Americas and the Caribbean
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.
Press Statement delivered on behalf of Michelle Bachelet upon completing her official visit to Haiti. Port au Prince, Haiti. 23 October 2012.
On 22nd October, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will undertake a one-day official visit to Haiti where she will meet with members of the national government, and civil society to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Executive Director of UN Women meets representatives of civil society before concluding her visit to Peru
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet is on an official visit to Peru from 16 – 17 October. See photos of her visit, read her speech, find out more about projects to end violence against women in Lima, Peru.
A conversation with Silvia Loli Espinoza, coordinator of the project “Articulation of Policies and Actions to End Violence against Women in the Municipality of Lima”, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Ending violence against women, one of the most pervasive violations of women’s rights, requires concerted efforts worldwide. Municipalities play [...]
On Tuesday 16 October, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, will begin an official visit to Peru, which will start with her participation at the international conference entitled “Power: Women as Drivers of Growth and Social Inclusion”, alongside President Ollanta Humala Tasso and the US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Legal reforms can transform women’s lives when they are implemented and properly utilized. Gender-based violence is a fundamental violation of women’s rights and affects all countries. Legal reforms can address this pandemic, but what is needed are strong laws, active implementation and services for womens’ protection and prevention of violence against women.
On a small peninsula between two bays on the northern coast of Haiti, the village of Le Borgne shelters the Asosyasyon Famn de Boy (AFB), Creole for the Women’s Association of Le Borgne. Supported by UN Women, the association helps women survivors of gender-based violence to access medical and legal care. Six hours drive from [...]
Olga Ruiz Vasquez is a role model. In July, the 52-year-old widow and mother of five who only has a primary level education, achieved her dream of becoming the municipal president for San Nicolas Tolentino in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. This was after electoral authorities held a total vote recount that showed [...]