herself both laughing and crying at times.
To mark World AIDS Day (1 December) we profile the life of a woman who is claiming her rights as a member of the Peruvian Network of Positive Women.
“There were six soldiers; they came into my house,” recalls one Congolese woman, her gaze fixed and sad. “Immediately they pointed their guns at me,” says another survivor, holding her infant son in her arms. “They asked me ‘do you want to live or die?’”
A new partnership between UN Women and the Loomba Foundation will promote the empowerment of widows through global advocacy and economic empowerment projects in three countries – Guatemala, Malawi, and India. The partnership was announced at a dinner in London organised by the Loomba Foundation and attended by Cherie Blair, President of the Loomba Foundation, [...]
With a heart made of band-aids, the design of the T-shirt is simple yet powerful, as is the caption beneath it: “Violence against women is not in my vocabulary.” “From the outset, the message that we were keen to convey was to say to people, both women and men, that violence against women is not [...]
As a preventive strategy to reduce the prevalence of violence against women and societal violence overall in a region with one of the highest rates of rape in the world*, UN Women’s Caribbean Office and its partners have developed a community intervention programme for boys aged 13-16 that is challenging gender stereotypes while teaching teens [...]
Planting the seeds of healing: moving from words to actions to restore the rights of female survivors in Colombia
In her face and her tone, Mayerlis Angarita projects that infectious joy that is typical of the inhabitants of the savannahs adjoining the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, but her voice cracks as she recalls the tough times that her community, her family and she herself had to endure.
The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) today kicked off its 16th year announcing more than US$8 million in grants to 12 local initiatives in 18 countries.