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"I came to CSW because..."

19 March 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A snapshot of their messages and perspectives on this year’s session of CSW… 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

New research paints poignant picture of intimate partner violence in Zimbabwe

02 January 2014

Zimbabwe now has its first comprehensive baseline study on the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence but the road to justice remains rocky for women survivors. 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

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

Women make up more than one-third of Zimbabwe’s new Parliament

04 September 2013

At a historic 35 per cent, women’s representation has more than doubled for the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, due to a special Constitutional measure applied during the recent general elections. More

Zimbabweans say yes to new Constitution strong on gender equality and women's rights

19 April 2013

With general elections approaching, Zimbabwean women hope to see women’s representation grow in Parliament, which is also mandated by the new Constitution approved by referendum in March. More

“Ride on! Speak Out!”: Nine countries, 15 bikers, one issue – ending violence against women

21 January 2013

A group of motorcycle buffs joined forces with Harley-Davidson Johannesburg and UN Women in a novel initiative to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Over 16 days, they rode 8,200 km, across Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. More

Zimbabwean women police officers make inroads as members of the ‘blue berets’

24 October 2012

For Assistant Police Commissioner Charity Charamba, who served as a peacekeeper for three years in Liberia, being the third-highest ranking official in the mission had its gender challenges. More

In Zimbabwe, women with HIV leading change, claiming their rights

05 June 2012

As a woman with deteriorating health due to HIV, Phillipa Marisa, 60, used to agonize over the legacy that she would leave her children. Since her husband's death from AIDS she had become dispossessed from her property in Hopley Farm, Harare, faced discord within her family, and had fierce arguments with her in-laws. More

Circles of life: Community groups in Zimbabwe turn early warnings into early action

16 May 2012

For years Beauty, 52, carried out menial tasks in return for food in Mashonaland East, a rural district in Zimbabwe. She couldn't sell at the city market because it was considered neither safe nor appropriate for women in her community, where vendors routinely wait overnight for markets to open. She was little involved in village decisions about its agricultural or economic affairs. More

A new coalition takes the lead on women’s constitutional rights in Zimbabwe

18 April 2012

Women from across Zimbabwe have celebrated the launch of a strategic high-level women's coalition. The voluntary group will lobby to ensure that the new constitution, currently being drafted, will deliver on gender equality and empowerment for women in the country. More

Binga women in Zimbabwe make history on the Zambezi River

21 March 2012

So reveals Kuli Mungombe, one of ten women who are making history in Zimbabwe by owning and operating a fishing rig in the country. The women, from the Tonga ethnic group, formally entered the male-dominated industry last year after being provided with the rig, equipment and skills training. They have since been working to scale up the venture in Binga, one of the country's least developed districts, so that it can sustain them and their families, as well as create opportunities for other women in the area. More

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