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Take five: “To end FGM, we have to break the culture of silence”

02 February 2017

In Western Kenya FGM rates among younger girls is going up. Janet Anyango talks about what it will take to root out the practice More

Training in Kenya boosts deployment of female military officers for peacekeeping

14 December 2016

Forty-one female military officers from 31 countries just completed the fifth edition of the Female Military Officers Course co-organized by UN Women and the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya. More

Take five with Joy Chebet Bii: Why does digital literacy matter for women and girls?

04 October 2016

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

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

12 April 2016

Across the globe, women are still only a tiny portion of the security sector, but across Africa, some inroads are being made. More

From where I stand: Lucy Nduati

08 March 2016

Lucy Nduati is a 34-year-old single mother and a police officer from Nairobi. More

Strengthening the capacity of networks of women with disabilities on humanitarian action

16 February 2016

Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-12 February to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events". More

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec visits Nairobi

23 November 2015

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Yannick Glemarec was in Nairobi for the Regional Peer Review Meeting for 2016 Annual Work Plans. The first-ever joint Regional Peer Review Group for both the Eastern and Southern Africa and the Western and Central Africa regional offices took place at Windsor Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from 10-14 November, 2015. More

New UN Women research details how gender equality programming impacts humanitarian outcomes

16 July 2015

While many policies and practices have improved the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment into humanitarian action, there has been little by way of concrete evidence of its impact. However, a new research study by UN Women has confirmed the positive affect that gender equality programming can have on humanitarian outcomes, and proposes ways to further enhance the impact. More

Making UN Women "fit and funded for purpose"

06 July 2015

More than 40 governments voiced their support for UN Women and dozens announced new funding commitments during a special pledging event for the organization on 1 July, during the 2015 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York. More

UN Women and the Green Belt Movement mark World Environment Day

17 June 2015

On 5 June UN Women joined hands with the Green Belt movement (GBM) in celebrating this year’s World Environment Day, as the global community also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

The voice of caregivers

14 May 2015

Ahead of International Day of Families on 15 May, we share Violet Shivutse’s story, featured as a story of change in UN Women’s flagship report Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. More

Male African leaders join the HeForShe campaign

18 February 2015

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Malawi, an influential cultural leader; Ron Archer, a renowned transformative leadership coach from the United States of America; and Gilberto Macuacua, a media personality in Mozambique, who is also a member of the UN Women Regional Civil Society Group (RCSAG), have signed on as male supporters of UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, calling on other men to follow suit. More

Photo essay: They were not at the Beijing Conference, but...

04 February 2015

Some were not even born in 1995. That was the year when the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action took shape. But their voices are no less relevant. Four passionate youth activists shared what gender equality means to them. We weave together some of their ideas for action and thoughts on what the Beijing Platform for Action means to them –a generation later– and how youth are a part of that change. 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

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

24 October 2014

Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. More

Innovative women-led enterprises win SEED Gender Equality Awards

10 September 2014

Three women-led social and environmental enterprises have been presented with the 2014 SEED Gender Equality Award for leading the way in tackling sustainable development challenges while promoting gender equality, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today. More

Women as everyday peacebuilders critical to nation-building

04 September 2014

Women’s daily peacebuilding stories often remain untold. To bring such voices to light, the UN Peacebuilding Commission, under the chairpersonship of Brazil, held a session entitled “Women, Everyday Peacebuilders” on 3 September 2014. The session brought together women peace activists from Colombia, Kenya and Liberia, delegates to the Peacebuilding Commission and senior UN officials. More

“Take action to create the world we want” – Lakshmi Puri

26 June 2014

At the first-ever UN Environment Assembly meeting for the High-Level Gender and Environment Forum, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attended a Tree-planting Ceremony in Commemoration of World Environment Day and the Beijing Platform for Action+20. More

“Women are environmental leaders and actors” – Lakshmi Puri

25 June 2014

Opening statement of UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the High-Level Gender and Environment Forum, 23 June 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya. More

Empowering Kenya’s Maasai women through greater voice and rights

03 March 2014

In the words of Beatrice Sisina Shanka, a 26-year-old community activist from the Inkinyie community. She works for Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a non-governmental organization that addresses human rights and development concerns of pastoralist (nomadic livestock herding) indigenous peoples of Kenya, with a focus on women and girls. More

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