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From where I stand: “We barely had a meal in three days”

29 March 2017

Florence Luanda Maheshe found herself in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo with six children to feed and barely enough food. Once the camp closed, she was left with no support. Access to a small piece of land and assistance from a NGO supported by UN Women helped Maheshe stand on her own feet. More

From where I stand: Nahimana Fainesi

23 May 2016

Nahimana Fainesi fled her native Burundi and has been living in the Lusenda refugee camp in Democratic Republic of Congo where she works as a farmer in a UN Women cash-for-work programme. More

Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court

22 March 2016

UN Women welcomes the landmark conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba by the International Criminal Court on 21 March 2016, for his failure to prevent and punish the rape, murder and pillage committed by his troops in the Central African Republic in 2002 and 2003. More

African representatives push for action to bring women to the peace table

26 January 2016

Dr. Priscilla Joseph, founder and Chair of the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, came to the African Union Gender Pre-Summit from 19-20 January with pressing questions about how to ensure women can be more involved in the peace process in her country, and across the continent. More

“The struggle is not over, so stay with it until we have been able to deliver”—Executive Director in DRC

07 December 2015

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the “High-Level Dialogue on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Commitment for Action!” in Kinshasa, DRC, on 4 December 2015. More

During the 16 days of activism, UN Women Executive Director visits DRC

03 December 2015

On her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN Women’s Executive Director is taking part in a series of high-level meetings and public events to mark the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. More

Executive Director to visit Democratic Republic of the Congo

01 December 2015

Marking her first official visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will begin her mission on 1 December. During the four-day trip, she will partake in both high-level advocacy and grass-roots efforts to advance gender equality in the country and around the world. More

In the words of Julienne Lusenge: “Women are the first victims of war” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

01 December 2015

Julienne Lusenge is Director of the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC) and President of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she says “violence is a part of daily life”. In October 2015, she spoke about gender-based violence in conflict at the UN Security Council's Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. Ms. Lusenge later met with officials from UN Women to discuss the challenges and discrimination endured by Congolese women. More

Congolese refugees living with HIV forge ahead, gaining independence

28 February 2014

Women are cultivating mushrooms and tomatoes, learning about business and agriculture and pooling their funds along with combating social stigma and confronting gender-based violence. More

Michelle Bachelet welcomes the appointment of Mary Robinson as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa

26 March 2013

The former UN High Commissioner and former President of Ireland will serve as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa. Her appointment is an historic first and a major milestone in the progress of women’s rights and gender equality. More

Setting the scene: using audio-visual tools to train peacekeepers to respond

28 November 2012

A new scenario-based training programme by UN Women and the DPKO is teaching troops and officers to better understand, prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. More

UN Women welcomes first reparations order issued by International Criminal Court

09 August 2012

UN WOMEN PRESS RELEASE For immediate release 09 August 2012 Media Inquiries: New York: Mandy Kibel, mandy.kibel[at]unwomen.org, +1 646 781-4522 Landmark ruling paves the way for strengthening women's access to justice for conflict-related crimes. More

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