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From where I stand: “They said that a woman couldn’t run for elections…I proved them wrong”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Coumba Diaw is the only female Mayor in the Louga region of Senegal. She grew up listening to a rhetoric that restricted women from participating in politics and public life. But that didn’t stop her. Today she makes other elected officials aware of the importance of women’s leadership. More

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

Friday, February 24, 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

In the words of Ndèye Daro Niang: “I am a valued member of my community”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ms. Niang is one of 213 women with disabilities who have benefited from the Gender Equitable Local Development programme implemented by UN Women in 58 local councils in Senegal, with financial support from Luxembourg. Through workshops and information sessions, women with disabilities have been sensitized and trained on Senegal’s landmark social orientation law, adopted in 2010, and on addressing the unique and specific needs of disabled women in menstrual hygiene management. More

Senegalese rural women strive for the sustainable use of sea resources

Monday, September 21, 2015

UN Women and WFP introduce modern processing technologies to support women in Kafountine committed to repurposing and adding value to fresh fish that would otherwise go to waste. More

International Organisation of La Francophonie elects first female Secretary General

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada, was selected by consensus as the new Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) at its 15th Summit, held in Dakar, Senegal from 29-30 November. She will be the first woman to lead the organization of French-speaking nations, which includes 57 members or associates and another 20 observers. Ms. Jean, who is also of Haitian origin, will take over from outgoing Secretary General Abdou Diouf, of Senegal, in January 2015. More

Collecting and carrying water, burdensome reality for women

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ahead of World Water Day, UN Women highlights the urgent need to reverse the disproportionate burden on women to provide water for their families. More

We must strengthen the role of women in local democracies: Lakshmi Puri

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri spoke at the Fourth Congress and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders organized by the United Cities and Local Government in Rabat, Morocco, on 1 October, 2013. More

UN Women Executive Director urges stronger gender focus in post-2015 MDGs

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Remarks of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “MDG countdown 2013: Girls and women transforming societies” event in New York, 24 September 2013. More

Senegal appoints female Prime Minister

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Aminata Touré, former Minister of Justice, becomes the country’s second woman Prime Minister More

Women peace advocates put forth key recommendations for Sahel region

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sharing their own experiences of conflict and recovery at the High-Level Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel region held on 9 April, women from across the region called for greater participation in all international forums and recovery efforts to resolve the crises, as well as more funds to advance women’s rights and empowerment. More

Sahel Conference says women’s full participation essential to conflict resolution and economic recovery

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Some 40 women from the Sahel met today to underline the crucial contributions women from the region are making to economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention, and to explore ways to enhance their role in these areas. More

Media advisory: Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel

Friday, April 5, 2013

The European Union, the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel and UN Women will be convening a Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel, on 9 April, in Brussels. More

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan Cassell at a side event on the COMMIT Initiative

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Presentation by Michelle Bachelet and Julia Duncan-Cassell at the high-level side event on the COMMIT Initiative, 5 March, 2013, in New York. More

Remarks of Michelle Bachelet at a reception in Senegal with women parliamentarians, women leaders and women from civil society

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Remarks by Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director at a reception in Senegal with women parliamentarians, women leaders and women from the civil society. Hotel King Fahd Palace, Dakar, Senegal. More

Press Statement of Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women in Dakar, Senegal

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Press Statement of Michelle Bachelet, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, at Hotel King Fadh Palace, Dakar, Senegal. 8 January 2013. [Check against delivery] Thank you all More

Speech by Michelle Bachelet in Senegal at Joal Fadiouth fish processing project site

Monday, January 7, 2013

Speech by Michelle Bachelet during field visit to Joal Fadiouth fish processing project site. Dakar, Senegal. 7 January 2013. More

During first official trip to Senegal, Mali and Nigeria, UN Women Executive Director to call for increasing women’s participation in politics, economy and peacebuilding

Friday, January 4, 2013

NIGERIA UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet in Nigeria * Photo album * Speech by Michelle Bachelet during a meeting with the private sector at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, Nigeria MAL More

Following elections, proportion of Senegal’s female parliamentarians almost doubles

Thursday, July 12, 2012

With 44.6 per cent of female parliamentarians, Senegal has come close to achieving parity in its National Assembly. 64 women now occupy a total of 150 seats, up from 33. More

“I will listen to women and promote their rights,” says Senegal’s President-Elect, Macky Sall

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In an exclusive discussion with women's organizations the day after he emerged as the winner of Senegal's Presidential election on 25 March President-Elect Macky Sall outlined his vision for improving the lives of Senegalese women. More

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