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Accra’s female market traders blaze a trail on childcare

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

An early years education centre at Ghana’s biggest outdoor market has weathered tough economic challenges to give children—and women—the support they need

Statement: Peace Hut Women of Liberia wins 2019 UN Population Award

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, to honour the National Peace Hut Women of Liberia selected as 2019 UN Population Award laureates

Speech: African youth lead the way on ending harmful practices

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Dakar, Senegal on the African Day of the Child

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to end female genital mutilation and child marriage in an event in Senegal

Monday, June 17, 2019

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, represented the United Nations at the first African Summit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage taking place in Dakar, Senegal on June 16-18. The summit aims to translate the commitment of governments, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and other stakeholders into action on the ground that eliminates these harmful practices.

From where I stand: “I lived in terror every day”

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bage Jidda spent three years as a hostage of Boko Haram. Inspite of all her suffering, today she is the sole provider for her family, in Mora, the Far North Region of Cameroon. She embodies resilience, her optimism is infectious. Empowering women like Jidda is at the heart of building resilience among communities torn apart by the Boko Haram crisis.

From where I stand: “I believe times have changed and my community needs adapt to this change”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ibrahim Hamawa, is the Lamido— traditional leader— of Zamay Kanton, a village in the Far North Region of Cameroon. The 63-year-old leader has already appointed the first-ever woman as a Lawal (Chief) and encouraging more women to take up decision-making roles within the traditional council. If women from other countries can make good leaders, why shouldn’t they in his community, he challenges.

Guinea adopts Law on Parity, securing equal representation of women on electoral lists

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Republic of Guinea adopted on 2 May, a Law on Parity that says women must make fifty per cent of the candidate lists for elective positions.

From where I stand: “I work in construction, I am living my dream!”

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Maira Assane Amade, 23, fulfilled her lifelong dream of working in construction after participating in the Rapariga Biz Joint Programme implemented by UN Women, UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF.

A place of peace, reconciliation and growth

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In 2014, one year after the region was freed from the extremists, a small hut was built in Gao, surrounded by larger buildings and barely visible from the street. Anyone who passes through the driveway and enters the hut in the middle of the dusty courtyard has a specific goal: Dialogue, exchange and cohesion. Welcome to the Women Peace Hut.

From where I stand: “Every journalist must be aware of the power they have to help change things”

Friday, May 3, 2019

Chissana Magalhães is a journalist from Cabo Verde who reports on gender equality issues regularly. Since undergoing a training programme through UN Women, she feels that the media has the responsibility to report on gender and human rights issues and stories can change lives.

Take five: We need “initiatives to raise the status of women, led by Muslim leaders”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Bukuru Elie Khalfan, President and Legal Representative of the Northern Corridor Alliance of Imams for Humanitarian Development (AICNDH) in Burundi. Through his involvement in the #ImamsForShe campaign—launched in 2015 by the Muslims for Progressive Values Initiative in the spirit of UN Women’s #HeForShe campaign—he promotes women's rights and access to education, as well as women's empowerment through cooperatives.

Ask a girl who codes: What’s your message to girls who want to join ICT?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rebecca Azanaw, 17, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participated in the first coding camp as part of the joint UN Women and ITU “African Girls Can Code Initiative”, funded by the Government of Denmark. In February 2019, she and 10 other girls from the programme met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, to share their experiences and ambitions. On International Girls in ICT Day, we hear from Azanew on how she has continued to hone her skills and empowered others.

Ask an activist: Why is economic independence important for indigenous women in Kenya?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Agnes Leina is an Indigenous woman from northern Kenya. She is the founder and Executive Director of the I’llaramatak Community Concerns (ICC), a resource centre offering livelihood options for women and working with pastoralist communities to recognize the equal value and potential of women and girls to contribute towards their families and communities. Ms. Leina was one of the participants of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest annual gathering on women’s rights issues.

Design thinking workshop in Namibia tackles the challenges of youth participation in peace and security

Thursday, April 18, 2019

On 11 April 2019, the conference room at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management pulsated with energy, as 40 youth activists from around the world debated challenges and solutions to ensure young women’s meaningful participation in peacebuilding processes in their countries and regions.

From where I stand: “Girls have to contribute towards innovation and technology”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At 16, Jakomba Jabbie is one of the most vocal advocates for the education of all girls in the Gambia, especially when it comes to science and technology skills.

UN Women Executive Director calls for action to step up leadership of women in all areas of peace and security at the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points meeting in Namibia

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Namibia this week to attend the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points Network meeting being held in Windhoek from 10 to 11 April.

In Cabo Verde, domestic workers call for legal protections and right to social protection

Monday, March 11, 2019

In Cabo Verde, more than a quarter of all employed women (26 per cent) are domestic workers, many of whom work without contracts, without recognition as formal workers and the social protections that come with formal jobs. For instance, domestic workers are unable to enrol in the National Institute of Social Security and do not have access to pensions when they retire or health coverage for them and their children.

Youth activists call for safer streets in Maputo

Friday, March 8, 2019

Every morning, 13-year-old Jareeyah* from Maputo sets out for a 10-minute walk from home to her high school. The trek isn’t long, but it always makes her uneasy. Jareeyah lives in the densely populated neighbourhood, Ka Maxakene, in the heart of Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. The capital launched a Safe City and Safe Public Spaces Programme, as part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative.

The journey along the gender road in Cameroon

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A 200-kilometre road (124 miles) project stretches between the townships of Batschenga, Ntui and Yoko, in central Cameroon. The road crosses farms, forests, water bodies and pastoral areas that sustain the mostly agrarian economy of nearly 40 villages and three towns. The road, a basic infrastructure that many countries take for granted, literally shapes the lives and livelihood of the people living along it. It decides whether a small entrepreneur will get her products transported on time,...

Safe spaces for women, by women, bring smart infrastructure for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

From marketplaces in the Pacific to parks in eastern Europe, women are rising up and demanding safety, respect and inclusion in public spaces, and coming together to make it happen. Through community efforts, UN Women is working around the world to help women claim their space.

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