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Reversing the tide of rising violence against women in Liberia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Liberia is grappling with rising incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. Children as young as six are being raped, with devastating impact on their health and wellbeing. Little Decontee from Nimba County was returning from the farm when a 22-year old male relative raped her. She is among a minority of survivors whose rapist was eventually prosecuted and sentenced to prison. Under Liberia’s Rape Law of 2005, statutory rape or sexual intercourse with minors is a non-bailable offence. However, a proposed amendment that is now with the House of Representatives, could make statutory rape a bailable offence. UN Women, together with partners is advocating for stronger laws and engaging community leaders to prevent violence against women and girls. More

Rural women explore new solutions to counter customs and poverty driving FGM crisis

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Globally, at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM). Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of FGM in the world, with nine in every 10 women and girls cut, many as young as five years old. During the Ebola crisis of 2014, a moratorium was placed on FGM as part of the emergency health measures. But now three years on, the practice has returned, even though the ban is still in place. While gender inequality, myths... More

Safe in Serengeti: Young women and girls seek refuge from female genital mutilation in Mara, Tanzania

Monday, November 13, 2017

In Mugumu, Serengeti, in the Mara region of north-western Tanzania, a safe house takes in young girls escaping child marriage, domestic abuse and sexual assault; but primarily girls who are escaping female genital mutilation (FGM). More

Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities. More

Zimbabwe’s Annual Manufacturing Survey features a Gender Analysis component

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, an umbrella organization for more than 300 private sector companies, launched its annual assessment of the manufacturing sector, which for the first time included a gender analysis of women in the sector. More

Take five: Uncovering the untold stories of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict

Friday, October 27, 2017

Aurélie Roche-Mair is the Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Hague Office, where she manages the International Criminal Justice Programme. As a member of the Justice Rapid Response-UN Women Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster, Ms. Roche-Mair served as the Gender Adviser to the judges during the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in 2016. Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including rape and sexual slavery. The ground-breaking case marked the first African Union-backed trial of a former Head of State.
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Fleeing Boko Haram, women seek healing and economic resilience in Niger camps

Friday, October 20, 2017

In Niger, the Diffa Region bordering Nigeria is home to more than 300,000 refugees who have been driven from their homes by massacres, abduction and rape by Boko Haram militants. Women and children are 70 per cent of displaced persons, and have experienced widespread sexual violence. Women refugees and survivors also lack means to an income. UN Women and UNHCR are working in partnership with local organizations to ensure that the humanitarian response addresses these specific needs and risks of survivors. More

In Cameroon, former hostages of Boko Haram find safety and build resilience

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women refugees find safe spaces to network, learn new skills and recover from the trauma of war and sexual violence in two Women Cohesion Spaces (WCS) supported by UN Women in Cameroon and funded by the Government of Japan and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB). Many have regained their health after spending several months as hostages. More

Ending violence against women: the time is now, together

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for the inaugural Annual Sonke Lecture at Johannesburg, South Africa on 2 October, 2017. More

Speech: Two sides of the same coin: gender inequality and violence against women

Monday, October 2, 2017

Opening Remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the plenary session of the Five Days of Violence Prevention Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa More

Experts call for stronger support for networks of women mediators

Monday, September 25, 2017

A side event on 21 September during the 72nd UN General Assembly, brought together for the first time, women mediators networks affiliated with Member States and regional organizations, who work to advance women’s meaningful participation in conflict prevention and peace processes around the world. The event was co-organized by the governments of Italy and Albania, the African Union and UN Women. More

Taking women, peace and security to the next level in Africa

Monday, September 25, 2017

African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, took stock of the achievements and challenges for women building sustainable peace on the continent at a high-level event on 22 September during the 72nd General Assembly. More

African Women Leaders Network reconvene to call for action

Friday, September 22, 2017

The African Women Leaders Network, launched in June 2017, reconvened under the leadership of Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat today at the 72nd UN General Assembly, on 21 September 2017. The discussions focused on mobilizing support for women’s leadership in the transformation of Africa towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous continent. More

Speech: African women leaders push for progress

Friday, September 22, 2017

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the High-Level Briefing on the “African Women Leaders Network” during the 72nd UN General Assembly. More

Presidents of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia call for accelerated action to end child marriage in Africa

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the margins of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the governments of Zambia and Canada, with support from UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and the African Union Commission, hosted a high-level side event for global leaders to renew their commitments and accelerate efforts to end child marriage in Africa by 2030. More

Tired of communal conflicts in northern Nigeria, women-led peace networks take action

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UN Women-supported women peace networks are active in four local governance areas of Jos North, Mangu, Riyom and Wase. The networks are increasing the participation of women in conflict prevention, peace-making and peacebuilding, thus furthering the Nigerian government’s commitment to implement the provisions of UNSCR 1325 through the National Action Plan. Plans are underway to expand the peace networks in Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau states. More

Women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia lead the way from poverty to empowerment

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A programme on Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment has benefited more than 2,000 rural women to date through trainings on basic business skills and financial management. It has also given them access to small loans at lower than average interest rates. More

From where I stand: “I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Massah Lewally was one of the first female drivers in the UN system in Sierra Leone. She took up driving so that she could visit the UN projects and learn more. As the crisis continues to unfold in Sierra Leone, with nearly 6,000 people impacted by the mudslides, Lewally is working round the clock and assisting women. More

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Monday, August 21, 2017

Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. UN Women is leveraging its partnerships to ensure women’s leadership in humanitarian response in Sierra Leone and to meet the urgent gender-based needs of the affected population. More

From where I stand: “The violence that marked my childhood made me the activist I am today”

Monday, August 21, 2017

Adão Paía is a young man from Mozambique who dislikes all forms of violence. Living with abuse since he was five, he feels that he had no childhood. Today, he works to convince men and boys in his community to share domestic responsibility with women and reject gender-based violence. More

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