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HeForShe campaign launches in Cameroon

17 August 2016

On behalf of H.E President Paul Biya of Cameroon, the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang has pledged his support for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign at a launch event attended by government representatives, heads of UN agencies and civil society organizations. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

Property and inheritance rights key to empowering women living with HIV, say grass-roots groups

06 November 2013

At a recent dialogue in Gambia, regional networks of women living with HIV called on policymakers to address women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV. More

Cameroon elections catapult women, more than doubling their representation in the National Assembly

25 October 2013

This unprecedented increase, bringing the proportion of women in the National Assembly to 31 per cent, a result of synergy between actors, adoption of an Electoral Code and involvement of a gender expert. More

Phase II Grantees & Project Descriptions

01 October 2013

Phase II grantees and project descriptions of UN Women’s "Action to Promote the Legal Empowerment of Women in the Context of HIV and AIDS" More

In Sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS widows strive to regain their rights after husbands are gone

21 June 2013

AIDS widows face additional economic and social exclusion, and for many, living with HIV adds to their vulnerability and stigmatization. UN Women is working with community groups and traditional leaders to empower widows, protect their property and inheritance rights, and provide essential services. More

Domestic workers’ rights move closer to becoming reality worldwide

14 June 2013

As the International Labour Organization Convention 189 on domestic work turns two, a look at how Governments, unions and the private sector supported by UN Women are working towards ensuring that this female-dominated profession is regulated and worker’s rights are protected. More

The Knowledge Gateway to help entrepreneurs, workers and experts network and share information

08 March 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director John Hendra introduced the new Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, currently being developed by UN Women in partnership with the Government of Canada during a side event on 6 March at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57). More

In the words of Chi Yvonne Leina: How I stopped grandma from ironing my budding breasts

27 February 2013

Cameroonian journalist and women's rights advocate Chi Yvonne Leina is the founder and coordinator of Gender Danger, a grassroots women`s organization that is fighting to end the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. She will be attending the upcoming CSW this year as a World Pulse correspondent, in the hopes of raising awareness and creating partnerships to help her NGO expand its work to prevent breast ironing in Cameroon. We bring you her first-hand account of the practice of breast ironing as part of UN Women’s “In the Words of…” series. More

Building the leaders of tomorrow: preparing young women in Latin America and the Caribbean

17 January 2013

To boost their leadership and political engagement, 80 young women from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean attended a regional forum in Panama, organized by UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA. More

Exploited domestic workers in Cameroon organize themselves to defend their rights

13 November 2012

Fed up with being exploited and abused by her employers, Félicité Mbida set up an association for domestic workers to promote support and solidarity. More

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