Take five

These question and answer pieces provide expert insight into gender equality and women's empowerment issues.

Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers, Kenya. Photo: Sandra Photography

Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”
In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango, Programme Officer with the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kenya, talks about the practice of FGM in the communities and what is being done to end FGM. More »

Donna Gabaccia. Photo: Margarita Stetsiouk

Take five: Migration and women’s rights—where do we go from here?
Donna Gabaccia, a Professor of History at the University of Toronto and award-winning author on gender and migration, speaks about the challenges and opportunities to protect women’s rights and support families in the context of migration. More »

Awa Ndiaye Seck Photo: UN Women DRC

Take five: Empowering women through climate-smart agriculture in the DRC
As world leaders attend the Convention on Climate Change (COP 22), UN Women’s country representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Awa Ndiaye underlines the importance of empowering women through sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture.  More »



Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women Photo: UN Women/Jacob Crawfurd

Take five with Papa Seck: Getting better at gender data—why does it matter?
As the new UN Women “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme is launched on 21 September at an event in New York, Papa Seck, Chief Statistician of UN Women, talks about why having data and accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights is an urgent need. More »

Nguyen Ngoc Ly Photo: Dang Thuy Trang, CECR

Take five: On the front line of disasters, women are more at risk and less heard
Nguyen Ngoc Ly is the founder and director of Center for Environment and Community Research. She is part of the Climate Change Working Group that UN Women works with to expand women’s leadership and participation in climate change action and disaster risk reduction. More »

A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Take five: South-south cooperation, a tool for advancing gender equality and inclusive development
Following the Global South-South Development Expo, A.H. Monjurul Kabir, Senior Programme Adviser, Head of the Asia-Pacific and Least Developed Countries Section, and UN Women Global Lead on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, talks about why ensuring that gender issues are a central part of cooperation between countries is an under-utilized but powerful vehicle for more inclusive and sustainable development. More »



Joy Chebet Bii, 20, a Mozilla Club captain in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Dennis Mukundi

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?
Joy Chebet Bii is a 20-year-old living in Nairobi, Kenya. Joy, a student in mathematics and computer science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is a Mozilla Club captain. Through a partnership between UN Women and The Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Clubs teach web literacy skills to women and girls in Cape Town and Nairobi. Joy uses her expertise to teach girls in Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi, basic coding and digital literacy skills. More »