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Take five: “Managing a company is about managing talents, there’s no place for discrimination”

27 February 2017

Askar Baitassov, Chief Executive Officer of Kazakhstan’s AB Restaurants chain talks about why the company champions gender equality. AB Restaurants is the first company in Central Asia to sign on to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact, which places gender equality at the heart of good business practices. Mr. Baitassov has also joined UN Women’s HeforShe campaign. More

In El Salvador, rural women plant seeds of independence

27 February 2017

In El Salvador, where land ownership still remains a barrier for women, a rural women’s cooperative paves the way for income, access to public services and legal support. A child care facility run by the women enable them to work outside their homes. More

From where I stand: “I became the first fisherwoman in my community”

24 February 2017

Yayi Bayam Diouf became the first woman to fish in her small rural fishing village in Senegal. Paving the way for other women, she now runs a training centre for women where they can learn entrepreneurship skills and access support. More

From where I stand: “When I’m stung, I am reminded of how strong I already am”

24 February 2017

Oralia Ruano Lima was among the first women in her indigenous community to join an all-female entrepreneurship project as a beekeeper. Today the women beekeepers of Urlanta, a village in the south-eastern region of Guatemala, are bringing in sustainable jobs and income to their rural communities, and changing mindsets and attitudes towards women. More

From where I stand: “I set up a tourist guest house to support my family”

24 February 2017

Saudita Marku, a city girl, looked for new income opportunities to support her family when after marriage she moved to rural village in Albania. She now runs a guest house for tourists, and also a bee-keeping business. More

UNCTAD and UN Women announces joint programme to promote gender-inclusive macroeconomics

24 February 2017

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and UN Women will work together through a joint programme to incorporate gender perspectives into models of economic growth and development, particularly the effects of the unpaid “care economy”. More

From where I stand: “One day, I want to wake up to find gender equality is real”

24 February 2017

Hayfa Sdiri has created a platform for Tunisian youth, connecting entrepreneurs with ideas, skills and funders. More

Take Five: At the current rate of progress, no equal pay until 2069

24 February 2017

Across the world, women still get paid 23 per cent less than men for work of equal value. Chidi King, Director of the Equality Department of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the main international trade union organization representing the interests of working people worldwide, and a member of UN Women and ILO’s Equal Pay Champions initiative, unpacks the issue. More

From where I stand: “Some demand sex before awarding a contract”

24 February 2017

Sarah Quaye Reeves is a proud restaurant owner whose business has grown and become more competitive since the expansion of business registration and other services came to her city. But her number one challenge remains the daily sexual harassment from some of her male customers. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director in Mexico for the Global Forum on Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces

24 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri is visiting Mexico City, to attend the biennial Global Forum on Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces, which is convening more than 200 urban experts and community leaders from around the world. More

Bringing women on equal footing with men in Kosovo Police

24 February 2017

Established in partnership with UN Women in Kosovo, the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police trains and supports women to take on leadership roles, and break the stereotypes and cultural barriers that discourage women from joining the security sector. More

Take five: “Globally, women now represent 50 per cent of the company’s board members”

23 February 2017

Mustafa Seçkin, Vice-President, Unilever N. Africa, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus Ice Cream & Beverages Categories, talks about how the Women’s Empowerment Principles have shaped and improved work place culture and performance at Unilever Turkey. Recently, Unilever (global) also announced a partnership with UN Women to improve women’s safety in the tea industry More

Take five: “Women in the organization view themselves as leaders”

23 February 2017

Anna Green has fought for equality in the workplace her whole career. Now, as CEO of ANZ Lao, she’s using the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, to empower other women and improve diversity in the company. More

From where I stand: “I became a man, just to access the mines”

23 February 2017

Pili Hussein is Tanzania’s first woman miner, who disguised herself as a man to access the Tanzanite mines. During the week, she worked alongside men in the mines and on weekends, as a farm hand. Today, she has 70 employees, a mining license, and wants to make sure that the next generation of women miners don’t face the same barriers as she did. More

Malawi Parliament adopts amendment to end child marriage

22 February 2017

The country with one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world has taken a major step to end the practice by adopting a constitutional amendment on 14 February that raises the minimum age of marriage to 18 years. More

From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

22 February 2017

Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community More

In Georgia, sisters turn a lifelong passion into livelihood

22 February 2017

The Kvitia sisters, Nona and Nana have been baking oladis since childhood. Later on, baking them became their first source of income. More

Mexico City hosts global forum on safe cities for women and girls

21 February 2017

From 22 to 25 February, more than 200 urban experts and community leaders from all continents will gather in Mexico City to share evidence-based approaches, tools and best practices to make urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. More

From where I stand: “Fed up with the harassment, I appealed to the media”

21 February 2017

Tatiana Covalciuc returned to Moldova to start a business, but faced corruption. Today she aims to set up support structures for returning migrants. More

In the words of Luiza Karimova: “We were sex slaves”

20 February 2017

Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Luiza Karimova left her son with her family and travelled to Osh, Kyrgyzstan to find work. In Kyrgyzstan, she was sold into sex slavery and trafficked into Dubai. After 18 months, she was arrested and sent to jail. Today, Karimova works with Podruga, an organization based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, which is supported by UN Women. Podruga works to end violence against women and assists women subjected to sex and drug trafficking. More

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